Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University


NMMUNelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) envisages a culture of responsiveness, with students exercising critical thinking and debate both on public and university platforms on key issues where we have expertise.

As a valued partner in the socio-economic development of the region, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University is committed to the advancement of knowledge in the service of society through our programmes and structures to grow research capacity and support innovation and technology transfer.

NMMU offers students a wide choice of stimulating and market oriented courses, opening up a variety of career opportunities.

NMMU has more than 22 000 students, spread over five campuses in Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth), and two in George. The undergraduate programmes, postgraduate programmes and short learning programmes tailor-made for the job market, offer students the best of academic, professional and career-focused education.

NMMU has established itself as leader in fields such as automotive engineering, ecology, marine and estuary studies, community health, the built environment, art and design, accounting and auditing, education, and IT.

The success of our career-focused programmes lies in the hands-on involvement of industry and business experts in our courses, many of which include workplace experience as part of the curriculum.

Earlier this year NMMU signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Bayworld Centre for Research and Education (BCRE) to collaborate in a number of broad areas. The signing of the MoU follows recognition of the valuable role each institution plays in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan area and the Eastern Cape.

The University also responds to challenges facing the country. To this end the university’s Centre for Energy Research (CER), has embarked on in its campaign to save electricity and, by making use of renewable energy, save on dangerous carbon dioxide emissions from coal fired power stations.

NMMU and the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor Company (PBMR) also recently signed a research enabling agreement for continued research on the nuclear fuel to be used in the first demonstration pebble bed modular reactor.

NMMU places a high premium on academic excellence and offers qualifications up to masters and doctoral level. The results of our students in national examinations bear testimony to this. An example of this is the accountancy graduates who again were among the most successful in the country with 87% of first-time candidates passing the 2007 Public Practice Examination (PPE) set by the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors. This is above the national pass rate of 81% for first attempts.

NMMU is committed to empower and build the capacity of people to reach their full potential. The University therefore subscribes to the national policy of increasing access to higher education, especially for the many people for whom this was not previously possible.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) has particular reference to the prospective mature student who seeks formal acknowledgement and assessment of the skills, knowledge and competencies acquired by an individual during a lifetime either in formal or informal learning situations, and wish to gain admission to a formal university programme of their choice.

RPL entails a formalised comparison of the previous learning and experience of a learner, however obtained, against the learning outcomes required for a specified qualification.

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3 October 2012 7:51