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The Nelson Institute of Technology, also known as NIT, will be a private research university located in Soweto, South Africa. It will be established in 2020 and will have approximately 1,000 students enrolled in its fist year. Its school colors will be dark blue and cardinal red, and its mascot will be Oliver the Lion.The university will be organized into five schools with more than 30 departments:

  • School of Architecture and Planning
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
  • School of Science
  • School of Business & Leadership

NIT will be ranked as one of the top technology schools in Africa and it will rank highly among top engineering schools. High SAT and ACT scores will be required to get into this prestigious university.


The eco-friendly building design will accommodate cross-disciplinary research spaces, including the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, as well as classrooms, a large auditorium, multiple student hangout spots, a fitness center and dining facilities.


The Stata Lecture HallMost of the teaching facilities in the Oliver Center be used by NIT's high-ranking School of Engineering. Chemical engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering are among the majors at NIT.


Each co-ed residence will accommodate 500 undergraduates. Room options will include singles, doubles and trips; triples will be reserved for juniors and seniors. All bathrooms will be shared.

Winnie Hall will also include NIT's large dining hall. The dining hall will offer 12 meals per week, including kosher, halal, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. The Dining Hall will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the week, opening at 8 a.m. and closing at 9 p.m. On the weekends, the dining hall will open for brunch and dinner.


Designed for the purpose bringing together NIT's student body, Miriam Auditorium will host concerts, lectures, plays, conferences and other events. 
Its main-level concert hall will seats 1,220 spectators, and a smaller theatre, called the Little Theatre, will seat 200. The Miriam Auditorium will also include offices, lounges, rehearsal rooms, and dressing rooms. Its lobby, will feature a wall entirely constructed of windows, which can be reserved separately for conferences and conventions.


Located adjacent to Miriam Auditorium, the Kalamazoo Stadium will be the primary venue for NIT's soccer, rugby, cricket, and track and field teams. 
The stadium will serve as a centerpiece for NIT's athletics program, and will be surrounded by the Ashe Indoor Tennis Facility; the Zola Athletics Center, which will house the swimming pool; the Jake Sports and Fitness Center, which will offer workout facilities, personal training and group classes; the Jordan Cage, which will be the venue for the university's basketball and volleyball teams; as well as other training centers and gymnasiums.


The Tsietsi Student Center will be the hub of most student activity on campus. The center will be opened 24 hours a day. 
Most clubs and student organizations will based in the Tsietsi Student Center. The NIT Card Office, Student Activities Office, and Public Service Center are just a few of the administrative organizations which be located in the center. There will also be many convenient retail stores for students that will offer haircuts, dry cleaning, and banking needs. The center will offer a variety of food options, including Netscafe, Soweto Grill, and KFC. In addition, the Tsietsi Student Center will have the community study spaces. The Tsietsi Lounge will hold couches, desks, and TVs. The Reading Room will be a quieter study space.


The Oliver Building will be the very much the mainstay of NIT's campus. Its marble staircase will lead to the multiple laboratories, offices, academic departments, the university's Visitor Center and the Eyethu Library, NIT's architecture and planning library.