The uYilo smart grid ecosystem for electric vehicles at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth. Picture: SUPPLIED
The uYilo smart grid ecosystem for electric vehicles at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth. Picture: SUPPLIED

The renaming of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University to Nelson Mandela University provides the opportunity to reposition itself on a global scale‚ says chancellor Santie Botha.

"It is a name that needs no explanation wherever you are in the world‚" she said.

Various dignitaries have assembled at the university’s Missionvale campus for the renaming ceremony on Thursday‚ including Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa‚ advocate George Bizos‚ Economic Development MEC Sakhumzi Somyo and Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Athol Trollip.

Outgoing vice-chancellor Derrick Swartz said the new name would allow the university to reflect its international character as it has students from 14 different countries. "We have this incredible name of this titan whose legend and legacy dwarfs anything we have seen in recent years‚" he said.

He called on students to strive to solve consistent challenges of poverty‚ unemployment and inequality.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says the newly launched Nelson Mandela University must strive to uphold all the values the icon it is named after stood for‚ including nonracialism‚ nonsexism‚ honesty‚ truth and integrity.

Ramaphosa delivered the keynote address at the university’s official renaming ceremony, at its Missionvale Campus on Thursday.

"This university is situated in a society and continent still ravaged by three burdens‚ that of inequality‚ poverty and unemployment. It must seek to answer those social and economic challenges‚" Ramaphosa said.

Bizos‚ who reminded the audience of his relationship with Mandela‚ said: "This new name is an honour he would have been proud of."

Earlier‚ Swartz said the new name would allow the university to reflect its international character as it has students from 14 different countries.

"We have this incredible name of this titan, whose legend and legacy dwarfs anything we have seen in recent years‚" he said.

He called on students to strive to solve the consistent challenges of poverty‚ unemployment and inequality.

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