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University of Port Elizabeth, Summerstrand Campus - NMMU
Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape

INTERPLAN: Architect
John Rodney BLAIR: Project Architect

Date:1974 - 1979
Style:New Brutalism


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34°00'32.34" S 25°40'13.52" E Alt: 26m

The University of Port Elizabeth (U.P.E.): Summerstrand Campus: [University Way, Summerstrand] U.P.E., the country's first dual-medium residential university, came into being on 31 Jan. 1964. Initially situated in a series of buildings in Bird Street, Central, U.P.E. moved to a modern, purpose-built campus - incorporating residences, sports complex and towering Main Building - in Summerstrand in 1974. The Summerstrand campus was officially opened in Aug. 1975 and the final move from Bird Street came in 1979 with the opening of the science blocks at Summerstrand.

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

U.P.E. was incorporated into Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) which opened on 1 January 2005.

(NMMU History: Submitted by Dorothy Adendorff)