by Ioanna Haritos
In honour of the 30th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison, Nelson Mandela University and the Nelson Mandela Foundation have partnered together to further forward Madiba’s legacy.
On 3rd February 2020, university vice-chancellor Prof Sibongile Muthwa and foundation chief executive Sello Hatang signed a memorandum of understanding in the areas of social justice advocacy, human rights activities, and scholarship and research.
“The foundation and the university are both cognisant of the great responsibility associated with carrying the name of Nelson Mandela,” Muthwa stated at the signing ceremony held at the Mandela bench on South Campus. The collaboration was a “match made in heaven”.
The university and foundation’s shared vision of helping to create an equal, just society has given rise to a number of projects aiming to make a meaningful impact on society.
The Transdisciplinary Institute for Mandela Studies (TIMS), a joint project between the University, Foundation and the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) was launched last year, which uses Mandela as a lens through which one can view societal challenges and generate workable solutions.
Another project is the Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity (AFRE), which is a partnership between the Foundation and Columbia University, in New York City. Mandela University will assist with developing curriculum content for the fellowship programme.
The Foundation, in collaboration with the non-profit organisation Habitat for Humanity, is also looking into working with the University’s Department of Human Settlements on affordable community housing.
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