The vision for the HVT is to create an integrated community characterized by positive interpersonal relationships. The location of the campus is key in implementing this vision The physical environment provides the context for learning and social interactions. These interactions lead to involved students, which help build community, and vibrant communities contribute to student persistence and academic success.
Alignment of our infrastructural development with the institutional goals means:
the campus should be centrally located and easily accessible to everyone
services should be available in the area to support student needs – banking, pharmacies, groceries shop
easy access to public transport is vital, to reduce the need for students to have own transport.
students must have room to create and explore in creative physical, intellectual and virtual spaces to enhance academic quality
The home of the Hermanus Varsity will be the deconsecrated synagogue building, located at the entrance of the Hermanus CBD. The building is a National Heritage Site. The intention is to preserve the historic character of this building in all future development considerations for the site.
Most courses will be offered through a blended learning model. With weekly tutoring support, thus the requirement for lecture rooms is limited.
The Varsity Campus will be decentralised, so whilst the administration building is in a fixed location, it is envisaged that only small tutorial groups will be accommodated here.
For other larger groups (2020 and beyond) the aim is to make use of existing spaces as far as possible. For larger groups the municipal auditorium may be rented, the Grobbelaar Saal, School halls, etc
The decision regarding the future of the municipal buildings and the tennis court land adjacent to the campus is that of the municipality.
Should the municipality decide to make the properties available to the public either in the form of a long lease or as a sales transaction, they will be required to follow a formal tender process. The HVT may consider submitting a tender.
The intention is that the Hermanus Varsity Campus will be developed to include additional building/s, formal landscaping and parking.
The current building, only provides approximately, 450m2 of floor area.
It is not envisaged that the Campus will impact on traffic. However, the campus will have to comply with the national building regulations, by providing the correct amount of parking bays, considering the use of the building.
In addition, there are several public parking areas available in close vicinity to the campus which can be utilised if required.
We will not be providing accommodation for students or building hostels. Our goal is for students to live and learn locally.