Nelson Mandela University Racing Formula Student

The Formula Student vehicle is a single-seat formula type car with a 600cc motorcycle engine and fully independent double-wishbone suspension. Advanced technology is used to develop these cars including the latest computer-aided design and engineering CAD/CAE software, electronic fuel injection control, engine and chassis data acquisition with telemetry for vehicle parameter monitoring and the latest steel, aluminium alloy and composite manufacturing techniques. 

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Baja Bug Competition

Participating students must design and build a prototype – being a single seater, four-wheeled, off-road recreational vehicle, to meet given design specifications. These cars, powered by a 7,5kW engine must be safe, easy to transport and service and able to negotiate tough terrain. The design of the actual vehicle is open to the ingenuity and resourcefulness of the students.   

SIEMENS Training Centre

The training centre has played a major role in developing the skills of engineers and technicians in the Eastern Cape and in other parts of the country, and will continue to work closely with SIEMENS SA to ensure individuals receive expert training on the latest SIEMENS equipment.  In partnership with SIEMENS SA, we offer a wide range of SIEMENS Accredited Automation training courses. University accredited training can also be arranged on special request. The training centre has trained over 2500 individuals from industry over the past 14 years.  The training facility is regularly upgraded to world-class standards.

wela (women in engineering leadership association)

merSETA, together with Nelson Mandela University, initiated the Wela programme with the aim of empowering young female engineering students at the institution. The duo has recognised the importance of promoting and developing women in this emerging field and to market it as a desirable career aspiration. It is the intention of Wela to focus on academic, professional, and personal development of women in engineering and to be of service to the community.

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The Heart of ICT

The School of Information Technology has launched an outreach campaign" The Heart of IT" which is aimed at our students who are in need of assistance. It is important to demonstrate our commitment to the values of Nelson Mandela University. We would like to get as much support as possible and therefore, we ask staff and students to participate in the spirit of Ubuntu by donating various items during the course of this campaign.

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First Lego League

First Lego League is an international programme aimed towards encouraging learners from the age of 9-16 years old to participate in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The School of Information Technology (SoIT) train the coaches and learners in basic robotics in preparation of the annual competition. The annual robotics competition is hosted by the SoIT and winners have the opportunity to compete in a national as well as in an international competition.

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Cross Laminate Timber Engagement Unit

Nelson Mandela University established the Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) Engagement Unit in 2019, the purpose of which is to catalyse a novel, sustainable manufacturing industry in the Southern Cape region, underpinned by new learning and teaching, research and engagement opportunities for the University. The Unit and its Italian partner InnovHousing recognised the need to contribute to building the necessary local knowledge base and skills to advance understanding and the utility of CLT as it relates to a feasible alternative to the conventional building materials of concrete and steel. Furthermore, the Unit aims to contribute to the building of a broader ecosystem within which professionals from across the industry, private practice, government structures, regulatory bodies, municipalities, and academia will be able to work towards building the CLT industry sector in South Africa.

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