The Faculty of Consumer Sciences offers a diverse yet integrated menu of scientific and technical courses to enable a better understanding of factors impacting consumers’ general well-being and in achieving an improved quality of life. Graduates work as development change agents in government departments and institutions, family, civic and non-governmental organisations, international agencies to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and information for ‘smart’ and efficient consumption.
The vision of the Faculty is to be the Faculty of Choice in Consumer Sciences for sustainable development in Southern Africa
The mission of the Faculty is to produce professionals through quality teaching, and to conduct innovative and entrepreneurial projects through research and be involved in community engagement for sustainable development
- Social Responsibility
Serving Since 1974
The Department of Consumer Sciences, (formerly known as Home Economics) at the University of Swaziland was established in 1974 as part of the Faculty of Agriculture at the Luyengo campus. At its inception, the Department offered a general Home Economics programme at the diploma level to train Home Economics teachers and Home Economics Extension agents. From 1980 to 1999, the extension stream was phased-out because all Home Economics extension positions within the Ministry of Agriculture were filled. It was re-introduced as a three-year programme when the need to train Home Economists in other sectors was realized.
In 1993, the Department introduced a B.Sc. Degree in Home Economics to train mainly Home Economics teachers for the Ministry of Education. In 1999, a two-pronged programme, namely B.Sc. in Home Economics and B.Sc. in Home Economics Education, was launched. The former was designed to train students for private sector employment as well as extension, while the latter was designed to train Home Economics teachers. In line with developments in the Faculty, options were introduced for the B.Sc. Home Economics degree and after the three year diploma; a student could opt for the Textile, Apparel Design and Management (TADM) option or the Food Science, Nutrition and Technology (FSNT) option. Another major development faculty-wide has been the replacement of the five-year B.Sc. programmes with four year B.Sc. programmes starting in 2006/2007.
In view of the introduction of the new undergraduate and post graduate programmes and increase in student enrollment, the then department of Consumer Sciences was transformed into the Faculty of Consumer Sciences. The University Council, upon the recommendation of Senate, approved the establishment of the Faculty of Consumer Sciences with effect from 1st July 2016.
The objectives of the Faculty of Consumer Sciences are to:
- Provide trained human resources at undergraduate and postgraduate levels to meet the needs of the nation and beyond;
- Promote interdisciplinary and demand-driven programmes aimed at improving the well-being of individuals, families and communities;
- Apply science and technology in research for developing innovations to benefit the business sector and the country as a whole, and disseminate research outputs;
- Establish linkages and collaborate with national and international academic and research institutions to advance knowledge for sustainable development;
- Offer short-terms training in various areas of Consumer Sciences;
- Provide professional consultancies;
- Engender innovative ways for resource mobilisation;
- Inculcate entrepreneurial thinking in students; and
- Improve facilities for enhanced quality assurance in the teaching and learning environment.
There are three Departments under the Faculty:
- Consumer Science Education and Community Development
- Food and Nutrition Sciences
- Textiles and Apparel Design
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The Faculty of Consumer Sciences offers a diverse yet integrated menu of scientific and technical courses to enable a better understanding of factors impacting consumers’ general well-being and in achieving an improved quality of life.
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