Giving to Mandela University

 


“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to Change the World.” Nelson Mandela

On 20 July 2017, the university was officially renamed Nelson Mandela University, the only university in the world to carry the name of the global icon Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. Previously known as Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) which was established on 1 January 2005, it was the result of the merging of the PE Technikon, the University of Port Elizabeth (UPE) and the incorporation of the  Port Elizabeth campus of Vista University (Vista PE).

Nelson Mandela University is today a sought-after educational destination and the most diverse university in South Africa. Nelson Mandela dedicated his life to improving society and changing the world for the better and as the university that uniquely carries his name, we are honoured  and confident that we can do justice to his legacy. We embrace Mandela’s challenge and honour his name by leading our university into an era of transformative innovation, development and change. Gifts from alumni and friends of Nelson Mandela University are critical in supporting the institution in realizing its mission and goals and being in service to society. We are grateful for every contribution from individuals, foundations and private and public organisations.

 

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Initiatives you can support

 

BURSARIES AND SCHOLARSHIPS

First-year students arrive at the Nelson Mandela University with stars in their eyes and a suitcase full of dreams; dreams of obtaining a qualification and improving the quality of their lives and that of their families.

However, the stars are often replaced by worry and anxiety, and dreams are dashed because they cannot afford registration fees or cannot graduate because of unpaid student debt. View more...

Nelson Mandela University offers financial assistance to full-time students in the form of bursaries, merit awards, Vice-Chancellor's scholarships, and study loans. Assistance is based on financial need and/or academic excellence and sporting achievements.

However, the academically achieving students needing financial assistance are growing and with the country's economic challenges due to the pandemic, universities do not have the financial capacity and adequate resources to do much more to assist students or to provide free education

The protests at the beginning of each year at South African universities due to lack of funding for registration, tuition, accommodation, and food for these students, emphasises the need for assistance for undergraduate students and those who have completed their studies.

You can help by:

  • Paying registration fees for students who have been accepted to study at the university, but who cannot afford the initial payment/registration fees.
  • Providing emergency accommodation to students who arrive at the university hoping to have their application finalised. These students often land up sleeping in unsafe spaces.
  • Creating food security for students who cannot be expected to study or write exams on empty stomachs. Many of these students wait for months on end for their NSFAS food allowances to be paid.
  • Paying off debt for graduates who have completed their studies but cannot graduate due to outstanding fees. These students cannot find employment because they cannot produce their qualification certificates.
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OCEAN SCIENCE AND OCEAN ECONOMY

Our aim is to support the blue economy by “conserving and sustainably using the oceans, seas, and marine resources…” (United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14) as well as to address global goals such as poverty, partnerships, resilient communities and climate change. View more...

Nelson Mandela University’s Ocean Sciences campus established in 2017 is a hub for creative, pioneering transdisciplinary, postgraduate ocean sciences research, teaching, innovation, and engagement that will build, maintain and develop critical mass and strategic impact in key niche areas.

The mission of the campus will span the three interdependent spheres of sustainability being the promotion of sustainable livelihoods for coastal communities by tapping the economic potential of the oceans while preserving marine biodiversity and ecological integrity for the benefit of future generations.

Based on the Ocean Science campus are several research chairs and entities including:

  • Law of the Sea and Development in Africa
  • Ocean Science & Food Security
  • Marine Spatial Planning
  • Shallow Water Ecosystems
  • Oceans, Culture and Heritage
  • The FishFORCE Academy
  • The Marine Robotic Centre
  • A Drone Unit for maritime, safety, surveillance and related applications

Donations towards these chairs and entities would make a significant impact on the goal of economic growth and development while supporting livelihoods and the health of the ocean.

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MEDICAL SCHOOL AND HEALTH SCIENCES HUB

Lauded as a beacon of hope for the region, province, and country as the need for medical professionals mounts, our medical school’s educational focus on the Missionvale Campus is on preventative medicine, promoting healthier lifestyles, community engagement to achieve good health and wellbeing, enhancing food security as a means of poverty alleviation, and supporting economic development through cutting-edge research. View more...

Amid the uncertainty that the Covid-19 pandemic brought, Nelson Mandela University opened its medical school – the 10th in South Africa – at its Missionvale campus last year.

Why give to the Mandela University Medical School?

  • It uses an innovative, transformative, distributive teaching model with an emphasis on comprehensive primary health care and preventative medicine with a focus on leveraging the benefits of technology to deliver effective health professions education.
  • Its transformative interprofessional education model (IPE) will see doctors study and develop alongside nurses, radiographers, psychologists, environmental health practitioners, pharmacists, emergency medical care students, and the like, to offer holistic and integrated health care that instils a multidisciplinary approach to health problems and solutions.
  • The Faculty of Health Sciences’ health care ethos includes an integration of preventative, promotive, curative and innovative healthcare.
  • The Mandela University six-year, MBChB degree (a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) aims to produce graduates who fulfil all the graduate attributes as defined by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and go beyond, all in a unique, community- focused setting.

The Nelson Mandela Medical School provides an opportunity to shape local and national history through producing doctors that are well-versed in global health challenges and solutions and inspired to plough back lessons learnt into our communities through dedicated service. 

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ENGAGEMENT AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

Transformative Engagement through the Hubs of Convergence. The Hubs of Convergence (HoC) is envisioned as a collaborative multi-stakeholder space of exploration for the positioning and re-positioning of the engagement and transformation interface of Nelson Mandela University. It is both a feasible and doable option for reimagining the institution as a university in service of society. Donors can assist the following projects undertaken by the Hubs of Convergence. View more...

Zwide Community Development Project

The Zwide Community Development Project is a community led community initiative driven by Zwide Community members in convergence with the HoC. The community, alongside the HoC are exploring developmental projects for alleviation of poverty in Zwide, Gqeberha. The various individually led organizations within the Zwide Community acknowledge that they have several developmental activities and infrastructure in the area. However, there is a need for support in terms of planning, conceptualization and funding of these projects. Some of the challenges identified by the community include extreme poverty, abuse of drugs, gangsterism and unemployment.

The Zwide Community Development Project envisions the establishment of developmental projects for which funding is required in the following areas

  • Skills Development Centre
  • Community Kitchens and Home Gardening
  • Educational Academy
  • Arts and Culture Development Centre
  • Sports academy
  • Environmental programmes
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Gender Based Violence Group

This forum brings together Mandela University stakeholders - HIV Unit and Transformation Office along with local NGOs and CBOs focused on various aspects of gender-based violence. The purpose of the forum is to foster collaboration between fellow member organisations, build a network for understanding each other’s work, and a supportive environment for organisational development. 

Areas requiring support:

  • GBV, HIV and Mental Health Awareness Campaigns
  • Support for Health Professionals, Caretakers and Community Leaders
  • Empowerment Programmes and Initiatives driven towards Children, Women Men and Queer Communities. 
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The Sewing Project

The Sewing Project endeavors to source and distribute masks, as well as to  develop economic initiatives within local, marginalised communities in Gqeberha. In 2021, possibilities emerged to build small sewing enterprises or cooperatives along with stakeholder communities, through collaboration with Manyano Schools and the Association for People with Physical Disabilities (APD).

Manyano Schools has identified two people from within each of the schools’ communities who are interested in this programme, and the schools will work with their associated participants to develop possibilities for acting as the first ‘client’ for respective sewing enterprises. APD have for 20 years run a sewing enterprise on their premises, have facilities to offer sewing training, and are committed to mentoring participants through the process of establishing their own small enterprises. 

Funding towards this project would assist in providing logistical support (transportation, stationery, catering, printing, consultations for the following):

  • Committee Strategic Sessions
  • Workshops: Solidarity Economy/ Co-operatives
  • Workshops: Funding Proposal Development
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ALUMNI GIVING

The Nelson Mandela University “My Contribution” Alumni Fund is a discretionary fund to support University and Alumni Association programmes. Your donations, regular or once off, as alumni and friends of Nelson Mandela University, will contribute to the development of our learning, teaching, research, engagement programmes to ensure excellence as a leading African university. View more...

The Nelson Mandela University “My Contribution” Alumni Fund is a discretionary fund to support University and Alumni Association programmes.

Your donations, regular or once off, as alumni and friends of Nelson Mandel University, will contribute to the development of our learning, teaching, research, engagement programmes to ensure excellence as a leading African university.

If 1000 alumni and friends donate R100 per month or R1200 annually, your alma mater will have R1.2m to ensure we have an enabling environment to develop world class graduates who potentially can help to Change the World. Imagine the impact if 2000 alumni and friends give R1200 annually or 5000 alumni and friends donate R1200 annually!

if you are interested in making a major gift or legacy donation. Email paul.geswindt@mandela.ac.za

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