Learning from nature, social interaction and sophisticated information resources
Thursday, 12 April 2012, 08:00
Nikita Barnard and Kutelani Tshivhase make good use of their library at the NMMU George campus.
GEORGE NEWS - Students at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University's (NMMU) picturesque George Campus enjoy the proverbial "best of both worlds".
They can step out of a state-of-the-art lecture room or well-equipped campus library into a "natural laboratory", where they have the opportunity to learn from nature and kindle respect for the natural environment - a core value of the university.
Tourism Management graduate, Nikita Barnard, and Masters Student in Forestry, Kutelani Tshivhase, have found the NMMU George Campus Library - with its multimedia room and popular Buzz rooms where students can hold discussions, study, do printing, photocopying or read - to be an extremely valuable resource during the course of their studies.
The library, which was visited by more than 10 000 students during February, is also a Wi-Fi zone with internet connectivity and computer work stations where students can simply log in to do their research or assignments.
The natural environment also offers a treasure of learning opportunities, as students and many visitors to George Campus soon discover.
A group of 20 Grade 12 learners from the Carel du Toit High School in Steytlerville, who recently visited the Campus to learn more about study opportunities at NMMU, were also given a glimpse of the facilities and lifestyle that attract many students to this campus.
The group was captivated by the magnificent trees and natural environment along the so-called "lovers lane" - a wheelchair-friendly walkway through the natural vegetation. They also enjoyed a talk by student Nondumiso Myataza, deputy chairperson of the student-driven Green Campus Forum, who shared some information on the recycling and other interesting "green" projects that many students are involved in at NMMU George.