Change the world


Nelson Mandela University’s Faculty of Health Sciences’ first cohort of 15 Emergency Medical Care (EMC) students graduated in April and already entered the health professions service of the Eastern Cape. 

The “pioneer” students, who completed the tough four-year degree, underwent the gruelling course, which requires both mental and physical endurance as preparation for the realities ahead. They will now work throughout the province as part of their bursary commitment.

The introduction of the EMC degree to meet a dire need for more health professionals is another building block toward the establishment of the country’s 10th medical school by Nelson Mandela University. It follows the establishment of recent new qualifications for pharmacy technicians and assistants, and the four-year dietetics degree.

“Make us proud. You are our pioneers. Live our values,” appealed EMC Head of Department Nico Louw, who was instrumental in establishing the high-end paramedic qualification. New qualifications Apart from the new EMC graduates, the University is also celebrating the first graduates from the following programmes: • Bachelor of Visual Arts, • Human Settlement Development • Advanced Diploma in Analytical Chemistry.