|Port Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela
metropole, Eastern Cape
Building a new-world university
A new university will be born on 1 January
2005 when the Port Elizabeth Technikon and the University
of Port Elizabeth (UPE) merge to form Nelson Mandela
Metropolitan University (NMMU).
The main campuses of these two institutions
are situated in the coastal city of Port Elizabeth
in the Eastern Cape on the south-eastern coast of South
Africa. The Eastern Cape is the home province of former
president Nelson Mandela. Port Elizabeth, together
with its neighbouring towns of Uitenhage and Despatch,
form a metropole known as Nelson Mandela Bay.
The new university will have some 20
000 students enrolled across eight campuses in the
Nelson Mandela Metropole and in George on the Garden
Route of the Southern Cape. NMMU will offer a wide
variety of courses ranging from career-oriented to
traditional academic programmes, in diverse fields
with multiple exit and entry points.
The creation of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan
University is part of a countrywide restructuring process
intended to deliver higher education that is more effective
and efficient, accessible and equitable. The new system
aims to meet the demand for high quality education
that is responsive to the region’s and South
Africa’s needs, as well as in tune with the global
Enrolments and courses from
In 2005, all students will enrol at NMMU, at campuses designated during 2004.
Courses currently offered at the University of Port Elizabeth and Port Elizabeth
Technikon will continue to be offered and admission requirements will remain
the same during the initial period. New courses, rules and options to study
at different campuses will be introduced.
The new university will offer both career-focussed
and academic programmes – from foundation programmes
to certificates and diplomas through to university
degrees up to doctoral level. The number of levels,
and wide range of disciplines, will lead to greater
accessibility and flexibility for students.
Admission requirements will vary depending on the programme. International
students are advised to contact the International Office for further information.
A name to be proud of The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) is
named after the Nelson Mandela Metropole where the University of Port Elizabeth
and the Port Elizabeth Technikons are situated. Importantly, we are happy to
share the name of one of our most respected citizens with the metropole. Nelson
Mandela is a statesman and humanitarian of world stature. The new university
is likely to closely align itself with his values, such as freedom, unity,
reconciliation, transformation, and respect for human dignity. Our graduates
will go out into the world with a qualification bearing a name that is instantly
recognizable and internationally respected.
NMMU will boast eight campuses – six in the Nelson Mandela Metropole,
spread across a cross-section of advantaged and disadvantaged areas, and two
in George on the Garden Route, approximately halfway between the Nelson Mandela
Metropole and Cape Town, and famed for its scenic beauty.
New fee structures have not yet been decided. International students should
contact the International Office in this regard.
Students who enrol at NMMU from 2005 onwards will receive qualifications from
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.
Quality of education
The founding institutions, the University of Port Elizabeth and the Port Elizabeth
Technikon, have worked hard to reach their current high standards and will
work just as hard to preserve them. The joining of strengths and the opportunity
to design new processes and courses will lead to even more relevant and excellent
higher education qualifications.
Accreditation by professional
Current accreditations and recognition will be carried through into NMMU. The
professional accreditation of courses such as accounting, architecture, psychology,
pharmacy, law and engineering will be carried through into the new institution
because, initially, the same courses will be offered as are offered now.
As a recognised South African university, qualifications from Nelson Mandela
Metropolitan University will be internationally recognized.
Research, both applied and fundamental, is one of the core business areas of
a university. It is the way in which tertiary institutions makes a contribution
to growth and development in industry and society. Both the Port Elizabeth
Technikon and the University of Port Elizabeth have excellent research track
records. The merger of these two esteemed institutions is set to strengthen
existing research niche areas and centres of excellence and to boost new
and exciting research synergies.