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PE woman most influencial (published July 2016) 


Alumnus, NMMU Alumni Rising Star Recipient and Port - Elizabeth businesswoman, Dr Bridgette Gasa once again proved she is a force to be reckoned with when she scooped two awards at the Celebrating Organisations of Excellence awards ceremony on Friday. 
Gasa is the managing director of the Elilox Group and was handpicked from 4900 nominees as the most influential woman in the building and construction sector in South Africa and the Southern African Development Community region.


Newly elected NMMU Alumni Association Executive Committee (EXCO) 



Association members elected a new executive committee at the recent AGM held at the North Campus Conference Centre … back from left, Director: Alumni Relations and Association Secretary Paul Geswindt, EXCO elected members Welcome Kupangwa, Sonnetta Human,Michelle Mbaco front from left, Alumni Council representative Prof Hugh Jeffery, Vice President Khwezi Blose, President and Council Representative Dr Randall Jonas, Treasurer Elmari van de Merwe and EXCO elected member Ayanda Mlatsha. 



Alumnus slected as Top 35 CA's (Published July 2016)


BCom Hons graduate and School of Accounting’s Prof Johnathan Dillon who has been selected as one of SAICA’s Top 35 Chartered Accountants under 35 years of age featured in the July edition of Accountancy SA magazine.

Prof Dillon will be going to Johannesburg at the end of August for the final judging sessions. The winners will then be announced at a function in Johannesburg at the end of September. 

NMMU alumnus Alta-Mari Grebe, financial manager of DCD Wind Towers in Port Elizabeth, is also among the 35 Chartered Accountants. She studied under Prof Dillon for her BCom Honours (Accounting) in 2014.



Graduate selected to be part of prestigous Autumn School (Published July 2016)


BA graduate and Hons in Sociology student and intern at CANRAD, Pedro Mzileni, was selected to be part of a group of five students from NMMU and a total of 20 from the Eastern Cape, to participate in the Friederich Ebert Stiftung Fort-Hare Autumn School 2016 earlier this year. The Autumn School has four contact sessions throughout the year and covers topical issues from Social Democracy and Political Economy.


Subsequently, Pedro has been selected to attend the Southern Africa Regional Youth Forum (SARYF), which will take place from 24-28 October 2016 in Lusaka, Zambia.



Yale Alumni hail new generation university (published July 2016)

A GROUP of 30 Yale University alumni in Nelson Mandela Bay on part of a national tour of institutions of higher learning have rated Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) as being “among the best”.

The alumni volunteers visited NMMU to present the Yale Global Leadership Exchange (YaleGale) programme and in doing so, also initiated a number of viable partnerships with the new generation university going forward.

The YaleGale alumni travel around the globe giving of their time and talents to other universities as part of their loyalty to their alma mater. This is the YaleGale’s first trip to Africa.

Senior Director of International Alumni Relations and Travel at the Association of Yale Alumni Kathy Edersheim was among those who had high praise for NMMU.

“The reception was warm and the programme excellent. Your University is among the best,” said Ms Edersheim, who also singled out the “impressive infrastructure”. The American team toured three of the University’s five Port Elizabeth campuses and also had dinner at the South End Museum.



Masters student wins prestigious award (published July 2016)


NELSON Mandela Metropolitan University Architecture master’s student Judy Cizek was one of three joint winners in a prestigious national architecture competition, open to top candidates from architecture schools across the country.

Each equally-ranked winner received R50 000 from the Carl and Emily Fuchs Foundation. It was the ninth year the Foundation has awarded its prestigious Prize in Architecture. They were judged on a portfolio of undergraduate work, academic results over their entire Bachelor of Architectural Studies degree, a 24-hour design competition, and an interview. A panel of well-respected architects and academics made up the panel of judges.

The 24-hour design, titled "Weaving a new Joubert Park", challenged the finalists to re-imagine this historic city park in the next 100 years.