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Nelson Mandela University

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The Nelson Mandela University is based in Port Elizabeth and is known for offering high-quality professional and vocational training. The university was formed in 2005 after a merger of three universities in the area. Its history can be dated back to 1882 with the forming of the Port Elizabeth Art School. 

It has developed a “green” initiative, which includes recycling plastic waste each month, as well as printing fewer copies of notes and textbooks. It is a combination of a technician and a university, offering both academic and technical courses.

In July of 2017, the university was renamed, making it the first and only institution to carry the name of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. Part of their vision and mission is to become a leader in providing unique and cutting-edge solutions to world problems. Their values include diversity, academic excellence, upholding South Africa’s belief in Ubuntu, and providing a space of equality and inclusion. 

Nelson Mandela University Faculties and Schools

  • Arts
  • Business and Economics Sciences
  • Education
  • Engineering, the Built Environment, and Information Technology
  • Health Sciences
  • Law
  • Science

The university has over 28 000 students currently studying at the institution, with 53 per cent of these students being female. This has netted it a positive gender equality rating.