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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.

The former CSIR campus, across the road from our North Campus, and adjacent to South Campus, in Gomery Road, has been intentionally designed and revamped to embrace the Ocean Sciences’ transdisciplinary way of working.

The first phase of the infrastructure changes and improvements at the new campus will be shared with about 250 guests, many of whom are partners from around the globe, at the official opening.


Nelson Mandela University’s Vice-Chancellor Prof Derrick Swartz, who has been driving the establishment of the Ocean Sciences Campus in line with regional, national and continental needs, will welcome dignitaries from the metro, local government, academia, big business, civic society and ocean related organisations to the lunch-time event.

Live streaming

The formal proceedings, which includes messages of support from Executive Mayor Nelson Mandela Bay Councillor Athol Trollip, the British High Commissioner Nigel Casey, Norwegian Ambassador Trine Skymoen, Finnish Deputy Head of Mission Anna Merrified, as well as an address from Provincial Government’s Chairperson: Cabinet Committee on Economic Growth and Development MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane, will be streamed live from 11.30am on

Social media

You can also keep tabs on the Ocean Sciences story via our social media platforms – Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We would also like to encourage you use the Twitter handle @MandelaUni and the hashtag #OceanSciences as a means of creating national awareness of this exciting new journey for the university.

New look 

The new campus has been specifically branded to reflect its purpose – that of a dedicated creative and innovative hub for postgraduate teaching, research and engagement for Ocean Sciences. Our new Nelson Mandela University logo is foregrounded in this campus-specific look. Please go to the new Ocean Sciences website to watch a virtual tour of the present campus and its future growth.

Ocean Sciences website

The transdisciplinary nature of Ocean Sciences – from the Arts through to Zoology - is showcased on the new dedicated Ocean Sciences website Here you will find information about our partners, our engagement projects, videos with ocean sciences themes, news stories, links to research chairs etc. It also houses an electronic version of the 32-page Ocean Sciences magazine that appeared in today’s Financial Mail. Please feel free to share this with your colleagues.

Ocean Sciences Project Launch Team