Nelson Mandela - The Man

In mid-2017 Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University became Nelson Mandela University: the only university in the world to carry the name of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. With this name we honour Nelson Mandela by leading our University into a new era of powerful innovation and change.

We assume the responsibility of being able to stand up and say what our University is doing to improve society and to change the world for the better, which Nelson Mandela dedicated his life to doing.

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

We are honoured that the name of our University was given the full support of Mandela’s eldest grandson, Mandla Mandela, the head of the Mvezo Traditional Council and the custodian of the family.

“If there is one appeal I could make, it is that young people must take it upon themselves to ensure that they receive the highest education possible so that they can represent us well in future as future leaders.” Nelson Mandela