Change the world


Nelson Mandela University’s Faculty of Science has reached a major milestone by becoming part of the National Institute for Theoretical and Computational Sciences (NITheCS) consortium, a platform granted by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and the National Research Foundation (NRF).

This consortium unites 25 esteemed South African universities and institutes into five regional nodes. 

Nelson Mandela University, represented by Prof Azwinndini Muronga, will lead the Eastern Cape and Free State regional node. The NITheCS consortium comprises prestigious institutions, all promoting theoretical and computational sciences.

Since 2016, the Faculty of Science has actively hosted over a hundred final-year BSc, BSc(Honours), MSc, and PhD students from various South African institutions to participate in NITheCS – Mandela Uni (formerly NITheP – NMU) Internship Programme.

Our participation in the consortium perfectly aligns with the faculty’s strategic priorities, goals, and initiatives, in particular it will assist us in achieving the strategic goal of promoting and protecting the basic sciences.

The Faculty of Science has already envisioned the establishment of the Institute of the Theoretical & Computational Sciences in its strategy whose development started in 2016. With this consortium, the Faculty of Science is poised to advance basic sciences and shape the future of science for society.

The Faculty invites all university community members or teams interested in theoretical and computational sciences to join the Theoretical & Computational Sciences Forum, particularly in the scientific themes of: Theoretical Physics, Mathematics, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Statistics, Data Science, Quantitative Finance, Bioinformatics and Quantitative Biology, Earth Systems Modelling, and Climate Change Modelling.

Those wishing to be a part of this pioneering initiative, please send an email to, copying and

2022/2023 NITheCS – Mandela Uni Internship Programme: interns and tutors.

Faculty of Science

Contact information
Ms Elma de Koker
Internal Communication Practitioner
Tel: 041-504 2160