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Extension of closing date for 2021 applications

Nelson Mandela University has extended its closing date for applications to study in 2021 until 14 November 2020.

The extension is to allow Grade 12 learners, whose year has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, additional time to apply. The decision is also in line with the University’s commitment to broadening access.

By adopting a more flexible approach, the University has been able to accommodate the changes within the basic education sector and deviate from its normal academic timelines.


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2020 ‘Get to Know Nelson Mandela University Webinars

The  impact of Covid19 has placed limitations on large gatherings and to provide learners with information relating to all Faculties, a series of webinars were hosted under the theme “Getting to know my Nelson Mandela University”. These webinars have replaced the Open Day that Nelson Mandela University hosts on an annual basis.