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An air of pride and absolute excitement was in the air as newly installed Nelson Mandela University Chancellor, Dr Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, robed the institution’s first back African female Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sibongile Muthwa, at the historic inauguration yesterday.

Reasons to be Proud (R2bP): Congratulations to BSc Honours (Mathematical Statistics) Alumnus, Khanya Mkoto, who was chosen to be part of a group of youth leaders from 53 Commonwealth countries to take part in the Commonwealth Youth Forum happening in London.

More than 5000 Nelson Mandela University students are set to cross the graduation stage over the next two weeks at the institution’s Port Elizabeth and George campuses.

Final year PhD candidate in Analytical and Inorganic Chemistry, Pulleng Moleko-Boyce, emerged the winner at the Nelson Mandela University heat of science communication competition FameLab South Africa.

Have politicians put Nelson Mandela Bay’s water security at risk over the past decade by ignoring sound technical advice from engineers?. This evening (10 April), Prof Mike Muller – Visiting Adjunct Professor from Wits University’s School of Governance – will suggest they have, in a public lecture at Nelson Mandela University, titled “Decolonising Engineering”.

A new era is on the horizon as the only university in the world to bear the name of one of the 20th century’s most revered leaders, Rholihlahla Nelson Mandela, prepares for the historic inauguration of its first black African female Vice-Chancellor and principal.

It was with deep sadness and extreme sense of loss that Nelson Mandela University received the news of the passing of one of the colossal figures of the struggle for the liberation of South Africa, Mama Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe Madikizela-Mandela.

Nelson Mandela University’s long-term research on King Penguins at Marion Island formed part of an international study which predicts that 70% of the sub-Antarctic seabirds could disappear by 2100, as a result of climate change

Reasons to be Proud (R2bP): Congratulations to three postgraduate LLM students in the Faculty of Law, Rachael Chasakara, Nikita Govender and Ntemesha Maseka, and their coach Mr David Abrahams, who will represent South Africa at the 30th edition of the Jean-Pictet Competition in Ohrid, (the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) this week.

Excellence, hard work and talent were rewarded at Nelson Mandela University last night, when 25 students were announced as the recipients of the prestigious Vice-Chancellors Scholarship.

Nelson Mandela University wishes to announce and congratulate Dr Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi as its new Chancellor from 1 April 2018.

As Nelson Mandela University draws close to the end of the first term, strides have been made in addressing the myriad of challenges that often come with the start of an academic year.

Nelson Mandela University is spearheading a R20-million project to increase the amount of return-effluent water it uses to irrigate its sports fields, as one of several on-campus initiatives to save water.

Reasons to be Proud (R2bP): Congratulations to first year BCom Accounting student, Ian Venter on winning the South African Open water 3km title last weekend. 

Reasons to be Proud (R2bP): Congratulations to Alumnus David Brown, BCom honours graduate (2001), who has been promoted to Vice-President, Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) at Amazon in the USA.

Nelson Mandela University’s Visual Art Department in the School of Music, Art and Design will be exhibiting the work of award-winning artist and academic, Nomusa Makhubu. 

Reasons to be Proud (R2bP): Congratulations to Siboniso Dlamini, a Marine and Maritime Studies researcher as well Chairperson of the Marine and Maritime Association at the University who has been appointed as the Southern African (SADC) Regional Associate on the International Executive Committee of the Youth Alliance for Leadership Development in Africa (YALDA).

High school pupils, university students and teachers across Nelson Mandela Bay are being challenged to use maths to create art, in the city’s first Math-Art Competition, which kicks off on March 3.

Reasons to be Proud (R2bP): Congratulations to Dr Jaco Olivier and Prof Jan Neethling from the Centre for HRTEM on their recent publication in the prestigious Nature Materials*. The paper has caused quite a stir in the scientific community, with a commentary in Nature Materials news & views** and over one thousand views on LinkedIn. This is a true testament to the quality of research at Nelson Mandela University. Well done Dr. Olivier and Prof. Neethling, we are proud of you!

On 21 October 1949, Mangaliso Robert Sobukwe stood as president of the University of Fort Hare’s student representative council (SRC) and lamented the fact that an institution deemed an independent African university was predominantly guided by a Eurocentric school of thought.

A sludgy, green world surviving along the coastline of South Africa is captivating the attention of a team of scientists at the Nelson Mandela University. Amidst the slime, this previously unexplored habitat was noticed only this past decade on the doorstep of the University.

On Friday, 16 February 2018, Nehawu embarked on a march, at which a memorandum of demands was presented to Management, occasioning the attached response. In responding to the list of demands, the University has opted to provide a full and comprehensive response principally because of statements being bandied about that essentially amount to a gross misrepresentation of the facts around labour matters.

Nelson Mandela University associate professor in marine ecology Ronel Nel is one of eight marine researchers from around the world selected to the 2018 Pew Marine Fellows Programme.

SUCH was the success of a technology-linked maths and science programme at 18 schools in the Bhisho area, that funders Old Mutual have not only extended that project – but are also introducing it at a further eight schools in East London’s Duncan Village area.

Reasons to be Proud (R2bp): Congratulations to Thandazani Nofingxana, a 4th year Fashion and Textile Design Student who has been selected as one of the Top 40 Emerging Creatives Class of 2018 at The Design Indaba's Annual  design festival.

Prof Patrick Vrancken, who is the incumbent of the South African Research Chair in the Law of the Sea and Development in Africa at Nelson Mandela University, is the main editor and one of the authors of The Law of the Sea: The African Union and its Member States.

Reasons to be Proud (R2bP): Congratulations to Nelson Mandela University PhD students who, once again, excelled at the annual conference of the Microscopy Society of Southern Africa held in Bela Bela recently.

Three Russian scientists from the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) in Dubna, Russia, will be visiting Nelson Mandela University’s Faculty of Science, as part of their visit to the country, to discuss possible future collaboration with South African institutions.

Nelson Mandela University’s Visual Art Department from the School of Music, Art and Design will host an exhibition of master’s students work opening on 9 February.  at the university’s Bird Street Campus in Central.

Staff and students at Nelson Mandela University are gearing up for the start of lectures on Monday, 5 February. As more students have been allowed to proceed with registration, a total 18 553 students – including 6102 first years – have registered to date.

The start of the 2018 academic year is proceeding smoothly at Nelson Mandela University in spite of the additional challenges of facilitating the new Government bursary funding benefits.

As thousands of new students begin their higher education journeys this year, in the wake of the announcement for free higher education for students of poor and working class families, Nelson Mandela University vice-chancellor Prof Sibongile Muthwa stressed the institution’s commitment to their success.

With up to 6000 new students and their parents or guardians expected to converge on Nelson Mandela University’s George, Second Avenue, South and North campuses for the 2018 Welcoming Ceremony at 9am tomorrow, you are urged to get to your destination early. 

Registration is proceeding well at Nelson Mandela University, with more than 5000 students successfully registered to date.

Nelson Mandela University has always held the strong view that no academically deserving, financially needy student should be denied access to higher education, and as such welcomes government’s announcement of its commitments towards fully funding higher education students  from poor and working class backgrounds.

Nelson Mandela University Marine Engineering lecturer Boswell Lungisa Douse was awarded his Master of Science degree in Naval Architecture in December 2017 from the University of Southampton with his dissertation focussing on the loss of stability of the H.M.H.S Britannic, the sister ship of the S.S Titanic. Part of his research was to investigate the sinking of the H.M.H.S Britannic.

Reasons to be Proud (R2bP): Congratulations to two of our recent Alumni who have been awarded the prestigious Mandela Rhodes Scholarship for their 2018 postgraduate studies.

The first week of January is normally a time when Nelson Mandela University opens up for late applications, where spaces are still available in programmes that are, for varied reasons, under subscribed.

It was a cocktail of emotions at the last day of Nelson Mandela University’s Summer graduation on Friday, where outgoing vice-chancellor Prof Derrick Swartz capped graduates in the remaining five faculties. 

This statement was released on 14 December 2017 by Universities South Africa (USaf)
Nelson Mandela University’s Infrastructure Projects director Greg Ducie and project manager Gerrit Smit received their PhD in Business Management on 14 December, both with Business Management’s Prof Miemie Struwig as supervisor. Incoming Vice-Chancellor Dr Sibongile Muthwa was also the co-supervisor for Greg’s studies.
 

Recognised as a legal giant who has made an immense contribution to the South African legal landscape, former Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke will be honoured at Nelson Mandela University’s upcoming Summer graduation this week. 

Being the first honorary doctorate recipient of the recently renamed and rebranded Nelson Mandela University reinforces the close relationship that former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke had with the institution’s namesake.

The establishment of a campus dedicated to the future growth of Ocean Sciences, broad agreements around related research themes, and the strengthening of partnerships both nationally and internationally in 2017, all augur well for the University’s future.

Winners of the First Lego League’s local leg, DF Malherbe High School, have won the national competition and will be heading off to Houston, Texas in the USA in the new year to compete in the international competition. They came out tops in the country, beating 30 schools to take the honours.

Reasons to be Proud (R2bP): Congratulations to Siboniso Dlamini, Nelson Mandela University Marine and Maritime Studies researcher as well the chairperson of the Marine and Maritime Association, who was selected to form part of the 75 exceptional young leaders delegation from the African continent to participate at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) Wildlife Youth Forum this week. 

Art + maths = magical connections for teachers and learners

Although maths and art seem worlds apart, they are more connected than you think.

Reasons to be Proud: Congratulations to Nelson Mandela University Choir Conductor and Music lecturer Junita van Dijk who has been invited to be a member of the esteemed international jury during the World Choir Games which will be held in Tshwane, South Africa in July 2018.

 

An innovative and internationally recognised animation artist, a sports administrator with a penchant for community development and the owner of a techno hub assisting start-up entrepreneurs to flourish are among a number of former students honoured at the annual Nelson Mandela University Alumni Awards last night.

SETTING a budget, monitoring cash flow and learning how to grow your money are all valuable life skills – although they do not form a core part of classroom curricula.

Reasons to be Proud: Congratulations to Distinguished Professor in the Department of Zoology, and founding Director of the Centre for African Conservation Ecology (ACE), Professor Graham Kerley, who has been awarded a fellowship of the Royal Society of South Africa.

Reasons to be Proud: Congratulations to 4th year Textile Design student, Liehandri Nel, who has been recognised for her work by having her designs included in a homeware range at national retailer, @home.

DECOLONISING curricula and transforming universities have long been talking points at universities in this country – even more so with the arrival of the #FeesMustFall movement. But to what extent are universities putting all this talk into practice?

Reasons to be Proud: Congratulations to two of our final year Fashion Design students, Sihle Soldati and Neliseka Kwanele Colidiza, who have been selected to be part of the 4th Annual Fashion Graduate Recruitment Showcase (FGRS 2017).

Nelson Mandela University and the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) have entered into a three-year partnership agreement aimed at revitalising and stimulating the provincial economy in line with Operation Phakisa objectives.

An educational mobile application, the brainchild of a Nelson Mandela University student, will soon shape the next generation of software developers in the rural and township schools in the Eastern Cape.

Nelson Mandela University’s Bachelor of Laws (LLB) programme is one of only three LLB programmes in the country to have been given confirmed accreditation by the Council on Higher Education (CHE).

Reasons to be Proud: Congratulations to four of our students from the School of Language, Media and Communication who were selected to participate and represent South Africa at the International Youth Organization Forum & Beijing Youth Camp in Beijing, China recently.

Reasons to be Proud: Congratulations to Development Studies student, Student Entrepreneur and SRC member, Sandile Mjamba who has been invited to participate and present a paper at the Youth Development Southern Africa (YODESA) Inaugural Summit in Durban later this month.

THE impact that research can have in benefitting society was effectively showcased during the successful hosting of Nelson Mandela University’s first Research for Change event this week.

 

Twelve years ago, three formidable institutions of higher learning merged to form what was known as Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. With that came the merging of established academic departments – one of these being the chemistry departments of the then University of Port Elizabeth, Vista University and Port Elizabeth Technikon.

Reasons to be Proud: Congratulations to Imtiaz Khan from the Department of Research Capacity Development (RCD) who received the Designated Authority award for 2017 at the National Research Foundation’s Research Administrators Workshop recently.

Reasons to be Proud - congratulations to Qhamani Sinefu and Buntu Mnyaka who have been invited to participate in the African Youth Parliament in Lagos, Nigeria later this month.

“Fisheries crime and the illegal harvesting, processing and trading of fish and seafood globally is so huge that it is in effect a parallel economic system that is undermining sustainable economic growth. Countries are being deprived of taxes; citizens of jobs, food and income; and fisheries and environments are being destroyed.”

Nelson Mandela University will be giving its own staff and students a glimpse of some of its exciting research projects in a novel event at the institution over the next two days (8 and 9 November).
Nelson Mandela University Forestry students Zamadlamini Dlamini and Tertius Venter were chosen by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) to attend the 14th International Junior Forest Contest 2017 which took place from 3 – 8 September 2017 in Russia (Moscow). Both students were highly commended for their work and received Merit Diplomas and a medal for their research presentations.

Congratulations to Prof Ilse Truter, Professor in Pharmacy, who has been elected as a member of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) International Working Group for Drug Statistics Methodology.

Erlier this month, Enactus Society members from Nelson Mandela University competed against nine other universities in the recent University Business Challenge held in Johannesburg in which they ended as first runners-up in the competition. 

LEARNERS from 10 under-resourced schools in Nelson Mandela Bay are celebrating improved results in maths and science, thanks to a technology-linked maths and science support programme, run by the Telkom Foundation in partnership with Nelson Mandela University.

Nelson Mandela University’s pioneering microalgae-to-energy project received high praise in the national parliament recently for its versatile eco-solution.

The South African higher education sector is at a crossroads, as it is forced to introspect and rethink the manner in which universities, and the sector in general, has been operating over the years.

The Nelson Mandela University Council is delighted to announce the appointment of Ambassador, Ms Nozipho January-Bardill and Mr Siya Mhlaluka as Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson, respectively, of the institution’s highest decision-making body.

Drs Lynn Biggs and Jacqui Luck have been selected as recipients of the prestigious Teaching Advancement at University (TAU) Fellowship for 2018.

The aim of this fellowship is to contribute the enhancement of teaching and learning in higher education in South Africa by supporting the development of a cadre of academics across institutions and disciplines as scholars, leaders and mentors in their fields.

Nelson Mandela University congratulates the South African Students Congress (Sasco) on winning the Student Representative Council elections this week. After a day of voting at various voting stations across the Port Elizabeth and George campuses on Wednesday, Sasco saw a landslide victory and secured eight seats in the central student council.

The success of the study Disease, Activity and Schoolchildren’s Health (DASH), a partnership between the University of Basel, Nelson Mandela University and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute has led to the launch of a follow up project Healthy Schools for Healthy Communities – the KaziBantu  project, funded by the Novartis Foundation. 

Eight Nelson Mandela University students have been chosen as part of a select group of 100 top students at the Gradstar Awards held in Johannesburg recently. 

Council is delighted to announce that Dr Sibongile Muthwa has been appointed the new Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Nelson Mandela University. Dr Muthwa, who has served as the University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Institutional Support for the past seven years, serves as the institution’s first black African female Vice-Chancellor and brings to the post a wealth of experience from the public sector and academia, both nationally and abroad.

Concerns around safety and security in and around campus have once again come under the spotlight following the vicious rape and stabbing of students in a computer lab on Second Avenue Campus last Monday.

Nelson Mandela University’s Human Movement Science Department will officially launch the Healthy Schools for Healthy Communities – the KaziBantu Project.

Management are currently engaging with student leadership about their concerns regarding gender violence attacks and the related impact on the safety of students. At the moment, the North, South and Missionvale Campus entrances are inaccessible.

Lengthy discussions between Nelson Mandela University management and students leading the protest resulted in an agreement to successfully resume operations and academic activity at the institution tomorrow, 5 October.

Nelson Mandela University is deeply saddened and shocked by the vicious attack on two students at Second Avenue Campus last night.

Nelson Mandela University will be beefing up security across all its campuses to try to ensure the safety of staff and students following a vicious attack of two students at its Second Avenue Campus on Monday night.

 

Nelson Mandela University welcomes Professor André Keet as the incumbent of the University’s new Chair: Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation.

 
“Humans have been intricately linked to the ocean for tens of thousands of years. Our University recognises this and is advancing faculty-wide research to understand the ocean environment and how this couples with coastal livelihoods and human impact on our ecosystems.” – Professor Nadine Strydom
Nelson Mandela University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Derrick Swartz, has been the driving force behind its bold new Ocean Sciences Strategy since around 2014. 

The launch of our new Ocean Sciences Campus tomorrow (Friday, 22 September) will physically signal our University’s intent to become the leading Ocean Sciences University in the country.

South African academics have been called upon to play a more active role in the country’s major decision making structures so as to use their research to make a meaningful impact in the development of the country.

This was the bold call by renowned actor and creative Dr John Kani, while delivering the keynote address at Nelson Mandela University's prestigious Research, Teaching and Engagement Excellence Awards last night.

With five of its seven campuses located a few hundred metres from the sea and within 25km of two major ports, Nelson Mandela University’s involvement in the blue economy is inescapable.

In 2014, the South African government launched the bold Operation Phakisa growth strategy, under the guidance of the National Development Plan, to harness the largely untapped potential of the blue or oceans economy.

A MULTI-MEDIA event showcasing Ocean Sciences at Nelson Mandela University takes place this week as one of a number of events leading up to the launch of its new campus on 22 September.

The ‘Waves of Change’ event featuring staff and students from Arts through to Zoology as part of Ocean Sciences  new transdisciplinary approach of working together, precedes a series of marine and maritime related initiatives as the University’s efforts in this field gain momentum.

The adequate provision of, and access to, quality health services remains a challenge in the Eastern Cape, particularly in the poorer and more rural areas. One of the contributing factors to this challenge is the insufficient number of health care professionals to meet South Africa’s needs.

By 2050, people will have e-pets and even e-partners – which will bring with them a multitude of ethical e-challenges.

So says Prof Rossouw von Solms, Director of Nelson Mandela University’s Centre for Research in Information and Cyber Security, who is an expert on IT governance, cyber security and the many risks facing lax or uninformed internet users.

Learners in Nelson Mandela Bay will again be exposed to the excitement and benefits of science and technology when Nelson Mandela University’s School of Information Communication Technology hosts a regional qualifying tournament for the First Lego League (FLL) challenge.

South Africa has a history of inequality that has left an indelible mark on its people predominantly along racial lines, which has affected and manifested in their social and economic lives. The impact thereof is visible across all spheres of society, including the academic and science workforce.

Prof Darelle van Greunen, Director of the Centre for Community Technologies at Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, won a R1 million Discovery Foundation Rural Fellowship at the awards ceremony recently. It will boost her development of a mobile application aimed at reducing high drug-resistant TB burden in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.

NELSON Mandela University’s pioneering microalgae-to-energy project is proving to be a highly versatile eco-solution: besides cleaning up the atmosphere by mitigating carbon dioxide to grow the algae, and being a source of renewable energy, it is also an effective fertiliser, can clean up oil-soaked soil, and can even be used to produce a low-smoke, long-lasting fuel for households.
 
Nelson Mandela University’s Office for International Education launched the International Culture Fest for the very first time on Saturday, 19 August at the Tramways Building. The purpose of this festival was to celebrate the rich cultural diversity within the university as well as in the city.  The festival was previously known as the Multicultural Extravaganza and was part of International Diversity Week on campus. The event, which was only accessible to university staff and students, was moved to a public space so that it was open to everyone.

Nelson Mandela University student, Ettienne Minnaar, recently took first prize - twice - at a meeting of the Microscopy Society of America, Microscopy and Microanalysis 2017, held in St Louis, Missouri.

Minnaar had been invited to attend the conference by renowned physicist, Dr Nester Zaluzec, from Argonne National Laboratory in the USA. Dr Zaluzec, a friend of the Centre for High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (HRTEM), is best known as the inventor of the Scanning Confocal Electron Microscope.

Behind every student number is a story – of hope, dreams and aspirations, will and unparalleled resilience. 

These very stories, of eight Nelson Mandela University students who have had to overcome a myriad of challenges – financial, institutional and social – to successfully access university form the emotive backbone of a photo documentary exhibition that opened at the institution’s Bird Street Art Gallery last week.

Developing knowledge and awareness of different cultures by promoting intercultural understanding, tolerance and mutual respect is the aim of the International Culture Fest, hosted by Nelson Mandela University’s Office for International Education.

Everybody has a story, but not everybody’s story or voice is heard, particularly if you are a woman from the rural areas of South Africa.

Two Nelson Mandela University students are set to jet off this weekend to Johannesburg for a two-week fellowship following their selection to the 2017 Young African Leadership Initiative Regional Leadership Centre (YALI RLC).

THE sacrifices made towards providing students with a tertiary education came under the spotlight this week as Absa announced a R17-million bursary investment for Nelson Mandela University students over three years.

The news has been widely welcomed against the backdrop of huge financial challenges within the Higher Education sector, but none more so than by the students who are benefitting from the unexpected windfall.

Banking giant Absa and Nelson Mandela University have joined hands and entered into a three year-partnership that will essentially alleviate the financial burden on hundreds of financially needy students through a multi-million rand investment.

GREATER diversity and more equality in science must urgently be addressed, while more needs to be done to make the field accessible for different groups of people.

These and other issues, including adding indigenous knowledge, the power of language, ancient African Mathematics, older and younger lecturers and gender equality were among the topics addressed by both experts and student presenters at a pre-launch symposium to the National Science Week (NSW), which kicks off this weekend.

Some 50 learners from Coselelani Senior Secondary School and Urban Academy had the opportunity to experience the world of science during a virtual tour of the European Centre for Nuclear Research (CERN) outside Geneve, Switzerland.

The virtual tour, under the theme Advancing Science Tourism, took place at the university’s Business School Auditorium and was one of several National Science Week pre-launch activities hosted at Nelson Mandela University.

Siphelo Ndungane is an eighteen year old from KwaZakhele Township, Port Elizabeth.  He suffers from a rare life- threatening illness. As a result he dropped out of school, because he was unable to continue with his studies - but Siphelo had a dream.

He dreams of becoming a teacher one day and with the help of Reach for a Dream, he was taken to Nelson Mandela University on Friday, 28 July to visit the Faculty of Education.

Glaring similarities and parallels in the everyday lived experiences of black female academics in universities in the United Kingdom and South Africa were laid bare in a thought-provoking public lecture held at Nelson Mandela University yesterday.

Leeds Beckett University’s Professor Shirley-Anne Tate shared relatable examples of institutional racism experienced by black women academics in UK universities as she delivered her paper at the South Campus Council Chambers.

As part of the road to National Science Week, the University’s Faculty of Science has been hosting Pre-launch events together with DST and NRF/SAASTA.

On 29 July, the Faculty of Science, the National Department of Science and Technology and the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement hosted a 5km fun run on the University’s Missionvale Campus to promote National Science Week. Around 500 staff members, students and members of the community came out to support the event.

On Saturday 29 July, it was all about showing learners that science can be practical and fun – not just abstract theory. 

Nelson Mandela University’s Faculty of Science in conjunction with the Science Students' Association hosted a lecture on scientific landmarks of Africa and invited leaners and educators from local schools and surrounding areas.

Following their kick-off meeting in South Africa in January 2017, the EU-funded Common Good First project team recently met again in Glasgow. 

Common Good First is a digital project which will link community projects in South Africa to each other and to higher education institutions around the world using a web-based knowledge bank and innovative digital storytelling solutions. 

In a democratic nation such as South Africa, democratisation of state institutions is necessary and important. This is a critical aspect with impact on good governance.

This is the premise of Nelson Mandela University Public Management lecturer Professor Sebenzile Masango’s inaugural lecture, to be delivered on Thursday, titled “Democratisation of State Institutions and Processes – A Critical Ingredient for Good Governance”.

Officially launching Nelson Mandela University today is the easy part, with the challenge being to live up to the revered former President’s name and picking up the baton from the unfinished journey that he started.

This was the message Vice-Chancellor Prof Derrick Swartz gave on Tuesday as he addressed hundreds of staff and students gathered at the University’s Missionvale Campus for a celebratory Mandela Magic Concert that set the tone to today’s official launch.

The official launch of the University’s new name to that of Nelson Mandela University will take place tomorrow, Thursday 20 July.

As part of the campaign  lead-up to this high-profile event where the new look of Nelson Mandela University will be revealed, we share inputs from some of our Alumni Award recipients from across the globe on what the name Nelson Mandela means to them.

She has spent many years holding leadership positions, both in the public and higher education sectors, in spaces that require one to use evidence in decision making and in managing complexity within organisations.

This experience forms the basis of the contribution that Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Institutional Support, Dr Sibongile Muthwa, will make to the country through her new role as deputy chairperson of the Financial and Fiscal Commission (FFC).

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”

This poignant call to action by former President Nelson Mandela has become the basis of the wave of good deeds undertaken by millions of people across the globe in commemoration of Mandela Day.

From financial investigators to Chartered Accountants, social workers, artists and entrepreneurs, the career dreams of the 350 Grade 11 pupils attending an accounting winter school in the Bay this week (10 to 14 July) are as varied as the schools they come from.

It’s little wonder “the future’s so bright, you need shades” is the theme of this year’s winter school, run annually by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU’s) School of Accounting, and sponsored by professional firm PwC.

Think back to when you were a child, learning to read. The strange squiggles on the page came alive when you learned that each represented a familiar sound. When you sounded out each letter, familiar words were formed. When you put the words together, there were sentences.

Now imagine trying to go through that same learning process without being able to hear. Letters cannot be brought to life with sound. They remain squiggles on a page.

The importance of Financial Services Providers (FSPs) to the South African economy, specifically towards GDP growth, employment creation and employment transformation will be the main topic of the inaugural professorial address by Professor Chantal Rootman tomorrow evening.

Take a tour through science with the Department of Science and Technology as it hosts the annual National Science Week in in Nelson Mandela Bay this August.

National Science Week 2017 (NSW2017), which will be hosted at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Missionvale Campus, will this year take on the theme “Advancing Science Tourism” – in recognition of the United Nation’s International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

Sea turtles in South Africa are getting smaller – and scientists are trying to find out why, and how this will affect future populations.

“What we are finding is that the size at reproduction of individual loggerhead and leatherback turtles is getting smaller over time, and we are gearing our research to find out what could be the cause,” said NMMU’s Head of Zoology, Associate Professor Ronel Nel, one of the world’s leading sea turtle researchers.

Today, there is medication that prevents pregnant HIV-positive women from passing the virus onto their babies. So why are children still being born with the virus? 

Dr Rosemary Chimbala-Kalenga, Director of NMMU’s HIV and Aids Research Unit, said the main reason is the stigma still associated with the disease.

Hundreds of maths teachers from across South Africa will descend on Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University for the annual Association for Mathematics Education of South Africa (AMESA) national congress next week.

From Monday, 3 July to 7 July, the 23rd annual conference – under the theme “Restoring the dignity of Mathematics learners through quality teaching and learning” – will be hosted at the University’s South campus.

The ocean as the source of life and its ill-treatment or lack of appreciation by humans will be one of the highlights at the National Arts Festival, through the stage production I Mpilo Y Amanzi.

An originally conceptualised dance production, written and staged by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) Department of Arts, Culture and Heritage students, I Mpilo Y A Manzi uses a mixture of dance styles to tell the juxtaposed story of the oceans.

From the perfect symmetry of a snowflake to the intricate patterns on a puffadder’s skin to spiral galaxies in space, nature is filled with mathematically-precise patterns. 

On 18 July 2017, the world will mark what would have been former President Nelson Mandela’s 99th birthday.

On 20 July 2017, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University will relaunch itself as Nelson Mandela University – the only higher education institution in the world to bear the name of one of the world’s most revered leaders.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University third year Interior Design students won gold for their exhibition stand at the recent Homemakers Expo held at the Boardwalk Exhibition Centre.

Is innovation making our lives healthier, safer and more comfortable - turning problems into progress?

This was the theme of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Innovation Office’s celebration of this year’s World Intellectual Property Day.

A FORESTER exploring harvesting machine simulator usage and a human resources practitioner focused on the integration of foreigners into organisations, are among te 28 students who were recognised at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Academic Achiever’s Awards last night.

Ethical leadership and empowerment will be under the spotlight at the 2017 Nelson Mandela Bay Leadership Summit jointly hosted by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Business School and Ukuvula Foundation on 28 June.

The 45th International Forestry Students’ Symposium (IFSS 2017) which will be hosted by the South African chapters of the International Forestry Students’ Associations (IFSA), spearheaded by NMMU is set to attract more than 130 students from 56 countries to South Africa between 2 and 17 July.

Plettenberg Bay zoology masters student Danielle van den Heever adopted a nocturnal routine to study tropical “ghost birds”, slightly bigger than doves yet tough enough to fly hundreds of kilometres out to sea.  

Swiss day at NMMU
09/06/2017

Switzerland’s University of Basel vice-president Prof Edwin Constable will form part of a delegation that will descend on Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University on Monday to promote the country’s universities and scholarship programme.

The role of credit ratings agencies has been a contentious one, with a number of differing views being aired about their credibility, how they form part of the architecture of global finance and what it is that influences these decisions.

A new locally-developed web application, called Sgela Saam, is aiming to help the Eastern Cape - and South Africa, improve its pass rate by allowing learners and teachers to share study material, which includes past papers and their problem solving methods.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s annual accounting winter schools for Grade 11 and 12 pupils are about much more than boosting exam results – they are about bringing young people together from all walks of life, and inspiring them to dream.

South Africa has come a long way, with the first two decades dedicated mainly to reconciliation and nation building. However, if education and the school and post-school curricula are not transformed in meaningful ways, the dream of a non-racial and just society will remain an elusive one.

The issues of landlessness, poverty and under development that continue to plague the Eastern Cape cannot be understood fully without reference to the wars of dispossession and resistance that played out in the province in the eighteenth and nineteenth century.

In a bid to educate, motivate and inspire staff, students and the general public about Africa’s rich history and fruitful future, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) hosted a week of fun and colourful events to celebrate Africa Week.

Nelson Mandela Bay art lovers, historians and all those with an appetite for South Africa’s history through the decolonisation lens are in for a treat, with the upcoming photographic exhibition by acclaimed documentary photographer Cedric Nunn.

In a major coup for women’s rugby at NMMU, the Port Elizabeth varsity has been named host of the sixth University Sport South Africa (USSA) sevens tournament in September.

Gender-based violence – a term used interchangeably with violence against women – is a widespread and critical issue in South Africa that requires effective and efficient action that goes beyond the campaigning and sloganeering.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University management and unions yesterday reached an agreement on the cost of living adjustment component (COLA) of the salary negotiations, with effect from 1 May. 

Johannesburg, 16 May 2017 – THE South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) – a national public research entity of the Department of Arts & Culture (DAC), hosted by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University promoting capacity building across the cultural domains – has empowered South African festival and event organisers to track the economic impact of their events.

All our graduation ceremonies were streamed live on the internet and were also recorded. They are now available for viewing.

A website dedicated to all matters relating to our transition from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University to Nelson Mandela University is now available.

NMMU Second-year Fashion, Textile design and Graphic design students stand a chance of winning thousands of rands towards their study accounts, as well as mix with the rich and famous at the World Sports Betting East Cape Derby race at Fairview Racecourse in Nelson Mandela Bay, on Saturday, 13 May 2017.

A commitment to efforts to curb the spread the HIV/Aids and the rampant rape culture and sex for marks trend that has gripped many tertiary institutions was reinforced at the provincial launch of the Higher Education AIDS (HEAIDS) First Things First Campaign at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University yesterday.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s award-winning Eco-Car will be a star attraction at this year’s Knysna Motor Show sponsored by Sanlam Private Wealth (30 April on the Knysna High School Fields).

Enactus at NMMU (an international nonprofit organisation dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action) have launched their upXycle Store in the Madibaz complex on South Campus.

A long-term partnership aimed at addressing the myriad of educational challenges largely affecting rural Eastern Cape schools was rubber stamped, with the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) and the iKamvelihle Development Trust (iKDT) on Friday.

“As consumers, we should all contribute to a better world with our spending behaviour reflecting that we care for the well-being of future generations. Aspects such as responsible spending, being activists for sustainable products and packaging as well as recycling, all form part of being accountable consumers”, says NMMU Special assistant to the Vice-Chancellor Laura Best whose doctoral research is pioneering the way.  

The compelling photographic exhibition, 'Between States of Emergency', that documents the work of photographers who took a stand against the atrocities of the apartheid regime opens at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University's (NMMU) Bird Street Art Gallery tomorrow.

A student has been found guilty and expelled and disciplinary proceedings against several others are continuing in relation to various acts of violence and disruption associated with the #FeesMustFall protests that rocked Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University last year.

It has been a difficult, yet rewarding journey for Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) first ever intake of BSc Dietetics students, who graduated yesterday afternoon.

A simple call for help has translated into hope for brothers Bulelani, 25, and Masande Putuzo, 24, from the Eastern Cape town of Qumbu.

“Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day, but teach a man to fish and he’ll eat for years.” This Chinese proverb is the personal philosophy of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) PhD graduate Paul Tai-Hing. 

It was a symbolic moment for internationally acclaimed educational entrepreneur Fred Swaniker when he was awarded an honorary doctorate at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) yesterday.

Two major obstacles once threatened their ability to access higher education at their preferred institution Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University – their visual impairment and a lack of funding.

The compelling stories of five Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) students struggling for access and to complete their university studies was captured in a photographic documentary booklet, which will form part of an exhibition later this year. 

One of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) honorary doctorate recipients today urged graduates to leave the institution not looking to find jobs, but to create them.

A celebration of years of hard work played itself out at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) Indoor Sports Centre today as hundreds of students crossed the stage at the first graduation session for the Port Elizabeth campuses.

More than 6700 graduates are set to cross the stage over Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) two-week long graduation period, which starts tomorrow (31 March 2017).

For many young South Africans, getting a tertiary education is only a wish. For 24 first year Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) students who were awarded the prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship on Friday night, this wish has become a reality.

THE South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) has awarded seven scholarships and bursaries for the 2017 academic year allocating over half a million Rand to supporting young academics conducting research across the creative and cultural industries (CCIs). 

THE South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) has appointed Jan-Carel Van Der Linde as the SACO Database Coordinator, to head up the SACO’s database management. 

His participation in the Eastern Cape leg of the FameLab international science communication competition – dubbed the ‘Pop Idols of Science’ – gave provincial winner and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) student hope for the future of science in South Africa.

More than 30 final year students whose hopes of finishing their academic journey were dashed by a lack of funds shared their excitement at being the recipients of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) #Trailblazing campaign funds.

Later this year, we will officially launch Nelson Mandela University.

We are singularly privileged to bear the name of one of the world’s greatest icons - a man whose humble beginnings, values and hopes resonate with our own hopes for a transformed and better future for all.

House robberies, drug and alcohol abuse and a general lawlessness were just some of the things that made the Walmer Township community stand up and work to actively fight the scourge of crime in the area.

The university’s School of Clinical Care Sciences runs its own health truck, called Zanempilo, which bears some similarities to the train mod- el, although on a much smaller scale.

Zanempilo, which in Xhosa means “bringing health to the people”, is a mobile clinic that has consulting rooms and a mini-pharmacy, and sees about 40 people a day.

THE digital project, Common Good First, of which NMMU’s Centre for Community Technologies is the lead South African co-coordinator, has won a top international award.

IT’S AN extravaganza of creativity and culture not to be missed – but how much does the Cape Town Carnival add to the bottom line of the City and more?

A NEW aquaponics unit built on Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) Missionvale Campus is an excellent example of institutional collaboration and partnerships that benefit others.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University is celebrating the local and international success stories of graduates who have not just climbed the corporate ladder, but have become inspiring leaders and change agents in the process. 

There are a number of students who have been admitted to the University but have been unable to register due to awaiting funding confirmation from the National Students Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) or other finance-related challenges.

An innovative and cost-effective food production hub recently built at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Missionvale Campus – which is to offer healthy lifestyle solutions to primary school pupils in the neighbouring communities – will be launched tomorrow (Thurs 9 March).

THE SOUTH African Cultural Observatory (SACO) recently opened registration for its annual conference, which this year will explore the interface between the creative economy and development. 

A student who was seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident on campus last weekend is recuperating well in hospital, while another was treated for minor injuries and released.

There are a number of applicants who have been admitted to the University but are not yet registered as students because of a lack of funding.

First-year Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Accounting Diploma student Amanda Faku, 23, literally had The Voice South Africa coaches spinning in their seats with her audition on this music competition recently.

Retired NASA Deputy Chief Technologist Jim Adams will be at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) on 8 March to talk about robots. Adams will provide an overview of how “robots” came to be infused into our culture and of the role they play in everyday life, as well as in space.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) may well be home to the largest 3D-printer in Africa. The five-metre tall printer with an ability to print enormous structures across a wide array of transdisciplinary applications is the result of the efforts of a team of student engineers and their lecturers.

Lectures on Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s North, South and Ocean Sciences campuses (old CSIR campuses) have been cancelled this morning following last night’s veld fire.

The massive fire saw the evacuation of dozens of students staying at Sanlam Student Village late last night, and large tracts of bushveld destroyed on the University’s South and North campuses.

Fire-fighters are currently monitoring North and South campuses and putting out flare-ups as they occur. There is still heavy smoke on parts of both campuses but the situation is under control.

Afternoon classes are to resume at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University from 2pm today as the veld fires that affected some of its campuses have been brought under control.

Following  a risk assessment made on North, South and Ocean Sciences (CSIR building) campuses, it was deemed safe to proceed with lectures so as to minimise impact on the academic programme.

As at 16:20 today, the fires on campus were largely under control. Metro fire-fighters are still on the scene monitoring the situation and putting out flare-ups as they occur. The fire between Link Road and Letaba Residence on North Campus is currently being attended to.

The fires that have ravaged through some of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) campuses have been contained, with the municipal and on-campus firefighters closely monitoring the situation and attending to the flare-ups.

A collaborative and research education hub that seeks to bring together the practical and research orientated aspects of ICT for supporting the country’s sustainability efforts, kicks off at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) today.

The University today met with the executive leadership of a number of taxi associations operating in the Nelson Mandela Bay in a bid to iron out issues that had earlier this week seen disruptions at the Missionvale Campus.

Students whose household income does not exceed R600 000 are urged to apply for the Department of Higher Education and Training’s (DHET) Fee Adjustment Grant.

A Port Elizabeth taxi association operating in the Missionvale area yesterday disrupted the University’s student shuttle service and blockaded the entrance to NMMU’s Missionvale Campus, making it impossible for vehicles to access the campus.

The NMMU Council wishes to announce that Vice-Chancellor Professor Derrick Swartz has indicated that he will not be seeking renewal of his contract at the end of 2017 as he wishes to pursue other professional and academic interests. Council was made aware of his decision at the start of his second term of office, in January 2013.

Three Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Fine Arts master’s students will be showcasing their work at the opening of the Masters Graduate Exhibition on Friday, 24 February.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) was shocked to learn of discriminatory comments allegedly made by a staff member using the University email system.

BEFORE the Phelophepa health care trains can pull into a station to set up their mobile clinics, there is much work to be done.

More than a week into the start of the first term of 2017, thousands of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) students are fully registered and attending lectures.

“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you” – Princess Diana

This quote aptly describes the recent act of kindness displayed by a third-year BSc Computer Science student, who gave up a bursary, in order to help somebody else complete their studies.

The latest arson attack on Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University property this weekend is viewed in the most serious light by University authorities. It follows in the wake of two arson attacks in November 2016 which are still under police investigation.

The Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, has called on communities and all relevant arms of the state to work together and redouble their efforts to track, prosecute and bring to book the small band of arsonists who are destroying the country’s education infrastructure.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) 2017 interim Student Representative Council has been officially constituted and is set to champion student issues until elections are held later this year.

As you know, last year had indeed been a challenging and troubling one for Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in particular, and the higher education system in South Africa as a whole. Much of the second half of 2016 was caught up in a protracted student fee protest campaign that caused major, and near catastrophic loss of academic time for students and staff alike.

Over the past decade, archaeologists have discovered critical information about our species in the caves along South Africa’s southern Cape coastline. 

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) learnt with shock and outrage the news that the Procurement Building on South Campus was petrol bombed on Saturday night, and graffiti about ‘free higher education’ and ‘fees must fall’ painted on the walls of the building. 

A TRIED-AND-TRUSTED, technology-linked maths and science support programme is being introduced at several high schools in Mthatha – which is set to improve learners’ understanding and results, and grow the expertise of teachers in that area.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) is wrapping up its first week of academic activity following the smooth start of lectures on Monday, 6 February.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) is gravely concerned by the large number of NSFAS-funded students who have not yet signed their 2016 contracts.

The NMMU Business School today announced that its flagship MBA programme received prestigious international accreditation by AMBA; and also that the school secured a top position  through the Eduniversal international business school rankings for South Africa.

FOR nine months of every year, Phelophepa I and II travel the country, spending one or two weeks at 40 stations countrywide reaching almost 400 000 underprivileged people through its onboard and community outreach programmes.

Student Representative Council (SRC) presidents from across the country met with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) this week on student funding matters. A number of resolutions were made in a bid to enable a greater number of students to register in time for the start of lectures.
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) is geared up for the influx of students to its campuses when lectures start on Monday, 6 February 2017.

Since last Monday (23 January), hundreds of the Bay’s poorest residents have been flocking to Transnet Foundation’s Phelophepa II health care train, which has set up its on-board mobile clinic at Swartkops Station.

The bulk of South African universities are starting the 2017 academic year off on a sour financial footing, with more than R2-billion in outstanding fees owed to them.

For Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, the accumulated debt stands at R122.5-million, with R99.3-million of that accrued in 2016 alone. A further breakdown is included hereunder.

The registration process at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) is well under way, with more than 5000 first year and returning students having registered since online registration began last week.

The Fees Must Fall protests in the last term of the 2016 academic year meant the annual Student Representative Council (SRC) elections at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University could not be held.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) first year students received a sobering welcome to the institution this weekend as vice-chancellor Prof Derrick Swartz highlighted the opportunities, challenges, rights and responsibilities in store over the next few years.

Large numbers of first-year students and their parents poured onto Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s six campuses for the official 2017 Welcoming Ceremony early today.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) academic and residence admissions processes are well on track, with the bulk of first year applicants in possession of their firm acceptance offers.

The financial stability of South African universities – Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) included – is under severe threat following the national call for free higher education and the implementation of a 0% fee increase in 2016.

Students are advised to be cautious, particularly at the start of an academic year when fraudsters actively exploit newcomers to the metro and University.

Scores of new students and their parents are set to descend on Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) Indoor Sports Centre on Saturday (21 January 2017) to kick-start the annual first-year orientation programme.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) Centre for Access Assessment and Research (CAAR) is working to finalise access testing on thousands of prospective students this month.

By the end of the 2016 academic year, approximately 8000 candidates had been referred for access testing but had not yet taken up the opportunity to write the test.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Student Housing officials are processing and finalising the applications and admission of first year and returning students to residences for 2017.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) admissions office is currently dealing with large volumes of enquiries, while trying to finalise the 2017 admissions process.

The University is aware that there are applicants who are still awaiting the final outcome of their applications following the release of NSC results last week and the Admissions Office is working around the clock to finalise this process as soon as possible.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University is pleased to welcome Dr Randall Jonas on board as the new Business School Director.

Dr Jonas, who assumed duty yesterday (9 January 2016), brings with him a wealth of business and education experience to NMMU. He is also no stranger to the University, having previously served on the NMMU Council and NMMU Trust with distinction, and is currently President of NMMU Alumni Association.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) has successfully completed the bulk of the 2016 academic year and has worked hard to ensure that all is on track for welcoming this year’s intake and returning students.

Africa’s vast coastline is governed by the continent’s multitude of coastal countries – with the result that legislation differs from one maritime zone to the next. 

Because this has far-reaching implications in terms of the exploitation of resources, the management of pollution and maritime security, Africa’s only Research Chair in the Law of the Sea is looking to compare and harmonise legislation pertaining to the continent’s marine environment.