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A Nelson Mandela University (NMU) scientist’s long-term research into water treatment— and the benefit of pineapple leaves — could bag her a prestigious award or three.
Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Dr Mia Strand from the Institute for Coastal and Marine Research at Nelson Mandela University has been selected as the South African, and one of 23 worldwide finalists, in line for the US$1.1 million Frontiers Planet Prize.
 A consortium led by Nelson Mandela University and Ikigai Group has won a UK Government grant under the South Africa-UK PACT programme to deliver an innovative feasibility study to explore the viability of Green Hydrogen Production and Export Infrastructure from South Africa's Eastern Cape region to global markets, including the UK, Europe, and Japan. 
The addition of a large dome to the skyline at Nelson Mandela University signals another step forward in the transformation journey of an institution in the service of society.
Minister of Higher Education, Training, Science and Innovation, the Honourable Professor Bonginkosi Emmanuel Nzimande today (Friday, 15 March 2024), launched Nelson Mandela University’s state-of-the-art Science Centre and other infrastructure that his department has funded.
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Nelson Mandela University has won five national and international infrastructure awards for the new extensions to its Ocean Sciences Campus, in Summerstrand, Gqeberha.
 
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Mandela University doctoral researcher Mia Strand claimed the second runner-up position in the national Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, hosted in South Africa by the University of the Free State. She also took the runner-up position at the institutional level at Mandela University, where eight students were selected to compete.  
The ceremony formed part of the annual Milde McWilliams Memorial Lecturehosted by the University’s School of Architecture, with Carin Smuts as the speaker this year.  
While the ocean remains one of the most mysterious entities on earth, a group of KwaNobuhle high school pupils are doing more than simply scratching the surface to understand some of its secrets.
Professor Amanda Lombard holds the SARChI Chair in Marine Spatial Planning at Nelson Mandela University and is lead author of a seminal article title 'Principles for transformative ocean governance', published on 7 September in the leading international journal, Nature Sustainability.

Representatives of the Chinese Embassy visited Nelson Mandela University today to explore higher education cooperation. Nelson Mandela University and China’s Zhejiang Normal University signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2018 and Mandela University’s Faculty of Economics and Business Sciences and the African Institute of Zhejiang Normal University have proposed a think tank cooperation initiative. These efforts will also enhance the educational cooperation between China and South Africa.  

Nelson Mandela University scientist, Professor Mike Roberts and his team have deployed oceanographic instruments to collect data on the ocean dynamics of the Mozambique Channel.
Marine ecosystems have a valuable role to play in mitigating the effects of climate change.

A group of marine scientists from all over the world gathered at Nelson Mandela University this week for an international workshop that sought to explore the potential role of atmospheric deposition in driving ocean productivity in the Southwest Indian Ocean.

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.

Marine Spatial Planning research at Nelson Mandela University is continuing to make waves with new research including the impacts of the pandemic on coastal tourism.

The entire issue of prospecting or production for oil, gas or any other substance in the little understood marine environment has to start with how to safeguard it against potential damage.

Nelson Mandela University and the Open University of Mauritius signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on establishing a Fisheries Law Enforcement Academy as part of FishFORCE’s expansion to cover much of the Western Indian Ocean. 

We have to alert the world to the impending food security, livelihoods and marine ecosystems disaster in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO), which extends from South Africa all the way up the east coast of Africa. 

Nelson Mandela University’s growing reputation as a leading Ocean Sciences hub was recently recognised with a top place nationally in the Life Below Water category in the international 2022 Times Higher Education Impact Rankings.

We have to work out how to share our oceans between a mounting number of stakeholders in a manner that values and conserves our rich marine resources. Professor Mandy Lombard is finding a way, Heather Dugmore reports.

New Business Development Manager at the Transnet National Ports Authority, Nozipho Booi, is the first MPhil in Maritime Studies graduate at this year’s Autumn Graduation at Nelson Mandela University.

As the campaign against Shell intensifies, it is clear that local communities in South Africa are culturally diverse, hold rich knowledge foundations, espouse an environmental holism, and are deeply concerned about ocean and coastal health. 

Recently, South Africans witnessed protests against Shell’s proposed 3D seismic survey of the Wild Coast and the Amazon/River Club development in Cape Town.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Dr Lorien Pichegru, a marine biologist at Mandela University and Acting Director of the Coastal and Marine Research Institute, has received the Chevalier de l’Ordre du Merite (Knight of the Order of Merit) award from the ambassador of France in SA.

Close analysis of global heritage identification and conservation reveals enduring inequalities. 

Research and innovation in the ocean economy is essential if SA and Africa are to nurture the sector and contribute to the growth of the national and continental economies.

Africa requires a country and university to take the lead in governance and intellectual development for the blue economy and sustainable conservation of the continent’s oceans, says Emeritus Professor Martin Tsamenyi who is being conferred with an Honorary Doctorate of Law (Maritime Law) from Nelson Mandela University during the virtual graduation ceremony for the Faculty of Law on Thursday 22 April.

Humans delight in creating patterns in the sand, and more than 100,000 years ago it would appear we were no different. 

Nelson Mandela University’s Institute for Coastal and Marine Research (CMR), together with Visual Arts student Mr Luke Rudman had the opportunity to be involved in the international artistic initiative the MaskBook Project, which recently formed part of the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement.