It is the primary belief of our Centre for Student Communities that students’ learning and living environments should be integrated and should not function separately. As such, residences and Private Student Organisations (PSOs) form part of the ResEd or cluster system.
The university residences and PSOs are student communities in which community principles are applied to integrate students’ academic and living environments. The social dimension of community life in residence, PSOs and the cluster is harnessed to support the SU’s academic mission. In doing so, one of the University’s objectives is pursued, namely to provide students with a university experience in which the living spaces are an extension of academic life in the faculties; to establish a university environment that would create a well-rounded and transformative educational experience for students, in line with the Vision 2040 and Strategic Framework 2019-2024
Under the directorship of Pieter Kloppers, the centre has several focus areas, such as clusters, senior living spaces, mentors, multi-cultural education and programme development, and Listen, Live and Learn (LLL) communities.
Our aim is building a student culture that promotes student success; a culture in which students not only have pleasant social experiences, but are also serious about being effective role players within and beyond South African borders. In line with SU's institutional objectives, the residences and PSOs, as student communities, are encouraged to start applying their newly acquired knowledge now already, both in their communities as well as beyond, in order to make a difference.