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Some 1 600 learners attending Nelson Mandela University’s annual Open Day applied at the two-day event to study at the University with the Access and Enrolment department staff assisting them.


“Open Day provides an overall picture and a wonderful showcase of the whole University, bringing all departments together under one roof in collaboration with one another”, says Jo-Ann Daniels, Deputy Director Student Recruitment

A total of around 5000 learners from 51 schools and parents from as far as Mthatha, Graaff-Reinet, Idutywa and Humansdorp, attended the Open Day over two days at Missionvale Campus Indoor Sports Centre.   

Most parents attended with learners on the Saturday morning when the Parent Information Session, in preparation for the 2025 academic year and enabling student success also took place.

The session, addressed by Sherri-Anne Pietersen from Emthonjeni Student Wellness Counselling, saw a full attendance and informed parents of all the tools and support structures for student success at the University.

The University Choir also performed prior to the start of this session, which took place in the VIP room at the Sport Centre.

The Medical School stall was one of the most popular, as well as Access and Enrolment (Admissions).

The Physics Department won the best exhibitor prize with their captivating demonstrations, engaging experiments, and a deep understanding of the fundamental principles that govern the universe.

In second place was the Govan Mbeki Maths Development Unit from the Faculty of Science, whose stall undoubtedly inspired many to explore the wonders of mathematics.

Their commitment to promoting mathematics education and nurturing mathematical talent is truly commendable said Jo-Ann.

Third place went to Architecture who impressed the judges with their dedication to design and spatial planning, but the team also demonstrated the beauty and functionality that architecture brings to our world.

Collaborating with UADS has definitely seen an increase in differently abled learners attending Open Day. The Rubin Birin School for the visually impaired as well as the St Thomas School for the Blind also attended.

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