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Strategic Planning and Institutional Research

NMMU’s Vision 2020 is to be a dynamic African university, recognised for its leadership in generating cutting-edge knowledge for a sustainable future. This vision will be achieved by offering a diverse range of quality educational opportunities that make a critical and constructive contribution to regional, national and global sustainability.

To achieve our vision and mission, we will ensure that:

  • Our values inform and define our institutional ethos and distinctive educational purpose and philosophy.
  • We are committed to promoting equity of access and opportunities so as to give students the best chance of success in their pursuit of lifelong learning and diverse educational goals.
  • We provide a vibrant, stimulating and richly diverse environment that enables staff and students to reach their full potential.
  • We develop graduates and diplomates to be responsible global citizens capable of critical reasoning, innovation, and adaptability.
  • We create and sustain an environment that encourages and supports a vibrant research, scholarship and innovation culture.
  • We engage in mutually beneficial partnerships locally, nationally and globally to enhance social, economic, and ecological sustainability.


Vision 2020 is a “roadmap”  which provides a broad, overarching strategic framework that guides key choices and actions in a direction that foregrounds eight strategic priorities, namely to: 

  • Formulate and implement an integrated strategic academic plan and distinctive knowledge paradigm.
  • Create and sustain a responsive learning environment conducive to excellence in teaching and learning and fostering holistic student success.
  • Create and sustain an environment that encourages, supports and rewards a vibrant research, scholarship and innovation culture.
  • Position NMMU as an engaged institution that contributes to a sustainable future through critical scholarship.
  • Develop and sustain a transformative institutional culture that optimises the full potential of staff and students.
  • Formulate and implement a financial growth and development strategy to enhance long-term sustainability and competitiveness.
  • Improve institutional processes, systems and infrastructure to promote a vibrant staff and student life on all campuses.
  • Maximise the potential of staff.

The pursuit of our vision, mission and strategic priorities is underpinned by our core values:

  • Respect for diversity
  • Excellence
  • Ubuntu
  • Integrity
  • Responsibility
  • Respect for the natural environment


Contact information
Prof Heather Nel
Senior Director: Institutional Planning
Tel: 27 41 504 4511