Ocean Sciences


WITH five of its seven campuses located a few hundred metres from the sea, and within 25 kilometres of two major ports, Nelson Mandela University’s involvement in the blue economy is inescapable.

As one of only six comprehensive universities in South Africa, Mandela Univeristy has the capacity to provide a broad menu of programmes in a wide range of fields from certificate to doctoral level.

The University is recognised for its leadership in generating cutting-edge knowledge and innovation that will make a positive contribution to realising the economic potential of our oceans whilst protecting South Africa’s marine biodiversity. It has extensive linkages with both industry and the public sector and is renowned for its innovative approaches to the curriculum and research.

Building on this base, Mandela Uni’s strategy into the next decade is to develop a range of ocean sciences programmes and research projects to significantly upscale our support for this crucial sector.

We are the proud hosts of the headquarters of the South African International Maritime Institute which has been established through funding support from national government to coordinate the development and implementation of a national  maritime skills development plan.

Nelson Mandela University looks forward to taking critical steps in a collective effort to help Africa take its rightful place in the blue economy.

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