Substance abuse remains one of the biggest challenges affecting our communities and a concerted effort is being made to address this social ill in the Eastern Cape, in general, and Gqeberha, in particular.

    Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Nelson Mandela University’s uYilo e-Mobility Programme’s Edem Foli has been nominated as a Woman in Transport by Smarter Mobility Africa. This campaign profiles women in South Africa who have made a difference in the transport sector.


    Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Distinguished Professor in Pharmacy and Leader of the Drug Utilisation Research Unit (DURU) at Nelson Mandela University Professor Ilse Truter has received the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology’s (ISPE) Judith K. Jones Award for Impact on Public Health through Pharmacoepidemiology.

    Created in 2019, the 25th anniversary of President Nelson Mandela's inaugural address, the Attached to the Soil project began with a series of 50 photographic portrait tableaus by the American photographer and Michigan State University Professor of Art, Peter Glendinning.

    Scrambling to connect with thousands of young South Africans under harsh lockdown restrictions, Nelson Mandela University’s tossing of traditional student recruitment rules was a gamble that paid off.


    All of our lives are increasingly impacted by global sustainability challenges. We are living in a historical time in which the world labours under multiple pandemics, including leadership crises, poverty, inequality, hunger, environmental degradation, racism and other forms of discrimination. Not least of these is the widespread pathologizing of all that is Africa and African.


    “Let’s Hear Them Speak” is the title of the upcoming Joint Public Lecture in honour of Dr Phyllis Ntantala and Prudence Mabele, co-hosted by Nelson Mandela University and the University of Fort Hare on the 25th of August 2022 in Gqeberha.

    Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: National performance and multimedia artist and Visual Arts honours student Luke Rudman is Nelson Mandela University’s Abe Bailey travel bursary winner and representative for 2022.

    Third-year Journalism Diploma student Ayanda Mhlambiso, 32, from Nelson Mandela University was the tertiary article winner of The Herald newspaper’s Youth Supplement 2022.


    Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Advanced Diploma in Public Relations Management student, Fion Mfenqa from Nelson Mandela University, was selected as one of six young people representing South Africa at a YMCA Training Workshop in Cameroon and an International Camp hosted by Cameroon YMCA.  

    Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: George Campus Principal, Dr Kaluke Mawila, was recently appointed to serve as an advisory panel member for the South African Institute of Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB) for a period of five years.


    With the end of 2021 drawing closer, we asked our contributors to share highlights of their work from the year. Specifically, work that engages with the university in critical ways. Below are the responses. We hope that they provide you with a taste of some of the great work being done in the field of Critical University Studies.

    The state-of-the-art Albertina Nontsikelelo Sisulu Science Centre was launched in Cofimvaba in the Eastern Cape on October 6, and from its conceptualisation the faculty of science at Nelson Mandela University was deeply involved.

    It is essential for music creatives to focus and educate themselves on music business and music law to be successful in the ever-changing music industry and working world.

    Patience, passion, and perseverance have marked the doctoral study success of Gabriel Kwadwo Twumasi, who will now graduate with a PhD in Business Management at Nelson Mandela University on 15 December.   

    Protecting our environment and endangered marine life and the immense importance of the ocean, was the reason behind Andrea Govender’s Master’s in Accounting research, which created environmental awareness from an auditing perspective.

    Reasons to be Proud - #R2BP - Nelson Mandela University’s Occupational Health Team won first prize for the institution’s COVID-19 poster at the national conference of the South African Society of Occupational Health Nursing (SASOHN).

    Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: The newly established Nelson Mandela University Steelpan Ensemble, conducted by Siyamthanda Xotyeni, recently won several awards at the 10th world-renowned International Marimba & Steelpan Festival, with 1615 participants this year.

    Earlier this year, the Engagement and Transformation Portfolio (ETP) Office, in close collaboration with the Chair for Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation (CriSHET), introduced an Occasional Paper Series under the theme: The Transformative, Responsive University.

    HE Disability Inclusion Research in the Global South

    Are Global North Research Practices Blocking Progress of Higher Education Disability Inclusion Research in the Global South?

    The Chair for Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation (CriSHET) was launched in 2018 as a strategic outfit to drive the transformation agenda of Nelson Mandela University. 

    The Spirit of Water – Practices of cultural reappropriation: Indigenous heritage sites along the coast of the Eastern Cape-South Africa is title of the book Dr Magda Minguzzi of Nelson Mandela University recently published.

    “If we are to monitor and evaluate our community engagement effectively, we have to look at ourselves to see that we are not just paying lip service.”

    ACUSAfrica hosted its first colloquium in February of 2021. Entitled "Critical University Studies and the Battle Against Global Racism", the aim of the colloquium was to build the ACUSAfrica network to advance critical and radical approaches to the study of higher education through a combination of practical and intellectual work.


    The notion of the engaged university is far removed from its historical definitional identity. 

    Lord Peter Hain’s new book A Pretoria Boy, is being released in South Africa this week by Jonathan Ball Publishers. Lord Hain is an Honorary Professor with the Chair for Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation (CriSHET). 


    We are pleased to announce that one of our postdoctoral fellows, Dr Desire Chiwandire, recently had his chapter on “Students with Disabilities’ Lack of Opportunity for Sport and Recreational Activities: The Case of South African Universities” published in an Edited Volume Book by the University of Rochester Press. The title of the book is ‘Disability in Africa: Inclusion, Care, and the Ethics of Ubuntu’ and it is co-edited by Toyin Falola (UT Austin) and Nic Hamel (UT Austin).

    The South African Research Chairs Initiative, or SARChI, launched a chair in African Feminist Imaginations at Nelson Mandela University, South Africa, on 5 June, headed by Professor Pumla Dineo Gqola from the university’s Centre for Women and Gender Studies.

    The Inyathi Ibuzwa Kwabaphambili (wisdom is learnt/sought from the elders) of our African Women’s Intellectual Histories conference sought  to centre the intergenerational conversations and recognitions of interdependence of one generation to the other.


    The FishFORCE Academy within the Faculty of Law at Nelson Mandela University has been identified by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and its Member States as a regional Centre of Excellence (CoE) for the training of Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) and other law enforcement officers operating in the fisheries sector.

    On 2 February 1990, then President FW de Klerk announced the highly anticipated news of the release of Nelson Mandela from his 27-year imprisonment – a move met with mixed emotions worldwide.

    The Nelson Mandela Foundation and Nelson Mandela University have joined hands in an effort to advance the legacy of the world icon after which they are named.

    Nelson Mandela University has entered into a research partnership with French National Research Centre (CNRS) and the University of Lyon 1, which will see the institution being home to a first of its kind collaborative research and training hub.

    The School of Natural Resource Management, Nelson Mandela University, George Campus hosted the 2019 conference of the Southern African Wildlife Management Association (SAWMA) from the 1st to the 5th of September. Dr Jan Venter from the School of Natural Resource Management, George Campus was the host organizer of SAWMA 2019 conference which was held at the Wilderness Hotel in Wilderness, Western Cape.

    Building linkages between the classroom and the community and providing food security, ocean research, workshops and consulting, providing voluntary academic tutoring and supervised prosocial peer engagement and students designing real architectural projects form part of this year’s engagement winning projects.

    A total of 49 awards were handed over to staff members and teams at the Nelson Mandela University Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Awards which, for the first time, combined professional and support staff (PASS) and academic staff at one function.

    On the 2nd of August, head of the MAPRU, Prof. Pierre Pistorius gave a public talk on Marion Island seabirds and their vulnerability to climate change at SANCCOB Port Elizabeth, Cape Recife Nature Reserve as part of the National Sciece week initiative spearheaded by the Department of Science and Technology.

    Nelson Mandela University George Campus successfully kick-started its Naming and Renaming process this week with a dialogue session panelled by local historians to community members, staff and students.

    The Nelson Mandela University Innovation Office team celebrated Mandela Day by donating much needed supplies to Love Story, a Port Elizabeth based relief organization; as well as volunteering at the BOATS Powered by Tangibl™ Mandela Day Tournament.

    Night sky viewing, rocket building, chemistry demonstrations and a celebration of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements in indigenous languages are among the array of activities planned around National Science Week at Nelson Mandela University.

    On the 27th of June 2019 representatives from the SRU; Clemson University in South Carolina, USA; South African National Parks (SANParks), scientific services; The Knysna Basin Project and the Independent Institution of Education Monash South Africa (IIE MSA) came together to learn about each other and to find synergies in their work.

    On 27 May 2019, our Vice-Chancellor officially launched the Naming and Renaming project and announced new names for eight of the Port Elizabeth student residences. Naming and renaming consultation processes are now gaining momentum at the George Campus as part of the University’s commitment to building social cohesion and a unique identity aligned to the values of its namesake.

    The Student Forestry Association from Mandela University George Campus is playing a pivotal role in hosting the Southern African Regional Meeting (SARM) of the International Student Forestry Association (IFSA)

    On Monday the 13th of May the Sustainability Research Unit (SRU) hosted a training workshop on sustainable fisheries and certification presented by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

    The Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) is running an Entrepreneurship Inter-varsity competition which encourages and supports student entrepreneurship across the 26 public universities in South Africa. Student entrepreneurs were invited to submit their innovative ideas and business plans for this unique opportunity. The purpose of the competition is to identify the top student entrepreneurs at each university, showcase their ideas and create a platform for investment opportunities.

    The Nelson Mandela University Innovation Office hosted lunch hour talks on the 25th and 26th of April, in celebration of World IP Day. This year the World IP Day theme was “Reach for Gold” which aimed to create awareness around Intellectual Property (IP) in sport.

    The Nelson Mandela University Innovation Office hosted lunch hour talks on the 25th and 26th of April, in celebration of World IP Day. This year the World IP Day theme was “Reach for Gold” which aimed to create awareness around Intellectual Property (IP) in sport.

    The Nelson Mandela University in conjunction with SASSTA (South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement) hosted the annual Fame Lab heat 2019 at Nelson Mandela University. FameLab has been running in Nelson Mandela University since 2016 and is one of the few international science communication competition that challenges young scientists to present scientific research topic of their choice to the general public with content, clarity and charisma. 

    Newsletter 2018/19

    Read all about it!

    Click on the image below to read the Innovation Office's annual newsletter, celebrating some of the Office's 2018/2019 projects and initiatives. 

    Thank you for your continued engagement and support. 

    Warm regards, 

    The Innovation Office Team 

    This article apperead on The Herald (South Africa) on the 5th of Febuary 2019. Written by: Guy Rogers (

    Nelson Mandela University researchers are studying how the salt marsh in the Swartkops estuary is helping to combat climate change. The marsh sequestrates carbon by trapping and stabilising leaf litter, mud and sticks in the water.

    The Faculty of Science is calling all final year Natural Science students to enrol at SACNASP. You need to be in your final year of study at Nelson Mandela University. 

    The enrolled students will be able to receive specific benefits such as training, development and networking opportunities. Enrolment does not imply that you are registered with SACNASP, but you will have access to SACNASP's networks.

    Challenges of global change and water resources in the Global South, with an emphasis on the Karoo, is the focus of a five-day workshop currently under way at Nelson Mandela University.

    The educational mobile coding application (app) TANKS™ has been invited to participate at Mobile Learning Week in Paris in March this year. The UNESCO event, held annually since 2011, brings experts together from around the world to share how affordable and powerful advanced technology can accelerate learning.

    Natural resource managers are often ill equipped to cope with the complexity of conflicts in and around protected areas under their care. The Sustainability Research Unit at the Nelson Mandela University responded to this need and hosted a training workshop on 29 & 30 November 2018.

    “Twelve years ago I started challenging my students to give of their time and come up with an action plan that would help to change our part of the world for the better.” Director of the School of Industrial Psychology and Human Resources, Professor Michelle Mey, emphasises the importance of engagement-focused higher education and research in the School, in line with Nelson Mandela University’s vision. 

    Following the GRIM event was the first Spring School on Social-Ecological Systems Research held on the George Campus and in Wilderness from the 5th to the 10th of October 2018. 

    The Director of the Sustainability Research Unit spoke to two audiences of academics and public members as part of the National Science Week celebrations at the Nelson Mandela University Science Faculty Symposium on the 18th of July in Port Elizabeth, and as part of the George Campus Executive Public Lecture Series on the 6th of September 2018.  

    Western Cape Biosphere Reserve Workshop: A landmark event hosted by the Sustainability Research Unit. A diversity of researchers and practitioners working on and in South Africa’s Western Cape biosphere reserves were brought together in a landmark event hosted by the Sustainability Research Unit at the Nelson Mandela University, George Campus on the 31st of August 2018. 

    Nelson Mandela University recently recognised the institution’s academics who have excelled in their respective fields of teaching, research and engagement – with these efforts aimed at making a difference in communities and effectively changing the world.

    Centre for Law in Action Director Prof Hennie van As and Faculty of Law colleagues Prof Aifheli Tshivhase, who is the Head of Department: Criminal & Procedural Law, and Tina Hokwana have been appointed as members of the “civilian oversight committee” of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro Police. Prof Van As is the chairperson.

    SRU 2018 Research Associate Symposium brings minds together to contribute to a research agenda for the unit going forward. A part of the Sustainability Research Unit’s (SRU) vision is to be an energizing open space for inter, multi and trans-disciplinary thinking and learning, where talented people can come together to think, learn and co-create inspiring ideas. The SRU Research Associate Symposium is one such space. 

    Over the past two years, Absa has invested in the youth and the future of the country by assisting 233 Nelson Mandela University students with bursaries to the value of R11 million.

    Nelson Mandela University, with its main campus uniquely situated in a nature reserve, has become a safe haven for rehabilitated wild animals.

    This article appeared in the Herald of 31 July 2018 written by Tremaine van Aardt

    Miss Shelley Saunders from the Department of Business Management presented a lecture at Fachhochschule Osnabrück entitled “Marketing communications: A dynamic global environment” between 14 May to 18 May 2018.

    In celebration of Mandela Day, the Nelson Mandela University Innovation Office, in collaboration with Buzz Projects PE and Uhambizo Consult (Pty) Ltd, paid a visit to the SOS Children’s Village Centre in Schauderville. The Children’s Village provides an alternative setting for children who have been orphaned or whose parents are no longer able to take care of them.

    The June 2018 Southern Cape Landowners initiative (SCLI) Environmental Seminar: A successful commemoration of the June 2017 fires and a SRU view of future actions.

    The 16th annual Southern Cape Landowners Initiative (SCLI) Commemorative Seminar revisited the devastation caused by the June 2017 fires. In so doing, it reflected on the remarkable ways in which the affected communities stood together in the wake of the fires, assessed the environmental restoration work undertaken and raised the need to confront the challenges of avoiding such environmental tragedies in the future. 


    Working together in seeking solutions is a catch phrase of the Missionvale Care Centre, which has been providing access to health, well-being and education in an impoverished environment for the past 30 years.

    Dr. Bianca Currie, the director of the SRU and recently appointed director (research portfolio) on the Garden Route Biosphere Reserve board, together with Dr. Lisa Heider, a recent doctoral graduate of the SRU presented at the Gouritz Cluster Forum meeting at the Rooiberg Lodge near van Wyksdorp on the 15th May 2018. 

    The Sustainability Research Unit led a session at the recent Future Earth Seedbeds of Transformation conference focused on the role of science with society and the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa.

    As an extended celebration of World IP Day, the Nelson Mandela University Innovation Office, in collaboration with Von Seidels Intellectual Property Attorneys, held informative sessions on 15 and 16 May.

    Bianca Currie, Zanele Hartmann and Ellie Pedarros, representing the Sustainability Research Unit, attended the Community Voices: engaging with people in conversation workshop hosted by Prof Ronel Nel at the Institute for Coastal and Marine Research in Port Elizabeth on the 10th and 11th of April 2018.  The participatory workshop aimed to explore the potential for improving resource management and conservation interventions by integrating the human dimension.

    This Article appeared in the Herald of 14 February 2018 written by Estelle Ellis.  In an attempt to improve the fitness and activity levels of children in Nelson Mandela Bay, students from two universities will be designing easyto-use toolkits for teachers. The toolkits will be set up by students from Nelson Mandela University and Switzerland’s University of Basel as part of the KaziBantu Project.

    Three Russian scientists from the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) in Dubna, Russia, will be visiting Nelson Mandela University’s Faculty of Science, as part of their visit to the country, to discuss possible future collaboration with South African institutions.

    This article appeared in the Servamus of 01 January 2018 written by Kotie Geldenhuys.

    Reasons to be Proud (R2bP): Congratulations to Siboniso Dlamini, Nelson Mandela University Marine and Maritime Studies researcher as well the chairperson of the Marine and Maritime Association, who was selected to form part of the 75 exceptional young leaders delegation from the African continent to participate at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) Wildlife Youth Forum this week. 

    A mobile application developed by postgraduate student Byron Batteson to teach pupils basic computer programming principles at primary school level was featured in The Herald on 21 November 2017.

    This article appeared in Business Day of 15 November 2017 written by Heather Dugmore.

    Reasons to be Proud: Congratulations to four of our students from the School of Language, Media and Communication who were selected to participate and represent South Africa at the International Youth Organization Forum & Beijing Youth Camp in Beijing, China recently.

    Reasons to be Proud: Congratulations to Development Studies student, Student Entrepreneur and SRC member, Sandile Mjamba who has been invited to participate and present a paper at the Youth Development Southern Africa (YODESA) Inaugural Summit in Durban later this month.

    Congratulations to Prof Ilse Truter, Professor in Pharmacy, who has been elected as a member of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) International Working Group for Drug Statistics Methodology.

    LEARNERS from 10 under-resourced schools in Nelson Mandela Bay are celebrating improved results in maths and science, thanks to a technology-linked maths and science support programme, run by the Telkom Foundation in partnership with Nelson Mandela University.

    Propella Business Incubator Music, Arts and Design incubatee Ingrid Frauenstein weaved worlds of adventure for young and old – all while learning to navigate the world of digital business through her brand, Popsiebelle. Read the full article that appeared in The Herald on 2 October 2017, below:

    Two staff members from the School of Management Sciences received awards at the Nelson Mandela University Research and Teaching Awards 2017.

    The Nelson Mandela University Innovation Office attended Innovation Bridge, a Technology Matchmaking and Showcasing Event, an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology, on 15 September 2017 at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand.

    South African academics have been called upon to play a more active role in the country’s major decision making structures so as to use their research to make a meaningful impact in the development of the country.

    This was the bold call by renowned actor and creative Dr John Kani, while delivering the keynote address at Nelson Mandela University's prestigious Research, Teaching and Engagement Excellence Awards last night.

    The Innovation Office, through funding received by EMISHA, recently acquired a computer numerical control (CNC) system which is being housed at the Propella Business Incubator to allow access for incubatees and Nelson Mandela University innovators in the advanced manufacturing sector.

    Developing knowledge and awareness of different cultures by promoting intercultural understanding, tolerance and mutual respect is the aim of the International Culture Fest, hosted by Nelson Mandela University’s Office for International Education.

    Nelson Mandela Bay innovators will benefit from computer numerical control (CNC) technology funded by an international collaboration project between various South African and European universities.

    Social Entrepreneurship – A MASTER’S CLASS

    The FH Muenster University’s Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences, in Germany, hosted a Summer School. The duration of the Summer School was two weeks and 45 students from various countries attended – students travelled from Colombia, Mexico, Paris, China, Iran, Poland, Kazakhstan, and South Africa. Two scholarships were awarded to South African Masters students – the scholarship covered the costs of tuition and accommodation during their stay in Muenster. The largest contingent of students originated from Germany.

    In celebration of Entrepreneurship as a Career for Student Entrepreneurship Week (#SEW2017), Enactus, the Innovation Office and the Propella Business Incubator hosted a lunch hour information and awareness session on 3 August at Goldfields South on Nelson Mandela University’s South Campus.

    Following their kick-off meeting in South Africa in January 2017, the EU-funded Common Good First project team recently met again in Glasgow. 

    Common Good First is a digital project which will link community projects in South Africa to each other and to higher education institutions around the world using a web-based knowledge bank and innovative digital storytelling solutions. 

    In celebration of Official Mandela Day, the Innovation Office raised R5000 from combined personal donations to purchase winter food parcels for 23 families in need within the Greenbushes community. Clothing was also collected and distributed to neighbouring farm labourers whose families lost everything in the recent devastating Thornhill fires. 

    Prof Elmarie Venter, Prof Shelley Farrington and Mr Tony Matchaba-hove of the Nelson Mandela University FBU conducted their second STEP case study interviews among the family members of the well-known Stucky Motors. The family owns and manages the Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi and Chrysler Franchise Dealerships in Newcastle, Volksrust and Piet Retief in Kwazulu-Natal. 

    Prof Elmarie Venter, Prof Shelley Farrington and Mr Tony Matchaba-hove of the NMMU FBU conducted their second STEP case study interviews among the family members of the well-known Stucky Motors. The family owns and manages the Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi and Chrysler Franchise Dealerships in Newcastle, Volksrust and Piet Retief in Kwazulu-Natal. 

    Nelson Mandela University’s Science Faculty is set to paint Limpopo’s Vhembe District green next week as it embarks on a massive marketing drive in the area in a bid to attract some of South Africa’s cream of the academic crop. 

    The University team, led by NMMU’s Dean of the Science Faculty, Prof Azwinndini Muronga, and the University’s student recruitment team will spend next week in the region; first taking part in the Science Beyond Borders Exhibition in Thohoyandou at which about 5000 pupils are expected to attend.

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    It was a symbolic moment for internationally acclaimed educational entrepreneur Fred Swaniker when he was awarded an honorary doctorate at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) yesterday.

    House robberies, drug and alcohol abuse and a general lawlessness were just some of the things that made the Walmer Township community stand up and work to actively fight the scourge of crime in the area.

    THE digital project, Common Good First, of which NMMU’s Centre for Community Technologies is the lead South African co-coordinator, has won a top international award.

    A NEW aquaponics unit built on Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) Missionvale Campus is an excellent example of institutional collaboration and partnerships that benefit others.

    An innovative and cost-effective food production hub recently built at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Missionvale Campus – which is to offer healthy lifestyle solutions to primary school pupils in the neighbouring communities – will be launched tomorrow (Thurs 9 March).

    THE SOUTH African Cultural Observatory (SACO) recently opened registration for its annual conference, which this year will explore the interface between the creative economy and development. 

    BEFORE the Phelophepa health care trains can pull into a station to set up their mobile clinics, there is much work to be done.

    A group of NMMU students are participating in the “Transform the Smartphone Challenge”, hosted by Motorola, Indiegogo, Verizon and Lenovo. As part of the challenge, they’ve designed a Moto Mod™, which is a modular electronics device that attaches onto Motorola’s new smartphone, the Moto Z, as an accessory to give the smartphone extra functionality. 

    This article appeared in the Saturday Star of 14 January 2016, written by the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science, Dr Azwinndini Muronga

    This article appeared in the Weekend Post of 17 December 2016, written by NMMU's Dean: Teaching and Learning, Prof Cheryl Foxcroft.

    This article appeared in The Herald of Wednesday, 21 December 2016.

    Girls for STEM, a pilot programme run by the NMMU Innovation Office and Propella Business Incubator, recently organised an excursion to the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm for the participants. An article on the trip was published in the PE Express on 23 November 2016.

    This article appeared in the Maritime Review Africa of 1 November 2016.

    This article appeared in The New Age of 14 November 2016.

    This article appeared in the Herald of 2 November 2016.

    Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Tourism Management students are set to get the experiential training they need for their studies through a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to be signed between the university and Comair Limited tomorrow (September 1).

    Herewith the latest edition of our Missionvale Campus Newsletter, named INCOKO (a conversation).

    Girls for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), a programme dedicated to inspiring young girls towards STEM subjects and ultimately careers, hosted a Business Women’s Luncheon at the Propella Business Incubator this past weekend.

    Bay art lovers will be afforded the opportunity to engage with one of the “Fantastic” art exhibition curators, art historian Dr Nomusa Makhubu when she conducts a public walkabout of the exhibition at NMMU’s Bird Street Art Gallery on Wednesday, August 10.

    This article appeared on the Saturday Star of 31 July 2016, written by Heather Dugmore on NMMU's mobile clinic.

    Africa’s construction industry is booming, but where are the Africans within this building renaissance?

    This is the question that will be asked by Dr John Ebohon, one of the international keynote speakers at the Association of Schools of Construction of Southern Africa’s (ASOCSA’s) 10th Built Environment Conference, which takes place in Port Elizabeth from July 31 to August 2.

    WHAT started out as a low-key act of charity a year ago has blossomed into a fully-fledged network of knitters at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), whose efforts will soon warm the lives of others.

    More than 1000 Grade 11 and 12 learners in the Eastern and Southern Cape are attending three Accounting Winter Schools this week (4 to 8 July), one in George and two in Port Elizabeth, run by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s School of Accounting.

    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”.

    This article about the links between NMMU and The University of Southampton in the UK appeared on their website


    SHARED values and a passion for creating a sustainable future for all is the driving force behind a new partnership for Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU).

    Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) is investigating a series of allegations of apparent violence between different student groupings on its North and South campuses a week ago.

    Elukholweni Farm School in Seaview has two brand new classrooms, thanks to the efforts of second-year interior design students at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

    Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s fashion and textile department teamed up with the Reach for a Dream Foundation to make a young fashionista’s dream a reality for a day.

    NMMU’s Innovation Office won the DST-SARIMA* Award for Organisational Excellence in Innovation Management at the SARIMA gala dinner last week.  Presented by the Deputy Director General of DST, Mr Mmboneni Muofhe, the award recognises an Innovation Management Office in Southern Africa that has made a significant contribution to their institutions and their country, with a focus on contributions in 2015.  NMMU’s Innovation Office won the award for their excellent work in a number of areas including the launch of Propella, NMMU’s Innovation Incubator.

    Innovative entrepreneurs working out of the Propella Business Incubator will be able to connect to the rest of the world through a dedicated 100MB fibre link, the fastest business data line in the Eastern Cape, with the launch of the Telkom FutureMakers Hub on May 11.

    Telkom FutureMakers Hub, an initiative supporting entrepreneurship and business development in the technology sector, was launched at Propella Business Incubator in Humerail on May 11. 

    The Financial Planning Society is a registered NMMU student society made up of both undergraduate and postgraduate students who are taking financial planning modules.

    SEVENTY-FIVE per cent of NMMU students surveyed were satisfied with NMMU and 79% of them would recommend NMMU to a friend. They rated as very positive the quality and variety of education at NMMU and good professors and lecturers.

    Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University today (16 May) issued an interdict against a small group of community members, who on Thursday (12 May) blockaded both entrances of the university’s Missionvale Campus with burning tyres and rocks – and also stoned the university’s shuttle buses.

    The Innovation Office hosted technology transfer professionals from the National Intellectual Property Management Office (NIPMO), University of Fort Hare, University of Limpopo, University of the Western Cape, Rhodes University, Mangosuthu University of Technology and Botswana Institute for Technology Research and Innovation for administration training this past week.

    Did you know that South Africa’s cultural economy – the revenue generated through the arts and cultural events – makes up almost 3% of South Africa’s GDP, which is higher than the country’s agricultural economy of 2.5%?

    Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s drive towards creating a conducive environment for entrepreneurs received a further boost this week with the unveiling of a R25m partnership with Telkom.

    The Financial Planning Society is a registered NMMU student society made up of both undergraduate and postgraduate students who are taking financial planning modules.
    The Eastern Cape Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) and the Department of Arts and Culture are hosting a #creativeintersections seminar in the form of a panel discussion, addressing the theme of Interdisciplinary Approaches to Community Based Projects.

    This article appeared in the National Research Foundation website on 4 May 2016.

    Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) academics, as well as researchers and innovators from across the region had the opportunity to receive valuable insight into the European Union’s main research and innovation funding instrument, Horizon 2020, in an information session presented by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) at NMMU today. 

    SAFM radio personality, Richard Nwamba, well-known across the continent for his expertise on the music of Africa and its Diaspora, will be in Port Elizabeth on May 4 to share his insights about “African music’s response to African politics”.

    Horizon 2020, the European Union’s biggest research and innovation programme yet, will be showcased at a workshop at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University on 25 April – to inform academia and industry about the programme and its opportunities for funding.

    On the 7th of April 2016 the Sustainability Research Unit hosted a Research Associates Symposium at the George Campus of Nelson Mandela University.

    FINE food and art, research and innovation, will be showcased at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University on April 20, in celebration of the University’s first “French Day”.

    French Ambassador to South Africa, Her Excellency Elisabeth Barbier, accompanied by a delegation from France, will be on campus to officially open French Day, and participate in the various events.

    AfrikaBurn 2016

    X = PLACE

    The 2nd year design class AA2 at the NMMU Department of Architecture has put together an installation for the AfrikaBurn arts festival.  The project aims to offer students to experience a hands on approach towards the learning of architecture and exposure to the SA arts culture. The architectural content explores the issue of separation and place in architecture.

    tSparx, a technology entrepreneurship training course that is funded by the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and was hosted by the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), Rhodes University and Propella Business Incubator from 4 to 8 April 2016 was featured in Die Burger. 

    A speech given by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Derrick Swartz at the George Campus graduation ceremony on Thursday, 7 April 2016.

    A COMMUNITY health and business centre in Gelvandale – a beacon of hope in an area affected by gang violence, drug abuse and poverty – will be the first to benefit from a free Wi-Fi project in Nelson Mandela Bay.

    Workshops 2016

    The NMMU Department of Architecture is in pursuit of advancing its engagement with furthering education. In this context, it is building up various prestigious initiatives with relevant role players to achieve this goal.



    This article appeared in The Conversation of 21 March 2016, written by NMMU academic, Lyn Snodgrass

    NMMU’s latest research unit, the Marine Apex Predator Research Unit (MAPRU) will be launched on Wednesday 16 March.

    On the 7th of November, 2015, a public dialogue between members of the public and environmental professionals from various institution was held at the Wilderness Hotel.

    This article appeared in The Conversation of 14 March 2016, written by NMMU academic, Joleen Steyn Kotze

    MAGIC is a research collaboration aimed at understanding ‘Multi-scale adaptations to global change and their impacts on vulnerability in coastal areas’, on the basis of three case studies: Languedoc-Roussillon in France, Cornwall in the UK, and the Garden Route coast in South Africa.

    On the 4th of November 2015, SRU members Janine Adams and Bianca Currie attended the 2nd Nelson Mandela University Engagement Colloquium in Port Elizabeth.

    Click the image below to read the NMMU’s Innovation Office Newsletter - Summer 2015/16, a brief summary of the activities of the Innovation Office. We hope you enjoy reading about some of the innovation projects at NMMU, some of our outreach activities and the work we do to build the technology transfer profession. 

    Absorptive capacity for responding to environmental change: an assessment of three public-sector agencies

    The Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society conference, held between the 3rd and 5th November 2015, gathered scientists from various disciplines, from within and beyond the PECS network, who shared cutting-edge research insights on social-ecological dynamics in the Anthropocene.

    FOR the next few weeks – for as long as it takes – Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University will be providing extra practical science sessions for Grade 10 to 12 learners from Northern Areas schools, to help learners make up for lost time.  

    This article appeared in The Conversation on 18 Febraury 2016, written by NMMU's Prof Heather Nel.


    MORE than 50 Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Health Science students will work alongside trained professionals to bring primary health care to 72 communities throughout South Africa aboard the Phelophepa health care train.

    The Department of Arts and Culture’s national South African Cultural Observatory is announcing its first annual national workshop which is being held in Johannesburg on 19 February 2016.