Nelson Mandela University, situated on the southernmost tip of Africa in a city called Port Elizabeth, is a new-generation, comprehensive university offering students the best of both theory and practice from entry certificate level right through to doctoral research. Just a 15 minute walk from the beach, the main campus (South & North Campus) is on a nature reserve with wildlife such as zebra, monkeys, and different kinds of buck.
Founded on more than a century of quality higher education, NMU nurtures innovation, fosters creativity, embraces technology, and develops people to meet the challenges of tomorrow.
The university has already established itself as a leader in fields such as automotive engineering, ecology, marine studies, community health, the built environment, art & design, accounting & auditing, education, and IT, offering students a wide choice of stimulating and market-oriented courses, and opening up a variety of career opportunities.
As the largest higher education institution in the Eastern and Southern Cape, we have around 20,000 students enrolled, approximately 10% of whom are international students from across the world including 32 African countries, USA, Mexico, Japan, and right across Europe. We have the most diverse student population in South Africa.
The university models its core business of teaching and learning around national and regional priorities, adding new programs and continually updating its courses to meet tomorrow’s needs.
Life at NMU
Our students are well rounded and capable of success anywhere in the world. They leave NMU not only with an academic record, but also a co-curricular record, highlighting sporting, cultural, and other extramural involvement that point to the student’s whole development as a responsible citizen.
Students have access to well-equipped laboratories for specific subjects, computer laboratories, libraries, residences, lecture halls, cafeterias, food courts, coffee shops, as well as a state-of-the-art fitness and aquatics center, situated on South Campus. In addition, NMU’s impressive sport facilities are among the best of any university in the country.
With its spectacular natural surroundings – from beaches and mountains to game reserves and indigenous forest – Nelson Mandela Bay and George are ideal places to spend your student years, offering all the advantages of city living in a friendly and safe environment.
Comprehensive financial aid packages are available for financially needy and academically deserving students. Top achievers are rewarded through a merit award system or the sought after Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship.