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Avoiding junk status: Next assessment from Moody’s holds the key

Belinda Bantham -- Mon, 05/28/2018 - 14:04

Avoiding junk status: Next assessment from Moody’s holds the key

According to renowned economist Prof Raymond Parsons from the North-West University’s (NWU’s) Business School, it is Moody’s next assessment of South Africa and not Standard and Poor’s (S&P’s) rating which holds the key to South Africa’s continued avoidance of universal junk status.

Stable interest rates necessary for South Africa's economic recovery

Belinda Bantham -- Fri, 05/25/2018 - 14:34

Stable interest rates necessary for South Africa's economic recovery

According to renowned economist Prof Raymond Parsons from the North-West University’s (NWU’s) Business School, stable interest rates are necessary for as long as possible to avoid choking off South Africa’s incipient economic recovery.

"Green coal": fuel of the future

Marelize Santana -- Fri, 05/25/2018 - 10:32

"Green coal": fuel of the future

Coal in its traditional form might soon be a relic of the past, but ground-breaking research by the North-West University (NWU) is showing how a face-lift to this fossil fuel has numerous safe, green possibilities. A revolutionary process to manufacture “green” coal that will reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emissions by up to 80% is being tested in a pilot study by the Centre of Excellence in Carbon-based Fuels.

Faculty of Engineering investigates the mystery of artificial intelligence

Belinda Bantham -- Fri, 05/25/2018 - 08:49

Faculty of Engineering investigates the mystery of artificial intelligence

The Multilingual Speech Technologies (MuST) research group is a research niche area associated with the North-West University’s (NWU’s) Faculty of Engineering. It focusses on machine learning and statistical pattern recognition, as well as their application in speech technologies.

Faculty of Engineering: Towards an integrated energy approach

Belinda Bantham -- Wed, 05/23/2018 - 08:23

Faculty of Engineering: Towards an integrated energy approach

Energy needs across the globe are rising while fossil fuels are being depleted. Since fossil fuels result in various detrimental emissions, new and renewable energy sources can alleviate the drain on our natural resources and help in the mitigation of the harmful emissions.

New challenge for Prof Christa Rautenbach

Belinda Bantham -- Thu, 05/10/2018 - 11:35

New challenge for Prof Christa Rautenbach

Prof Christa Rautenbach from the Faculty of Law at the North-West University (NWU) has been appointed by the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Adv Michael Masutha, as an advisory committee member in the South African Law Reform Commission: Project 144. The project is titled “Single Marriage Statute Including Measures against Sham Marriages”.

Gauteng Biotech Fundi award goes to NWU researcher

Belinda Bantham -- Tue, 05/08/2018 - 12:36

Gauteng Biotech Fundi award goes to NWU researcher

Expert, past master, authority, professional, specialist and genius… these are all synonyms for the uniquely South African word “fundi”, which aptly describes the North-West University’s (NWU’s) Prof Anne Grobler, recipient of a 2018 Biotech Fundi Award from The Innovation Hub Management Company.

A new frontier: The Creative Arts and Law project

Marelize Santana -- Fri, 05/04/2018 - 11:32

A new frontier: The Creative Arts and Law project

“All aspects of society are effected by law therefore we encourage interdisciplinary cooperation,” explains one of the most popular lecturers at the North-West University (NWU), René Koraan. That is why the Faculty of Law, in conjunction with the Faculty of Education, launched the Creative Arts and Law project.

Formalised curiosity at the Faculty of Theology

Marelize Santana -- Thu, 04/26/2018 - 12:13

Formalised curiosity at the Faculty of Theology

“Research is formalised curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose,” said the American novelist Zora Neale Hurston. It is a sentiment that rings as true today as it did all those many decades ago. It is also a maxim that the Faculty of Theology at the North-West University (NWU) has embraced with a fervour.

The Faculty of Theology helping imprisoned fathers reach their potential

Belinda Bantham -- Tue, 04/24/2018 - 10:57

The Faculty of Theology helping imprisoned fathers reach their potential

It took a moment for Dr Fazel Freeks to comprehend what he was hearing. Aghast at first, the images that formed from the convict’s depiction about the deed that lead to his incarceration made him think about his family. Freeks thought of his youngest daughter as he listened to the candid, vivid description about the act this person did to a young, innocent other.

Deaf distance student receives Grade R Diploma

Belinda Bantham -- Tue, 04/17/2018 - 13:39

Deaf distance student receives Grade R Diploma

“I never thought that I would ever reach a university, let alone obtain a qualification.” These were the words of Lizette Fitzpatrick, who received her Grade R Diploma from the North-West University (NWU). She is the very first deaf person who received this qualification through distance learning.

Proper treatment could prevent children dying from malnutrition

Marelize Santana -- Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:57

Proper treatment could prevent children dying from malnutrition

Nutrition researchers at the Centre of Excellence for Nutrition (CEN) of the North-West University (NWU) are doing important research on the treatment effects of severe acute malnutrition in Sub-Sahara Africa. Their findings will be used by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Canned Food Day - a huge success

Belinda Bantham -- Mon, 04/16/2018 - 12:49

Canned Food Day - a huge success

“We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone”. These wise words by former American president Ronald Reagan were befitting during the annual Canned Food Day event that recently took place on the North West University’s campus in Potchefstroom.

Symposium focuses on strengthening families

Belinda Bantham -- Thu, 04/12/2018 - 14:34

Symposium focuses on strengthening families

Strong families are a key support system in societies facing change and turmoil, and even families experiencing adversity can be strengthened. These are some of the positive messages that emerged from the second annual symposium of the North-West University’s (NWU’s) Centre for Child, Youth and Family Studies.

NWU to host its third Autism symposium

Belinda Bantham -- Thu, 04/12/2018 - 14:30

NWU to host its third Autism symposium

The Institute for Psychology & Wellbeing at the North-West University (NWU) will host its third Autism Symposium on 25 and 26 June. The symposium, which is presented jointly by the NWU and Autism South Africa (A;)SA), is an opportunity for all healthcare providers, educators, social workers, parents and individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder to come together to connect, share and learn.

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