Dept. of Communtiy Engagement and Service Learning

Community Engagement and Service Learning at the Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies at MUST  promotes student learning, development, and civic responsibility through co-curricular and curricular service opportunities. The department offers a Students Community Twining Project (STP) – a  weekly community based learning opportunity to all undergraduate students. During STP activities, students work with community around the university to develop and implement development projects. Students are also required to undertake internship placement in a typical work environment. Other service learning opportunities are through subject specific field visits during their course of training.  In fulfillment of the mission of the Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies, ‘to provide quality training and research that integrates methodology and practice from more than one discipline in order to holistically address community needs’, aims to:

  • Connect FIS students as members of the campus, community, and global society i.e. connect learning, life and community
  • Bridge students’ theoretical and practical knowledge through experiential learning opportunities
  • Foster critical thinking, problem solving, and multicultural competencies, and
  • Empower students to become engaged citizens and agents of social and environmental change

The Department of Community Engagement and Service through the STP programme and departmental research supports students and staff on their journey toward civic engagement by maintaining partnerships with communities around the university; offering community service consultation to individual students, groups, and faculty/staff; and support numerous community development initiatives. The department is also charged with responsibility to develop and implement retooling and in-service training programs.

Skilling Strategies






Cost and duration

Target group


Interdisciplinary/crosscutting Curriculum (DVS (service course across the university), Communication skills, Interdisciplinary Studies Research Methods,  Gender Mainstreaming…)

Team learning – students engagement across disciplines

Team work,

Problem solving

Communication skills

Critical thinking

Flexibility and adaptability

Working beyond disciplinary boundaries sensitivity/awareness

Critical realism

As per the specific curricula

All undergraduate in service students


Students-Community Twining Project  (Links students to the community and allows them to learn through applying class taught theories into practice )

Establishing formal linkages between university students and communities

5 hours in the community weekly, supervised by the lecturers

Mobilization and utilisation of community resources

Formalisation of project with CDOs establishment

Attitude change

Community mobilisation skills

Communication and community mobilisation skills

Community mobilisation

Team work

Analytical skills

Phased in 2 semesters

All undergraduate students of FIS


Service Learning – Proposal to establish Agricultural Livelihoods and Service Learning Centre

Practical workshops involving students and community

Cottage industry and business incubation

Service to the community

Short tailor made short courses – apprenticeship 

Student-farmer attachment


Agricultural entrepreneurship

Business acumen

Value addition and commercialisation

Community enterprise development

retooling courses are under development

In-service and out of service

Community members








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