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Beyond the Classroom (BtC) is a voluntary leadership programme that introduces students to the requirements of leadership in a practical and creative  manner. The programme, run by the Department of Student Governance and Development aims to assist students to develop skills needed for effective, ethical leadership.

It explores and addresses the importance of diversity in daily interactions, encourages teamwork with others from diverse backgrounds, enhances skills in conflict resolution and communication, and encourages intellectual growth over a year-long period.

Students are also required to complete 20 hours of community service and this, like every module of the course, ensures that participants are encouraged "to get off your umtarara!"No fewer than 13 different projects -ranging from sport coaching to homework assistance - benefit from this NMMU initiative.

Why should you join BtC?

Beyond the Classroom (BtC) will introduce you to the requirements of leaders and assist you in developing the skills needed for effective leadership. It explores and defines different aspects of leadership, enhances skills in conflict resolution, communication, problem solving and decision making, while making it clear that leadership is not just a position.

  • BtC is designed to develop you through an interactive group experience and requires you to be an active participant.
  • By completing each stage of the programme you will be compiling a portfolio which will support your CV and showcase your development.

This voluntary self-development programme intends to: 

  • Increase your level of social awareness and responsible citizenship
  • Learn to adapt to change, ambiguity and different views
  • Foster your creativity in both thoughts and actions
  • Boost your thinking in seeing things from new perspectives
  • Enhance your intra- and interpersonal skills
  • Strengthen your verbal, written and electronic communication skills
  • Expand your knowledge in your field of study

BtC runs from March to September every year. Students must apply online and submit a copy of their full academic record when requested to do so. We will inform you of the outcome of your application via e-mail.


BtC students assisting at the Stonehouse Capital Zuurberg MTB Challenge


What will you receive?

Assessment of portfolios will take place during September and feedback will be given to students. You will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course at a certification ceremony.  This is noted officially on your student co-curricular record.

The programme consists of the following modules: 

  • Getting to know you
  • Portfolio development
  • CV Writing
  • Personal Branding
  • Conflict Managment
  • Diversity Training
  • Gender Awareness
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Leadership Compass
  • Leadership in Practice
  • Presentation skills
  • E-Learning


Attending an etiquette dinner as part of the Backpack to Briefcase programme


Group work is an integral part of the BtC programme


From left to right: Siso Piko, Ms Tracy Beck (Head of Department: Applied Accounting), and Lee-Ola Prince

Sharing a moment at the BtC Celebration function. 


What Students Say:

Curwyn Mapaling one of BtC former graduate:

"Although BtC is only a year, once you "get off your umtarata", it's for life!"

Chante' King BtC student:

"It's almost as if this programme has invoked the leader within me because I now tend to seek leadership opportunities. My actions have truley surprised me in a very good way. I want to continue this lifestyle and try to become an inspiration to the youth."

Sendibitiyosi Gandidzanwa former BtC student:

"The programme is one of the main keys to a better life opportunities. I cant talk about my story at NMMU without mentioning BtC. Doors have opened, and within my short period at the university, I have learnt not to get tired till the worse becomes better and better becomes best. "



Contact information
Ms Deidré Potgieter
Manager: Leadership Training & Development
Tel: +27 41 504 2167

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