NMMU & Campus Life

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University is the largest higher education institution in the Eastern
and Southern Cape.

It is home to 25 000 students, 10% of whom are from diverse backgrounds outside of South Africa


Our highest priority is to promote academic excellence through varied curricula, the standard of teaching throughout all faculties, and through innovative and applied research for social and economic development.

NMMU is the biggest tertiary institution in the Eastern Cape Province, with some 25 000 students enrolled on six different campuses – five in Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth) and one in the beautiful city of George. The University offers a full spectrum of career-focussed, academic-oriented and professional programmes – from diploma through to doctoral level.

Our programmes are recognised and accredited by the relevant professional bodies locally and, in many cases, internationally. Given the increasing appeal of our programmes to international students, that accreditation is important, and we intend to further increase our international connections.

Our students can already be found working around the globe. Our teaching and research staff enjoy collegial relationships with academics at top institutions in their fields. The University and the surrounding communities are geared up for the increasingly cosmopolitan nature of our campuses, and a wide range of student services and support facilities are offered to assist international students in every aspect of student life – from what to study, to where to live, to finding a job after graduation.

The quality of life enjoyed at this University on the Bay is complimented by a significantly lower cost of living against national and international benchmarks.