Nelson Mandela University’s Advanced Mechatronic Training Centre (AMTC) recently sponsored the revamping of a life-size fibre-glass rhino and its trolley for the One Land Love It (OLLI) conservation and education non-profit company.

Nelson Mandela University’s School of Engineering recently supported ocean research with airborne drones and a kite borne surveillance system to study marine mammals up close - not possible from the research ship.

Two Nelson Mandela University graduates intend using their new innovative agriculture skills in the rural Eastern Cape communities where they grew up, to assist with food security in a resourcescarce region.

A delegation from the University of Sussex, which is in South Africa to continue talks around a national programme of collaboration around research, capacity building and joint Masters and PhDs programmes, visited Nelson Mandela University to explore areas of mutual interest.

Developing students and building research opportunities for staff and students are the result of a successful Erasmus Plus project that Nelson Mandela University’s Marine Engineering Department has been involved in together with five other higher education institutions.

eSchools are the future – but what’s needed for tech-readiness in government schools is lacking in most provinces. A Nelson Mandela University academic and her team are tackling the problem head-on.

Bela Geberit Event
Join Bela's new event in partnership with Geberit about their water-saving fixtures. 

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Seven local Nelson Mandela University students have been awarded the opportunity to attend the Technische Universitat Braunschweig (TU Braunschweig) International Summer School for German Language and Culture.

Cybersecurity researcher Professor Kerry-Lynn Thomson in the School of ICT at Mandela University, shared groundbreaking findings at her inaugural lecture Cybersecurity – Reducing the Attack Surface, held at the University last year.

The founders of bela would be excited to meet with you and thank you for the great support when it is most needed. We are aware that the Built Environment is not necessarily your field of expertise, but we have a wide range of topics we cover. Please see the invitation to the event, 1 June 2022 at 6pm - click here to register for the event.
Being diagnosed with cancer or the Big C, as it is referred to, often feels as if the rug is pulled from under you. But taking the prevalence of cancer into account, NTT Data’s mobile application, C-Vive, can help to increase the awareness of cancer, even before a diagnosis.

The Marine Robotics Unit has designed a prototype surface autonomous vessel that is currently being tested for operational conditions.

Kahl Kritzinger is the first Mechatronics graduate to also obtain an MSc in Computer Science at Nelson Mandela University, and cum laude to boot!

After escaping captivity and fleeing a village in the Democratic Republic of Congo, walking 6000km to South Africa and starting school at the age of 10 - Popina Khumanda graduated with a Diploma in IT at Nelson Mandela University’s Autumn Graduation. 

Nelson Mandela University advanced engineering design group students have developed an early-detection device to help with the prevention of unnecessary blood loss during surgeries and other medical procedures.

Ready to change the world? You’re invited to take the first step with EBET.

Come and visit the Faculty of Engineering, the Built Environment and Technology’s 2022 on campus Open Day and explore the career opportunities in the School of Architecture, School of the Built Environment and Civil Engineering, School of  Engineering and School of Information Technology. 

When one of his lecturers told him, he would never graduate with his lifestyle choices, Shaadan Loonat, decided to prove everyone wrong and become a DJ who studies architecture. 

A total of 25 students will be the first graduates to be awarded the Higher Certificate in Renewable Energy at Nelson Mandela University’s Autumn Graduation. Another 40 students have registered for 2022.

Is a career in Architecture your future? Please save the date for our Faculty's mask-to-mask Open Day on Saturday, 7 May 2022, at 9:00. The event will take place on North Campus, but more detail to follow soon! Keep your eye out on all our social media platforms.

Professor Stephen Read from the Delft University will be presenting a lecture titled: Thinking the Anthropocene: Metaphysics, Power and Action for a New Age. 

Software Engineer at Property24 Cape Town Okuhle Ngada addressed the problem of online misinformation, commonly referred to as ‘fake news’ by using technological approaches, such as machine learning and deep learning technology. 

The Department of Architecture invites everyone to the 35th Virtual Corobrik Treatise Design Awards and Exhibition. Come join us online on Monday 6 December at 12:00, where we showcase the design work of our final year Architecture students.

Under the umbrella of celebrating excellence, Nelson Mandela University recognised its top academic, professional, administrative and service staff in the categories of research, teaching, engagement, creative outputs and institutional support on 23 November.

An extremely successful Construction Management 50th Anniversary Conference was hosted by the Department on 15th and 16th November 2021. Titled ‘The Next 50 years’, the conference comprised both a Scientific Day and an Industry Day to cater to a more diverse range of interested parties.
An extremely successful Construction Management 50th Anniversary Conference was hosted by the Department on 15th and 16th November 2021. Titled ‘The Next 50 years’, the conference comprised both a Scientific Day and an Industry Day to cater to a more diverse range of interested parties.

Mandela University architecture students took first place in both the 2021 PG Bison’s 1.618 Education Initiative student competition and the Caesarstone Student Designer competition.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Two thirds of the finalists in two industry sponsored design competitions are third-year Mandela Uni Architectural Design students who have been selected as finalists in the 2021 PG Bison’s 1,618 Education Initiative student competition and the 2021 Caesarstone Student Designer competition.

The Spirit of Water – Practices of cultural reappropriation: Indigenous heritage sites along the coast of the Eastern Cape-South Africa is title of the book Dr Magda Minguzzi of Nelson Mandela University recently published.

Students and staff in the Faculty of Engineering, the Built Environment and Technology (EBET) have been playing an incredible role in tackling COVID-19 challenges.

Karl van der Merwe has been a practicing industrial engineer since 1989 who, after a fifteen-year stint in the automotive sector, moved to an academic environment to pursue a career in teaching, research and consulting. Karl holds a doctorate in operations management, which was granted by the NMMU, based on research completed in the field of Lean and Six Sigma operations. 

Gone are the days when hospital staff have to scour through hundreds of documents to find patient files — the Eastern Cape health department has launched an easy-to-use advanced electronic Hospital Management System (HMS).

Four student academic award recipients at the recent virtual annual academic student awards ceremony are top achievers in the world of computers and numbers.

Meet Prof Lourens
Ann Lourens is an Associate Professor at Nelson Mandela University and Project Leader for Women in Engineering Leadership Association (WELA). Ann obtained undergraduate qualifications in Operations Management followed by an MBA (Cum laude) and DBA. Prior to a career in academia at the former Cape Technikon (Cape Town) and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (Port Elizabeth/Gqeberha), Ann worked in various manufacturing industries in operations-related positions.

Mandela University graduate developing cheaper and more comfortable socket liners for people with prostheses.

The six-month pilot of a webbased solution developed by Nelson Mandela University’s Centre for Community Technologies to track, trace and follow up on tuberculosis patients in Wells Estate has drawn to a close.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Professor Lynn Futcher from the School of ICT at Mandela University has been elected onto the executive of the national Institute of Information Technology Professionals of South Africa (IITPSA).

Nelson Mandela University has partnered with the Eastern Cape Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC-EC) towards the provision of relevant industry-aligned degree programmes and other capacity building initiatives aimed at bolstering the manufacturing sector and provincial economy.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: The Advanced Engineering Design Group’s (AEDG) engineering students are in an exciting collaborative project with well-known racing team, Scuderia Scribante.

Friday, 23 July saw the official launch of the Agricultural Nutrition Project, which will see a skills transfer from George Campus students to inmates.

With the University having to come up with all kinds of innovative ways to save water in this water crisis, the Botany Department has implemented a closed water distilling system for their research needs, saving an enormous amount of water.   

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Nelson Mandela University students were the big winners at the recent Corobrik Student Architecture Awards.

In this professorial inaugural lecture* Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Mandela University, Russell Phillips, unpacked the role of renewable energy in de-urbanising post-COVID Africa. 

The school of architecture is proud to announce that the 2019 and 2020 Corobrik National Architecture Student Awards was awarded to GP Greyvenstein (2019) and Blake Smit (2020). The achievement follows the win in 2018 by Riaan Huiskens, making Mandela University home to this prestigious award three years in a row. 

Dr Magda Minguzzi, senior lecturer at Mandela University’s School of Architecture and researcher at the Institute for Coastal and Marine Research, recently received recognition for her years of research and commitments with the First Nation. 

An Autonomous Solar Boat prototype that was designed in Nelson Mandela Bay will soon have its maiden voyage at sea.

“I am grateful to NSFAS and Nelson Mandela University for this opportunity to have a qualification that no one can take away from me and to Student Counselling for making sure that I kept my sanity” says Nomsa Gida, 35, who graduated with a Diploma in Building, 15 years after she first started at the University.

The first two graduates in BEngTech Marine Engineering graduated at Nelson Mandela University’s Autumn Graduation.

“Quoting our namesake, Nelson Mandela, “It always seems impossible until it is done” was a reality for the MPhil in Information Technology (IT) Governance treatise research that I undertook in 2020” says graduate Constandious Takura Munakandafa.

Amber Meyer was the South African Institute of Industrial Engineering’s Best Final Year NDip student in 2019, yet she never thought she would graduate, twice in a row or cum laude, having had to overcome educational and financial hurdles.

The Dean, Prof Ben van Wyk would like to introduce the first edition of our new annual faculty publication: IDEATE Vol 1!

This edition focuses on the work the faculty is doing in the 'service of society' through our entities. I sincerely hope you enjoy reading about our faculty's innovative work.

The third COVID-19 wave is due to hit the two big Eastern Cape metros of Nelson Mandela Bay and Buffalo City by the end of March/beginning of April. This is sooner than expected and we are confident of the prediction as it is based on a range of local and regional data and on a year of national modelling, from the time that COVID-19 hit South Africa in March 2020.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Second year BComm student, Ndivhuwo Malange, has been named winner of the Undergraduate Category in the Nedbank & Old Mutual Budget Speech competition.
Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Second year BComm student, Ndivhuwo Malange, has been named winner of the Undergraduate Category in the Nedbank & Old Mutual Budget Speech competition.

It is often hard to find light in the seemingly endless pandemic. Still, perhaps the single most valuable consequence for higher education during this time is that it has forced us to reimagine ways in which to reach and engage our students, industries and communities, and provided unexpected insights into what is possible when technology is optimally leveraged.

An innovative app allows healthcare workers to remotely create an electronic medical record for a tuberculosis patient, capture patient data and record medication compliance.

Five professors at Nelson Mandela University have received the prestigious title of Distinguished Professor, which entails an elevated status in recognition of their dedication and commitment to their field of expertise.  

It is with great pride that the Faculty of Engineering, the Built Environment and Technology staff congratulate Prof Darelle van Greunen who has been promoted to Distinguished Professor at the University and had also been awarded an Extraordinary Professorship at NWU's Optentia Research Unit. 

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mechanical Engineering student, Wian van Aswegen from Port Alfred, has designed and created a unique 3D metal printed golf putter.

Best Wishes

The School of Architecture would like to wish all students and staff a safe, healthy, and prosperous new year! We would like to also take this opportunity to welcome or our new students to the school! 

“If you consider that in 2050 Africa will have a population of approximately 2.5 billion people, representing a quarter to a third of all humanity, it becomes clear that Africa’s emerging markets are your future.” 

Best Wishes

The School of Architecture would like to wish all students and staff a safe, healthy, and prosperous new year! We would like to also take this opportunity to welcome or our new students to the school!