The Faculty Welcomes will culminate in the official welcome by the Vice-Chancellor Professor Sibongile Muthwa at 9am on Saturday 6 March.

Orientation too will be offered in a virtual format for health and safety reasons and will run from 8 March.

Online Links

The online links to all the virtual welcome events will be added when they become available.   

Three Components

  • Faculty Welcome (Dean’s Address and Faculty Meet and Greet) – eight online sessions to be hosted between 1 to 5 March culminating in the
  • VC Welcome Address (6 March) followed by the
  • First Year Success Orientation Programme from 8 March which is broken into:
    • Thrive at Nelson Mandela University – a generic welcome programme arranged by the Orientation team
    • A Faculty, School, Programme welcome in which academics introduce incoming students to the programme requirements

Faculty Welcome

While the Faculty Welcome of the Dean’s Address and Faculty Meet and Greet session is traditionally held immediately after the VC’s Welcome Address, the University has decided to host these information sharing sessions first to guide and reassure parents about the study journey ahead, given the many concerns due to the pandemic.

They will be hosted virtually, with an invitation to be sent directly to the prospective students, with the times and links provided to the sessions.

The Dean’s Address will be followed by the Faculty Meet and Greet live engagement session via a Microsoft Teams Live Event to present an overview of the faculty and give students, parents and interested parties an opportunity to ask questions via the Q&A facility.

Every session will be recorded and shared on the University’s webinar page and YouTube channel for the convenience of those who are unable to attend the online event.

Faculty Welcome Schedule

The schedule for the Faculty Welcome is as follows:

Monday 1 March at 17:30 PM
Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences

Tuesday 2 March at 17:30 PM
Faculty of Engineering, the Built Environment and Technology

Wednesday 3 March at 17:30 PM 
Faculty of Education

Wednesday 3 March at 19:00 PM
Faculty of Law

Thursday 4 March at 17:30 PM
Faculty of Health Sciences

Thursday 4 March at 19:00 PM
Faculty of Humanities

Friday 5 March at 17:30 PM
Faculty of Science

Friday 5 March at 19:00 PM
George Campus (address from the Campus Principal included):

Saturday 6 March at 09:00 AM

The Vice-Chancellor's Virtual Welcoming Address: