Paul Allen Receives Honorary Doctorate From NMMU

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) awarded Paul Allen an honorary doctorate in philosophy during its graduation ceremony on Wednesday, April 9 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

The degree was in “recognition of his provocative and catalytic contribution to innovations and inventions that have brought the technology of the digital age within reach of millions of people around the world and for his entrepreneurial capability in the field of computing and informatics.”

In a pre-recorded acceptance speech, Allen encouraged the graduates to follow their dreams, because they have “the potential to change the course of history.”

Here is the speech that was broadcast at the event:

Also receiving honorary doctorates were:

  • Pharmaceutical ground-breaker Stephen Saad
  • Former South African Deputy-President Phumzile Mlabo-Ngcuka
  • Physics and maths pioneer Neil Turok, and,
  • Social justice champion Masilamoney Pather (posthumously)

NMMU opened in January 2005 as the merger of three institutions. The university has approximately 27,000 students and approximately 2,500 staff members, based on six campuses.