Change the world


Mandela University, George Campus Open Day 2019 saw close to 800 guests – including learners, parents, teachers and community stakeholders – visiting the campus over two days - on 3 and 4 May. Visitors made full use of the opportunity to engage with the staff at the thirty stalls that were all geared to respond to questions that prospective students may have about their possible future studies and support services at Mandela University.

Learners and parents, teachers and other visitors were also able to view the campus and its facilities and attend several information sessions aimed at providing more details on the university’s new Admission Score system which will be applicable from the 2020 Academic Year.

While most of the visitors were from schools and TVET Colleges in George and the surrounding towns such as Grootbrak, Mossel Bay, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Oudtshoorn, Albertinia, Uniondale and Calitzdorp, several other groups and individual visitors came from as far afield as Vredendal, East London, Bredasdorp, Paarl, Fish Hoek, Cape Town and other western Cape towns, Johannesburg and Kwazulu/Natal (Maritzburg College), to experience the campus in person.

Learners who had already made up their minds to study at any of the  Mandela University’s seven campuses (one in George and six in Port Elizabeth) next year also utilised the opportunity to be guided with the online application process by staff from the university’s Admission Department.

Lecturers also shared their passion for their areas of expertise, along with useful information applicable to prospective students through a series of live radio interviews conducted by Eden FM from the George Campus throughout the open days, on both 3 and 4 May, further extending the message of education as a means of empowering young people to “Change the World”.

Both the opening and closing of the event was facilitated by Mr David Alexander, the Acting Campus Principal.

The stalls of the Marketing Programme and School of Accounting were jointly recognised as the second runners-up for the Best Open Day Exhibition Stall (George Campus) accolade. Featured here with their prize are - Azola Bidi and  Avril Beukes (both 3rd Year Students in Marketing),  David Alexander; Campus Principal (acting); Vincent Hau-Yoon; Lecturer, Marketing Management, Catherine Fourie; Lecturer, Accounting Sciences and Dr Sefoko Ramoshaba; Head of Student Affairs at George Campus.

With environmental stewardship being a core value of the Mandela university, and the School of Natural Resource Management (SNRM - Science Faculty) with its array of niche programmes located at the George Campus, it should come as no surprise that the Nature Conservation and Game Ranch Management team pulled out all the stops to scoop the prize as first runners-up at the university’s Open Days hosted at the George Campus on 3 and 4 May. Feature here are, the Director of the SNRM, Dr Anton Schmidt, Azola Bidi (Marketing intern), Zanri Schoeman (conservation student), David Alexander (Campus Principal, Act), Jade Norton-Milne (National Research Foundation intern), Hernu Swanepoel (Nature Conservation student) and Dr Sefoko Ramoshaba (Deputy Director: Student Affairs, George Campus)

Winning stall…  The combined stall of the Forestry and Wood Technology programmes was acknowledged as the  Best Open Day Exhibition Stall, 2019  (George Campus).  Feature (f.l.t.r.), front row, are students Anita Mkhize and Siphathise Plaatjie, Forestry lecturer and PhD Candidate, Tatenda Mapeto, and student Phozisa Ndlokweni; Back row (f.l.t.r.) Tiaan Booysen and Paul Malan (3rd year Wood Technology students),  Lelonathemba Ndaleni, David Alexander (Campus Principal, Act), Dr Sefoko Ramoshaba, head of Student Affairs, George Campus, student Vuyolwethu Zwide, and Wood Technology lecturer, Barry Muller.