Exploring town-gown developmental paradigms : A case of University of Venda's 'Univen Town concept'

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dc.contributor.advisor Anyumba, G.
dc.contributor.advisor Ingwani, E.
dc.contributor.advisor Gondo, T.
dc.contributor.author Moffat, Frank
dc.date.accessioned 2017-07-06T13:09:09Z
dc.date.available 2017-07-06T13:09:09Z
dc.date.issued 2017-05-18
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11602/734
dc.description MURP
dc.description Department of Urban and Regional Planning
dc.description.abstract University towns or town gown relationships are increasingly becoming an accepted developmental narrative between institutions of higher learning and their host communities. The University of Venda was mandated by the Honourable Minister of Higher Education and Training Dr. Blade Nzimande, in October 2014, to devise a university town strategy aimed at developing Thohoyandou and its rural environs to become a university town. The University of Venda in its approach towards the development of a university town has adopted the new governance approach of formulating innovative collaborative partnerships with its surrounding stakeholders that include Limpopo Premier’s Office, Vhembe District Municipality, Thulamela Local Municipality, VBS Mutual Bank, Madzivhandila Agricultural College and Traditional leaders. The study approach adopted quantitative research method. Its centre piece was the Optimal College Town Assessment (OCTA) a quantitative tool which was utilized to gather data from the representatives of the university and Thohoyandou town stakeholders. To test the town and gown developmental paradigm, this study explored student housing development possibilities as a manifestation of university-community partnerships. The study findings highlight that existing town-gown relationships between the University of Venda and its stakeholders are categorized as traditional relationship type which is characterized by low effort and higher comfort level. Institutional context roles that the University of Venda should play in the successful development of town-gown partnerships were also established. The study identified the factors essential for the development of viable and functional innovative collaborative university-stakeholder’s partnerships for the University of Venda and the town of Thohoyandou and its stakeholders. The study findings also show that there is potential for student housing development when there are positive town-gown relationships. This is in line with the calls from South Africa’s Ministry of Higher Education and Training expectations to resolve student housing backlogs facing public universities. This study recommends the improvement of town-gown relationships and it provides a conceptual model indicating the building blocks that the university should adopt to develop successful, innovative, viable and functional town-gown partnerships. en_US
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xvi, 129 leaves : illustrations (some color))
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights University of Venda
dc.subject University town en_US
dc.subject Stakeholders en_US
dc.subject Partnership en_US
dc.subject Collaborative en_US
dc.subject Optimal college en_US
dc.subject Town assessment en_US
dc.subject.ddc 378.1960968257
dc.subject.lcsh Cities and towns -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.subject.lcsh University towns -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.subject.lcsh Universities and colleges -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.title Exploring town-gown developmental paradigms : A case of University of Venda's 'Univen Town concept' en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US

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