The term “community” signifies a social grouping of society involved in an interaction at any given moment. Community refers to groups of people united by a common location, or to groups of people that are linked intellectually, professionally, and/or politically; that is, geographic communities, communities of interest and communities of practice. This broad definition allows the university to focus on marginalised groupings in society whilst at the same time including other community formations.
Internationally the term “community engagement” is commonly used to describe the mechanism through which teaching and research is integrated into a university’s engagement with and in society. The University prefers the term “community interaction” that offers in essence the same meaning as community engagement, but with an emphasis on reciprocity between the University and the community. The term describes in the broadest sense the process of interaction between the University and communities.