Physics and Geology
Message by the School Director, Prof AC Gelebe
he School of Physical and Mineral Sciences’ (SPMS) vision is to be recognized as a centre of excellence in advancing Geosciences, Science and Technology, and innovation for a sustainable future. The education of our students encompasses not only transfer of knowledge, but also train them to be tomorrow’s leaders in academia, government, health sciences, scientific research and industry.
The above is embedded in the School’s mission – To advance the well-being of the people of Limpopo and the global community through quality programs of teaching, research, and community engagement.
The School is the home of the following academic Departments:
- Department of Chemistry
- Department of Physics and Geology
In addition to the academic Departments, there are two centres:
- Materials Modelling Centre, a dedicated research centre.
- University of Limpopo Science Centre
In pursuing its vision, in line with the Faculty of Science and Agriculture strategic direction, the School of Physical and Mineral Sciences sets its target on the contribution to the developmental needs of Limpopo Province and South Africa at large. With no less than 136 operating mines, mining is the premier economic sector within Limpopo Province. This is one of a number of areas targeted by the Limpopo Employment, Growth and Development Plan (LEGDP). The School is privileged through its Geology section and soon to be developed, its mining programmes, to be in a position to enhance the LEGDP by providing appropriate teaching, research and community engagement.
A new dawn for the School, one which is filled with opportunities and great challenges is upon us. Continuous improvements to the curriculum through regular programme reviews in order to meet the demands of learners, employers and other stakeholders will provide a firm foundation for meeting our objectives. The School invites you to join hands and walk with us through this exciting journey.