Nelson Mandela University recognises the need to embed quality advancement and continuous improvement mechanisms in all its activities if it is to develop and enhance excellence in pursuit of Vision 2020. Vision 2020 provides a strategic planning framework that will assist Nelson Mandela University in moving towards increasingly integrated planning systems and processes whereby there is alignment between institutional strategic planning and the following:

  • The establishment of an enabling transformative institutional culture.
  • Strategy-aligned operational planning within the various divisions and faculties.
  • Resource allocation and budgeting models.
  • Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms, including quality advancement and performance management systems at all levels of the institution.
  • Integrated academic, financial, infrastructural and human resource planning.

In view of Nelson Mandela University’s mission of offering a diverse range of quality educational opportunities, and with particular reference to the institutional value of excellence, Nelson Mandela University collectively accepts responsibility for ensuring continuous improvement in its learning programmes and the full range of support functions. The Quality Advancement Framework (QAF) is viewed as a key enabler and, as such, incorporates all aspects of the Nelson Mandela University’s core activities such as teaching, research, and engagement, as well as the infrastructural, technological, administrative and other functions which support these core activities.