The Advanced Mechatronic Technology Centre (AMTC) will be a leader among South African universities in putting knowledge and talent to work through diverse collaborations to benefit the people and communities of the region, country, nation and world.


To be nationally recognized for excellence as a community-engaged center where faculty and staff, students, alumni, and partners from communities of diverse types, interests and locations, from local to global, collaborate strategically to:

  • Advance human capacity and community potential;
  • Improve social, educational and scientific progress;
  • Strengthen the economy through scientific and technological innovation and new business growth;
  • Promote social justice and cultural diversity; and
  • Inspire creative expression and entrepreneurship.

Values and Principles

In engaging with our communities, whether defined by interests, type or place, AMTC will seek to:

  • Respect the diversity of the community and hence be inclusive in its relationships and collaborations.
  • Develop reciprocal relationships to identify mutual needs and benefits, set agendas for positive change, implement strategies, and assess results.
  • Strengthen outcomes and learning through evidence-based research.
  • Be community-friendly in facilitating access to opportunities and resources wherever possible.
  • Be a valued part of the communities AMTC serves as dedicated volunteers and engaged scholars and staff.


Primary Objectives

  1. To assist in the establishment of New Research and Development trends, opportunities and initiatives within the field of Materials and Manufacturing Technology, facilitate knowledge transfer into teaching and learning concepts and integrate into undergraduate and postgraduate engineering programmes, further international opportunities and co-operation between the Nelson Mandela University, German Universities and Automotive Industry.
  2. To develop technologically competent engineering students and industry members who are able to:
  3. Engage in research and development.
  4. Contribute to society both within the community and the economy.
  5. Operate independently or with limited supervision in a technology environment.
  6. Expand the boundaries of technology by means of technology analysis and innovation.
  7. To develop innovative renewable energy and automation solutions and to provide training and education in this field.
  8. To promote and develop Mathematics and Physical Science skills of learners in the Eastern Cape to ultimately increase the number of learners qualifying to study towards a degree in Science and Technology.
  9. To increase the pool of local engineering expertise that will contribute to the economic growth of the Eastern Cape automotive sector.