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On July 20, 2017 our university was officially renamed Nelson Mandela University. This is a great privilege and huge honour as we are the only university in the world to carry the name of the late State President. 

The university now embarks on the exciting journey towards becoming the leading African next generation university named in honour of one of the world’s greatest statesmen.


Picture: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa receiving a gift from Vice-Chancellor Professor Derrick Swartz.

In the words of Nelson Mandela, “If there is one appeal I could make, it is that young people must take it upon themselves to ensure that they receive the highest education possible so that they can represent us well in future as future leaders.”

The new name launch took place at the University’s Missionvale Campus Sport Centre. Some of the dignitaries present at the launch were Zwelivelile Mandela, representing the Mandela family, South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Justice Dikgang Moseneke, Adv George Bizos, Luzuko Koti representing the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Executive Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay Athol Trollip, Minister of Higher Education and Training representative Nqaba Nqandela, Chancellor Santie Botha and University Council Chair Justice Ronnie Pillay among many others.

Whether you graduated from the University of Port Elizabeth, the PE Technikon, the PE campus of Vista University or Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), you are now a valued alumnus of Nelson Mandela University and you can proudly add (Mandela) linked to your qualification.

In helping us grow this exciting new brand, please refer to Nelson Mandela University or Mandela University but not NMU. By using the acronym, we devalue the name Nelson Mandela, one of the world’s iconic leaders.

We hope you will be as proud as we are as we embark on this new journey. For more information visit