[WorldKings – World Almanac Event 2023] 59th anniversary of establishment of University of Port Elizabeth (January 31, 1964 – January 31, 2023)


(WorldKings.org) The University of Port Elizabeth (UPE) was a public university located in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. UPE was founded on 31 January 1964, by an act of parliament, and held its first academic year in 1965. It offered bachelor's degrees, as well as masters and doctoral degrees. The university merged with the PE Technikon and the PE campus of Vista University to become the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in 2005.



The university was founded as a dual-medium institution, offering courses in both English and Afrikaans, catering to white students.

Initially situated in a series of buildings in Bird Street, in the historic Central district, UPE moved to a modern, purpose-built campus – incorporating residences, sports complex and the towering Main Building – in Summerstrand in 1974. The campus was officially opened in August 1975 and the final move from Bird Street came in 1979 with the opening of the science blocks at Summerstrand. The University retained some of its Bird Street buildings and these became the centre of community outreach activities.

Built on 830 ha of land donated by the then Port Elizabeth City Council, the campus was declared a nature reserve in 1983.

On 1 January, 2005, UPE merged with the Port Elizabeth Technikon and the Port Elizabeth Campus of Vista University to form Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU).

At the time of the merger, UPE had more than 9 000 contact students and almost 5 000 distance education students. The last Chancellor was Dr Brigalia Bam, the last Vice-Chancellor Dr Rolf Stumpf and the last Chair of Council Mr Trevor Jennings.

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- Celebrating 55 years of Nauru's National Day (January 31, 1968 - January 31, 2023)

- Celebrating 60 years of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (January 31, 1963 - January 31, 2023)

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