Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is due to attend the launch of the Nelson Mandela University Name, formerly known as Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, at the Missionvale Campus, Port Elizabeth, tomorrow.
Ramaphosa will be giving a keynote address as this event coincides with the International Nelson Mandela Day commemorations.
This launch represents an important milestone the university set itself for Vision 2020 towards building a new generation, dynamic African university, recognized for its leadership in producing cutting edge knowledge for a sustainable future.
The government has granted the university permission to establish the South Africa’s 10th medical school, and they will help establish the country’s only dedicated Ocean Sciences campus. The developments will help underprivileged youth’s to have access to previously inaccessible specialist qualifications.
These developments will serve the country’s development in economic growth. The Nelson Mandela University is currently the only higher education institution in the world to bear the name of one of the world’s iconic leaders synonymous to the profound values of Ubuntu, integrity, and respect for diversity.
New University logos and colors will be revealed to reflect the new era and renewed strength. The event will be attended by various university stakeholders, representatives of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, business and industry, traditional and community leaders, school principals, and donors.
Ramaphosa will be accompanied by members of the Eastern Cape Executive Council and other senior Government officials.