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Cape Peninsula University of TechnologyJoyce Nduna

Director of Community Engagement and Work Integrated Learning

Dr Joyce Nduna holds Bachelors and Honours degrees in Arts from the University of South Africa, the degree of Master of Arts from the University of the Witwatersrand, the degree of Master of Education from Rhodes University and the degree of Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Stellenbosch.

Beginning as a high school teacher in 1977, Dr Nduna became lecturer at the former Transkei College of Education and University of Transkei (1987-1996). In 1997, she joined the Faculty of Education at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) as a lecturer in the Adult Basic Education and Training Unit which served as a link between university students and community adult learning centers. She also participated in the Higher Education Resources Services (HERS) Programme at the University of Massachusetts in 2002.

Dr Nduna’s experience in providing opportunities for students to interact with communities led to her appointment as the Service-Learning Coordinator with the task of driving the Joint Education Trust – Community Higher Education Services Partnership (JET-CHESP) project at CPUT in July 2003. With successful institutionalization of the JET-CHESP project at CPUT, she became Head of Community Engagement and Service-Learning from January 2006 to January 2008.

Dr Nduna joined Rhodes University as Director of Community Engagement in February 2008. She facilitated partnerships between the university, teacher unions, government departments and high schools in Grahamstown East.

CPUT offered her the position of Director: Community Engagement and Work Integrated Learning in January 2009. Dr Nduna accepted the position, and her move back to CPUT enabled her to join her family in Cape Town.


  • Service-Learning (SL) e.g. institutionalization, planning, implementation, reflection and evaluation of SL with relevant partners/stakeholders.
  • Building and nurturing partnerships for Civic Engagement

Years of relevant experience:
12 years (Since 1997)

Relevant Publications:
“The Community Voice on Service-Learning: A Good Practice Guide for Higher Education” (Education as Change, Volume 11 Number 3, Dec 2007, Special Issue: CSL)

“Embedding community engagement in South African higher education” (Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, Vol. 3, No. 1, 57-83 (2008)).

“Locating and managing service-learning: a complex issue in higher education” [South African Journal of Higher Education, Vol. 20, No. 4, 488-502].

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