Nelson Mandela University is a new generation comprehensive university distinguished by a wide range of study options and access routes open to students. University’s vision is ‘to be a dynamic African university, recognised for its leadership in generating cutting-edge knowledge for a sustainable future.’

Nelson Mandela University has over 28,000 students. Out of this number, about 1400 are international students from more than 60 countries around the world. The university offers 474 programmes across seven faculties, with career choices in more than 130 broad fields. Our faculties include:

Arts | Business and Economic Sciences | Education | Engineering, the Built Environment and Information Technology | Health Sciences | Law | Science

The university has established itself as a leader in fields such as automotive engineering, ecology, marine studies, community health, built environment, art and design, accounting and auditing, education and IT, offering students a wide choice of stimulating and market-oriented courses and opening up a variety of career opportunities. The university models its teaching and learning around national, regional, continental and global priorities, adding new programmes and continually updating its courses to meet tomorrow’s needs. It is important to note that Nelson Mandela University offers quality education that matches that of the United Kingdom, United States, Canada and Australia, for a third of the cost.

Nelson Mandela University nurtures innovation, fosters creativity, embraces technology and develops graduates to meet the challenges of tomorrow. The university has strong links with the industries and businesses nationally and internationally, and particularly within the automotive, tourism and pharmaceutical industries in the Port Elizabeth area.

The university has six campuses in Port Elizabeth and one in George. The city of Port Elizabeth is also known as Nelson Mandela Bay, with the population of 1.2 million people. George, with the population of 200,000 people, is 330 km (205 miles) from Port Elizabeth.

Our North and South campuses are located on a 720-hectare nature reserve right next to the Indian Ocean. Students have access to well-equipped laboratories for specific subjects, computer laboratories, modern lecture halls, libraries, on- and off-campus residences, cafeterias, coffee shops as well as a state-of-the-art fitness and aquatics centre situated on the South Campus. In addition, the university’s sport facilities are among the best in South Africa.