Alida van Dyk
Director: Community Engagement Centre
University of Fort Hare, East London, South Africa
Alida van Dyk is the Director of the Community Engagement Centre at the University of Fort Hare in South Africa. Her current research is focussed on higher education policy, institutionalising and theorising of community engagement. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work at the University of Pretoria and her Master’s degree in Mental Health at the University of South Africa.
Prior to joining the University of Fort Hare she lectured in Social Work. She specialised in training students in policy and trained Master students in clinical social work. She served for nine years as Head of the Department of Social Work at the University of South Africa (UNISA ). She received the University Council Award and medal for distinguished leadership. As head of the Department of Social Work she actively became involved in the development of engaged scholarship and service learning. She and her team were recipients of the International Macjannet Prize (2011) for Global Citizenship from the Talloires network. The prize was awarded for community engagement service learning projects The Bright Sites of Sunnyside and Durban. Urban and rural projects.