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The latest Nelson Mandela University information to keep you informed and up to date. This features news stories about outstanding achievements, new developments, announcements and successes at our University.


Mandela University in partnership with the AIDC-EC appoints a Chair in Automotive Engineering

In a major boost for automotive industry research, innovation and development, Nelson Mandela University this week launched a new AIDC-EC Chair in Automotive Engineering.

The Automotive Industry Development Centre – Eastern Cape (AIDC-EC) has endowed the new research chair in the Faculty of Engineering, the Built Environment and Technology for an initial three-year period.

Backed with a financial investment of R14-million, this strengthens the University’s position as a centre of excellence in the automotive industry.

Newly appointed AIDC-EC Chair of Automotive Engineering Mr Martin Sanne brings 33 years of engineering and management experience to his new role.

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More than 200 Eastern Cape housing officials to be awarded SLP certificates amid Human Settlements

More than 200 councillors, traditional leaders and municipal employees who took up training under the Department of Building and Human Settlement Development at Nelson Mandela University will be awarded their certificates on Wednesday (05 July 2023) evening.

A total 225 officials from across the Eastern Cape will be awarded certificates, after completing a six-day short learning programme (SLP) in Gqeberha, East London, Mthatha and Komani.

The four areas covered include Theory of Land Use Planning and Management, Social Housing Facilitation and Management, Housing Finance and Administration and Human Settlements (2030) Vision and Organizational Design.


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Nelson Mandela University launches Global Giving Campaign


Nelson Mandela University launched a multi-year global Giving Campaign, to raise R30 million to support four projects, based on empowerment and social redress on 03 July 2023.

University Vice-Chancellor Professor Sibongile Muthwa is leading the campaign with the endorsement of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, whose Mandela Month theme for 2023 is “Climate change and food security”.

Prof Muthwa explained that funds raised would go towards projects that address student hunger, bursaries, support a greenhouse project and empower sustainable community food kitchens. “We are launching this fundraising drive in the build-up to international Mandela Day on 18 July. It is an opportunity to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s most beloved statesman and global icon, someone who became the world’s moral compass.”

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Nelson Mandela University and Oldenburg University extend collaboration


Nelson Mandela University and the University of Oldenburg in Germany are commemorating the 25th anniversary of a productive academic partnership.

As part of the anniversary commemoration, a delegation from Oldenburg visited Nelson Mandela University at the end of 2022. In June 2023, a delegation from Mandela University visited Oldenburg. In addition to holding symposia discussing the outcomes of different collaborative research projects, both universities have agreed on a Roadmap for Cooperation 2023-2028, which is intended to consolidate, strengthen, and further develop existing relations in the forthcoming years.

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Mandela University shines in this year’s global Times Higher Education Impact Ratings


Nelson Mandela University has once again shone at the annual Times Higher Education Impact Ratings, being recognised for some of its research, stewardship, outreach and teaching efforts as aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs).

Mandela University ranked highly in Quality Education (SDG4), Life Below Water (SDG14) and Life on Land (SDG15) at this year’s global THE Impact Ratings, emerging among the leading institutions in South Africa and Africa overall.

“Mandela University performed exceptionally well in Times Higher Education's 2023 Impact Rankings, once again confirming its position as an emerging fast track leader in sustainability sciences on the African continent,” said the institution’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Internationalisation (DVC:RII), Dr Thandi Mgwebi.

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Mandela University represented at Africa Week: Open Science, Open Africa

Mandela University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Innovation and Internationalisation, Dr Thandi Mgwebi, urged scientists to take ownership and responsibility as Africans to advance the practice of science diplomacy on the continent, at the recent Open Science, Open Africa event hosted by Future Africa at the University of Pretoria.

The Africa Day event engaged leadership working in global scientific networks and international transdisciplinary initiatives in a series of meetings and workshops from 22 to 26 May 2023.


Dr Mgwebi captured the main outcomes and provided the way forward on the amplification of the value and voice of African Science in a plenary session entitled “Opening science to the world: the value and voice of African Science on a global stage”.
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Expanding eNtsa’s industry manufacturing support with new venue on Ocean Sciences Campus

Mandela University’s engineering engagement institute, eNtsa, has reached an early milestone in the expansion of their facilities to support local companies in manufacturing.

From left, Ziyaad Jappie and Zaaid Smith from Pro-Khaya construction, Prof Danie Hattingh, eNtsa Director, Chuma Mshumpela, Mandela University Infrastructure Manager, Julien de Klerk, eNtsa Engineering Engagement Director, Prof Dalenca Pottas, Deputy Dean, Faculty of Engineering, the Built Environment and Technology, Nadine Goliath, eNtsa Operations Manager, Kevin Horn and Riccardo Temmers from AIDC Eastern Cape and Edem Foli, Mandela University, uYilo, Acting Director.
The refurbishment site on the Ocean Sciences Campus was handed over to the appointed contractor recently to begin work on a new testing and knowledge transfer space for the entity.  
eNtsa’s team of engineers, scientists, researchers, and graduates have been supporting the local manufacturing sector for over 20 years and regularly helps small businesses to perform testing and product development. This support often aims to provide confidence that South African made parts meet international standards.