This publication is a strategic overview of Nelson Mandela University’s Faculty of Science led by the Executive Dean, Professor Azwinndini Muronga.

The content of this publication serves to offer insight into Prof Muronga’s aspirations, and guide the faculty’s strategy, goals and work, now and into the future through its core focus areas: Teaching and Learning; Research and Innovation, and Engagement. The strategic guidance is not meant to be prescriptive. It is to be used as a compass to navigate the 21st century landscape of science. Philosophies and principles in this document will assist the faculty to focus its vision and to align it to that of the institution as a whole but from science perspective. The output of the faculty strategy planning processes should be a more inclusive and representative living document of the faculty which will be embraced by all of us and the future generation of students and staff. Thus the outcome should speak to us (current staff and students) but more importantly to future staff and students. The publication integrates the strategic aspirations and selected research and engagement highlights by our staff and students.

As Vice-Chancellor Professor Sibongile Muthwa says in the Foreword: “The pursuit of diverse knowledge’s in this era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) includes maximising the opportunities and addressing the challenges of the 4IR, and we are looking to the Faculty of Science to lead the institution in addressing this,in collaboration with our other faculties. It includes grappling with the question of how to be human in the 4IR. This is another important dimension of transformation, as is the inclusion of science entrepreneurship or ‘sciencepreneurship’ and innovation in the curriculum. It is about preparing our students for the jobs of the future, as many of the jobs they are being prepared for today will no longer exist by the time they graduate.”  

In this publication, research, engagement and the curriculum is reviewed within this context, and at the same time it is reviewed through the context of transformation. 

Prof Muronga anchors transformation in the philosophy of diversity and inclusion in the sciences, using the holistic definition of diversity, including diverse ideas, demographic diversity in the student and staff composition, processes, systems, selection committees, committee structures and programme offerings.

Prof Muronga says this publication is a guide for the faculty reflects on its vision and how to address the challenges and opportunities we face, in which the faculty continuously addresses the following questions:

What makes us a good 21st century African Faculty of Science?

What should we be good at? What are we currently good at?

What should we be good for? What are we currently good for?

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