Nelson Mandela honoured at Cambridge
- By: Monica Desai
Nelson Mandela, former political prisoner who then became president of South Africa, was recently made an honorary fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge.
In his speech, Dr Mandela emphasised his commitment to equality and education. He praised the South African tertiary education system, which is based on the British system, and thanked Cambridge University for supporting Mandela Scholarships. The scholarships were set up in his honour to allow outstanding graduate students from South Africa, who would otherwise not be able to do so, to study at Cambridge. He told his audience, “South Africa is in need of skilled men and women to service the democracy.” One of the key demands of Dr Mandela's campaign against apartheid was equal educational opportunity for all. When he was growing up, education was limited and expensive for black South Africans. Mandela studied for his law degree from the University of London while he was still