Nelson Mandela University

country rank  13
world rank  2298

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University Overview

Founded in 2005, Nelson Mandela University is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the urban setting of the large city of Port Elizabeth (population range of 1,000,000-5,000,000 inhabitants), Eastern Cape. This institution has also branch campuses in the following location(s): George, Southern Cape. Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Department of Higher Education and Training, South Africa, Nelson Mandela University (NMU) is a large (EduListing enrollment range: 20,000-24,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Nelson Mandela University (NMU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the EduListing degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 15 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 50-60% making this South African higher education organization a averagely selective institution. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment.

University Identity

Acronym NMU
Founded 2005 merger between University of Port Elizabeth (1964), Port Elizabeth Technikon and Vista University (1981)
Motto For tomorrow
Colours Navy blue, dark red and white

University Location

Address PO Box 77000, NMMU
Port Elizabeth (population range: 1,000,000-5,000,000)
6031 Eastern Cape
South Africa
T +27 (41) 504 1111
F +27 (41) 583 3644
Other locations George, Southern Cape

Study Areas and Degree Levels

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Yearly Tuition Range

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Undergraduate Postgraduate
1,000-2,500 US$
(750-1,800 Euro)
2,500-5,000 US$
(1,800-3,700 Euro)
2,500-5,000 US$
(1,800-3,700 Euro)
2,500-5,000 US$
(1,800-3,700 Euro)

University Admissions

Gender Men and Women (coed)
International Students Yes, international applicants are welcome to apply for admission
Selection Type Yes, based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades
Admission Rate 50-60%
Admission Office PO Box 77000, NMMU
Port Elizabeth 6031
+27 (41) 504 111

Size and Profile

Student Enrollment 20,000-24,999
Academic Staff 2,000-2,499
Control Type Public
Entity Type Non-Profit
Academic Calendar Semesters
Campus Setting Urban
Religious Affiliation None

Facilities and Services

Library Yes Go to Nelson Mandela University's Library
Housing Yes
Sport Facilities Yes
Financial Aids Yes
Study Abroad Yes
Distance Learning Not reported


Memberships and Affiliations

  • Association of African Universities (AAU)
  • Universities South Africa (USA)

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Site last updated: Monday, 18 May 2020