Nelson Mandela University (NMU) believes that access to higher education is a key ingredient in the promotion of world peace and global economic development. It views higher education as a basic right, and believes that it can both transform the lives of individuals and be an important force for societal change. NMU believes that education plays a fundamental role in strengthening respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and in promoting understanding and tolerance, like Dr. NELSON MANDELA.
The mission of NMU is to offer affordable, quality, online, non-traditional degree-granting educational programs to any student who could profit by it. NMU is based on the belief that education is a basic right for all applicants, not just for a privileged few. The University works to open the gates of higher education to students anywhere in the world by offering its programs through distance learning and by making this opportunity affordable.
NMU creates a global community by making its academic programs, educational services, and employment opportunities available to individuals from all over the world, and by providing, learning opportunities that engage students and faculty from diverse backgrounds. NMU, additionally, expects its students to take responsibility for their education, and to pursue their studies diligently and with seriousness of purpose. NMU provides a high-quality, online liberal education suitable in scope and depth to the challenges of the 21st century.
NMU is committed to provide quality online educational programs globally at an affordable cost to students through an unique educational methodology.The mandate of the NMU University is to:
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country's first black chief executive, and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid through tackling institutionalised racism and fostering racial reconciliation. Politically an African nationalist and democratic socialist, he served as President of the African National Congress (ANC) party from 1991 to 1997. Internationally, Mandela was Secretary General of the Non-Aligned Movement from 1998 to 1999.
In 1993, he received the joint Nobel Peace Prize with de Klerk. In November 2009, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed Mandela's birthday, 18 July, as "Mandela Day", marking his contribution to the anti-apartheid struggle. It called on individuals to donate 67 minutes to doing something for others, commemorating the 67 years that Mandela had been a part of the movement.
Awarded the US Presidential Medal of Freedom and appointment to the Order of Canada, he was also the first living person to be made an honorary Canadian citizen. Mandela was the last recipient of the Soviet Union's Lenin Peace Prize and the first recipient of the Al-Gaddafi International Prize for Human Rights. In 1990, he received the Bharat Ratna Award from the government of India and, in 1992, received Pakistan's Nishan-e-Pakistan. The same year, he was awarded the Atatürk Peace Award by Turkey; he at first refused the award, citing human rights violations committed by Turkey at the time, but later accepted the award in 1999. Queen Elizabeth II appointed him as a Bailiff Grand Cross of the Order of St. John (upon the recommendation of the order's Honours and Awards Committee) and granted him membership in the Order of Merit (a personal gift of the monarch).