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Closer ties with the Nelson Mandela University is a must

Published: May 09, 2024

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"The Nelson Mandela University is strategically placed to play a pivotal role in the construction and development of a knowledge-based Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality and a crucial tactical vehicle to improve the literacy in the region.”

This strong statement of support by Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor Gary van Niekerk follows an engagement with senior municipal management, initiated by the Nelson Mandela University Business School on Tuesday.

"Closer ties with this internationally renowned tertiary institution is a no-brainer.

"We have seen over the years how well the university placed itself as an institution of higher learning with a strong focus on sustainable technologies, the successful opening of a medical school, the establishment of the Nelson Mandela University Investment Company and consistently improving their standing amongst their peers.

"Their role in changing our cityscape for the better with innovative architecture is also commendable and deserves praise.

"This initiative by the university is long overdue and must become a regularized session to allow for areas of mutual interest or concern to be discussed and resolved.

"It is therefore imperative that we revisit the Memorandum of Understanding signed between our two institutions and actively work towards revitalizing our mutual commitments,” Mayor Van Niekerk said.

The engagement focused on the value proposition of the university and a tour of the development site of the Investment Company Lifestyle Complex and the Ocean Sciences Campus.

The Nelson Mandela University opened its doors on 1 January 2005 following amalgamation of the University of Port Elizabeth, Vista University (PE campus) and the PE Technikon.

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Issued on behalf of the Office of the Executive Mayor by Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Media Management Officer Kupido Baron (082 780 2726 / 041 506 1500 / kbaron@mandelametro.gov.za).

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