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Student Life & Development

The Student Life and Development Office is headed by the Student Development Officer (SDO), who is responsible for all student governance related affairs (support and development) and co-curricular activities.

The SDO seeks to build out and maintain vibrant student development programmes that are responsive to the Student Experience and student learning outcomes, and meaningfully embedded in the University’s co-curricular space and academic project.

Student Affairs Leadership conversations: Leadership conversations aims to broaden student engagement and debates, to sharpen their analytical, presentation and writing skills.

Africa Day celebration: This is an Edu-Entertainment event: Creative writing competition, Cultural performance: Cultural performance, Africa day lecture, Speeches, stalls, African attires & Cultural dishes

Youth Day Lecture/Webinar

Women Day celebration: Celebrate the heroine struggle of August 1955

Heritage Day celebration: Erfenisdag, Usuku Lwamagugu, Usuku Lwamasiko

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The involvement of students across student affairs and university initiatives will be rewarded through the Student Affairs Awards to be held annually at the end of each academic year.

The categories are as follow:

  • Student Governance Leadership
  • Student Leadership
  • Social Responsibility
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Student Mentoring
  • Student Tutoring
  • Academic Support
  • Student Orientation
  • Sports Awards
  • Student Assistants
  • Overall Achiever of the Year – male
  • Overall Achiever of the Year – female
  • Vice Rector’s Outstanding Achievement Award

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GCI is a dynamic programme that conducts research, pioneer technological innovations, engage schools, staff, students and encourage community partnerships.

The SPU GCI team aims at addressing the climate change challenges by reducing global warming emissions and by integrating sustainability into the curriculum to better serve students and meet social mandate to help create a thriving, ethical and civil society.

By taking on this responsibility, ensuring that we provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to address critical, systematic challenges faced by the world in this new century and enable them to benefit from the economic opportunities that will arise because of the solutions


  • To preserve natural resources for the future generation
  • To provide waste management solutions through recycling
  • To promote a clean environment
  • To reduce carbon footprint at SPU and its surrounding
  • To reduce the water and energy consumption
  • To conduct research and design context intervention strategies that address climate change challenges
  • To identify and foster strategic partnership with key stakeholders towards the promotion of environmental sustainability
  • To create a platform for students to express themselves through art
  • To promote and influence the mind-set of communities towards environmental consciousness


  • I Love My Campus (SPU): A Zero-Littering Campaign “Let us take care of our environment so that it can also take care of us”.
  • Eco-Anxiety Project: fear of environmental damage or ecological disaster. This sense of anxiety is largely based on the current and predicted future state of the environment and human-induced climate change.
  • Positive Intervention to support a Waterwise Campus: To improve student and staff understanding of the waterwise planting principles, planting of succulent plants in various planters and to promote the development of a future food security garden for self-catering students with Senior Management.

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Read more about the SPU GCI here

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