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18/08/2016

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) Office for International Education has been hosting delegates from partner universities around the world as part of the university’s bi-annual Family Week.

Martina Ratermann (FH Muenster in Germany) and Denise di Puccio (University of North Carolina Wilmington in the USA) enjoying dessert at the Rendezvous Cafe during Family Week.

Since Sunday, the delegates have been taken around the university and city in a bid to familiarize them with what the region has to offer, with the overall aim of strengthening relationships between NMMU and its partner institutions around the world.

With NMMU poised to become the country’s leading maritime institution and centre of expertise, the highlight of the week’s visit was the Blue Economy colloquium on Wednesday evening, which was a platform for the various institutions to share their experiences, practices and academic expertise in different blue economy streams.

This as a means to share and discuss possible areas of collaboration in the future.

NMMU, which acquired the neighbouring CSIR building as its oceans sciences campus, has significant research capabilities in maritime and ocean sciences and is well positioned in Algoa Bay and close to two major ports to be a major player in the blue economy.

The blue, or oceans, economy has become a major focus for South Africa, with government’s massive Operation Phakisa initiative pushing to unlock and effectively tap into the largely untapped oceans economy by capitalizing on the country’s 2500km coastline.

The South African maritime context was discussed, as well as the university’s links around the world, while international universities shared their expertise in the field.

Various activities have been hosted during Family Week, which forms part of the university’s annual Diversity Week that seeks to celebrate the many different cultures at NMMU, and wraps this Thursday evening with a beer tasting and food market and live entertainment at Rendezvous Café, before delegates jet off to Johannesburg on Friday for some game viewing in the Kruger National Park. 

Contact information
Mrs Debbie Derry
Deputy Director: Communication
Tel: 041 504 3057
debbie.derry@mandela.ac.za