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Cooperative Education & Service Learning Unit

CO-OPERATIVE EDUCATION

 

Please note that the services offered by our unit on this website are ONLY for current & past NMMU students. We cannot assist students from other Universities.

Co-operative Education is the umbrella concept for the co-operative partnership between the university and the external stakeholders which include industry, commerce, the public sector and the broader community, and it aims to enhance opportunities for Experiential Learning and Curricular Engagement.

It integrates a students academic education with a practical work and service provision experience (experiential learning).

It involves the university in a partnership with employers and the broader community who partner with it in the educational process.

A three-way partnership is formed with the university, the student and external party.

MISSION STATEMENT

To promote and extend the academic learning process into the work place by means of work integrated learning programmes aimed at enhancing student vocational maturation and mutual benefit to employers, students and the NMMU by:

  • Establishing co-operative education partnerships with commerce, industry and other employer organisations aimed at providing experiential work opportunities for students.
  • Establishing mechanisms to promote co-operative education both inside and outside the university in order to increase visibility, support and participation by internal and external stakeholders.
  • Enhancing the potential for student employment through vocational socialization and career development in jobs commensurate with their aspirations.

OBJECTIVES AND FUNCTIONS

The Co-operative Education unit, in conjunction with faculties and departments within the NMMU, is responsible for among others:

  • Establishing co-operative education partnerships with commerce, industry and other employer organizations aimed at providing experiential work opportunities for students
  • Establishing mechanisms to promote co-operative education both inside and outside the NMMU in order to increase visibility, support and participation
  • Enhancing the potential for student employment through vocational socialization and career development in jobs commensurate with their aspirations.

SERVICES OFFERED TO STUDENTS

Services at the Co-operative Education Offices on both North and 2nd Avenue campuses are aimed at full-time and part-time students as well as at all former NMMU graduates currently seeking experiential learning, service learning, internships, learnerships, contract placements or full-time employment.

Students are encouraged to respond to job advertisements distributed via e-mail and on campus noticeboards in order to be assisted with placement opportunities.

All students for whom experiential learning is compulsory need to register for such training with the relevant faculty officers.

Once placed students are required to complete a student training agreement which is co-ordinated by the Co-operative Education Offices as well as to adhere to bursary conditions as set by the employer/donor.

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