NWU hosts its second Autism symposium
Autism affects one in 68 children, and the earlier it is diagnosed, the more effectively it can be managed. The Institute for Psychology and Wellbeing at the North-West University’s (NWU’s) campus in Potchefstroom is helping to raise awareness by hosting its second Autism Symposium. It will be held at the Dawie du Plessis Lecture Hall on 29 and 30 June, focusing on autism awareness and effecting change.
Regard’s perfect score leads to graduation bliss
You could hear a pin drop when Ms Daleen Gerber, director of the School of Information Technology on the North-West University’s (NWU’s) campus in Vanderbijlpark, shared the impressive academic record of alumnus Regard du Toit.
Jan Pieterse – a master of many trades
Jan Melchior Pieterse is a born achiever – and the recent Autumn Graduation Ceremony of the North-West University’s (NWU) campus in Vanderbijlpark bears testament to this.
NWU PhD graduate contributes to international literature
The North-West University’s (NWU’s) campus in Vanderbijlpark proudly awarded a PhD in English to Manuela Fernandes-Martins, academic developer at the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL), during the recent Autumn Graduation.
NWU academic to present a paper at international law conference
Prof Melvin Mbao, academic and dean of the Faculty of Law on the North-West University’s (NWU’s) campus in Mahikeng will be attending the 6th International Conference on Law, Regulations and Public Policy in Singapore from 5 to 6 June 2017.
Extended degree programme sees Noluthando achieve top honours
Noluthando Mtshali may be small in build, but she is a force to be reckoned with in the field of chartered accountancy.
A university degree is an investment that keeps on giving – Prof Linda du Plessis
“A university degree is an investment that keeps on giving. Whether it be its value in increasing employability and earnings in the job market, improving personal wealth outcomes, or building social capital in communities, a university degree benefits its graduates and opens the door to endless opportunities.”
NWU highlights importance of blood pressure awareness
The North-West University (NWU) has joined the worldwide campaign to raise blood pressure awareness with a series of screenings at its campuses and in surrounding communities in May as part of the largest screening campaign ever.
NWU trains municipal officials in solar technology
A group of municipal officials from various technical departments attended the first ever solar training workshop specially developed for municipalities. Local governments from all over the country were represented during the three-day course at the North-West University (NWU).
Young scientist from NWU invited to prestigious Nobel gathering
A doctoral student from the North-West University (NWU) is one of five hand-picked young scientists in South Africa who were nominated by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) to rub shoulders with various Novel Prize winners.
Book about faculty’s successful 100-year legacy launched
A prestigious publication with the inspiring story of the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the North-West University (NWU) over the past more than a hundred years was recently published.
NWU unveils new nursing building
Prof Dan Kgwadi, vice-chancellor of the North-West University (NWU), led the celebrations on the Mafikeng Campus, on 30 March 2017 during the unveiling of its new nursing building.
NWU Department of Social Work hosts oath-taking and celebrates World Social Work Day
The Department of Social Work on the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) hosted an oath-taking ceremony for second-year social work students while celebrating World Social Work Day on 29 March 2017 at the Student Centre Hall.
Maintaining the balance between protection and use of SA’s most diverse floodplain ecosystem
Thousands of people rely on the floodplain of the Lower Phongolo River in KwaZulu-Natal, as do millions of fish, frogs, birds, insects and other aquatic animals. But how can they all co-exist sustainably and what is needed to maintain the delicate balance of South Africa's biggest, richest and most diverse floodplain ecosystem?
It’s time to recognise waste pickers
They are a sight common in South Africa as they scavenge landfills and go through bins in suburbs, business and industrial districts. Yet little is known about the role waste pickers play in the economy.
A South African web-based platform for speech transcription
With 11 official languages in South Africa, finding an effective yet affordable way to transcribe speech to text was never going to be easy, but that is set to change with some innovative thinking from researchers who are creating an open source web-based platform for speech transcription.
Metals in bird eggs a source of concern in Orange River catchment area
The heron that laid the golden egg? Scientists from the North-West University (NWU) have found several metals and metalloids in bird eggs in the catchment area of the Orange River which could pose a potential health risk to humans.
Survivor to thriver: creating a brighter future for victims of sexual abuse
The heart-wrenching reality of childhood sexual abuse is a global scourge which two researchers from North-West University (NWU) are tackling by assisting survivors to deal with their trauma and thrive.
Social sciences the Rubik’s Cube of humanity – Prof Herman van der Merwe
Did you know that it took the Hungarian inventor and professor of architecture Erno Rubik one month to master his own mechanical puzzle, the Rubik’s Cube? With 42 Quintillion possibilities but only a few correct solutions, the Rubik’s Cube is the epitome of human society: with each block representing a social science topic.
Prof Ermie Steenkamp’s dream comes true
This month the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences on the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University (NWU) proudly opened the doors of its Centre for Economic Literacy.
NWU builds a first-in-the-world reactor for better sustainability, cleaner air
Chemical engineers at the North-West University (NWU), together with experts in the industry, just released a first-in-the-world reactor that will hold great benefits for industries and the man on the street.
Alumna scoops Denel’s Top Young Achiever Award
“The answer is in front of you, you just need to look for it and see it!”
This is Chanelle Vermaak’s mantra. Not only did it help to keep her motivated during her undergraduate and later postgraduate studies in Information and Computer Science (BSc), but it is also what carries her trough every challenge that life may pose.
Are tax payers getting value for their money?
Prof Danie Meyer and Dr Andre Mellet from the North-West University’s Vaal Triangle Campus (NWU) and experts in Local Economic Development (LED) and Monetary Economics respectively, is of the opinion that South African tax payers are not reaping any rewards from increased taxation.
NWU law student publishes debut novel
Another student from the North-West University’s (NWU’s) Mafikeng Campus has self-published a book. Gaopalelwe Lesley Mathiba, a third-year law student, published his debut novel titled “The Essence Behind Motherhood: 'Behold your mother' ~John 19:27”.
Campus legal hopefuls take center stage at symposium
The Law Faculty on the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) recently hosted a symposium at the campus multi-purpose student centre. The well-attended event saw second-year LLB students go against the final fourth-year students on the topic “The legacy of legal positivism and constitutional supremacy in South Africa”.
NWU lecturer to participate in UCLA/South African Trauma Training Research programme
Dr Lufuno Makhado, a senior lecturer in the Department of Nursing Science on the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU), , will be taking part in the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA)/South African Trauma Training Research (Phodiso) Programme.
Minister appoints two NWU experts
A national honour recently bestowed two experts of the North-West University (NWU). Prof Jeanetta du Plessis and Prof Richard Gordon, both from the Centre of Excellence in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Pharmacen), were appointed as members of the National Health Research Committee.
9 000 inquisitive minds explore Science Centre
Few would say no to a journey of discovery that is not only education but also a great stress reliever. It should come as no surprise then, that the North-West University's (NWU's) Science Centre on the Potchefstroom Campus has seen a spike in visitors in the past year.
US officials visit NWU School of Agriculture
Officials from the Department of Agriculture of the United States of America (USDA) visited the School of Agriculture on the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) on 16 March 2017.
NWU economics lecturer set to speak at world’s premier academic conference
Ms Hlompo Panelope Maruping, a lecturer from the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) has been invited by the academic selection committee of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) to be one of the speakers at the Annual International Conference on Business, Law and Economics.
NWU academic appointed to Mental Health Review Board
Dr Leepile Alfred Sehularo, psychiatry and mental health nursing lecturer in the Nursing Department on the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) has been appointed to the North West Provincial Mental Health Review Board by the MEC for Health, Dr Magome Masike.
Technology-enhanced learning to benefit student and institution: TELIT-SA
Researchers within the new research focus area of the North-West University (NWU), TELIT-SA, is hard at work to not only vest the entity but also to expand its reach and impact. TELIT-SA focuses on the theory and practice of learning technologies across an array of disciplines in higher education. In short: a dedicated focus on the practice of technology-enhanced learning.
Manufacturing sector not out of the woods yet – Dr Andre Mellet
The South African Economy showed negative growth in the final quarter of 2016. This negative growth can be contributed to the decline in two sectors, namely: mining and manufacturing. During an interview with RSG, well-known economist, Dr Andre Mellet from the North-West University’s (NWU’s) Vaal Triangle Campus, commented on the negative growth figures for the final quarter of 2016.
NWU academic presents inaugural lecture on micro-econometric modelling
Prof Abayomi Samuel Oyekale from the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) kick-started the first of six inaugural lectures for the 2017 academic year on 14 March 2017 with his lecture “Micro-econometric modelling in applied economic research: The pains, pitfalls and paradoxes”.
NWU Seminar tackles decolonisation of university education
On Friday, 10 March 2017 the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) hosted a Professionalism Seminar at the Mmabatho Palms resort. The seminar, “Decolonising University Education” was aimed at finding possible approaches and solutions to achieving quality decolonised education in higher learning institutions.
SOWASK puts cancer on the agenda
Social work students of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU) recently did their part in the battle against cancer.
NWU professor documents resilient history of royal Bakwena ba Mogopa tribe
Prof Freddy Samuel Khunou, an associate professor on the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU), recently published a book - Mountains of Spirit - on the history and culture of the Bakwena ba Mogopa tribe.
NWU-navorsing kyk na die ervaring van werkloosheid
Drie PhD-studente van die Optentia-Navorsingsfokusarea op die Vaaldriehoekkampus van die Noordwes-Universiteit (NWU) het onlangs rolspelers uit die gemeenskap genooi om saam met hulle om die konferensietafel te sit om die uiters tersaaklike probleem van werkloosheid te bespreek.
Three former NWU students on SAICA’s honours roll
Three former students from the North-West University (NWU) again underlined why the School of Accounting Sciences is an institute par excellence.
Avril’s entrepreneurial journey from office clerk to organic vegetable grower
Two years ago Avril Bromfield from Henley on Klip took a giant leap of faith: she quit her job in office administration to become a fulltime entrepreneur. Initially she did not start out as an entrepreneurial expert – as is the case with many start-up business owners. Apart from an enormous amount of hard work, starting a business without money or financial backing was a daunting endeavour.
International research collaboration to focus on female entrepreneurship
Economists, academics alike are in agreement: female entrepreneurs are an under-tapped force that can revive economic growth. Having said this, Natanya Meyer – a lecturer within the School of Economic Sciences on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU), will join an international research team to collaborate on a research project titled: “Women for Women Entrepreneurship Development.”
Collaboration paves way to Sharpeville 2020 Development Plan
Creating a better world requires teamwork, partnerships and collaboration, as we need an army of companies to work together to build a better world. This statement by Prof Danie Meyer, senior lecturer in the subject group for Economics on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU), sums up the collaborative prowess of the NWU, the VAAL LED Warriors and the local community of Sharpeville.
Teacher Education for Inclusion: All stakeholders join hands
The Optentia research focus area on the Vaal Triangle Campus and the Faculty of Education Sciences on the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University (NWU) is hosting the 2nd Bi-Annual Symposium on Teacher Education for Inclusion in collaboration with De Vlaamse Vereniging voor Ontwikkelingsamenwerking en Technische Bijstand.
Universities must do more to accommodate risks
In what is being described as required reading for all South African university vice-chancellors and risk managers – especially in light of increasing intimidation and violent disruptions of lectures, seminars, talks by scholars, Senate and Council meetings, a recent opinion article by Prof Hermien Zaaiman of the North-West University’s (NWU) Vaal Triangle Campus is proving that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
NWU researchers receive significant funding to tackle huge threat in Africa
A portfolio of clinical research programmes are set to launch on South African soil with the potential to enhance the scientific understanding of what is expected to become the most common cause of death in South Africa - non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Researchers studying cardiovascular diseases and it’s risk factors at the North-West University (NWU) just received significant funding to help alleviate this huge African risk.
Robofest 2017: NWU Vaal takes robotics beyond science class
If the excitement of the South African rendition of Robofest 2017 was anything to go by, then the stage is set for a stellar international championship in June. On Saturday, 4 March 2017, the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) hosted the South African National Robofest 2017 Championship in collaboration with Trophy Robotics.
Anti-immigrant violence adjourns African economic integration efforts
The resurgence of anti-immigrant violence in Johannesburg and Pretoria has send shockwaves across the continent and prompted calls for robust dialogue and pro-active interventions to stamp out xenophobia.
Economy to suffer if lion breeding is banned
What is the economic value of lion breeding in South Africa? This was the question Prof Melville Saayman and Prof Peet van der Merwe of the research unit TREES (Tourism Research in Economic Environs and Society and members of the South Africa Predators Association) asked when certain pressure groups again asked for captive lion breeding to be banned.
NWU Mafikeng Campus now offers an honours programme in Logistics
2017 saw the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) offering a one-year full-time honours programme in logistics.
NWU wants to manufacture affordable artificial limbs
Losing a limb is certainly a traumatic experience. Making matters wors is that it usually goes with astronomical medical bills. Although the last thing that you would want to worry about is having sufficient funds to afford a prosthetic limb, this is a great concern for most people who have lost a limb.
Students share expertise to address local needs
Students at the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University (NWU) have discovered that soap in hotels and guest houses are often used only once and then thrown away. They then came up with an initiative to recycle this waste soap in order to be used again.
NWU academic appointed chairperson of National Traffic Law Review Committee
Ms Dipuo Peters, the national Minister of Transport, appointed Dr Kesolefetse Olivia Lefenya, a senior lecturer in Public Law at the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) and admitted advocate of the High Court of South Africa, as chairperson of the National Traffic Law Review Committee.
World renowned theatre group in Potchefstroom
World renowned vocal theatre group, Carmina Slovenica, will be performing in Potchefstroom on 21 of February at 19:30 in the NWU Conservatory. This group, under the direction of Karmina Šilec, is known for its innovative programming. Carmina Slovenica incorporates contemporary music, drama and movement on stage and performs with an artistry that inspires.
Chemical engineer a favourite on The Voice South Africa
Marco Basson, a former chemical engineering student at the North-West University (NWU) has recently been given a four-chair turnaround of the judges during the latest episode of the popular TV singing competition, The Voice South Africa. Marco blew the audience away with his version of Nick Jonas' "Jealous". Bobby van Jaarsveld was the lucky judge that was given the opportunity to welcome Marco to his team.
Why the Constitution will always Trump the Executive
The following article represents an opinion piece by Dr Ilyayambwa Mwanawina, an academic staff member of the North-West University’s Vaal Triangle Campus. Dr Mwanawina specialises in the fields of regional integration, international law, good governance and human rights. He continues to publish his research in scientific journals on contemporary African perspectives in these fields.
NWU student develops mobile app that will save lives
According to the Automobile Association, driver fatigue is one of the leading causes of collisions in South Africa. Although some luxury vehicles are equipped to warn drivers of this danger, not many people can afford them. An engineering student at the North-West University (NWU) addressed this problem as part of his final-year study by developing a mobile app that alerts the driver when driver fatigue sets in.
Mathematician shares expertise in Malaysia
Mathematician and research professor of the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU), Prof Jamshid Moori, was recently invited to speak at the fourth conference of the Biannual International Group Theory Conference (BIGTC) in Kuala Lumpur.
NWU student selected as Science Today candidate
A PhD student from the Department of Biological Science at the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU), Theodora Ekwomadu, was selected as one of the Science Today 2016 candidates.
NWU advancing interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary studies within social sciences
The North-West University’s Vaal Triangle Campus is joining hands with the Social Sciences Research Society in Turkey to host the 8th International Conference on Social Sciences (ICSS) later this year.
BABEL Project: Winning a global speech technology challenge
North-West University (NWU) researchers within the field of speech technology were part of an international consortium that recently won a high-profile speech technology challenge - a first for South African researchers, in this field.
Alumnus ranked tops in national SAIPA board exam
Like his well-known namesake, North-West University (NWU) alumnus Muhammed Alli, believes in hard work, dedication and perseverance – and as was the case with the sporting legend, this mind-set yields great professional success.
First publishers acknowledged
A total of 40 staff members of the North-West University’s (NWU’s) Potchefstroom Campus received recognition for their first publication of a research article.
NWU economist puts fuel price hike in perspective
Motorists are now paying 29c/l extra for 93 and 95 octane petrol. This retail price hike was announced by the Department of Energy, citing oil prices and the Rand/Dollar exchange rate as reasons for the increase. During an interview with RSG, well-known economist – Dr Andre Mellet from the North-West University's Vaal Triangle Campus – compared 2016 and 2017 fuel prices and shared his sentiment pertaining to the rest of 2017.
The eight economic indicators to watch in 2017
Will 2017 be a better year for South Africa’s economy? This is the question on all South Africans’ lips and in an effort to provide answers, Prof Danie Meyer and Dr Andre Mellet – both academic staff members within the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology at the North-West University’s Vaal Triangle Campus, offer the following insight into eight principal economic indicators.
SoftLandings Platform SA – linking Dutch SME’s with local markets and entrepreneurs
The Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) is offering students an innovative opportunity to not only gain experience in conducting real-time market research, but also to learn more about the practice of entrepreneurship.
NWU scientists among the best in the world
The North-West University (NWU) has once again showed why it’s a scientific force to be reckoned with, when it walked away with a special achievement at the annual South African Science Forum.
NWU expertise called up at national level
Another one of the experts at the North-West University (NWU) has been called up at national sports level to assist with a national sports team.
NWU's Jennifer Kalanko is Mrs Africa International
A staff member of the Faculty of Theology at the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University (NWU) was recently crowned as one of the title holders of Mrs Africa International.
EWP 2017 – A golden opportunity for female entrepreneurs
Did you know that Africa outranks the United States and the United Kingdom in terms of the percentage of entrepreneurs among women? In fact, research indicates that Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest rate of female entrepreneurship across the globe, with more women starting businesses in Africa than anywhere else in the world?
NWU CARST Centre Director appointed to GIF SA Chapter
The director of the Centre for Applied Radiation Science and Technology (CARST) on the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU), Prof Victor Tshivhase, was recently nominated and unanimously appointed to serve as a member on the Generation IV International Forum (GIF) Senior Advisory Panel.
NWU Vaal BTMG: an equation that makes sense!
This year marks the fourth rendition of the very successful learning programme: Bridging The Mathematical Gap, as presented by the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University.
NWU student wins competition with electronic cupcake piper design
Brinco Neethling, an Engineering student at the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University (NWU), won the SAIEE National student competition for his design of an electronic cupcake piper. The South African Institute for Electronic Engineers (SAIEE) host this annual competition to give up and coming electronic engineers exposure and recognition.
Bridging the Mathematical Gap – offering matriculants a second chance at success
Four years since the inception of the Bridging The Mathematical Gap (BTMG) learning programme at the North-West University’s (NWU's) Vaal Triangle Campus, many learners have not only overcome towards anxiety for mathematics, but are also flourishing as students pursuing their university studies within the BCom and BSc fields.
Prestigious Royal Society inducts NWU professor
Prof Chaundry M Khalique, from the International Institute for Symmetry Analysis and Mathematical Modelling on the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU), has recently been inducted as one of three 2016 fellows of the prestigious Royal Society of South Africa.
Campus hosts successful Industrial and Organisational Psychology Research Day
The Department of Industrial and Organisational Psychology (IOPS) - within the Faculty of Humanities at the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), recently hosted a very successful Research Day on the campus.
Prof Ayesha Bevan-Dye delivers her inaugural lecture
Prof Ayesha Bevan-Dye has joined a group of prestige academics within the School of Economic Sciences within the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU) when she recently delivered her inaugural lecture.
NWU School of Business and Governance relocates to new offices
The NWU Mafikeng Campus School of Business Governance has relocated to a new office complex at Leopard Park, Mahikeng. The official opening of the new offices was held on 24 November with a ceremony attended by the Vice Chancellor of the NWU, Prof Dan Kgwadi.
NWU academic awarded TWAS-DFG Fellowship
A senior lecturer in the Department of Chemistry at the North-West University´s (NWU´s) Mafikeng Campus has been awarded a TWAS-DFG fellowship in Germany. Dr Damian Onwudiwe is a member of the Material Science Innovation and Modelling Research Focus Area (MaSIM) in the Faculty of Agriculture, Science and Technology and is currently on a research visit to University of Cologne, Germany.
NWU calls on breast feeding mothers to help save premmies
World Prematurity Day is celebrated annually on 17 November as a worldwide event to create awareness about prematurity. One in every 10 babies arrive early - before 37 weeks of pregnancy is completed. According to Prof Welma Lubbe, a researcher and academic at the North-West University’s (NWU’s) School of Nursing Science, one of the most effective interventions to deal with prematurity is human milk banking.
Top honours for NWU PhD student at Mathematics Society Conference
Hope Sabao, a 27-year-old PhD second-year student in Mathematics at the North-West University´s (NWU´s) Mafikeng Campus, scooped top honours at the 59th South African Mathematical Society (SAMS) Conference that was held at Ratanga Junction, Cape Town from 2 to 4 November 2016.
Campus to feature in popular career based television show
The Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) will soon feature on a television screen near you! The reason? Glen Ngwako Mankabidi – a student within the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology, will be profiled on “Made in SA”, a popular weekly reality television show that airs on SABC 3.
Industries stunned by NWU’s research and innovation
The fourth annual Science, Engineering, Technology, Health and Innovation Explosions (SETHI) recently took place where faculties of the North-West University (NWU) had the opportunity to showcase their research and innovation to the different industries in an entertaining manner.
Campus celebrates senior academic promotions
With the annual senior academic promotions process completed, the Vaal Triangle Campus community wishes to congratulate three academic staff members with their recent promotion.
Nursing celebrates a half-century
It´s not every day that a School turns 50 years old. Not only 50 years of existence, but 50 years of providing quality education. These were the words of the North-West University´s (NWU´s) vice-chancellor, Prof Dan Kgwadi, at the School of Nursing´s half-century celebration event.
Bridging the mathematical gap
The Faculty of Commerce and Administration at the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU), has introduced a short course to bridge the mathematical gap. This course is specifically aimed at those students and learners who wish to improve their marks in Mathematics.
Doctoral study bridges the gap between BPM and SME within a South African milieu
During the recent October Graduation of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) the degree Doctor of Philosophy in Information Technology was awarded to Dina Elizabeth Jacobs.
NWU helps to fight malnutrition
A study of nutrition in infants in South Africa, of which preliminary findings were presented today at the Micronutrient Forum Global Conference, has found that children that consumed a lipid-based nutrient supplement, experienced better growth and development, and significantly improved iron levels.
PSL team brand loyalty amongst Generation Y - focus of unique study
During the recent October Graduation of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) the degree Doctor of Philosophy in Marketing Management was conferred upon Thabang Excellent Mofokeng.
Impact of social grants on food security in Gauteng under the loop in doctoral study
Remember the name Mandisa Mokwena (previously Putuma), because this woman is an academic trailblazer. On 12 October 2016 she obtained a second PhD degree, this time from the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal).
Doctoral degree focuses on the determinants of child poverty in Boipatong
During the recent October Graduation – which took place at the Quest Conference Estate in Vanderbijlpark, the degree Doctor of Philosophy in Economics was conferred upon Jabulile Lindiwe Makhalima.
NWU change companies’ outlook
Political instability and poor economic conditions, like those South Africa is currently experiencing, are a method of cross-pollination that gives rise to risk. Many businesses and investors in South Africa see nothing but this, so that they often do only short-term planning and thus cut the proverbial wings of their business.
Communities to benefit from farming with the sun
The Faculty of Engineering at the North-West University´s (NWU´s) Potchefstroom Campus has joined hands with SUNfarming, one of the 10 major photovoltaic (PV) project developing companies in Germany, to launch an initiative that will significantly improve the quality of life of many communities, especially those in rural areas.
NWU celebrates international teachers’ day with a culture day
International teachers’ day was recently celebrated in a festive manner at the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University (NWU). Learners from high schools in Potchefstroom entertained students, school learners and staff with singing, recitations and a dance item.
Alumna aspires to inspire young women
“Do not let a toxic relationship define you. Never give up on life and keep on chasing your dreams.” This good advice comes from Tiisang Euginia Masoko, an alumna of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), who recently authored a book: Aspire to Inspire – Diary of a healing heart.
Mr SA Campus – a game changer
Remember the name Thamsanqa (Thami) Mangezi - you are going to hear a lot about this young man in the future. Thami is a proud ambassador of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) in more ways than one: as winner of Mr NWU Vaal 2015/2016, as member of the Longfellow House Committee 2015/2016, as member of the current Student Representative Council and and as the reigning Mr SA Campus.
This man’s books balance
“What have you done?” asked Prof Nico van der Merwe – his face showing total disbelief. He had just entered Room 115 of Building E5 – or rather he had been dragged there from where he had been sitting behind his desk, unaware, working, a moment before.
Dean receives prestigious international accolade
Prof LJ Grobler, dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the North-West University’s (NWU’s) Potchefstroom Campus needs no introduction in the fields of energy and engineering. He also has a list of great achievements as long as his arm, but this one has to be on top of his list - the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) recently inducted him in the International Energy Managers Hall of Fame.
Prof Llewellyn van Zyl honoured as NWU Young Alumnus 2016
On Friday, 7 October 2016, the North-West University (NWU) honoured its top alumni at an awards ceremony in Sandton. The recipient of the coveted NWU Young Alumnus Award, Prof Llewellyn van Zyl, hails from the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University. Professor Van Zyl is a respected researcher and industrial psychologist with a passion for online positive psychological interventions.
Fighting breast cancer one day at a time
The incidence of breast cancer among South African women is increasing and it is one of the most common cancers among women in South Africa. Worldwide, breast cancer is the leading type of cancer in women, accounting for 25% of all cases.
Alan Knott-Craig (jnr) talks business to NWU Vaal students
“It’s your mistakes – not successes – that make you who you are”. With this modest but powerful message, social entrepreneur and author, Alan Knott-Craig (jnr) recently shared his experiences and expertise with the young entrepreneurs affiliated to the bhive EDC (Enterprise Development Centre) on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal).
Inaugural African Sport Leadership Programme bridges the gap between research and practical application
In another first for the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), the Department of Sport and Recreation (within the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology) recently hosted the first-ever rendition of the African Sport Leadership Programme.
Study shows significant improvement in child and maternal survival
According to a new scientific study of which Prof Alta Schutte, a researcher from the North-West University (NWU), was part of, expanded health coverage, greater access to family planning, and fewer deaths of newborns and children under the age of five are among several health improvements contributing to progress toward achieving the United Nations´ Sustainable Development Goals.
Nursing Department students impress at the ENT seminar
On 15 September 2016 the Nursing Department on the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) hosted an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) seminar at the campus’ Nursing building which focused on the ear nose and throat conditions and treatments.
Mbalula implored to back SA
Sport minister Fikile Mbalula’s unwillingness to endorse SA Rugby’s bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup can be interpreted as a lack of faith in the country’s ability to host the event. According to Prof Melville Saayman, director of the research unit TREES (Tourism Research in Economic Environs and Society) at the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University (NWU), hosting an event like this is one most countries will jump at.
NWU Nursing students help with education in clinics
Second year nursing students from the School of Nursing Science at the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University (NWU) recently donated posters to the Department of Health for distribution to clinics based in Potchefstroom, Klerksdorp and Ventersdorp.
NWU´s solar car reached halfway mark
Yesterday, the North-West University´s solar car team reached the halfway mark of the Sasol Solar Challenge in Graaff Reinet. They have already covered 1999.5km, and are on their way to Port Elizabeth today.
NWU´s solar car fighting strong winds!
The third day of the gruelling Sasol Solar Challenge presented a huge obstacle – crosswinds of up to 60km per hour. Keep in mind that the North-West University´s solar car weighs less than 200kg!
NWU´s solar car is creating havoc!
After just two days in the Sasol Solar Challenge, the North-West University´s (NWU´s) team managed to break yet another record. They became the first African team to travel 612km on one day - only powered by the sun!
Mafikeng Campus opens the windows to the universe
The Department of Physics on the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) has recently obtained a new telescope that will open the windows to the universe. The telescope will be used for astronomy outreach projects for learners, students and the community at large.
Student unharmed after solar car accident
The SASOL Solar Challenge from Pretoria to Cape Town kicks off on Saturday. In addition to the international participants, the Sirius X25 from the NWU´s Faculty Engineering is also competing.
Inaugural lecture gives insight into the discipline of Economic Management Sciences
Prof TEB (Tom) Assan from the Faculty of Education and Training on the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) recently delivered his inaugural lecture titled ‘Towards an alternative pedagogy in economic and management sciences (EMS) education’.
NWU Signs MoU with Puregas
A unique memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) and Puregas on 7 September. The MoU opens the doors for collaborative research with a specific focus on the possible use of ammonia gas to improve the quality of fibrous feed materials used in animal diets and explore ways in which the ammonia can be used in crop production.
Opportunities for students and researchers to spread wings
Students and researchers from the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University (NWU) have recently had the opportunity to find out more about study and exchange opportunities to Germany.
Campus celebrates Spring with Solar Eclipse
The Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) celebrated Spring Day by inviting staff, students, schools and the local community to catch a glimpse of the solar eclipse that was visible from 10:00 to 12:00 on 1 September. Spectators were provided with solar viewers allowing them to safely look at the sun.
Spring ensemble concert around the corner
The annual ensemble concert at the NWU School of Music has been a regular fixture on the concert calendar for five years. This year´s performances have been divided between two concerts — the Autumn Ensemble Concert took place in May, and the Spring Ensemble Concert will now be presented on Tuesday 20 September 2016 at 19:30 in the Conservatory Hall.
A deeper look into Herman Charles Bosman’s work
The English Department at the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University (NWU) has once again chosen the life and works of Herman Charles Bosman, the eminent South African author, as the focus of its biennial lecture series.
History of ANC in North West captured in new book
The history of the ANC, specifically in the North West Province, was documented in a new book launched on 25 August on the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU). The book, entitled Khongolose was authored by Prof Bernard Mbenga and Prof Andrew Manson from the campus as well as Dr Arianna Lissoni from Wits, and captures the history of the ANC in the province since 1909.
Campus is pitch perfect for annual KFC Mini Cricket Festival
Don’t let the name of the game fool you. Mini Cricket is serious business – just ask any one of the more than 500 youngsters (and 85 coaches) who will be participating in the annual NWU Vaal Mini Cricket Festival on 17 September 2016.
Collaboration agreement focuses on community development
A collaboration agreement was concluded between the North-West University (NWU) and a distance-teaching organisation to help alleviate the socio-economic circumstances and level of teaching in disadvantaged areas.
Mindfulness can make all South Africans feel and function better
Many research studies have proven that being mindful is good for you and provide the same benefits as quality psychotherapy. Research conducted by Prof Werner Nell from the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) found that many positive associations between mindfulness and psychological well-being found in international studies, also occur in a multicultural South African context.
Mozart in Potch!
From 11-18 September 2016, Mozart’s popular opera, The Marriage of Figaro, will be performed on the NWU Potchefstroom Campus, in Ikageng, as well as in Klerksdorp. The production is presented by die NWU School of Music and the NWU Choir Academy®, in collaboration with Umculo and PUK Arts.
Be “audit” you can be – NWU Vaal and Fezile Dabi accounting intervention
In 2013 several schools within the Fezile Dabi Education District had a 0% pass rate for accounting during the National Senior Certificate Examination. After the School of Accounting Sciences on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) intervened in 2014, the district came out on top in the Free State (with a 81% pass rate) and also claimed the second spot in the national rankings.
Campus scoops second prize at prestigious technology exhibition
The Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) was recently awarded the second prize in the Best Exhibitor Competition, in the category for universities, during the annual Sasol Techno X Career Exhibition.
Spring is in the air and the campus is a buzz of activity – Prof Linda du Plessis
Prof Linda du Plessis, acting campus rector of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), wishes to share the following message with all members of the campus community.
NWU solar car now to brave world champions!
Nearly a year after the North-West University’s (NWU’s) solar car became the first African team to cross the finishing line in the World Solar Challenge in Australia, the team will be defending their title as the best in Africa in the local Sasol Solar Challenge – but this time against even stronger international competition.
Inaugural lecture reinforces the concept of gender, equity and equality
An inaugural lecture presented by Prof Connie Zulu from the Faculty of Education and Training on the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) took a thoughtful look at the concept of gender, equity and equality.
The verdict is out – Potchefstroom students victorious in mock trials
A team of third-year students from the Faculty of Law on the Potchefstroom Campus has secured a second consecutive win for third-years of the campus in the successful and popular annual NWU Juta Mock Trial competition.
The verdict is out – NWU Potchefstroom Campus students victorious in mock trials
A team of third-year students from the Faculty of Law on the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University (NWU) has secured a second consecutive win for third-years of the campus in the successful and popular annual NWU Juta Mock Trial competition.
NWU and farm women take hands for a better future
Farm workers and their families are mostly found in rural areas, where a shortage of job opportunities is not only a major obstacle, but often also the cause of severe poverty. The North-West University (NWU) is perfectly situated to lend a helping hand in these communities, and that is exactly what is being done.
Monna Tsheba: a voice for men’s rights
Gender equality is not a zero-sum game. This is the message that the final-year Social Work students of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) are conveying through their community-based ‘Monna Tseba: Men’s rights are human rights’ Project. The project forms part of an internship students are completing under the auspices of the Department of Student Counselling and Development (SCD).
Pokémon a no-Go for children?
To say that the augmented reality game, Pokémon Go, has taken the world by storm is an understatement: it is a global phenomenon. The popularity of the game does, however, raise some questions.
NWU Academic receives South African Chemical Institute Award
Professor Helen Drummond, academic and acting executive dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Science and Technology on the North-West University´s (NWU´s) Mafikeng Campus, recently received the Chemical Education Medal from the South African Chemical Institute (SACI).
History Society hosts unique rendition of “The Weakest Link” gameshow
What started out as a battle of wits between 18 students ended with Katlego Lebeloane as the sole winner of the Vaal Triangle Campus’s rendition of the popular general knowledge gameshow; The Weakest Link.
Prof Linda du Plessis shares her dreams, wishes and convictions for all women in celebration of Women’s Month
In celebration of Women’s Month, Prof Linda du Plessis - Campus Rector (acting) of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), wishes to share the following message with the women – young and old, of South Africa:
Dean´s Concert with Potch Trio
The celebrated Potch Trio, with violinist Piet Koornhof, pianist Tinus Botha, and cellist Human Coetzee, as well as guest artist Alida Bester (double bass), will perform in the annual Dean’s Concert on Tuesday 23 August 2016 at 19:30 in the Conservatory Hall, Potchefstroom.
Alumna to represent Sedibeng region at South Afican Championships
Take note of the name Angie Roos because this alumna of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) is making a name for herself in the South African fitness and bodybuilding industry.
Women empower others in Ikageng
Harriet Beecher Stowe, a famous American writer, said: “Women are the true architects of society”. If one looks at the kind-heartedness and willingness of women in the Potchefstroom community, it brings new hope for this country and its diverse society.
Prof Pierre Lucouw inducted as President of Vanderbijlpark Rotary Club
Professor Pierre Lucouw, a member of the School of Accounting Sciences in the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), was recently inducted as the President of the Vanderbilpark Rotary Club.
New animal ambulance will benefit communities
The Department of Animal Health at the North-West University´s (NWU´s) Mafikeng has acquired a mobile veterinary clinic through the support of the Clinical Grant by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET).
Life after graduation – alumnus to share his professional career experiences
After graduating from university graduates are looking forward – with excitement (and a good dose of fear) – to set out on their respective career paths. The reality of the world of work can however be overwhelming at times and therefore graduates should be well-prepared for what awaits them after graduating.
NWU research acknowledged by International Union of Conservation
Research done by the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences at the North-West University´s (NWU´s) Mafikeng Campus was recently acknowledged by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List portal.
NWU Vaal receives visit from continental partner
The Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) recently played host to Professor Gideon Zhou from the University of Zimbabwe.
Women of steel within our community
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher said: “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.“ As part of National Women´s Month, the North-West University (NWU) focuses on women who roll up their sleeves for a better life for others - especially for those in the rural communities.
Dutch men and Latvian women tallest in world
Dutch men and Latvian women are the tallest on the planet, according to the largest ever study of height around the world. The research, led by scientists from Imperial College London and using data from most countries in the world, tracked height among young adult men and women between 1914 and 2014.
Campus breaks ground on construction of law building
On Thursday 28 July 2016, the North-West University´s (NWU´s) Mafikeng Campus broke ground with the official announcement and unveiling of the construction of the long-awaited campus law building at a well-attended sod-turning ceremony.
Campus academic awarded for best PhD and research publication
Prof Nico Schutte from the Faculty of Commerce and Administration on the North-West University´s (NWU´s) Mafikeng Campus received a prestigious award for best PhD and research publication in human resource management. The award was presented by the South African Board for People Practices (SABPP) at a function held at Vodaworld in Johannesburg on 27 July 2016.
NWU historian´s search for forgotten World War I soldier
Mr Emile Coetzee, junior lecturer in History at the North-West University´s (NWU´s) Mafikeng Campus, travelled to France in July 2016 to find the last resting place of Lichtenburg’s only fallen World War I (WWI) soldier.
Annual “Living with Cancer Symposium” a huge success
The Faculty of Health Sciences of the North-West University (NWU), in collaboration with the Wilmed Park Oncology Unit hosted the annual living with cancer symposium. The theme of this year’s symposium was Supporting the cancer patient.
Emerging NWU researcher honored on international level
On 22 July 2016, Prof Siedine Coetzee from the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University (NWU) was awarded the Emerging Nurse Researcher award for the Africa Region at the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International’s (STTI) annual Research Congress held in Cape Town.
Postgraduate Open Day 2016: make your mark on a global scale
The North-West University Postgraduate Open Day will take place on the 13th of August 2016, from 09:00 – 12:00.
Association of African Universities fellow visits campus
The Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension at the North-West University´s (NWU´s) Mafikeng Campus, played host to Prof Dixon Olutade Torimiro, a researcher and academic from the Association of African Universities (AAU). Prof Torimiro is from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria and visited the campus from 11 July to 29 July 2016.
Hard work pays off
Professor Nico Schutte from the Faculty of Commerce and Administration at the North-West University´s (NWU´s) Mafikeng Campus has been nominated for a South African Board of People Practices (SABPP) award. The nomination stems from the hard work he has put into research while completing his second PhD in Human Resource Competency Measurement.
Full-time master´s and PhD bursaries available within the School of Accounting Sciences
Are you a prospective master´s or doctorate student? If so, the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University is your first port of call.
Research collaboration gives insight on small-scale solar energy systems
The Department of Physics at the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) recently hosted a visiting lecturer from the Department of Physics at Makerere University in Uganda. Dr Denis Okello is part of a research collaboration programme with Prof Ashmore Mawire from the department.
A garden flourishing with poems – a new experience
the Mooi River streams from the northn | into the beautiful town | our town is rather town than city (TT Cloete, Potchefstroom, 2015)
Thus begins TT Cloete’s poem Potchefstroom – a poem he wrote specially for a poem project in the NWU Botanical Garden only a few months before his death.
ATKV Muziq competition final rounds at NWU
The NWU School of Music is proud to be the host of the second and final rounds of this year´s ATKV Muziq classical music competition for young adult instrumentalists. Both rounds will take place at the Conservatory Hall in Potchefstroom on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 July 2016.
Staff thanked for a total of 2 680 service years
During a recent recognition event staff with a total of 2 680 years of service were praised for their years of service at the North-West University’s Potchefstroom Campus.
Now you can learn Mandarin at the NWU
The North-West University´s (NWU´s) School of Languages has recognised a unique opportunity, and will soon offer the Mandarin language in different short courses and later, as modules in degree courses.
International brain training guru to speak at African Sport Leadership Programme
The name Dr Kobus Neethling needs no introduction. As an international recognised brain training guru, he works with major corporations, national sporting teams, and education groups from all over the world.
Vaal LED Warriors working towards the a sustainable Golden Triangle region
The Vaal Small Business Development Workshop aims to assist small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in overcoming challenges such as accessing funding, professional networking and financial management.
South Africa needs more entrepreneurs and less employees
“Twenty years after the birth of democracy in South Africa we can no longer only look to the government to provide solutions to challenges such as socio-economic disparity, poor service delivery and economic hardship. Through value-adding initiatives such as the Vaal Small Business Development Workshop the Vaal Triangle community is taking hands and building partnerships of sustainability.”
NWU researchers receive prestigious international award
Four researchers of the North-West University’s (NWU’s) Centre for Business Mathematics (BMI) recently received a prestigious award in London.
Setback won’t throw Stefanie off her course
Stefanie Greyling, SA women hammer-throwing champion and student at the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), joined the cream of the country’s athletic fraternity for the 20th annual CAA African Senior Athletics Championship at the renewed Kings Park Stadium in Durban last week.
NWU Vaal Postgraduate Open Day 2016 – Investing in YOU!
The benefits of having a postgraduate qualification are widely recognised – improved employment prospects, higher average lifetime earning potential, and a greater sense of personal fulfilment. With this in mind, the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) will be hosting its second Postgraduate Open Day on 13 August 2016.
Coachlab @ Vaal: empowering postgraduate students since 2014
The Coachlab @ Vaal Leadership and Business Skills Programme empowers postgraduate students within the fields of ICT (Information and Communications Technology) with not only business acumen but also innovative and entrepreneurial thinking.
Campus helps local businesses rethink their brands
Thinking carefully about your brand’s personality, colour, wording and the value of using the correct font were among the tips given to representatives of the local business community at a recent Branding Workshop hosted by the bHive EDC (Enterprise Development Centre) at the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal).
Faculty showcases maths and IT during 4th annual GeeXpo
For some learners, mathematics and science are a nightmare – something the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) aims to remedy.
NWU rolls up its sleeves for the deaf
Most of us are normal. We can hear, see, walk and feel. This is such a matter of course that we do not even think about being different – until we come across someone who is not as fortunate as we are. Someone such as a deaf person. Someone who is caught up only in his own thoughts – all day long, every day.
Stefanie to fly the NWU flag high during the CAA African Senior Athletics Championships
Stefanie Greyling, a BCom Sport and Recreation Management student, from the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) will join the cream of South Africa’s athletic fraternity for the CAA African Senior Athletics Championship in Durban this week.
NWU Vaal a proud collaborator in Economist of the Year competition
Do you have what it takes to walk away with the title of South Gauteng’s first-ever Economist of the Year? If so, you should enter the NWU Vaal and N-e-FG Economist of the Year competition today!
History student receives Johan Bergh Historia award
Mr Terence Dhlamini, a history student on the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU), recently received the Johan Bergh Historia Award for the best final-year student during the 2015 academic year. Terrence is the third recipient from the campus´ History Department to have received this award.
NWU expertise fuels Botswana energy sector
The North-West University (NWU) will assist Botswana’s Department of Energy Affairs to investigate and establish a fair fuel profit margin. This follows the signing of what has been hailed as the biggest contract that the North-West University School of Business and Governance (NWU-SBG) has ever received.
Master student’s research published in respected journal
The outstanding research of Ms Ntsoaki Mphuthi, a master’s student from the Faculty of Agriculture, Science and Technology at the North-West University´s (NWU´s) Mafikeng Campus, was recently published in the well-respected academic journal Scientific Reports.
New research niche area approved for Mafikeng Campus
A new research niche area - Indigenous Language Media in Africa - has recently been approved on the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU).
Chemistry student wins big
A North-West University (NWU) student studying pharmacy carried off prize money of R35 000 from an international pharmaceutical company thanks to her exceptional ability to talk to patients about their medication. “I wasn’t even sure whether I wanted to enter the competition,” Raeesa Jooma, a second-year student at the Potchefstroom Campus said.
Hagis in the highlands
Koeksisters. Prof Paul du Plessis misses koeksisters. There in Edinburgh’s cold where he lives his mind sometimes wanders along a river of syrup so that he can almost taste this sweet pastry. Yes, he misses that “and biltong, and the people”.
Small business to play a critical role in thriving economy
Small business plays a critical role in any thriving economy. The Banking Association of South Africa recently released a statement saying that Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) have been identified as productive drivers of inclusive economic growth and development in South Africa and around the world.
Visiting professor gives insight into the pathology of broiler chickens
The Department of Animal Health at the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) recently hosted a visiting professor from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the Trakia University, Bulgaria. Prof Ivan Dinev is part of a research collaboration programme on mitigation of mycotoxins between South Africa, Europe and India.
Coachlab @ Vaal and bhive EDC: making a valuable impression on postgraduate employment
The widespread view that possession of a university degree no longer guarantees success in the job market is simply not true. It is however important to note that in South Africa about a 100 000 graduates out of two million are unemployed at any given stage.
Coachlab@Vaal: transforming and revitalising the Gauteng economy
“Coachlab is an incredible programme for all graduates finishing their first degree. It is a sure way to fast tract your career.” This is according to Mr McLean Sibanda, Chief Executive Officer of the Innovation Hub, an agency within the Gauteng Department of Economic Development and subsidiary of the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA).
Coachlab@Vaal celebrates first cohort of graduates
The Coachlab@Vaal postgraduate leadership and skills development programme at the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) recently reached a significant milestone by graduating its first cohort of students.
Trainee accountants and IT expectation gap: greater collaboration needed
Many employers face the challenge of trainee accountants lacking required IT skills when entering the workplace. According to Olive Stumke, a lecturer in the School of Accounting Sciences on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), acknowledging and understanding this challenge puts academics in an ideal position to narrow the gap and finding a sustainable solution.
NWU academic selected to serve in Codesria College
Abiodun Salawu, professor of Journalism, Communication and Media Studies in the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences at the North-West University´s (NWU´s) Mafikeng Campus has been selected to serve in the College of Senior Mentors of the Council for the Development of Social Science in Africa (Codesria).
SA hockey greats announced as ambassadors for first-ever African Sport Leadership Programme
The couple Annelize and Sheldon Rostron is synonymous with the South African sporting scene – and more so the game of hockey.
Mafikeng Campus to offer two new programmes in 2017
In striving to maintain and increase its academic activities and to sustain its relevance to the various communities it serves, the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) will be offering two new academic programmes in 2017 in the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Commerce and Administration.
NWU professor elected as vice-president of OWSD
Prof Olubukola Babalola from the Faculty of Agriculture, Science and Technology on the North-West University´s (NWU´s) Mafikeng Campus was recently elected vice-president for the Africa region of the Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD).
Sheepdog and her mistress receive a master’s degree
South Africa’s first and only dog who was part of a master’s-degree project in Zoology recently received a “degree” from the North-West University.
Prof Christoff Botha delivers inaugural address
It fills our days, our weeks, our years. It is, perhaps, the most prominent and most repeated topic of all of our discussions. It evokes as much ire as it does monthly gratitude. It is that most necessary of evils: ‘work’. And, it is so much more.
NWU researchers are granted large-scale supercomputer time
Two researchers on shocks in Active Galaxies from the Centre for Space Research at the North-West University (NWU) have been granted 50 million processing hours on a supercomputer at the Gauss Supercomputer Centre in Germany.
Vaal Small Business Development Workshop aims to sow and grow Vaal’s business sector
Small businesses have a big impact, especially in a country where economic freedom is still a mere aspiration for nearly 8.2 million unemployed South Africans. This startling statistic really hits home when one considers the reality that one in every three people in South Africa cannot find a sustainable job.
Emotional intelligence in sport: Why your head should rule your heart
While emotional intelligence is still a fairly new notion in sport, it certainly is not an unfamiliar concept: just think about the ability of high-level athletes who are seemingly able to “switch themselves on” to consistently heighten their performances.
NWU offers service to better athletes’ wellbeing
It is a growing tendency in countries such as the UK, Australia, New Zealand and the USA to implement services to look after the wellbeing of players/athletes. The North-West University (NWU) has partnered with MyPlayers, the official organisation of the professional rugby players in South Africa, to offer players the resources they need in order to look after their mental health.
Career week at NWU Vaal: Employers are looking for you!
More than 3 000 students of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) benefitted from the recent Career Week which took place from 17-19 May 2016.
National Development Plan under the loop during public lecture
The Faculty of Human and Social Sciences on the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) recently presented a public lecture titled: “Will the National Development Plan (NDP) reach its target of 6% growth rate eliminating poverty and reducing inequality by 2030?”
Prof Christoff Botha delivers inaugural address
It fills our days, our weeks, our years. It is, perhaps, the most prominent and most repeated topic of all of our discussions. It evokes as much ire as it does monthly gratitude. It is that most necessary of evils: ‘work’. And, it is so much more.
Faculty of Education hosts research seminar
The Faculty of Education and Training on the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) held a research seminar on 12 May 2016 with the theme: “An online study abroad exchange between candidates in the United States and South Africa”.
Unique greenhouse kills two birds with one stone
The Faculty of Engineering at the North-West University’s (NWU’s) Potchefstroom Campus has launched an initiative that will significantly improve the quality of life of many communities, specifically in rural areas.
NWU brings better health to townships
A Research Focus area for Physical Activity, Sport and Recreation at the North-West University´s (NWU´s) Potchefstroom Campus are currently undertaking a study which will improve the health of the Ikageng community in Potchefstroom.
NWU Vaal Open Day 2016 – bigger than ever!
The annual Open Day of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) recently saw in excess of 3 500 learners from across the country in attendance.
Mbalula’s ban on bidding will mean the loss of millions/reputation
Millions in foreign revenue and the disintegration of image and reputation. This, according to Prof Melville Saayman from the research unit TREES at the North-West University (NWU), is what the country stand to lose after Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula announced that SA Rugby, Cricket South Africa and Athletics South Africa are banned from bidding to host major sporting events.
Geexpo 2016: Turning the tide on poor maths and science performance
A lot can be said for South Africa’s prevailing deficiencies in basic mathematics and science education. In fact, experts are of the opinion that these deficiencies have become a key constraint in ensuring that the country’s human capital is fully aligned to the country’s economic growth and development goals.
Department of Communication kick-starts research forum on a high note
The Department of Communication within the Faculty of Human and social science of the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU), recently kick-started its monthly Research Forum as was the case in previous years.
Faculty student council initiates book donation campaign
The Faculty of Commerce and Administration on the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) launched an aid campaign called “Moithuti donate a book” on 31 March. To kick-start the initiative, members of the Commerce and Administration Student Council each donated two books.
Deputy Minister addresses NWU Mafikeng Graduations
The Deputy Minister of Transport, Sindiswa Chikunga, was the guest speaker during the Graduation Ceremony of Commerce and Administration and Law Faculty at the North-West University's Mafikeng Campus on 5 May 2016 held at the Campus Great Hall.
Coachlab@Vaal to host Green Economy Learnership Programme
According to the Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa views the concept of a green economy as a sustainable development path based on addressing the interdependence between economic growth, social protection and the natural ecosystem.
NWU improves human computer interaction
The National Centre for Human Language Technologies (NCHLT) of the Department of Arts and Culture recently awarded the North-West University’s (NWU’s) Centre for Text Technology, CTexT®, two new projects to the value of R2,7 million.
Academics take to the action netball court
Have you ever wondered what academic staff are up to after they close their office doors behind them? A group of academic staff members from the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology on the Vaal Triangle Campus (NWU Vaal) enjoys the fast paced seven-a-side game of action netball to clear their heads – and by doing so forge new friendships and maintain a healthy work-life balance.
Campus launches first One Button Studio in Africa
In another first for the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), the Directorate Academic Development and Support (ADS) recently launched Africa’s first One Button Studio.
Nuclear energy, yay or nay?
Nuclear engineering specialist and programme manager for nuclear engineering at the North-West University (NWU), Dr Anthonie Cilliers, shares his opinion on the advantages, disadvantages and associated risks of nuclear power. As an advocate of nuclear energy, Dr Cilliers draws attention to some of the most pertinent issues that are at the forefront of many South African industry leaders’ minds today.
Age is not a factor
For Lehlohonolo Phali (28), age is not a factor as he became the youngest graduate at the North-West University´s (NWU´s) Mafikeng Campus to receive a PhD in Applied Mathematics.
Education Sciences honour achievers with postgraduate bursaries
Postgraduate bursaries of approximately R900 000 were awarded to deserving education students of the North-West University’s (NWU’s) Potchefstroom Campus.
Study to play pivotal role in successfully targeting the Generation Y market segment
As members of Generation Y move into professional, executive, and business owner roles, researchers are eager to understand how their world-view may affect society at large and more so how this generation will shape future trends.
Vaal Small Business Development Workshop aims to sow and grow Vaal’s business sector
Small businesses have a big impact, especially in a country where economic freedom is still a mere aspiration for nearly 8.2 million unemployed South Africans. This startling statistic really hits home when one considers the reality that one in every three people in South Africa cannot find a sustainable job.
Study investigates socio-economic drivers of life satisfaction
During the recent Autumn Graduation Ceremony of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), the degree Doctor of Philosophy in Economics was conferred upon Dr Chengedzai Mafini upon the completion of his thesis: “Investigating socio-economic drivers of life satisfaction: A comparative study of low income groups in Southern Gauteng.”
Early learning centres receive financial support
The Faculty of Education and Training at the North-West University´s (NWU´s) Mafikeng Campus, in partnership with the Hosken Consolidated Investments (HCI) Foundation, has pledged R100 000 towards the development of more than 12 early learning centres around identified local communities in Mafikeng.
Centre for Applied Risk Management reaches momentous milestone
Two years after the inception of the Centre for Applied Risk Management (UARM)’s part-time master’s degree – a first of its kind within the South African higher education realm, the first cohort of graduates walked the stage during the autumn graduation ceremony of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal).
Research mission to St Brandon’s Rock
Prof Henk Bouwman, a zoologist of the School of Biological Sciences at the North-West University (NWU) just returned from St Brandon’s Rock (450 km north of Mauritius) where a group of scientists investigated the feasibility of this island for sustainable development of eco-tourism and low-impact fishing. This is his experience in his own words…
Discovery of gravitational waves opens new window on the universe
The first direct measurement of gravitational waves captured the imagination of young and old and caused people to realise the greatness and majesty of the creation and the Creator once more.
Expert in radiation protection attends international workshop
Mr Tebogo Kupi from the Centre for Applied Radiation Science and Technology (CARST) on the North-West University´s (NWU´s) Mafikeng Campus recently attended a workshop on Fundamentals of Radiological Source Security in London.
Is South Africa the most dangerous place in the world to raise your children?
Prof Elda de Waal, professor in Education Law at the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) recently spoke out about a report from the United Nations (UN) which points to South Africa as being one of the most dangerous countries in the world for raising kids between the ages of five and 14.
Malawian research collaboration leads to unique doctoral study in economics
The degree Doctor of Philosophy in Economics was recently conferred upon Dr Sanderson Sabie Kuyeli, an economist within the Malawian Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC). Dr Kuyeli is responsible for the Malawi public sector’s performance enforcement.
Study to increase interest in entrepreneurship within the Generation Y cohort
During the recent Autumn Graduation Ceremony of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), the degree Doctor of Philosophy in Business Management was conferred upon Dr Luzaan Hamilton.
Doctoral study contributes to speech technology development both locally and internationally
Automated recognition of speech containing multilingual proper names is a challenging task, especially if the language of origin of such names are unknown.
Where there is a will there is a way – Jan Pieter Le Hanie
All of us wish to achieve many things in life but usually – when things do not work out the way we envisioned it, we end up blaming our misfortune for our lack of success.
NRF-rated professor delivers inaugural lecture
Prof Themba Ngwenya, NRF-rated academic in Humanities from the North-West University´s (NWU´s) Mafikeng Campus, delivered his inaugural lecture on 15 April 2016. The title of his lecture was: “From June 16 to February 24: so where to from here? Language in education in the South African higher education system”.
Graduates to exceed the expectations of success – Prof Linda du Plessis
“I want to challenge you to exceed the expectations of success and to be graduates of significance – not only for South Africa, but the world. Become a champion of impact and hope. Use the qualification you receive today as an instrument of change and innovation and take up the torch and become a thought leader for a better future.”
NWU staff and students get active
The School for Biokinetics, Recreation and Sports Science, in cooperation with the Faculty of Health Sciences, hosted their first NWU-PUK run which took place on Friday, 15 April. The track was 2.5 km long, but those who felt very energetic, ran the track twice for a distance of 5 km.
Graduates to kindle the flame of courage for a better South Africa
“As members of the Millennium Generation you form part of the fastest growing sector of today’s workplace and therefore you are destined to contribute immensely to the critical thinking, the innovative spirit and, the dynamic nature of change management within the world of work. In short: architects of transformation, sustainable development and robust discourse.”
Paralympic dream becomes a reality for Adri
Adri Visser, an honours student at the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University´s (NWU´s) School of Biokinetics, Recreation and Sport Science, is no strange face on campus. As a result of a birth defect, Adri´s arms did not fully develop and she also has only one leg. Despite her shortcomings, she once again proved that anything is possible when there is enough perseverance, faith and motivation.
Bachelor of Arts graduates take to the stage during NWU Vaal’s Autumn Graduation Ceremony
Just more than 330 graduates from the Faculty of Humanities on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) took to the stage on the second day of the Autumn Graduation Ceremony.
Hypertension researchers on top of their game
Two researchers from the North-West University (NWU) are currently rubbing shoulders with world leaders in hypertension research at the 8th African Hypertension Teaching Seminar, taking place in Maputo, Mozambique.
Top achievers in Education awarded for excellence during graduation ceremony
The School of Educational Sciences within the Faculty of Humanities on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) awarded three top achievers with Awards of Excellence during the Autumn Graduation Ceremony.
NWU Vaal graduates in Education shine bright during Autumn Graduation Ceremony
More than 400 graduates from the School of Educational Sciences within the Faculty of Humanities on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) received their degrees during the first day of the Campus’s Autumn Graduation Ceremony.
New niche area focuses on talent management
The Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) has established a niche area for talent management as the fierce competitive business world of our modern society requires more intensive research in this area. The niche area is under the leadership of Prof Nicolene Barkhuizen from the Faculty of Commerce and Administration.
Lecturer took top honours at ITEA awards
A lecturer at the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences (HSS) at the NWU Mafikeng Campus, Dr Liqhwa Siziba, took top honours at the university’s annual Institutional Teaching Excellence Awards (ITEA).
SA Sports an elite boys club?
Looking at the world today, gender inequality is at the forefront of an all-out equality battle. This is also a reality within the realm of sport, according to Ms Bianca Els – a sport and recreation professional and researcher from the School of Economic Sciences on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal).
Sports Hall of Fame on the cards for Vaal Triangle region
The Vaal Triangle region boasts with an abundance of sporting talent and very soon these sportsmen and women will be included in the region’s very first Sports Hall of Fame.
NWU Gallery Openings: 14 April 2016
The NWU Gallery cordially invites you to their opening events on Thursday, 14 April 2016.
NWU Business Centre hosts certificate presentation ceremony
A certificate presentation ceremony for Short Learning Programmes (conducted in 2015 for 120 individuals) was recently held by the Centre for Business and Management Development (Business Centre) on the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU).
NWU Mafikeng Campus partners with CATA
The Department of Setswana on the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) partnered with the national Department of Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs (CATA) to celebrate International Mother Language day on 10 March 2016 at Cooke’s Lake in Mahikeng.
Great honour for NWU emeritus professor in Theology
An emeritus professor of the Faculty of Theology at the North-West University (NWU) was recently honoured for his publications and study of the original languages of the Bible.
Get me to the Olympics, irrespective of my sporting code: A plea to sport managers and leaders
When you think about sport in South Africa, which sporting codes come to mind? If you answered soccer, rugby, golf or cricket you would be spot-on. If then asked which sporting codes you perceive to be the most financially profitable in South Africa, your answer will - in all likelihood, be exactly the same.
Should children of grade 0 to 3 get homework, and how much?
From a psychosocial development perspective, it is important to determine what the purpose of homework is during the beginning of school years, and how it can be used to the advantage for growth of the developing child.
Prepare to be inspired – NWU Vaal Open Day 2016
On Saturday, 14 May 2016 the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) will be hosting its annual Open Day and all grade 11 and 12 learners are invited to attend.
Through the magnifying glass: the South African Constitution
When many of their peers were gearing-up for the autumn recess in mid-March, Dr Ilyayamba Mwanawina and Adv Steven Serumaga-Zake, both lecturers within the subject field of Law, from the School Basic Sciences at the Vaal Triangle Campus of North-West University (NWU Vaal), attended a thought providing conference in Pretoria.
NWU sheds light on Autism
The Institute for Psychology and Wellbeing at the North-West University’s (NWU’s) Potchefstroom Campus will, from 4-8 April, put their focus on the awareness of autism, as part of World Autism Month.
A word to the wise: don’t lose sight of the intrinsic value of sport
In October of 2016 the Department of Sport and Recreation on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) will host the inaugural African Sport Leadership Programme – or ASLP as it has come to be known.
NWU academics receive prestigious international scholarship
Two lecturers from the Faculty of Agriculture, Science and Technology at the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) received a top scholarship from a leading international university in the USA.
NWU nursing students get first-hand trauma experience
Students of the School of Nursing on the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University (NWU) has experienced first-hand what it means to get trauma patients to the hospital.
School of Economic Sciences strengthens international ties with Namibia
A delegation from the School of Economic Sciences on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), recently visited the Namibian University of Science and Technology (NUST) as part of an existing collaboration agreement.
Industrial and organisational psychologists must make a difference
“Industrial and organisational psychologists (IOPs) can make a difference, have an impact and create value, or at least that is how we sell it to students and interns. Yet, incongruences exist as to the nature, scope, span, and impact of the skills and abilities IOPs bring to the table,” says Prof Llewellyn van Zyl, chairperson of the Society for Industrial & Organisational Psychology of South Africa (SIOPSA) and researcher at the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal).
NWU researcher bellows about frog app
A brand-new application (app) for your smartphone or tablet about the frogs of Southern Africa was recently launched by a professor in Zoology at the North-West University (NWU).
“University should act as societal gatekeeper” - vice-chancellor
“Notwithstanding challenges, the North-West University remains a driver of success and innovation.” This is according to the vice-chancellor, Prof Dan Kgwadi. During a recent breakfast at the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), members of the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology gathered for a discussion on the NWU´s new strategic positioning and success model.
In the line of fire – Social work students stand tall
“You are the last line of defence in a warzone! There is a war going on – a war against innocent and vulnerable children!” These words, uttered by Ms Melanie van Aswegen – a practising attorney at law who is known for being a formidable opponent in court – were meant as a wake-up call for the second year social work students of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal).
Leadership in sport is a critical factor for success
In October of 2016 the Department of Sport and Recreation on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) will host the inaugural African Sport Leadership Programme – or ASLP as it has come to be known.
NWU signs MoU to pave way for a nuclear future
The North-West University (NWU) have signed a memorandum of cooperation with the Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation, Rosatom, for the development of professional and short-term education programmes.
Listening vs hearing to improve your child’s wellbeing
Listening strengths and weaknesses plays a pivotal role in how communicated messages are experienced by a person on the receiving end. Working with the Tomatis®Method at the Institute of Psychology and Wellbeing at the North-West University (NWU), Annelize Bonthuys, a counselling psychologist, explains the psychological impact of listening strengths and weaknesses on a child´s wellbeing.
Focus area breathes new life into Ancient Texts
Professor Hans van Deventer has been appointed as the research director of the newly established Research Focus Area: Ancient texts – Text, Context and Reception at the North-West University (NWU).
Evaluation of programmes makes sense – Prof. Bruce Thyer
After delivering his Prestige Lecture as Extraordinary Professor, Prof Bruce Thyer – former Dean of the College of Social Work at the Florida State University, officially became part of the Optentia Research Focus Area family on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal).
Top young scientist from NWU to meet Nobel Laureates
A space physicist from the North-West University (NWU) is one of five young scientists in South Africa to be nominated by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) to attend the 66th Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting in Germany.
Barbie or Braai? – Melanie Law goes to Australia
Melanie Law’s field of expertise is editing, and particularly the way in which editors work with the language of texts. She has recently become interested in how editors may (potentially) contribute to on-going language change and variation and very soon she will be able to take a closer look at this on-going transformation in sunny Australia!
Campus mourns the death of international student’s parents
The Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) herewith extends its heartfelt condolences to Anjana Sivakumar who lost her parents on 11 March 2016.
Campus to host first-ever annual African Sport Leadership Programme
In another first for the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University, the Department of Sport and Recreation (within the School of Economic Sciences, Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology) is preparing to host its inaugural African Sport Leadership Programme (ASLP) later in the year.
Let’s stand together!
Dear reader, let me start by saying that it is going well on our Campus! This, despite attempts to depict us as racist or as an apartheid enclave. We must not allow these unwarranted labels to drag us down, but rather celebrate and embrace our true character and identity!
Solar Car continues to build on its exposure
The success of a group of engineering students from the North-West University at last year’s Bridgestone World Solar Challenge with their Sirius X25 solar car, recently urged the television magazine program, Pasella, to learn more about their gruelling Australian race.
Minister gives maximum reward for minimum wage essay
The Old Mutual/Nedbank Budget Speech competition identifies our nation’s most promising young university students and challenges them to engage in critical debate on South Africa’s economic future.Tiaan Meiring, an undergraduate student from the School of Social and Government Studies at the North-West University (NWU), impressed even the finance minister when he won the competition recently.
Grade 12, what now?
Are you currently in Grade 12 and contemplating life after your high school career? Do you want to know what your options are after passing matric?
NWU Faculty of Education introduces digital technology in classrooms
The Faculty of Education and Training at the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) recently introduced digital technology in classrooms. The first stage of the programme was implemented for students in the Foundation Phase.
NWU Vaal experts’ prediction on Motion of no-confidence – Ina Gouws & Busi Khaba
Academics on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) are in agreement: it is unlikely that the Motion of No-Confidence against President Jacob Zuma, to be proposed by the DA on 1 March will be carried through.
Court is in session: practical training for 2nd year Social Work students
“The system is failing our children. Social workers are intimidated by legal bulldogs, and are afraid to step up and fight for abused and neglected children.” This is according to Dr Elmien Truter, registered social service Ppofessional and expert in Social Work at the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal).
Zuma should have accepted responsibility at SONA – NWU´s Busi Khaba
Busi Khaba, political analyst and lecturer at the School for Basic Sciences at the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), was recently part of a panel discussion on the satellite television channel ANN7 Prime, about the State of the Nation address of President Jacob Zuma.
Concerts to pick and choose
The NWU School of Music has increased the number of concerts in its official concert series for this year by a third, with eight concerts that will be presented in Potchefstroom during March, April and May. As usual, it caters for a wide variety of interests and tastes.
Water monitoring project – know the status of your water
The Physical Science students from the School of Educational Sciences on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), is on a mission. They want to not only determine the status of natural water sources but also to teach the community how to determine if water is suitable for human consumption.
Free translation software for students and staff
Autshumato is a series of open-source translation software that has been developed by the Centre for Text Technology (CTexT®) at North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus) since 2007. The project was initiated and sponsored by the Department of Arts and Culture with the aim of developing and releasing free translation technologies to improve multilingualism in South Africa.
Colour variant hunting: It is not all black and white
No other term has dominated the hunting industry in the last couple of years as much as ´colour variant hunting´. They are the topic of fierce debates on digital platforms and around the campfire. The perception persists that hunters are left irate at the sometimes exorbitant costs hunting these animals entail.
NWU trusted with further research on nuclear power
It only happens in exceptional cases that the National Research Foundation (NRF) awards a third cycle of funding to a particular research initiative. This recently happened to the School of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at the North-West University (NWU).
More chatting good for your tiny tot´s self-image
A new baby brings extreme excitement in the home during the first week or two. When the routine more or less settles down, daddy and particularly mummy start asking “and now?”, and “where do I start helping this little one to develop?”. Hanlie Degenaar is a speech-language therapist at the Institute of Psychology and Well-being at the North-West University (NWU) and has spot-on advice.
NWU PhD student receives first prize at SASM 2016
Bukola Rhoda Aremu, a PhD student in the Faculty of Agriculture, Science and Technology on the North-West University´s (NWU´s) Mafikeng Campus, received the first prize for the best student presentation during the 19th Biennial Congress of the South African Society for Microbiology (SASM)bthat was held from 17-20 January at the Umhlanga Convention Centre in Durban.
School of Music cultures new hope
“Music can change the world because it has the ability to change people.” This was the words of renowned pop group artist, Bono, from the U2 group. It was with this in mind that students and staff from the North-West University’s (NWU´s) School of Music achieved the almost impossible...
Extraordinary professor honoured in a special way
Various theologians of the North-West University (NWU) took part in a special conference during which one of its extraordinary professors in the New Testament was honoured with a Festschrift. Prof Jan du Rand received the special edition of In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi on his 70th birthday as Festschrift in which many of his colleagues and former students made contributions during the past years.
Academic year officially opened
“This campus of the North-West University is like a tree with its roots deeply embedded in its heritage with its rich history and character. The winds of change can blow, but the roots will keep the tree upright.” This was the message of Prof Fika Janse van Rensburg during the official opening of the academic year of the Potchefstroom Campus.
Staff changes within the Faculty of Humanities at the NWU´s Vaal Triangle Campus
With Prof Tinie Theron occupied as acting vice-rector, several staff changes will take effect within the Faculty of Humanities of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU).
Drought’s consequences mushrooming
Welcome rain fell over large parts of drought-stricken South Africa during the past weeks and brought immediate relief for agricultural producers in particular. Researchers at the North-West University (NWU) are of the opinion that valuable lessons have been learnt and that the agricultural, commercial and even the consumer sectors will feel the pinch for a long time to come.
Nkandla reimbursement announced to avoid consitutional crisis – Dr Ina Gouws
Just more than a week before his State of the Nation Address, and exactly a week before his appearance in the Constitutional Court, State President Jacob Zuma has caused quite an upset by offering to reimburse a portion of the funds spent on the upgrading of his Nkandla homestead.
NWU trains government officials at Graduate School
Four hundred government officials received training in financial management at the North-West University (NWU) Graduate School for Business at the Mafikeng Campus. After successfully completing the programme - Financial Management for Non-Financial Managers - they graduated on 28 January 2016 during a ceremony held at the Bafokeng Civic Centre.
Visser new acting vice-rector
One of the first female lecturers at the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences on the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University (NWU) has been appointed as acting vice-rector: research and planning.
Campus hosts South Korean delegation
A delegation consisting of 18 representatives from the Hanseo University of Seosan in South Korea recently visited the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal).
Wellness Day at the NWU´s Unit for Open Distance Learning was great fun
The North-West University´s (NWU´s) Unit for Open Distance Learning recently presented a wellness day in collaboration with the NWU employee wellness division (NWU Wellness4u).
New NWU office reaches out to the community
The North-West University (NWU) considers its involvement in communities a very high priority. That is why community service, along with research and training, is the foundation on which the university rests.
NWU Vaal LED Warriors to turn the tables on poverty and unemployment
It is said that without knowledge, skill cannot be focused. Without skill, strength cannot be brought to bear and without strength, knowledge cannot be applied. With this in mind the Applied Local Economic Development (AppLED) research group on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), joined forces with other institutions to constitute the Vaal LED Warriors.
Scientists receive global recognition for role in education
Two scientists of the North-West University (NWU) were recently honoured for their contribution to the development of scientific educational learning material and the training of postgraduate students.
Get In The Ring: Jan to represent NWU Vaal in Columbia
At the very beginning there were hundreds of hopefuls; then the numbers were cut down to nine by means of one-on-one pitching battles; and finally there are only three left. And the latter will now battle it out in the international final of Get in the Ring (GITR), one of the biggest Olympics for business start-ups worldwide.
NWU now developing trailblazing medicine
New pharmaceutical technology that will not only cure patients quicker, but also accelerate the development of new medication by several years, was recently launched at the North-West University (NWU). This technological breakthrough is a first for the African continent with the NWU being one of a few universities worldwide to have such technology.
Lights! Camera! Registration!
Tessa Holloway turns heads wherever she goes. Not only is she a natural beauty, but also an acclaimed actress on the small screen. In 2016 she will continue to turn heads on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), where she recently registered for a BA-degree in Psychology (Faculty Humanities).
Accounting intervention pays dividends
The School of Accounting Sciences on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), has received special acknowledgement from the Free State Department of Education for its continued involvement towards teacher development during the 2015 school year.
Extraordinary Professors at home at Optentia
The Optentia Research Focus Area on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University is home to several Extraordinary Professors.
YEBO – young entrepreneurs who make a difference in the community
All young entrepreneurs will tell you the same thing: there is nothing more freeing and satisfying than being your own boss and doing a job you love. These young entrepreneurs will furthermore tell you that the road to success takes determination and dedication, but that it ultimately sets you apart from your peers. As an entrepreneur you are an agent of change in your community.
NWU´s Nomathemba wins prestigious Women in IT bursary
The year 2016 is off to a great start for Nomathemba Duma, a final year BSc IT student from the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal). The reason? She has just been announced as one of the Women in IT 2016 bursary winners.
What kinds of students do schools need to produce for the 21st century?
What kinds of students do schools do schools need to produce for the 21st century? This was the central question addressed by Prof Deborah Eyre, former deputy dean at Oxford Brookes University (UK) and current chief executive of Deborah Eyre International Consultancy Limited, during her recent visit to the Optentia Research Focus Area on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal).
NWU Vaal Campus joins forces with local media to boost female entrepreneurship
Taking into consideration the growing unemployment rate in South Africa, the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) recently joined forces with three of the most well-known media houses in the Vaal Triangle region in an effort to promote female entrepreneurship.
Optentia – looking back, looking forward…
The Optentia Research Focus Group is looking forward to a productive 2016, and if their achievements of the past year is anything to go by then they will remain a force to be reckoned with during the new academic year.
Prof Tinie Theron appointed as acting vice-rector
The name Tinie Theron has become synonymous with the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) – first as a professor in Education Management, then as executive dean of the Faculty of Humanities and more recently as the acting vice-rector.
Who says engineering is only hard work and no play?
It is said that men’s toys only become more expensive through the years. Give a number of Engineering students free rein, a small budget and the commission to build a soapbox cart on steroids, and they are as happy as can be!
Another one for the NWU trophy cabinet
A delegation from the North West University´s (NWU´s) Vaal Triangle Campus recently took part in the annual South African Association of Public Administration and Management (SAAPAM) Conference which was hosted by the association’s Limpopo Chapter in Polokwane. During the conference the NWU came up tops in the category: Best National Support in South Africa.
NWU and HWSETA signs a Memorandum of Understanding
The Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) and the Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority (HWSETA) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding for increased cooperation in teaching and learning opportunities at the campus.
NWU School of Agriculture participates in Provincial Agricultural Show
The School of Agricultural Sciences at the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) recently participated in the Annual Provincial Agricultural Show. The show, which is presented for the first time this year, was hosted at Kgora Farmer Training Centre near Mafikeng from 24 - 26 November.
Indigenous languages in Africa under the loop in new book
The findings of a study on indigenous language in Africa are being published in a new book by Prof Abiodun Salawu, a professor in the Department of Communication at the North-West University´s (NWU´s) Mafikeng Campus.
NWU Vaal researchers blaze a trail of excellence
When you are good at what you do, you stand out. Several academic staff members of the Vaal Triangle Campus (NWU Vaal) were amongst the recipients of awards during a recent gala event in Potchefstroom.
NWU and USA researchers receive sought-after award
An extremely sought-after research award of the National Geographic Society was bestowed on researchers of the School of Environmental Sciences of the North-West University (NWU).
Soft Landing Platform SA – linking Dutch SME’s with local markets and entrepreneurs
In another first for the North-West University (NWU), the Vaal Triangle Campus will join forces with the Netherlands to constitute the Soft Landing Platform South Africa.
Happiness in SA – a case of cheerful discontent?
How happy are South Africans really? How does their happiness compare to other countries? Is the level of happiness in South Africa going up or down? These are the question asked and investigated by the Optentia Research Focus Area on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal).
Bridging The Mathematical Gap 2016 – taking the sting out of mathematics
If you ever said; “I can’t do mathematics,” then the Bridging The Mathematical Gap programme (BTMG) is just for you!
Campus hosts first symposium on Regional History Studies in South Africa
The School of Basic Sciences on the Vaal Triangle Campus (NWU Vaal) will host the first symposium on Regional History Studies in South Africa on Friday, 27 November 2015.
Optentia to collaborate with US Appreciative Inquiry pioneer in 2016
Prof Jacqueline Stavros is synonymous with the field of applied positive organisational psychology and soon she will also be linked to the Optentia Research Focus Area on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU).
Explosives industry needs more knowledge
Knowledge management is the key to bridging the knowledge gap in the explosives industry. This is according to Ms Joe-Nimique Cilliers, a chemical and mineral engineering lecturer and explosives engineering programme manager from the North-West University (NWU).
A diabetic aware campus, is a diabetic smart campus
With the year nearing the end, most people will spend the next month getting ready for the festive season - enjoying big family lunches, lounging around and inevitably over-indulging. Mr Christiaan Bekker from the School of Behavioural Sciences on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) took up the challenge to remind staff and students about the importance of being diabetic smart.
NWU Psychology duo present at Daystar University, Kenya
Prof Tumi Khumalo and Dr Janvier Rugira of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), recently presented a public lecture at the School of Human and Social Sciences at Daystar University, Nairobi Campus in Kenya.
Brand new jacket for NWU honours programme in Medical Sociology
As from 2016 the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) will be offering a unique honours programme in Medical Sociology.
Mayor shares Emfuleni’s LED dream: to be the Golden Vaal River region
“The creation of a diversified local economy, which is focused on the creation of jobs and improved quality of life. All economic initiatives should include social development and pro-poor programmes which are balanced and in line with the endeavour to be the Golden Vaal River region, providing opportunities in abundance to residents”.
Joe Public in the frontline of local economic development
“Local economic development is everyone’s business, including residents, businesses, industry, entrepreneurs and government.” This is according to Dr Danie Meyer, a lecturer within the School of Economic Sciences on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal).
The Vaal Triangle is in a state of transition
The Vaal Triangle region is in a state of transition and herein lies the key to unlocking the attainment of sustainable local economic development. This is according to Prof Edward Blakely, an extraordinary professor in the School of Economic Sciences on the North-West University´s (NWU´s) Vaal Triangle Campus, and the leading global authority on urban planning and development.
Mayor to lead the charge during second LED Forum
Who better to discuss issues pertaining to local economic development in the Vaal Triangle region than the Executive Mayor of the Emfuleni Local Municipality, Cllr Simon Mofokeng?
Well-known artist receives scholarship from NWU-Puk Arts
Eugene Coetzer from the well-known and popular group, Monark, recently received an arts bursary from the North-West University´s (NWU´s) NWU-Puk Arts for his excellent performance as performing artist.
NWU Science Centre presents SAASTEC Conference
The Science Centre on the North-West University´s (NWU´s) Mafikeng Campus is hosting the 17th Annual Conference of the Southern Africa Association of Science Centres (SAASTEC) at the Mmabatho Palms Hotel from 16-19 November 2015.
Faculty of Education and Training hosts Research Showcase
The Faculty of Education and Training on the North-West University´s (NWU´s) Mafikeng Campus hosted a Research Showcase on 13 November 2015 at the Mmabatho Palms Hotel. The theme of the research showcase was “Dynamics in Education Research”.
Tipping the scales on food-insecurity - a case for conditional social grants
Section 27 of the South African Constitution declares that “everyone has the right to sufficient food” and that the State must – within the constraints of its available resources, take reasonable legislative and other measures to achieve this basic right.
Inaugural lecture signifies momentous success for any academic – Prof Linda du Plessis
“An inaugural lecture represents momentous success for any member of academia and as such it should be celebrated and applauded.”
Second Vaal LED Forum to focus on economic coordination and successes
“An innovative workshop that will focus on economic coordination, successes and implementation for the Vaal Triangle Region.”
Campus students prove their mettle at continental competition
VANDERBIJLPARK- Remember the names Tshegofatso Khutsoane and Lesego More, who are studying towards becoming legal practitioners of note. The two recently represented the NWU Vaal at the 24th annual Moot Court Competition which took place at the University of Zambia, in the Republic of Zambia.
International recognition for book on the Hebrew Bible and philosophy of religion
Prof Jaco Gericke – a researcher based within the School of Basic Sciences on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), is being lauded internationally for his book: “The Hebrew Bible and Philosophy of Religion”.
Worldwide shift in heart medication delivery required: Study
Many people in the world who need essential heart medicine do not get it, even in rich countries. This is according to new research published in the medical journal The Lancet.
NWU scientist receives SAMS award for research distinction
Prof Jamshid Moori, a scientist on the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) recently received the South African Mathematical Society (SAMS) Award for Research Distinction. Prof Moori is an A-rated scientist in Pure Mathematics.
IPANEMA hosts NWU Mafikeng researcher
The European Institute for the Photon based Non-Destructive Analysis of Ancient Materials (IPANEMA) is hosting Dr Kaitano Dzinavatonga, a physics researcher from the North-West University´s (NWU´s) Mafikeng Campus, to do spectroscopic analysis of heritage and archaeological artefacts.
NWU expert to attend to the nutritional needs of South Africans
After 35 years of hard work in the field of Dietetics and Nutrition, Prof Grieta Hanekom of the North-West University’s (NWU) Potchefstroom Campus probably accomplished one of the biggest achievements in her field. She was recently elected as the new chairperson of the Professional Board of Dietetics and Nutrition of South Africa for the next term of five years.
NWU industrial psychologists make a national impact
Several North-West University (NWU) academic staff members from the Department of Industrial Psychology in the School of Behavioural Sciences feature prominently on the Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology of South Africa (SIOPSA).
Research must develop communities
Prof Elize van Eeden, a researcher and senior lecturer at the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), heads-up a multidisciplinary research team focusing on the mining community of Bekkersdal – west of Johannesburg.
Is Europe the land of milk and honey?
For many youths in Africa, Europe is seen as the land of milk and honey, the Promised Land which would put an end to their problems. In trying to get more insight into this phenomenon, Prof Erharbor Idemudia from the School of Research and Postgraduate Studies at the NWU Mafikeng Campus is doing intensive research on this topic.
Prof Leon Jackson delivers inaugural address
As he stood behind the podium on the night of Thursday 15 October, Professor Leon Jackson of the Potchefstroom Business School at the North-West University surveyed those in attendance at the Senate Hall. It was a typical early summer night.
TTS Recordings: MuST wants you to speak up!
Are you a female between the ages of 19 to 30 years, fluent in English and a first language speaker of isiXhosa, Setswana, Sesotho or Afrikaans? If so the Multilingual Speech Technology (MuST) Research Niche Area of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), needs your assistance for an exciting text to speech (TTS) project.
Explosives education and research in the spotlight
The School of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at the North-West University, in collaboration with Eagle Explosives Management Systems, is pleased to announce the 1st International Conference on Explosives Education and Research in Africa (EERA 2015), which is taking place from 16 to 17 November 2015 at the Indaba Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Save a life: learn hands-only™ CPR
Rough estimates suggest that approximately 2000 seemingly healthy South Africans die each year as a result of sudden cardiac arrest. Most of these incidents occur either in the workplace or at home and everyone should know how to perform CPR in an emergency.
Attention all prospective M and PhD students
Are you a registered master’s or doctoral student? If so, the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology on the Vaal Triangle Campus needs you!
UARM’s unique and industry inclusive approach give way to national recognition
In just more than three years since the inception of the Centre for Applied Risk Management (UARM) - within the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology on the Vaal Triangle Campus (NWU Vaal), the accolades continues to pour in.
NWU IKS Centre hosts annual Indigenous Knowledge Holders and Practitioners Day
The Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) Centre of Excellence at the NWU Mafikeng Campus, held their Annual Indigenous Holders and Practitioners Day on 17 October on the Campus.
History excellence rewarded
VANDERBIJLPARK - If the famous saying, “He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past”, by George Orwell is anything to go by, then studying History is certainly the future.
All systems go for upcoming exams
It is all systems go for the upcoming end of year examinations on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal).
Lecturer, guitarist and top-notch photographer
NWU staff are not only experts in their fields, they also have many talents. After hours and on weekends they live fully and have stimulating hobbies – just take Re-an Müller as an example.
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NWU pharmacy students impress with their skills
Pharmacy students at the North-West University’s (NWU’s) Potchefstroom Campus once again left the university’s mark at international level and confirmed why this School of Pharmacy is regarded as the best in the country.
ASSAf recognises six NWU scientists for excellence
Several leading scientsists of the North-West University (NWU) were recognised for their excellence by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) this week.
NWU in tough battle against UKZN
Leading NWU expert represents SA at COP 12
A leading expert and scientist of the North-West University is representing South Africa at the twelfth Conference of the Parties in Ankara, Turkey.
NWU solar car doing great!
On Sunday 18 October, the North-West University’s (NWU’s) solar car completed their first day of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia and is doing great thus far! Watch this video for more of day one...
NWU Chancellor’s Medal awarded to education and language forerunner
The prestigious North-West University (NWU) Chancellor’s Medal has been awarded to Dr Anita Denise Worrall, well-known child psychologist, educator and researcher.
Marketing study to impact banks’ approaches to customer relationship management
The doctoral study by Dr Ephrem Habtemichael Redda – as conferred during the October graduation ceremony of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), is set to enhance banks’ future approaches to customer relationship management.
Foreign trade and economic growth in Namibia the focus of doctoral thesis
The economy of Namibia can potentially be expanded by means of foreign trade and the economic growth is set to respond stronger to changes in exports and foreign direct investment compared to changes in exchange rates.
Study offers a detailed analysis of Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) sector
Socially Responsible Investment (SRI), also known as sustainable, socially conscious or ethical investing, impacts the South African economy on both a microeconomic and macroeconomic level.
Research to aid in developing employable and self-employed graduates
In his doctoral thesis: “The relationship between perceived employability and intention for self-employment among university students,” Dr Habofanwe Andreas Koloba proposes a model to aid universities in developing well rounded graduates who are both employable and who can be self-employed.
Faculty Humanities celebrate October graduates
During the recent October graduations the Faculty of Humanities on the North-West University’s Vaal Triangle celebrated their PhD students’ success.
PhD study focuses on incubator services for small service organisations
The owners and managers of small organisations consider the business incubator services offered by several South African universities as playing a pivotal role in entrepreneurial success.
Apply now for exclusive master’s degree in human resource management
The North-West University’s (NWU's) Vaal Triangle Campus is now awaiting applications for the highly sought after master's programme in human resource management.
Education will empower you
“Education will empower you, as it did earlier generations, to meet the tests of your own time.” This is according to Prof Linda du Plessis, acting Campus Rector of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), as quoted during her opening address at the October graduation ceremony.
NWU students geared and ready for solar car challenge
After months of planning and building, the big moment has arrived for a group of engineering students at the North-West University (NWU) when they will participate in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia.
What do we really know about learner potential?
According to the World Economic Forum Africa’s population will increase dramatically over the course of this century, while the Americas and Europe’s populations will most likely remain steady or decline. This means Africa must find answers on how it will prepare the next generation with the knowledge and skills they will need.
NWU Faculty of Law celebrates 50 years of excellence
This is the best-known building on the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University (NWU). This is the face of the campus, and what a face! This is the face that houses the Faculty of Law, and in the last week of September the faculty celebrated its 50th anniversary.
Inclusive education in South Africa: the good, bad and ugly
Most teachers will agree that all children, regardless of what barriers to learning they may face, should be treated alike with equal access to education. Inclusive education seeks to facilitate equal opportunities to proper education for all children. Recently, the Optentia Research Focus Area on North-West University’s Vaal Triangle Campus hosted the First South African Symposium on Teacher Education for Inclusion.
Law faculty hosts Judge of Supreme Court of Appeal
As part of a series of prestige lectures, the Faculty of Law at the North-West University's (NWU's) Mafikeng Campus, hosted Judge Lebotsang Bosielo who is a Judge of the Supreme Court of Appeal.
NWU Optentia applauds Sheri Brynard – international ambassador for people living with Down syndrome
Sheri Brynard (33) lives an impactful life, and is the first – and still is, the only person in South Africa with Down syndrome who has successfully completed a tertiary education qualification.
NWU academic rewarded with an ATKV Feather (Veertjie)
Prof Franci Greyling of the North-West University (NWU) can charm with words. She intertwines them with her imagination and creates a fantasy world where young and old love to meander. There are very few things that she enjoys more than giving other people’s words wings, and on 11 September she was rewarded with an ATKV Word Feather (Woordveertjie) for doing just that.
NWU students to compete for bursaries during concert
Music students at the North-West University (NWU) annually have an opportunity to compete for study bursaries and prizes worth several thousands of rands during the School of Music's Bursary Competition. The finalists then perform during the Bursary Winners' Concert, after which the bursaries and prizes are awarded.
Lion industry wants to get its house in order
The lion-hunting industry made global headlines after the American Walter James Palmer shot Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe, causing great controversy.
Two awards for NWU's HART during national conference
It is no secret that the Hypertension in Africa Research Team (HART) on the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University (NWU) has, throughout the years, established itself as a leading research entity in the world of physiology.
A powerful partnership with impact
The Vaal Triangle Campus of North-West University is closely involved in the Vaal Triangle Community through community engagement and research to the benefit of communities surrounding the campus.
Apply now for the master’s degree programme in Industrial Psychology
Applications are now open for the full master’s degree programme in Industrial Psychology at the North-West University’s Vaal Triangle Campus (located in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng).
Making public schools work
South African schools are often in the news for all the wrong reasons. One researcher from North-West University’s Vaal Triangle Campus, is seeking to change that. Prof Elda de Waal, education law researcher within the Optentia Research Focus Area, assists school principals and teachers to successful negotiate discipline at the schools they work.
NWU showcases safe use of new biotechnology
Internationally recognised speakers within synthetic biology were recently gathered together with key scientists, regulators and NGOs at the North-West University (NWU). The event was a course that focused on biosafety and the contribution of synthetic biology in tackling societal challenges.
Stage is set for October graduation ceremony
The stage is set for the October graduation ceremony of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) on Thursday, 15 October 2015.
New earth from fire – Prof Michael Steger
While many of us associate fire as a force of destruction and an instrument of death, Prof Michael Steger is of the opinion that fire should also – within the realm of Counselling Psychology and Applied Social Psychology, be seen as being synonymous with the process of creating new life.
Countdown has begun for Geexpo 2015
The clock is ticking and in less than a week’s time the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology - on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University, will be hosting its annual Geexpo.
Two pronged approach for national eye-tracking conference
The 2015 rendition of the Eye-Tracking South Africa (ETSA) Conference will take place on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University, from 7-9 October 2015.
Swedish eye-tracking expert to address ETSA Conference
World-renowned eye-tracking specialist, Prof Kenneth Holmqvist will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming 2015 Eye Tracking South Africa (ETSA) Conference. The conference will be hosted by the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal).
"Probe the identity-based transformation question deeper" – Ebrahim Fakir
The recent South African Association for Political Studies (SAAPS) regional symposium – held on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), proved yet again that robust debate is considered good for democracy and, in the same vein, good for development.
Political studies under discussion during regional symposium
The South African Association of Political Studies (SAAPS) recently hosted its regional symposium on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal).
SIOPSA launches Vaal Chapter
The Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology South Africa (SIOPSA) recently launched its Vaal Chapter at the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) in Vanderbijlpark.
NWU presents the First South African Symposium on teacher education for Inclusion
The First ever South African Symposium on Teacher Education for Inclusion was hosted on 1-2 October by the Vaal Triangle Campus of North-West University (NWU) in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng.
Moot Court focuses on child marriages in Africa
An academic from the Faculty of Law on the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) presented a paper at a Moot Court competition with the focus on child marriage in Africa.
NWU contributes to national educational priorities
The North-West University's (NWU's) Mafikeng Campus in conjunction with the Southern African Association for Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (SAARMSTE) and the Provincial Department of Education presented a two-day seminar to address aspects of teaching and learning in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (MSTE).
Nothing small about mini-cricket!
Don’t let the name of the game fool you. Mini-cricket is serious business – just ask any of the 420 youngsters who recently took part in the KFC Mini-cricket Festival which was hosted on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal).
Positive psychology expert discuss ethics in industrial psychology research
The Vaal Chapter of the Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology in South Africa (SIOPSA) will be hosting an ethics workshop on 2 October on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal).
Vaal Campus law students to take part in 24th Human Rights Moot Court Competition
North-West University’s Vaal Triangle Campus will again this year send two of their finest law students to take part in the 24th Human Rights Moot Court Competition taking place from 5 to 10 October in Lusaka, Zambia.
Optentia workshop on Building Meaning in Life great success
A renowned researcher and extraordinary professor at the Optentia Research Focus Area on Tuesday presented a workshop on a topic most of us struggle with at some point: finding meaning in life.
NWU Vaal: Diversity in the workplace explored and celebrated
The North-West University’s (NWU's) Vaal Triangle Campus offers a challenging honours programme in Labour Relations Management. Each year students from this programme present to the campus community a day that celebrates and explores different cultures in South Africa and abroad.
School of Accounting honors chartered accountant
The School of Accounting on the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) recently honored Frazeen Bootha upon her admission as a chartered accountant [CA(SA)]. She is now part of a distinguished group of chartered accountants who has studied with the school.
To braai or not to braai...
Researchers at the North-West University (NWU) recently concluded a study to establish if a traditional South African braai can have a negative impact on one’s health. Outcomes of this study might just convince you to have succulent lamb chops ever so often on the grill.
NWU student develops sensor to detect neurotransmitters
A master’s student at the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) has developed a sensor to detect electrochemical neurotransmitters in the human body.
NWU researcher rewarded for service delivery that makes a difference
The dedicated and hard work of one of the North-West University’s (NWU's) researchers was recently rewarded in that her name has been added to the honorary register of the Forum of University Nursing Deans in South Africa (FUNDISA).
China University of Agriculture and NWU Mafikeng Campus join forces on research
The China University of Agriculture (CUA) and the Animal Health Centre at the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) recently joined forces on a research project focusing on mastitis and aflatoxin.
NWU solar car arrives in Australia
The North-West University’s latest solar energy creation, the Sirius X25, recently arrived in Sydney, Australia for this year's participation in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.
Optentia: Guiding adaptation of psychological tests
South Africa is a country is a country renowned for being diverse in every possible way. Such diversity also means that psychological tests must be adapted for the different beliefs and contexts of various culture groups.
Indigenous languages are key for conveying information
"The reading of newspapers or any other form of literature will be interpreted better and be more understandable when conveyed in your native language." This statement was made by Prof Abiodun Salawu during his inaugural lecture on 20 August entitled 'Language, Culture, Media and Development: A nexus of Harmony'.
NWU Mafikeng Campus hosts a seminar for women in agriculture
As part of their community outreach programme, the Animal Health Department at the North-West University's (NWU's) Mafikeng Campus, in partnership with Batswana Farmers, recently hosted a seminar for women in agriculture.
Conference on Topology, Algebra, Analysis and Geometry honours NWU academic
The Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) is hosting a conference on Topology, Algebra, Analysis and Geometry (TAAG) in honour of Prof Jamshid Moori, who was the founder member of the Mathematics Department on the campus.
NWU Vaal: Law and order in practice
He was 30 years in the South African Police Service where he worked extensively in intelligence gathering, infiltrating crime syndicates and testified in court. Today he is retired from the SAPS and a practising advocate.
NWU academic shortlisted for National Excellence Teaching Awards
“I’m a social worker first and an academic second,” says Dr Ansie Fouche, social work lecturer at the NWU Vaal Triangle Campus’ School of Behavioural Sciences. She took part in the NWU's Institutional Teaching Excellence Awards earlier this year and has recently been shortlisted for the CHE/HELTASA National Excellence Teaching Awards.
Red Lipstick and EWP; the secret to Riette’s entrepreneurial success
Riette Botha (58) is the proud owner of Red Lipstick, an Image and Beauty Consultancy as well as a graduate of the Enterprising Women Programme as hosted at the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal).
Foundations of great teaching: NWU Vaal students visit Eindhoven
Four students from the School of Education Sciences on the North-West University's (NWU's) Vaal Triangle Campus did the practical teaching required in the fourth year of the BEd degree in a unique setting.
One size (test) does not fit all
One test does not fit all, especially not those from different cultural groups. In a quest to help academics and professionals in the field of psychology and related fields with test adaptation and acculturation, the Optentia Research Focus Area on the North-West University's (NWU's) Vaal Triangle Campus will host a workshop with Prof Fons van de Vijver from Tilburg University in the Netherlands.
Optentia invites you to learn about building meaning in life
The Optentia Research Focus Area on North-West University’s (NWU's) Vaal Triangle Campus strives to discover what makes people and organisations reach their optimal potential. On 29 September Optentia will host a workshop, Building Meaning in Life, presented by one of the focus area’s esteemed extraordinary professors, Prof Michael Steger from Colorado State University, USA.
Vaal’s top entrepreneurs ready to compete nationally
Take note of these three start-up entrepreneurial ventures – since they are on the fast track headed for success: Phat Pat Catering, Solar Bliss and NewTech Rail.
Vaal hosts SA’s first-ever GITR City Final
The Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) recently made history when it hosted the first-ever Get In The Ring City Final in South-Africa.
North West Nguni Cattle Project lets developing farmers thrive
Beneficiaries of the Nguni Cattle Project are going from strength to strength and have won several awards in the 2015 Agricultural Research Council (ARC) National Beef Performers Awards. The project is a partnership between the North-West University's (NWU's) Mafikeng Campus, the Industrial Development Cooperation and North West Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
NWU academic is second runner-up at Women in Science Awards
Prof Nicolene Barkhuizen from the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) was announced second runner-up in the recently held Women in Science Awards. These awards are presented annually in recognition of scientific accomplishments, specifically by women in a field still largely dominated by men.
Colloquium to focus on “Political Community and Social Pluralism”
Professor James W Skillen, world-renowned Christian theologian, author and president of the Center for Public Justice (a Christian policy think-tank) will take part – as a guest of the School of Basic Sciences – in a colloquium on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) on Wednesday 3 September 2015.
Vaal Triangle Campus moot court teams’ battle for top honours
Teams from the Vaal Triangle Campus and its fellow/sister campuses, Potchefstroom and Mafikeng, this past week competed in the Second Intercampus Criminal Moot Court competition hosted on the Potchefstroom Campus.
NWU’s WIN Project continues to enrich lives in rural areas
The Faculty of Health Sciences at the North-West University (NWU) recently reached another milestone by enriching the lives of people in the rural Northern Cape and North West provinces.
NWU students’ solar car takes on the world’s best
Engineering students at the North-West University (NWU) are taking a big bull by the horns and in October this year they will rub shoulders with the big names in solar energy when they take part in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia.
NWU master’s student awarded Erasmus Mundus Scholarship
A student at the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU), Mr Kenneth Seheri, scooped up the prestigious Erasmus Mundus Scholarship to further his studies at the Sud Paris Universite in France.
NWU fights against famine in Africa
The world has enough expertise to be able to curb malnutrition and yet some 3,1 million children younger than five fall victim to it each year. This is similar to a fully booked Airbus A380 fatally crashing every hour. One of the reasons for malnutrition is poor implementation of nutrition-related action plans at various levels, resulting in a child going to bed hungry tonight.
US counterparts share valuable insight on community development
Greater collaboration, active participation, greater understanding of issues such as economics, social culture and politics, strategic leadership and the capacity to formulate and implement developmental strategies. These elements, in a nutshell, are the principles of community development as implemented in the United States.
Faculties make science sexy
The faculties of Engineering and Natural Sciences at the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University recently put their best foot forward once more for three evenings where style, science, technology and wonderment were intertwined.
Considering a career in teaching? Teach South Africa needs you!
Are you a final year student or currently busy with a postgraduate qualification? If so, Teach South Africa might just offer what you are looking for in terms of employment and experience.
New astronomical observatory brings galaxies to your doorstep
The Department of Physics on the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) recently unveiled a state of the art telescope that will bring galaxies to your doorstep.
Optentia: impact-focused research
The Optentia Research Focus Area on North-West University’s Vaal Triangle Campus is focused on developing and organising knowledge for the optimal expression of individual, social and institutional potential, with specific interest in the African context.
NWU Vaal Leadership Summit – Right time, right place
A much-needed discussion on strategic leadership at precisely the right time and place. This was the sentiment of several high-level speakers during the recent inaugural NWU Vaal Leadership Summit, hosted at the Quest Conference Estate in Vanderbijlpark.
First Postgraduate Open Day an all-round success
The first-ever Vaal Triangle Campus (NWU Vaal) Postgraduate Open Day was an all-round success with just short of 400 prospective postgraduate students registering for the event.
Let’s talk equality – NWU Vaal
The word ‘equality’ may seem easy to define, but the concept thereof might just be one of the most difficult things that people around the world grapple with on a daily basis.
NWU Natural Sciences invite prospective honours students to information session
Prospective honours students with a interest in the natural sciences can attend an information session on the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University (NWU) on Friday, 14 August 2015.
How to curb the rhino horn hangover
Vietnam is the world’s largest consumer of illicit rhino horn products and this is were South Africa must focus its resources to counter rhino horn trade and rhino poaching. New research by Dr Dao Truong from the research unit TREES at the North-West University’s Potchefstroom Campus points to a feasible approach to achieve an effective way to change that their attitude to rhino horns.
Study indicates SA has the lowest fertility rate
South Africa has the lowest fertility rate in mainland sub-Saharan Africa and also has the lowest marriage rates in the world. These remarkable findings were presented by Prof Monde Makiwane from the Human Science Research Council (HSRC) during a public lecture on 31 July 2015 on the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) .
A total ban of trophy hunting will result in loss of thousands of jobs
Prof Peet van der Merwe from the Research Unit TREES on the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University (NWU) says that when people and organisations make a call to ban trophy hunting, it is important to understand the consequences thereof on countries that market themselves as hunting destinations and countries supplying them with hunting-related products.
Breast milk steals the show this week
This week is World Breastfeeding Week to create awareness of the importance of this proverbial liquid white gold and its significance for babies. In celebration of breastfeeding, the public is once again made aware of the breast milk bank - an initiative of the North-West University (NWU) and the North West Provincial Government - that was opened in Potchefstroom in 2012.
NWU invites local entrepreneurs to grab opportunity
Entrepreneurs (young and old) are invited to take part in what is being described as the “Olympics of entrepreneurship” – the Get In The Ring (GITR) Investment Battle. This year marks South Africa’s second rendition of this highly popular entrepreneurial challenge - proudly hosted by the bHive Enterprise Development Centre (bhive EDC) on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University.
NWU Optentia director awarded SIOPSA honorary fellowship
The director of the North-West University's (NWU's) Optentia Research Focus Area and acclaimed researcher, Prof Ian Rothmann, was recently awarded an honorary fellowship by his peers at the Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology of South Africa (SIOPSA).
Coachlab @ Vaal – fast-tracking ITC postgraduate students to future success
“The CoachLab @ Vaal represents a unique experience, where entrepreneurship and innovation are instilled in tomorrow’s business leaders.”
Bean Counting Day 2015 – Turning the tide on skills shortage
The skills shortage in South Africa’s financial sector has reached critical level, with industries like the accounting sector being among those hardest hit. With this in mind the School of Accounting Sciences on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU) recently hosted a very successful Bean Counting Day.
SA entrepreneurs ready to Get In The Ring
The ‘Olympics for entrepreneurs’ is back on South African soil! Are you ready to Get In The Ring?
Eye tracking research and application: convergence of academic and industry worlds
Eye Tracking South Africa will hold its annual Open Day and academic seminar on 7 and 8 October 2015 on the Vaal Triangle Campus (Vanderbijlpark) of North-West University.
NWU’s WTO chair and team showcase Decision Support Model
Trade facilitation initiatives need to be stepped up and become more entrenched at policy and operational level, with the World Trade Organization’s (WTO's) Trade Facilitation Agreement constituting a key instrument in this regard. This was the central theme of the 5th Global Review of Aid for Trade, which took place from 30 June - 2 July 2015 at the WTO’s headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
NWU Mafikeng Campus to launch project on lifestyle disease
On 8 August 2015 the North-West University's (NWU's) Mafikeng Campus, in collaboration with the North West Department of Health, will launch a project to reduce lifestyle diseases in the Lokaleng Village community.
Pathways to Resilience: challenging the prevailing knowledge context
Researchers and postgraduate students from the Vaal Triangle Campus’ Optentia Research Focus Area recently attended the third Pathways to Resilience international conference held in Halifax, Canada.
Space scientists gather at NWU
Several international scientists recently attended a workshop on the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University (NWU) to analyse and interpret data from the SKA (Square Kilometre Array) telescope and KAT-7 antennas.
Singing groups of the NWU spread the charm
The North-West University (NWU) Puk Choir, conducted by Mr Kobus Venter, recently returned from a successful tour to Namibia.
The tour started on 21 June with a visit to the community of Upington, where they sang to a full audience in the church of the URCSA.
NWU Vaal applauds best BSc IT student for 2014
Remember the name Dirk George Uys, because you are sure to hear it again in the near future. If not for his professional accomplishments within the field of information technology, then for his talent for playing the church organ. The North-West University's (NWU's) Vaal Triangle Campus recently applauded Dirk, a BSc Honours student, for being the 2014 Top BSc IT student.
Geexpo 2015: Aiming to turn the tide on poor maths and science performance
During recent years it has become strikingly obvious to all South Africans that the prevailing deficiencies in basic maths and science education have become a major constraint in ensuring that the country’s human capital is fully aligned to the country’s economic growth and development goals.
Colloquium on work integrated learning brings theory and practice together
The Faculty of Education and Training on the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) recently hosted a work integrated learning (WIL) colloquium on 22 July 2015.
NWU study shows climate change can be linked to growth of poisonous fungi
A recent study at the School of Animal Health Sciences on the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) shows that climate change can influence the growth of fungi that produce poisonous chemical composites known as mycotoxins.
NWU Vaal academics applauded as media contributors
The North-West University’s (NWU) annual Spokespersons of the Year awards honours the university’s experts for sharing their knowledge and commenting on current affairs in the media.
Gender inequality is hampering effective trade
Gender inequality remains a global problem and although many strides are being made in levelling this disparity, sectors like the trade industry are still feeling its consequences. “We have come a long way since the 1960s, but much still needs to be done," explains Ms Carike Claassen of the Potchefstroom Campus’ School of Economics.
So you think you are smart? – NWU student societies host Academic Day
“So you think you are smart?” This is the question up for debate during the Faculty of Humanities’ first-ever Academic Day as organised by several student societies within the faculty. The Academic Day will take place on Friday, 24 July.
NWU Vaal Bean Counting Day 2015 – Calling all aspiring accountants
Did you know that according to the National Development Plan, accounting is not only viewed as a scarce skill within the public service delivery arena, but is also a vehicle to overcome poverty and inequality? With this in mind the School of Accounting Sciences on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) will be hosting its third annual Bean Counting Day on 24 July 2015.
Think beyond your horizons – Postgraduate Open Day 2015
The first-ever Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) Postgraduate Open Day is set to take place on Saturday, 15 August 2015. Having said this, you might wonder why you should choose to enrol for a postgraduate qualification. There are as many answers to this question as there are postgraduate students!
NWU hosts Africa leaders in distance education
The North-West University’s (NWU's) Unit for Open Distance Learning welcomed several leaders in distance education in Africa for its Executive Board Meeting.
NWU Library opens excellent new information commons
Libraries are usually associated with silence – something that the Ferdinand Postma Library on the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University (NWU) had to abandon for almost eight months. However, the end result was something that one would find in any library at a world-class university.
Law students to show their skills in ‘court’
It’s time again for the annual NWU mock trials with the support of Juta. This year’s Juta Mock Trail Competition will kick off on 20 July and culminate in the finals on 21 August.
Sam’s small-screen debut – Made in SA
There is something more to Sam Mothopeng than meets the eye. Not only does this final year Communication Sciences student have a clear-cut plan for his future professional career as a corporate communications specialist, but he also has his sights set on motivating other youngsters to follow suit.
NWU expert supports Nersa decision on Eskom tariff application
"Nersa's decision to reject Eskom's application for an additional tariff increase is absolutely right in present economic circumstances.To have allowed the request would have had serious consequences for inflation, growth and employment," says Prof Raymond Parsons from the North-West University (NWU).
Beware of Greeks bearing debts?
According to Prof Raymond Parsons from the North-West University's (NWU's) Potchefstroom Business School, it is understandable that, for South Africans as a whole and even for some professional observers, the tensions between Greece and the EU which flash on our TV screens enjoy but passing notice, given our own present economic challenges.
NWU Vaal Postgraduate Open Day 2015: Explore. Learn. Accomplish
The Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) will be hosting its first-ever Postgraduate Open Day on Saturday 15 August 2015.
New NWU textbook lauded by reviewers
Prof Ian Rothmann, director of the North-West University's Optentia Research Focus Area, together with his esteemed colleague, Prof Cary L Cooper, recently published the second edition of their textbook Work and Organizational Psychology. This is the only textbook to integrate the fields of human resource management and organisational behaviour.
Human nature remains to be the Achilles heel of Economics
“Times have sure changed. Today we find ourselves studying methodologies of economic change with popcorn in the cinema foyer.” This was just one of the varied responses from academic scholars, experts within the banking and risk management sector, and economists who attended the first-ever screening of the Economics documentary: Boom! Bust! Boom! in South Africa on 25 June 2015.
NWU researcher elected to international association
Prof Mary Grosser, a researcher in the Optentia Research Focus Area on the North West University’s Vaal Triangle Campus (NWU Vaal), was recently elected to serve as vice-president for the Africa region of the International Association for Cognitive Education and Psychology (IACEP).
NWU master's student producing oyster mushrooms in Mahikeng
Oyster mushrooms usually grow in temperate and subtropical climates and fare poorly in hot, dry conditions. Breaking with convention, a master’s student in crop science at the North-West University's (NWU's) Mafikeng Campus is successfully cultivating oyster mushrooms in the arid climate of Mahikeng.
SA’s top 100 entrepreneurs to Get in the Ring
Jump-starting an entrepreneurial venture in South Africa just got a whole lot more exciting! The so-called Olympics of entrepreneurship – Get in the Ring, is about to hit the South African shores, and young entrepreneurs have the opportunity to compete with their global counterparts.
NWU Engineers flourish at international conference
The 23rd European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EUBCE) was held in Vienna, Austria from 1 to 4 June 2015. The North-West University (NWU) was represented at this conference by the NRF Research Chair in Biofuels, which is led by Prof Sanette Marx from the School of Chemical and Minerals Engineering.
NWU Vaal to host inaugural Leadership Summit
A leadership evolution. This is how organisers of the inaugural Vaal Triangle Campus (NWU Vaal) Leadership Summit is describing the first-of-its-kind leadership summit that will take place on 12 August 2015.
Preparing teachers to embrace inclusive education
Active inclusion of learners with different needs have received much more focused attention over the past 20 years. The first ever South African Symposium on Teacher Education for Inclusion will take place from 1-2 October 2015 at the Quest Conference Estate in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng.
Campus energising its alumni base via social media
How actively involved are you with your alma mater? For most alumni, the answer is “not very.” The Alumni Office on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU) is working to fix this.
Do not miss the NWU Faculty of Engineering’s Open Day
The Faculty of Engineering on the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University (NWU) will host an Open Day on 30 June for learners that are interested in Engineering. The exhibition’s primary aim is to foster a passion for engineering in learners and to encourage them to make a positive difference in the world.
Boom! Bust! Boom! – Global project to feature on the big screen
What do you get when you combine the skills and experience of a veteran professor of Risk Management and a member of the legendary Monty Python comedy group? The answer: Boom! Bust! Boom! - a unique and highly entertaining look on the global economic system.
NWU Vaal Postgraduate Open Day 2015 – Investing in YOU!
The benefits of having a postgraduate qualification are widely recognised – improved employment prospects, higher average lifetime earning potential, and a greater sense of personal fulfilment. With this in mind, the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) will be hosting its first-ever Postgraduate Open Day on 15 August 2015.
Review, reflect, move onward
The staff of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) recently came together to reflect on the achievements and challenges of the first six months of the academic year.
NWU academic first in SA to pass Nuclear Security Management Programme
Mr Tebogo Kupi, radiation officer at the Centre for Applied Radiation Science and Technology (CARST) on the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU), has been awarded a certificate by the World Institute Nuclear Security (WINS) Academy.
Invitation: Public Lecture - "Our Violent Universe"
Date: 22 July, 18:00
Where: Building E8 (J Chris Coetzee building), Room G42, NWU Potchefstroom Campus
Speaker: Prof Markus Böttcher
Communities benefit from NWU community engagement
The Faculty of Health Sciences on the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University (NWU) recently hosted a ceremony for all the community health care workers that completed their training in the Phokwane municipality. This training forms part of the faculty’s community engagement project, the WIN project.
What makes our youth resilient?
Much has been written about youth unemployment, but what makes youth who are school-going age resilient despite various challenges? Renowned North-West University (NWU) resilience researcher, Prof Linda Theron, formed part of the Pathways to Resilience Study to investigate how the social systems that young people are part of, contribute to resilience across contexts and cultures.
Transport Engineering programme soon a reality on NWU Mafikeng Campus
A fully-fledged Transport Engineering programme will soon be a reality on the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU).
NWU Mafikeng Campus hosts Deputy Minister of Transport to celebrate Youth Month
As part of youth month celebrations, the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) hosted the Deputy Minister of Transport, Ms Sindisiwe Chikunga, on Friday, 12 June 2015.
Board game to GROW sustainable development in rural areas
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the Serious Games Institute of South Africa (SGI-SA) have joined forces to create a unique board game aimed at facilitating and teaching individuals – mostly from rural communities, on sound decision making processes.
Academic staff members gear up for ITEA 2015
It is said that the aim of every teacher should be, to not simply impart his/her own views, but to ignite minds with knowledge and insight. In light of this, 11 academic staff members from the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) have signed up for the annual Institutional Teaching Excellence Awards (ITEA).
SA is global conservation leader
The world is losing its biodiversity at an alarming rate, but South Africa is at the forefront of helping to stem the devastating tide. According to the World Wildlife Foundation, the current species extinction rate is between 1 000 and 10 000 higher than the natural extinction rate, which equates to between 200 and 2 000 extinctions every year.
Academic Literacy courses at universities are here to stay
According to Dr Gustav Butler, director of the School of Languages at North-West University’s Vaal Triangle Campus (NWU Vaal), academic literacy courses seem to have come to stay as part of the added curriculum elements at universities in South Africa, since grammar is neglected in the South African school curriculum.
NWU addresses Kumba’s social responsibility
All role players and stakeholders in the mining industry must make their environment a more sustainable place throughout South Africa, says Prof Dan Kgwadi, vice-chancellor of the North-West University (NWU).
New Nursing Science building unveiled on NWU Mafikeng Campus
The NWU Mafikeng Campus, as an enabler of students' contribution to society and as a deliverer of well-rounded graduates, has unveiled a new Nursing Science building for the training of future nurses.
NWU Mafikeng Campus introduces new niche area
In striving to maintain and increase its research activity and sustain its relevance to the various communities it serves, the NWU Mafikeng Campus has introduced a new niche area called Lifestyle Disease.
Eye-tracking Conference set to take place on Vaal Triangle Campus
On 7-9 October 2015 the Second International Eye-Tracking Conference South Africa will take place on North-West University’s Vaal Triangle Campus (NWU Vaal). Researchers from this campus’ research focus area UPSET (Understanding and Processing Language in Complex Settings) are members of ETSA (Eye-Tracking South Africa) responsible for this conference.
Boipelo Moncho – a success story of note
The 22-year old Boipelo Moncho has a lot to be proud of – especially when it comes to her academic achievements. During the recent Autumn Graduation Ceremony of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), she received her honours degree in BCom Chartered Accounting (also known as CTA).
Everything is not lost with Maths Literacy
Mathematical Literacy does not have to mean the end of the road. Gone are the days when it was stigmatised as “dumbing down” the educational system while offering false promises to learners wanting to apply for specific courses such as Accounting and Engineering at a tertiary level.
Robotics so much more than features in Star Wars, Terminator and Star Trek – Geexpo 2015
If you are anything like me the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a robot is machines that imitates a human – much like the humanoids in popular movies such as Star Wars, Terminator and Star Trek. The truth is, you can’t be more wrong!
NWU Vaal Sport Science students learn plenty from American visitors
What do you get when you introduce five American exchange students to a group of young, energetic and inquisitive Sport Science students from the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University? The answer: a learning opportunity unlike any other!
Forensic Science Laboratory visits NWU Mafikeng Campus
A team from the Forensic Science Laboratory in Pretoria recently visited the Law Faculty on the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) to update final-year students on new developments in forensic sciences.
Double the honour for academic minded twins
I once read in a greeting card that with twins it is double the giggles and double the grins – and not to forget; double the trouble! In the case of three sets of identical michael kors outlet twins on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) it is however a case of double the honour and prestige.
Top NWU expert reckons SA has a fat problem
Prof Hans de Ridder of the School of Biokinetics, Recreation and Sports Science once again did the name of the North-West University (NWU) proud at international level when he was once more classified as the only level 4 anthropometrist in Africa.
NWU Vaal welcomes record number of students to international honour society
The Golden Key International Honour Society - the world largest honour society - recently welcomed a record number of students to its chapter on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal).
Nuclear giant Rosatom visits NWU
On Thursday 21 May, world renowned nuclear physicist, Professor Vladimir Artisyuk, gave a guest lecture on ‘Nuclear Power and Safety: The Russian Way’ at North West University’s (NWU) Engineering Faculty on the Potchefstroom Campus.
Restoring economics to the service of humanity provision in South Africa
Prof Gawlick Remigiusz from Cracow University of Economics in Poland presented a stimulating public lecture at the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) on 19 May 2015 entitled “restoring economics back to the service of humanity-provision for South Africa".
NWU Vaal claims top ranking in Be!Bold Intervarsity Pitch Competition
The phrase “Yebo, yes!” gets a totally new meaning when you meet the dynamic team of the Young Entrepreneur Business Organisation (YEBO) on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal). YEBO recently earned the top spot in the national Be!Bold Intervarsity Pitch Competition.
NWU research professor appointed as panel member by NRF
Prof Jamshid Moori, a senior research professor in Mathematics from the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU), has been appointed by the National Research Foundation (NRF) to serve as a panel member and convener of the Specialist Committee for Mathematical Sciences.
Accelerated diagnosis and treatment of cancer soon a reality
An initiative for accelerating medicine development is spreading as part of an association agreement between the North-West University (NWU), the University of Pretoria (UP) and the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (NECSA). This can be attributed to the introduction of a scanner that significantly accelerates the diagnostic process for cancer-spread and tuberculosis.
NWU Vaal and VUT to collaborate on LED, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
In an effort to strengthen collaborative ties and to enhance the impact of Local Economic Development (LED), innovation, entrepreneurship and small womens ralph laure pony polo business development, the NWU Vaal has entered into a collaborative agreement with the Vaal University of Technology (VUT).
Kaizer Chiefs and NWU Vaal celebrate unique relationship
The 2014/2015 football season has been a crowning glory for the Kaizer Chiefs Football Club. Not only did the Amakhosi enjoy a record breaking campaign in which the Premier Soccer League title was won in extraordinary style with a phenomenal 70%, but the club also set all discounted christian louboutin kinds of records along the way. Recently several senior staff members of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) joined players, staff, administrators, sponsors and dignitaries to celebrate during a prestigious award ceremony at Vodaworld in Midrand.
NWU Professor appointed as chair of the National Astronomy body
An Astrophysics Professor at the North-West University's (NWU's) Mafikeng Campus, Prof Thebe Medupe, has been appointed Chair of the National Astrophysics and Space Science Programme Consortium (NASSP). His appointment will take effect on 31 May 2015 ending 30 April 2019.
Student Business Competition – Top 15 young entrepreneurs to advance to next round
“You don’t have to wait until after graduation to run your own business!” This is according to Ms Clarise Mostert, a lecturer within the School of Economic Sciences within the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal).
Statisticians make sense of the world around them
In January 2009 Prof Hal Varian, an academic scholar of Information Sciences, Business, and Economics and also at that time, Google’s Chief Economist, predicted polo ralph lauren uk that statisticians will play an increasingly important role in the future. In fact, he was quoted as saying: “I keep saying the sexy job in the next twenty years will be statisticians.
What is the state of teachers in South Africa?
Much is written about learners’ rights and the education they receive, but the exodus of teachers from the profession only recently came under the media spotlight. South African michael kors australia online teachers face many challenges, such as changing curriculums, large numbers of students in class, and a limited scope in which to enforce discipline.
NWU Vaal hosts very successful Open Day
The Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) recently hosted one of its most successful Open Days to date, with more than 4 000 students in attendance.
Max du Preez speaks frankly about media
Max du Preez, the outspoken journalist, columnist and political commentator, made a few straightforward statements about the media at a seminar in the Communication Auditorium of the School of Communication on the North-West University's (NWU's) Potchefstroom Campus.
Students invited to apply for postgraduate Mandela Rhodes Scholarship
Do you aspire to be a leader who will contribute positively to the development of the African continent? Do you want to pursue postgraduate studies in 2016, and are looking for a fully-funded scholarship opportunity? Do you wish to be part of a life-changing leadership development programme with a diverse group of talented leaders from across the continent? If so, the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship could be the answer you are searching for!
Humanities’ top performers honoured on Vaal Triangle Campus
The Faculty of Humanities of North-West University's Vaal Triangle Campus this week celebrated the top performers' achievements during the 2014 academic year. The distinguished group of students consisted almost entirely of female students.
(A)Counting towards 2030
More black accountants are needed if South Africa is to meet the goals of the National Development Plan (NDP) by 2030. This is a need the NWU is addressing with fervour.
SA in critical condition with reference to nurses
South Africa will face a crisis regarding the shortage of nurses if their working environment is not urgently attended to. As part of an international research study, Registered Nurse Forecast (RN4CAST), Dr Siedine Coetzee and Prof Hester Klopper at the North-West University’s (NWU's) School of Nursing Science have recently completed a study that paints a bleak picture.
Xenophobia: South Africa’s instability is killing its tourism industry
According to a study by Dr Lindie du Plessis from the research entity TREES (Tourism Research in Economic Environs and Society) at the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University (NWU), the recent outbreak of xenophobic attacks across the country has left an indelible mark on the South African tourism industry.
NWU research project has positive impact on survivors of sexual abuse
Two researchers from the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) have found their Survivor to Thriver intervention to be a successful tool in guiding women who experienced sexual abuse during childhood through their healing journey.
Multilingualism: global phenomenon with lessons for local reality
The UPSET (Understanding and Processing Language in Complex Settings) Research Focus on the the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University recently hosted a group of students from Potsdam University in Germany to discuss multilingualism or simply how the coexistence of more than one language in a particular space affects both the languages and the users.
NWU research on Hepatitis C virus is a major break through
Dr Constance Wose’s research on the Hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 5a is a major break-through in HCV and is critical for the development of treatment for HCV.
Environmental attitudes, green purchase intentions and green purchase behavior the foci of PhD study
“This study will provide important strategy guidelines for marketers seeking to reach this newly environmentally conscious market segment. Moreover, the findings of this study will be of immense value to national and international investors seeking to explore the newly created green market industry in South Africa.” This were some of the comments made by the moderators of Dr Costa Synodinos’s doctoral thesis: "Antecedents of green purchase behavior amongst Black Generation Y students". A PhD degree was conferred upon Dr Synodinos during the recent Autumn Graduation Ceremony of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal).
PhD thesis provides guidelines for marketers to increase and improve their brand equity
A PhD degree was recently conferred upon Dr Christiaan (Christo) Rudolf Quintus Roets during the Autumn Graduation Ceremony of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal). Dr Roets is currently a researcher at one of the largest research groups worldwide, TNS Global in Cape Town.
Black Generation Y male students’ fashion consciousness the focus of unique doctorate study
In her thesis, "Black Generation Y male students’ fashion consciousness and need for uniqueness", Dr Matebello Dieketseng Bethsheba Motale proposes cheap ralph lauren and empirically tests a model of the influence of the need for uniqueness, as a personality trait, on black male Generation Y students’ fashion conscious behavior. This unique study within the field of Marketing Management came to the fore during the recent Autumn Graduation Ceremony of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), and saw the degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) being conferred upon Dr Motale.
NWU PhD study gives way to the development of a work level acceptance framework
During the recent Autumn Graduation Ceremony of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), a PhD was conferred upon Dr Sonja Gilliland, with the topic of her thesis being "Towards a framework for managing enterprise architecture acceptance". The findings michael kors bags australia from her research led to the development of a Work Level Acceptance Framework for Enterprise Architecture (WoLAF for EA), which contributes to the understanding and management of the important aspect of human acceptance of enterprise architecture in organisations.
President’s office addresses NWU Mafikeng Campus graduates
The Director General in the Office of the state President, Dr Cassius Lubisi, addressed the Mafikeng Campus`s Autumn Graduation Ceremony as the guest speaker for the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences on 7 May.
Graduates on a journey towards infinite transformation – NWU Vaal Autumn Graduation Ceremony
More than 260 graduates took to the stage on the fourth day of the five-day graduation ceremony of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal). The day belonged to graduates within the Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree programme.
Always try to be a better person than you were yesterday
The 22-year old Fatima Mohammed typifies accomplishment. During the fourth day (7 May) of the five-day graduation ceremony of the Vaal Triangle Campus christian louboutin booties of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), Fatima enjoyed a standing ovation from the audience and her fellow graduates when she received the Award for Excellent Academic Achievement within the field of Chartered Accountancy.
“Higher Education ushers in a new way of being” – Prof Thanyani Mariba
A total of 297 graduates took to the stage on the third day of the five-day graduation ceremony of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal). The graduates represented both the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology.
Astronomy is a key instrument for development
A prominent member of the National Research Foundation (NRF), Prof Nithaya Chetty, visited the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) for the third time on 5 May 2015.
NWU honours former sportsman and administrator
The Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) honoured former sportsman and now administrator, Mr Nick George Bester, with a Chancellor`s Medal during the Autumn Graduation ceremony on 6 May 2015 at the campus' Great Hall.
Bachelor of Arts graduates take to the stage during NWU Vaal’s Autumn Graduation Ceremony
A total of 320 graduates from the Faculty of Humanities on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) recently received their degrees during the second day of the Campus’s Autumn Graduation Ceremony.
The South African film industry: Why not more Ballades?
According to Dr Karin Botha and Dr Pierre-André Viviers from the TREES research institute at the North-West University's (NWU) Potchefstroom Campus, the South African film industry struggles to interest film goers in Afrikaans films, because movie makers do not understand the needs of their target audience.
A standing ovation for beloved teacher – Chanell Meijer
An accident on 19 December 2014 left Chanell Meijer (30) in a coma for more than 40 days. On Monday, 4 May 2015 – five months after her horrific ordeal, the courageous Chanell joined her fellow students to receive her Honours degree in Education (Hons BEd), during the Autumn Graduation Ceremony of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal).
NWU Vaal top achievers awarded for excellence during Autumn Graduation Ceremony
The School of Educational Sciences within the Faculty of Humanities on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) awarded three top achievers with Awards of Excellence during the Autumn Graduation Ceremony.
NWU Vaal graduates in Education shine bright during Autumn Graduation Ceremony
More than 300 graduates from the School of Educational Sciences within the Faculty of Humanities on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) received their degrees during the first day of the campus’s Autumn Graduation Ceremony.
NWU history professor to serve on National Research Foundation
A history professor from the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences at the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) has been appointed to serve on the michael kors australia online National Research Foundation (NRF). Prof Bernard Mbenga from the Department of History, Peace Studies and International Relations, has been appointed in the Historical Studies Specialist Committee (SC).
NWU Vaal applauds faculty’s top researchers and achievers
Henry Ward Beecher once said that people should not be judged by their peak of excellence; but rather by the distance they have journeyed from the point where they started. These words ring true, especially during an auspicious occasion such as the annual Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University’s (NWU Vaal) Research and Achievers gala event.
Curing the disease of the oil curse
Prof Victor Ojakorotu from the NWU Mafikeng Campus presented his inaugural lecture on 29 April 2015. The lecture entitled "Curing the Affliction – from the ‘oil curse’ to sustainable development in Africa’s petro-states", was based on research he conducted on oil-related conflict issues and how peace advocacy can promote inter-ethnic harmony in local communities.
Wilma and Johann receive top honours in the Rapport Top Lecturer Awards
Wilma Coetzee and Johann Strauss, respectively from the Faculty of Humanities (School of Educational Sciences) and the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology (School of Information Technology), are the most inspiring lecturers on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal).
NWU Mafikeng Campus researcher attends nuclear programme
A researcher at the NWU Mafikeng Campus, Mr Tebogo Kupi, recently attended a three-day programme in Nuclear Security. Mr Kupi was sponsored by the US State Department to attend their Partnership Nuclear Security (PNS) programme which took place from 23 - 27 February 2015 in Vienna, Austria.
Academic excellence to be celebrated at Autumn Graduation ceremonies
More than 1 300 students will graduate during the upcoming Autumn Graduation ceremonies of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal).
NWU Mafikeng Campus and UN advocate rights of young people
The Communications Department in the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences at the North-West University's (NWU) Mafikeng Campus recently played host to the United Nations during their annual research forum.
The life and times of a music student — a cabaret
The final year BMus students in Music Education at the NWU School of Music have to present a cabaret each year as part of the requirements for their major subject.
Kick-start your career with a Policing Practice degree from the NWU
Officers in the SAPS, traffic, metro and military police and the security industry as well as people working towards safeguarding rural communities can now enhance their careers with a bachelor’s degree in Policing Practice from the North-West University (NWU).
NWU Vaal: Lego, play and the smarter way to equip our kids for the future
Prof Mary Grosser, a researcher in the Optentia research focus area on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), recently attended the Lego Idea Conference in Denmark. You might ask why a researcher in education attends a Lego conference.
NWU acknowledges excellence in teaching and learning
The North-West University (NWU) recently hosted its annual Institutional Teaching Excellence Awards (ITEA) during a gala dinner in Potchefstroom. This year saw the awards ceremony taking on a brand new format with three new categories being introduced.
Several staff members from the Vaal Triangle Campus (NWU Vaal) also received recognition during the prestigious award ceremony.
NWU Mafikeng Campus Law Clinic helps indigent communities
The Law Clinic on the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) is realising its dream of rendering free legal services to the poor and marginalised communities of Mahikeng.
NWU Vaal: How do we get educators to flourish at work?
Research recently presented at the International Association for Cognitive Education in Southern Africa Conference (IACESA) by Prof Ian Rothmann, director of the Optentia Research Focus Area on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), focused on research findings on the wellbeing of primary, secondary and tertiary level educators.
NWU Vaal App Factory – Design your own mobile apps
Have ever considered developing your own mobile application? Are you toying with an idea for a mobile application, but you do not know how to proceed any further? If you answered yes, then the NWU Vaal App Factory on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), has a tailor-made solution for you.
NWU Vaal explores aging and generational Dynamics
The World Health Organisation estimates that the number of care-dependent older people living in developing countries will quadruple by 2050. The Optentia Research Focus Area on the Vaal Triangle Campus of North-West University (NWU Vaal) developed a new programme that now explores ageing across the life-course, as well as the relationships between and within generations.
NWU Mafikeng: International Conference on Health Science Education a huge success
The Department of Nursing Science on the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) recently hosted a very successful international conference on Health Science Education, Leadership and Practice.
NWU Vaal App Factory – Recreating the future
In less than one year after the establishment of a mobile technology laboratory at the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), the initiative has proved to be not only a valuable addition to the School of Information Technology’s already impressive repertoire, but also an important contributor towards the campus’s e-learning knowledge base.
NWU Vaal Campus welcomes alumnus back as junior lecturer
Thapelo Chachaa - an alumnus of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), recently rejoined his alma mater as a Junior Lecturer in the Department of Labour Relations within the School of Behavioural Sciences. He completed his undergraduate studies in Industrial Psychology and Industrial Sosiology in 2009.
Why is flourishing important in the workplace?
The workplace of the 21st Century differs from workplaces in previous centuries. Developments in technology have paved the way for any number of changes, including globalisation, the rise of the knowledge worker, and the creation of more niche markets.
100% pass rate for NWU Mafikeng graduates in SAICA ITC exam
Eight candidates from the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) have all passed the challenging SAICA ITC examination on the first attempt. The ITC exam is the first of a series of board exams they are required to write and pas to qualify as a CA. This gives the campus a 100% ITC first attempt pass rate for two years in succession.
NWU Vaal Open Day 2015 – put yourself in our picture!
The annual Open Day of the North-West University's Vaal Triangle Campus (NWU Vaal) is almost around the corner and prospective students and their parents or teachers should diarise 16May as a Red Letter Day. The Open Day will take place from 09:00 – 14:30 and all interested students are welcome to come and find out everything they need to know about being a student at the NWU Vaal.
NWU Vaal Student Entrepreneurship Competition – students graduate as job creators
“Graduates are continuing to become job seekers rather than job creators, and as a forward-thinking university, we are working tirelessly to vest a culture of entrepreneurial ethos within our student community and therefore pro-actively shaping the next generation of entrepreneurial giants.”
Mary Grosser: helping communities think
She has been involved in cognitive education for the past 17 years and describes her journey as one without a definite or final destination. Prof Mary Grosser is a ralph lauren mens researcher on the Vaal Triangle Campus of North-West University. She has been involved in training student teachers and doing research in cognitive education for the past 22 years.
Experts to address International Conference on Health Science Education
Various experts are expected to participate in an international conference on Health Science Education, Leadership and Practice that will be hosted by the Department of Nursing Science on the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU).
Campus mourns the tragic death of yet another student
In just weeks after the tragic death of Loandrie Cilliers, a first year student at the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), the Campus is yet again mourning the tragic death of a young student.
NWU Vaal school director leads by example
The School of Information Technology on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) is regarded as being one of the most progressive of its kind in South Africa.
NWU-Vaal: Helping schools to become thinking communities
As the world becomes more complex and demanding, many educators recognise that preparing learners for life after school must include an education that provides the necessary tools to engage in lifelong learning.
The Schools as Thinking Communities project of the Vaal Triangle Campus of North-West University (NWU) aims to train and support South African pre-service and in-service teachers to apply and infuse well-established approaches to the teaching of thinking skills and strategies, as well as dispositions to learn and think across the curriculum.
NWU Vaal: Seeking holistic development for learners
It is not ‘education as usual’ at the Vaal Triangle Campus of North-West University (NWU).
Prof Mary Grosser, together with Prof Mirna Nel, heads up a new sub-programme within the Optentia Research Focus Area located on this campus dedicated to researching better ways to provide holistic education in diverse classrooms.
NWU research: Do we understand what it means to be unemployed?
Do we really know how to close the gap between the unemployed and employed? A current research project of the North-West University's (NWU) Optentia Research Focus Area and KU Leuven in Belgium aims to explore unemployment in a way few studies have done before.
NWUs young accountants boast an impressive 94% pass-rate
When it comes to training tomorrow’s chartered accountants, the North-West University (NWU) upholds a proud tradition of excellence and the Class of 2014 is no exception. The results of the national Initial Test of Competence (ITC) were announced on Friday, 27 March 2015 and the university boasts a pass rate of 94%, which puts the NWU second on the South African rankings.
NWU Mafikeng Campus student is a semi-finalist for Miss Commonwealth
Innocencia Mandidi, a second-year law student, is one of the North-West University's (NWU) Mafikeng Campus’ brightest rising stars. Driven by a combination of talent, hard work and enthusiasm, she has recently made it to the top 30 semi-finalists of the Miss Commonwealth South Africa Pageant.
NWU partners with Kaizer Chiefs in unique study on Industrial Psychology and Consumer Behaviour
In what is believed to be the first study of its kind in the field of Industrial Psychology and Consumer Behaviour in South Africa, the Industrial Psychology Department on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) has joined forces with the Marketing Department of the Kaizer Chiefs Football Club.
NWU Vaal student awarded for entrepreneurial excellence
In another first for the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), the Vanderbijlpark Chamber of Commerce recently awarded the prestigious Sakkie Jacobs floating trophy to Nceba Magodla for entrepreneurial excellence. Nceba is a honours student in Entrepreneurship and Marketing within the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology.
Faculty applauds top performers
The price of accomplishment is high but so are the rewards. This is the philosophy of Prof Herman van der Merwe, Dean of the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal).
NWU Gallery gives opportunity for talent
The NWU Gallery on the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University (NWU) is hosting an open mic night for poets and spoken word artists on 25 March.
SA (NWU)-Finnish study investigates resillience of first-graders
Many first-graders across the world start school under very challenging circumstances due to issues such as poverty, marginalisation and parental divorce. Why are some first-graders resilient and doing well despite their circumstances? A SA/Finnish study is seeking to answer this question. The South African leg of the study is led by acclaimed resilience researcher, Prof Linda Theron from the North-West University’s Vaal Triangle Campus.
Tourism the solution to the accelerated development of the Vaal Triangle region - Dr Danie Meyer
According to Dr Danie Meyer, lecturer within the School of Economic Sciences on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) and a specialist within the field of Local Economic Development (LED), tourism can play an important role in the revitalisation of the regional economy of the Vaal Triangle.
Potchefstroom campus takes ownership of “Pukke” in dictionary
The Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University once again emphasised its support for the Afrikaans language by supporting the “Borg ’n Woord” (Sponsor a word) project as part of the 90th anniversary of Afrikaans. It is a project which the Woordeboek van die Afrikaanse Taal (WAT) (Dictionary of the Afrikaans Language) launched in 2011.
Government gives R3 million for language students
The Schools of Languages of the North-West University received a great stroke of luck in the form of an additional three million rands which can be spent on student bursaries.
Schools can’t afford to ignore technology – Geexpo 2015
Unlike many of their educators, today’s youth represent a generation that was born into a world dominated by information and communication technology - computers, smartphones, iPads, Google, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter – to name but a few.
NWU Vaal students to celebrate World Water Day as a learning opportunity
Water is one of the earth’s greatest and scarcest resources, and to bring attention to the importance of water conservation, World Water Day will be celebrated on 22 March. The Vaal Triangle Campus will not simply commemorate the day this year, students from the School of Education will with their lecturer, Ms Irene Muller, test the water on campus.
NWU economist - Easter petrol shock’s blow softened
Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill – especially when it comes to rumours about the imminent hike in the petrol price. This is the advice from Dr André Mellet, well-known economist and lecturer within the School of Economic Sciences on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal).
Business Competition empowers students
When it comes to entrepreneurship and the value thereof – not only for start-up business owners but also for the community at large – the bhive Enterprise Development Centre (bhive EDC) in the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) is making its impact felt.
It’s all systems go for Enterprising Women Programme 2015
After a stringent selection process a group of 17 aspirant female entrepreneurs were chosen to take part in the eight month Enterprising Women Programme (EWP) as presented by the bhive Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal).
NWU Mafikeng: Technology integration strategies on teaching under scrutiny
The Academic Development Centre (ADC) on the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) recently hosted a three-day workshop on technology integration strategies in teaching.
NWU Mafikeng Campus: Inaugural lecture gives a perspective on talent management
Prof Nicolene Barkhuizen, a researcher on the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) presented her inaugural lecture titled “Talent Management: The Catalyst for the 21st Century Business World” on 12 March.
NWU Alumni join forces to empower young millennials
Generation Y is the fastest growing segment of today’s workforce and with this in mind, the BCom Committee on the Vaal Triangle Campus (NWU Vaal) together with YAgeGen – a Youth Development and Empowerment Company, will be hosting a women’s leadership conference on campus on 28 March 2015.
Justus-Liebig University visits Sociology Department
It was a great honour for the NWU Mafikeng Campus to host German visitors from Justus-Liebig University. The group consists of Prof Jorn Ahrens, who is a lecturer for Cultural Sociology, and Mr Henrik Gummert, a PHD student together with 10 students from the Sociology Department at the Justice-Liebig University.
New book launched on Project Management
Professor Yvonne du Plessis, in conjunction with Pearson Publishing, launched a project management book titled Project Management: A Behavioural Perspective, at Protea book store in Pretoria. The event held on the 9th March attended by former and current colleagues, friends and family members, was a great success.
Swedish astrophysicist visits Mafikeng Campus
The Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU), in partnership with the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) hosted a prominent Swedish astrophysicist, Prof Bengt Gustafsson on 6 March 2015 where he made presentations on the topics “just a pipe of snuff? and black holes past present and future”.
Justus-Liebig University visits NWU's Mafikeng Campus
It was a great honour for the North-West University's (NWU) Mafikeng Campus to recently host visitors from the Justus-Liebig University in Germany. The group consisting of Prof Jorn Ahrens, a lecturer in Cultural Sociology, Mr Henrik Gummert, a PHD student as well as 10 other students engaged with students and lecturers from the Sociology Department on campus and shared ideas relating to sociology as well as their vast areas of interests.
NWU Vaal researcher joins the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in celebrating its 1000th IT doctorate
Professor Marelie Davel, Research Professor within the Multilingual Speech Technology (MuST) Research Group, recently had a hand in making history when she took part in the conferring of the 1000th IT doctoral degree at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany. Prof Davel acted as the co-supervisor of the study in question.
Prepare to be inspired – NWU Vaal Open Day 2015
On Saturday, 16 May 2015 the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) will be hosting its annual Open Day and all grade 11 and 12 learners are invited to attend. It is a simple fact that you can’t tell what a university is really like from its glossy prospectus and marketing brochures – you have to experience it for yourself!
Robofest SA 2015 to put maths and science skills to the test
When it comes to robotics and computer science the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) – and more specifically the School of Information Technology, is the name to remember. The School will play host to the South African leg of the very popular international Robofest Competition.
Residence releases pink balloons in memory of deceased classmate
Members of the Acacia Ladies Residence on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), together with representatives of sever student leadership structures, friends and family recently said their final goodbyes during an emotional memorial service for Loandrie Cilliers that was held on the Campus.
NWU Vaal Campus bridges the mathematical gap in 2015
The Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology on the Vaal Triangle Campus (NWU Vaal) has successfully introduced an initiative to not only better school learners’ understanding of mathematics – and improve their overall performance in the subject, but also increase access into fields of study such as commerce and information technology.
NWU Vaal alumnus and economist talks about minister's game plan
Well-known economist, researcher and economic commentator Ettienne le Roux, took to the stage as the guest speaker at the first Vaal Triangle Campus’s (NWU Vaal) Alumni Business Breakfast for 2015. His presentation on the National Budget Speech followed just two days after Finance Minister – Nhlanhla Nene, delivered his National Budget Speech on 25 February 2014.
Second International Eye tracking South Africa Conference to be held on the Vaal Triangle Campus
The second International Eye Tracking South Africa Conference (ETSA) will be held from 7-9 October 2015 on the Vaal Triangle Campus of North-West University, Vanderbijlpark.
Faculty showcases maths and IT during 3rd annual Geexpo
For some school learners, mathematics and science are a nightmare – something the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) aims to remedy.
Faculty of Theology opens on a high note
The opening of the academic year at the Faculty of Theology on the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University (NWU) started on a high note.
HART research at the NWU receives major incentive
Researchers at the North-West University (NWU) once again showed their true mettle by impressing the South African Medical Research Council (MRC) in such a way that the MRC decided to provide R5 million over five years for further ground-breaking research in the hypertension and cardiovascular fields.
Kaizer Chiefs and NWU Vaal team-up for unique study
In one of the first official knowledge generation projects of the Kaizer Chiefs Innovation Centre, which is situated on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), a practical research project will see academics from the Department of Industrial Psychology take to the sporting pavilion in the weeks to come.
Workshop on academic writing presented at NWU Vaal Triangle Campus
Academics and postgraduate students on the Vaal Triangle Campus recently attended a workshop presented to help supervisors, Master’s and PhD students, and postgraduate students with preparation of their final document for examination as well as faculty members who act as examiners.
NWU Vaal Research: UPSET and University of Chemnitz commit to future language research
The UPSET Research Focus Area on the Vaal Triangle Campus of North-West University (NWU) and Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany recently concluded an agreement for cooperation and exchange between the two universities.
NWU Vaal mourns the death of first-year student
The Campus community of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) suffered a traumatic blow when a first-year student – Loandrie Cilliers, lost her life in a motor vehicle accident on Friday, 20 February 2015. The accident took place whilst Loandrie – a member of the Acacia day residence, was on her way to the Campus.
First South African Symposium on Teacher Education for Inclusion 2015: Linking Research to Practice
The first ever biannual symposium on teacher education for inclusion: linking research to practice is set to take place on 1 and 2 October 2015 in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng. The symposium is hosted by North-West University’s Optentia Research Programme, located on the Vaal Triangle Campus, in collaboration with the Faculty of Education on the Potchefstroom Campus.
World-renowned social entrepreneur to inspire
The NWU Vaal's Young Entrepreneur Business Organisation – or YEBO as it is known, will host an Idea Generation Workshop on 23 February 2015 and a Pitch Event on 27 February, which will see one lucky aspiring entrepreneur walk away with R1000. Participants will also benefit from the teachings of world-renowned social entrepreneur, Charles Maisel.
NWU Vaal Faculty ups the stakes for 12th annual CANSA Shavathon
When it comes to showing their support to a worthy cause, the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU) adheres to the saying, “Go big, or go home”.
Third Community Engagement Symposium to be hosted NWU Vaal Triangle Campus
The Vaal Triangle Campus of North-West University will host the Third Community Engagement Symposium from 22 to 23 June 2015 at the Emerald Resort and Casino in Vanderbijlpark.
NWU academic selected for Teaching Advancement University fellowship programme
A campus lecturer in the Faculty of Human and Social Science on the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) Dr Liqhwa Siziba, has been selected to form part of the Teaching Advancement University (TAU) fellowship programme. She will participate in this programme during the period 2015 – 2016.
NWU to host first SA symposium on Teacher Education for Inclusion
The first ever biannual symposium on teacher education for inclusion: linking research to practice is set to take place on 1 and 2 October 2015 in Vanderbijlpark. The symposium is hosted by North-West University’s (NWU's) Optentia Research Programme, located on the Vaal Triangle Campus, in collaboration with the Faculty of Education on the Potchefstroom Campus.
Scientists from India Tea Research Association visit NWU Mafikeng Campus
Two scientists from the India Tea Research Association are visiting the North-West University's (NWU's) Mafikeng Campus from 16 February until 1 March 2015. This visit is part of the International Research Collaboration Project funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF).
Applied local economic research – new research focus for NWU Vaal
“The Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology is giving shape to the day of tomorrow, by pro-actively anticipating the needs of business and industry in such a way that we blaze a trail of excellence and innovation within the higher education sector.
NWU Vaal Campus research focus area gets great reviews
The Vaal Triangle Campus-based research focus area, UPSET, recently got a positive evaluation from an external panel of reviewers. UPSET’s research focuses on understanding and processing language in complex settings and consists of four sub-programmes: audio-visual translation, multilingualism, translation studies, and descriptive linguistics.
NWU Vaal postgraduate study a unique first on Fanagalo
Most South Africans speak a number of languages other than their mother tongue with varying levels of proficiency. When you ask, most may have a vague notion that Fanagalo is a language spoken by mineworkers, but little else.
Natasha Ravyse, a PhD student, explored in her master’s thesis the status of Fanagalo in South Africa today.
Top economists to shed light on SA’s National Budget
With the National Budget Day just around the corner, two of the Vaal Triangle Campus’s (NWU Vaal) most reputable alumni – Dr André Mellet and Mr Ettienne Le Roux, will be contributing their highly sought after opinion on the implications and impact of the 2015 National Budget. The Minister of Finance, Nhlanhla Nene, will be tabling the 2015 budget on the 25th of February in Parliament.
NWU Vaal boasts with exemplary performance in Nedbank/Old Mutual Budget Speech Competition
When it comes to the subject of Economics, the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), does more than merely make sense of concepts such as inflation; monetary reserves; fiscal policy; macroeconomics and microeconomics.
NWU Mafikeng Campus student does research at MINTEK
A MSc student from the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU), Tshepo Dipheko, is currently visiting MINTEK to conduct research on synthesizing different Nano-materials and the application of different membranes.
Tshepo will be working at MINTEK for three months, until the end of April 2015.
NWU Mafikeng Campus to host international conference on Health Science Education, Leadership and Practice
The Department of Nursing Science at the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) will be hosting an international conference on Health Science Education, Leadership and Practice from 15 to 17 April 2015 at the Birchwood hotel in Boksburg.
NWU Mafikeng Campus student takes part in India-Brazil – South African Trilateral programme
A Master’s student in Science from the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) was chosen to take part in the India-Brazil –South African Trilateral (IBSA) initiative programme.
A leader with a compassionate heart
At the age of 31, Ms Tumi (Boitumelo) Hatla, alumnus of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), has already worked her way up to the position of senior analyst at African Bank. However, despite her success, she never forgot where she came from.
NRF-rated researcher heads up NWU Vaal Campus's language research focus area
UPSET (Understanding and Processing Language in Complex Settings), the research focus area located on the Vaal Triangle Campus of North-West University, recently appointed a new research director.
NWU - Researchers, scientists and engineers to benefit from QbD and Design Space workshop
The School of Information Technology on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) is set to collaborate with MKS Umetrics – a leading international software provider, to host a three day Quality by Design (QbD) and Design Space workshop in April 2015.
NWU Mafikeng Campus's Nursing Department benefits from the Atlantic Philanthropies funding
The Nursing Department in the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) is reaping the fruits of the funding from Atlantic Philanthropies. This funding which was to the tune of R18,5 million was granted to the Department of Nursing Science (DNS) in 2009 for staff development in Problem Based Learning.
MBA opening at the NWU's PBS
Eskom poses the greatest danger to South Africa’s economy. This was the statement of Mr Jannie Durand, chief executive officer of Remco, during the MBA opening at the North-West University's (NWU's) Potchefstroom Business School (PBS) this week.
Biltong of great value to South African economy
Biltong contributes more than R2.5 billion to the South African economy. This was the finding of an exploratory research project conducted under the guidance of Prof Melville Saayman, director of the research institute TREES (Tourism Research in Economic Environs and Society) at the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University, to determine the popularity and value of biltong and venison within the South African economy.
NWU Vaal Enterprising Women Programme grows in leaps and bounds
D-day has arrived for applicants for the 2015 Enterprising Women Programme (a short learning programme for business start-ups with a specific focus on female entrepreneurs), and the selection panel now has the difficult task to select the 15 best applicants for a round of interviews.
NWU Mafikeng Campus appoints two extra-ordinary professors in the Faculty of Law
North-West University, Mafikeng Campus’s Faculty of Law has appointed two extra-ordinary professors for a period of three years. They are Prof Omphemetse Sibanda and Prof Thandabantu Nhlapo.
NWU Vaal School of Accounting makes its impact felt in Free State Province
The School of Accounting Sciences on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), has received special acknowledgement from the Free State Department of Education for its involvement towards teacher development during the 2014 school year.
NWU Vaal research: Bekkersdal under the magnifying glass
“Integrative Multidisciplinary-focused research on the health and well-being status of mining communities” – this mouthful represents a research project originating on the Vaal Triangle Campus of North-West University which seeks to understand the reality the Bekkersdal mining community faces.
Building a business empire – one wash at a time
You are never too old to learn – or in the case of 44-year old Sibongile Cele, never too old to live your dream! This mother of three and former professional nurse has proven that dedication and hard work do indeed pay off in the long run. As one of the first graduates of the Enterprising Women Programme – hosted by the bhive Enterprise Development Centre (bhive EDC) on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), Sibongile has turned her entrepreneurial dream into a reality.
NWU Vaal set to redefine the future of professional HR in South Africa
The Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) is set on delivering upon its intend to make 2015, a year of impact. This year sees the first-ever intake of students for the master’s degree in Human Resource Management (HR).
CSR programme gives way to 900 new jobs in Vaal Triangle
In less than two months after the completion of the ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) Sustainability Accelerator Programme - in conjunction with the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), one of the participating organisations have been secured funding in access of R7 million from the Gauteng Department of Health.
NWU Extraordinary professor nominated for NRF-VU Desmond Tutu chair
A professor in Mathematics at the Vrije Universiteit (VU) of Amsterdam and extraordinary professor at the Unit for Business Mathematics at the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University, was recently nominated for the Desmond Tutu chair of the National Research Foundation and the VU in Amsterdam.
Enterprising Women Programme – Pat's journey as master chef of her own success
Patricia (Pat) Esterhuizen is a 31-year old entrepreneur with a zest for life and a healthy dose of business savvy to boot. Trained as a professional chef, Patricia recently bid farewell the corporate sector after nearly two decades to start her own catering and food consultancy business – Phat Pat Catering.
International expert to address Master Class Symposium on Local Economic Development
Local Economic Development (LED) is not only a buzz word of late, but an integral tool in local and community decision –making processes.
Campus’s impact felt nationally within the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) realm
The Vaal Triange Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) is making its impact felt nationally within the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) realm.
Campus joins forces with local media groups to boost female entrepreneurship
It is estimated that more than 120 million women are starting or running new businesses in 67 economies around the world. In addition, an estimated 98 million are running established businesses.
International Conference on Health Science Education, Leadership and Practice
The Department of Nursing Science on the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) invites you to participate in the International Conference on Health Science Education, Leadership and Practice from 15-17 April 2015 at the Birchwood Conference Centre, Boksburg, South Africa.
When individuals flourish, organisations prosper - Optentia
Burnout and stress are familiar terms in research on wellbeing at the workplace whilst flourishing and virtuousness are much less commonplace. Focusing on the positive rather than the negative is an attribute that makes Prof Ian Rothmann and his fellow researchers at the Vaal Triangle Campus’s Optentia research focus area stand out.
Stop bullies at school
The Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University is one of the CHE-accredited university campuses that offers the four-year degree in Social Work. During this four-year degree lecturers attempt to prepare students for the realities of practical work, but also to reinvest in the community.
Thuli gives back through teaching
Ms Thuli Msimanga is an Alumna of the NWU Vaal Triangle Campus. She was part of the first class of social work student to graduate on the Vaal Campus and today she is one of the lecturers on campus.
Public Management staff and students perform well at SAAPAM Conference
VANDERBIJLPARK –Eight students from the School of Basic Sciences, situated on the North-West University’s Vaal Triangle Campus attended the South African Association of Public Association and Management (SAAPAM) Conference held in Limpopo from the 29-31 October. This is the 3rd SAAPAM Annual Conference known as the Limpopo Chapter, where the students and Lecturers presented co-authored papers.
Optentia growing – one extraordinary professor at a time
VANDERBIJLPARK – South Africa needs researchers in order to cultivate expertise that helps to grow its economy and its people. The Optentia Research Focus Area, situated on the Vaal Triangle Campus of North-West University, seeks to expand on knowledge that benefits ordinary South Africans today and in the future.
Over the course of 2014 Optentia added the expertise of 5 extraordinary professors to augment the knowledge and focus with which they investigate human potential in their 5 sub-programmes.
Father a child, father a nation
The Psychology Honours students within the School of Behavioural Sciences on North-West University’s Vaal Triangle Campus recently held a fun-filled event in support of the Father a Nation (FAN) project. The event was a celebration for children that had been attending a workshop presented by the Honours group.
New dean appointed for NWU Faculty of Human and Social Sciences
Dr Marilyn Setlalentoa has been appointed as the dean of the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences at the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU).
Success is his only option – Siphiwe Mbatha
“Education is the key to changing your humble beginnings. Let it be the map that guides you to your dreams.” This is the motto by which Siphiwe Mbatha, alumnus of the Vaal Triangle Campus (NWU Vaal) lives.
NWU Education student wins prize from United Nations
Ms Carmenita Bansen, a fourth year B Ed student won an essay competition, titled “Tolerance, acceptance, and a culture of unity in diversity; this is my idea of peace” as part of a conference by the International Health Awareness Network (IHAN) on “The Culture of Peace” at the United Nations (UN) this year.
ArcelorMittal SA and NWU Vaal – championing change
Six months after the launch of the ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) Sustainability Accelerator Training Programme in collaboration with the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), the first group of participating non-governmental organisations (NGO’s) successfully completed the programme.
...because a smile makes it worth the while
“A smile can change the world. Give a little of yourself, and these people, who need attention, give back so much more.”
This, in a nutshell, is a lecturer in Therapeutic Recreation at the North-West University, Cindy Kriel’s experience of one of their community projects.
NWU expert awarded research medal
A professor from the North-West University has recently been honoured with a medal from the South African Medical Research Council.
New associate professor for distinguished Optentia Research Focus Area
The distinguished Optentia Research Focus Area, situated on the Vaal Triangle Campus of North-West University, will be welcoming a new staff member to their growing research enterprise.
The South African Language Practitioners’ Council Act 2014 under discussion
Johan Blaauw, manager at the North-West University Institutional Language Directorate recently presented a workshop at the Vaal Triangle Campus (NWU Vaal) on legislation recently passed.
NWU Vaal Social Work SPCA day
During their annual year-end meeting, the School of Behavioural Sciences at the Vaal Triangle Campus of North-West University (NWU Vaal) hosted an interactive presentation for their social work students, led by representatives from SPCA Vanderbijlpark, Sasolburg and districts.
Producing quality graduates is the ultimate goal
The School of Basic Sciences of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) recently hosted a colloquium pertaining to the proposal submitted for Curriculum Reform within the South African higher education sector.
South African Physics students attend a week-long workshop at Mafikeng Campus
The Department of Physics on the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) is hosting a week-long workshop starting from 24 November 2014 until 28 November 2014 for third-year Physics students from across South Africa.
50 years of excellence
Decades of excellence were placed in the limelight last week when the North-West University’s (NWU) Potchefstroom Business School (PBS) celebrated the 50th anniversary of its MBA degree.
NWU and Rheinmetall Denel Munition – pioneers for explosives training in Africa
Rheinmetall Denel Munition and the North-West University have signed a cooperation agreement for training in explosives for which there is a great demand in South Africa. It is planned to offer short courses in Explosives Engineering that would be recognised locally and internationally.
Extended degree programmes – redefining the future for many students
When the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) introduced its extended degree programmes in 2010, the full potential of the intervention could not have been anticipated.
NWU brings together experts from 42 countries
Representatives from 42 countries recently attended a regional seminar of the World Health Organisation on quality assurance and control of medicines at the North-West University.
International students conduct research in North West
Six students from the Netherlands have just arrived at the North-West University (NWU) to do research in collaboration with the Tlokwe Municipality.
Unemployment research with a difference
Much has been written in the media and published by researchers on the sensitive topic of unemployment, especially in South Africa. Unemployment is believed by many to be the root cause of crime and other social ills in our country today.
Prof Oladele scoops most productive researcher at the NWU
Prof Oladimeji Oladele, an academic from the Faculty of Agriculture, Science and Technology on the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) was announced the most productive researcher for 2013.
Lecturers dedicated to the training of South Africa's next generation of social workers
All teachers should be celebrated, especially those who teach and inspire their students to be the best they can be through their devotion and dedication to excellence.
NWU Vaal and Kaizer Chiefs celebrate unique partnership
Celebrations were at the order of the day when a delegation of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) and the Kaizer Chiefs Football Club recently came together to commemorate their unique partnership.
NWU students awarded PanSALB Language Scholarship Grants
Seven North-West University (NWU) language students recently received the Dr Neville Alexander Language Scholarship Grants from the Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) in cooperation with the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF).
Adam Habib gives students new insight on South Africa’s political landscape
Recently political science students from the Vaal Triangle Campus of North-West University (NWU Vaal) got a rare opportunity: to receive a lecture and interact with the author of the book they study in class.
Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation honours NWU academic
Prof Erhabor S Idemudia, a Professor of Research in the School of Social Science on the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU), has been recently awarded a prestigious Georg Foster Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany.
Campus hosts teaching and learning conference
Academics from the three campuses of the North-West University got together at the Mafikeng Campus for the fourth Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference.
NWU academic honoured with Koker award
Prof Wannie Carstens, director of the School of Languages at the North-West University’s Potchefstroom Campus, needs no introduction. This formidable language giant not only holds leadership positions in many language organisations but has also devoted his entire professional life to the furtherance of Afrikaans, and for this he was recently honoured.
Graduates proudly take to the stage during 2014
More than a 100 diplomas and degrees were conferred during the recent graduation ceremonies of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal).
FAST hosts a successful Research Day
The Faculty of Agriculture, Science and Technology (FAST) hosted a very successful research day on 17 October 2014 at the campus multi-purpose hall.
Combined expertise for nuclear solutions in SA
A week-long workshop to formalising a unique academic network kicked-off on 3 November in Potchefstroom. The academic network is a first of its kind in South Africa and links institutions that conduct research and education in nuclear science and engineering to collaborate on the goal to deliver nuclear scientists and engineers to the industry.
NWU Faculty of Natural Sciences reaches out to communities in North West
In the past month the Faculty of Natural Sciences on the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University (NWU) lived out its “care” culture and reached out to the communities in North West.
NWU academic appointed to Assessment Standard Committee of UMALUSI Council
Prof Percy Sepeng, Director of the School of Teacher Education and Training on the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) has recently been appointed as a member of the Assessment Standards Committee (Mathematics) of the Umalusi Council.
New viewpoint on Project Management
A new viewpoint on Project Management was outlined to the audience by Prof Yvonne Du Plessis during her inaugural lecture held on 28 October on the Mafikeng Campus.
Students living with disabilities celebrate milestone
Disability is simply a medical term. This is according to some of the 104 students living with disabilities on the Mafikeng Campus who attended a gala dinner on 27 October 2014 to celebrate their achievements.
Researchers honoured with Rector’s Awards during Research Showcase
Academics and Scholars, who have shown commitment to and excellence in teaching, learning and community outreach projects in 2013, were recently honoured with the prestigious Rector’s Awards.
Social work students: stirred not shaken by social work practice
North-West University social work students recently presented their community projects during a glitzy event presented by the social work subject group on the Vaal Triangle Campus and attended by social work staff and students from the Mafikeng and Potchefstroom Campuses.
Researchers have unique experience in Indian Ocean
For the students it was an opportunity of a lifetime and a unique research experience that few students had the pleasure of doing.
NWU keeps on raking in Loeries
During the recent Loeries awards, students and alumni from the North-West University proved that creativity are the main source of plasma in their veins. A few weeks ago they were praised for the accolades during the 2014 award ceremony, but that was not the end...
Engineering projects to enhance quality of life
One of the late Nelson Mandela’s quotations reads: “When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace.”
Lovers of Romanticism who didn't have the opportunity to attend the concert of Brahms chamber music during the recent Aardklop Arts Festival, are in luck because the programme will be repeated on Tuesday 21 October 2014 at 19:30 in the Conservatory Hall. Three of the performing staff members at the NWU School of Music, Piet Koornhof (violin), Human Coetzee (cello) and Waldo Weyer (piano), will perform Brahms' Piano Trio no. 3 in c minor. Violist Elmarie van der Vyver from Pretoria will join them for the monumental Piano Quartet no. 2 in A major.
CUM gives recognition to 7 NWU authors
Seven authors of the North-West University recently received recognition for their share in Bible translations as well as other Bible-related publications and books.
Industrial Giant MINTEK signs MOU with NWU Mafikeng Campus
MINTEK and North-West University, Mafikeng Campus, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 9 October 2014 outlining the basis for potential scientific and technical collaborations.
NWU Solar Car media team wins top honours
The media team for the NWU Solar Car (Sirius X25) won the Team Communication Award during the 2014 Sasol Solar Challenge.
Prof Ebenso admitted as a member of South Africa`s Prestigious Academy of Science
The Executive Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Science and Technology at Mafikeng Campus of North-West University Prof Eno Ebenso has been admitted as a member of the prestigious Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf).
Social work students ready to take-up their responsibility
Social Work students of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) recently declared themselves ready to take on the responsibilities of social work practice.
Full (sun) ahead for NWU solar car
Today, the North-West University's solar car will be racing in day six on their way to the finish line of the Sasol Solar Challenge. The race that started in Pretoria on Saturday, stretches over 5 000km to Cape Town.
Mafikeng Campus hosts Deputy Minister of Justice
The Faculty of Law together with the Law Student Council played host to the Honourable Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional development, Mr John Jeffery, on Friday, 19 September. The Deputy Minister was invited to present a public lecture on the topic of 20 years of Constitutional Democracy, Exploring the legal Education and Ethics.
Law students make the Mafikeng Campus proud
Law Students from Mafikeng Campus made the campus proud when they were announced as overall winners during the Inter-Campus Juta-NWU Criminal Mock Trial Competition. This Annual Inter-campus Juta-NWU Criminal Mock Trial Competition was held on the 8-9 September 2014 at NWU, Potchefstroom Campus.
Two NWU researchers honoured by the NRF
The Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor recently announced the recipients for top honours in the science and research field at the annual National Research Foundation (NRF) Awards. Among the award recipients, who are top researchers in South Africa and rated by the NRF, were two researchers from the North-West University’s Potchefstroom Campus.
Students stood out in Mathematics Olympiad
Students from the NWU Mafikeng Campus recently participated in the South African Tertiary Mathematics Olympiad where they were exposed to problems that tested and improved their critical thinking skills. For the first time in history since the ten years of merger, three BSc students stood out from the rest and made it to top 15.
Book focuses on the North West’s history
The exiting new book by two of the NWU Mafikeng Campus professors, Land, Chiefs, Mining: African Societies in North-West Province 1840-2013, takes readers on a journey through the history of the North-West Province.
New solar car ready to defend title
It may not have been the most elegant vehicle on the road but the ‘Batmobile’, as it was affectionately known, certainly was effective. It powered a group of Potchefstroom Campus Engineering students to joint first place and four records in their first attempt at the Sasol Solar Challenge, an international event in which university students design and drive solar-powered cars.
The School of Basic Sciences explores Chinese-Japanese history
The School of Basic Sciences on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) recently hosted a thought-provoking colloquium. The colloquium, hosted by the subject group History, focused on the anti-Japanese sentiments during World War 2 (WW2). Professor Kikuchi Kazutaka from Aichi Gakuin University in Japan gave a lecture on his research of this topic.
Campus hosts first-ever International Conference on Serious Games
The Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) recently made history by successfully hosting the first-ever International Conference on Serious Games in South Africa.
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Research to focus on applied local economic development
Local Economic Development (LED) is viewed as one of the most important strategies to decrease poverty levels - especially within the South African context. By making local economies grow, LED initiatives aim to create jobs; stimulate entrepreneurial ventures and income generating opportunities; foster collaborative partnerships and better stakeholder decision-making.
Former dean receives honorary doctor’s degree in Finland
A research fellow and previous dean of the Faculty of Education Sciences has just received her honorary doctor’s degree from a university in Finland.
Academics serving the community
The academic world is often perceived as involving the exclusive pursuit of research outputs and NRF ratings; a domain of theory far removed from the day-to-day reality of Joe Public.
Optentia: unlocking potential in educational processes
Optentia is a research focus area based on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) that focuses on developing and organising knowledge for the optimal expression of individuals, social and institutional potential, with specific interest in the African context. The research focus area recently introduced a new sub-programme into their midst, called Unlocking Potential in Educational Processes, led by Prof Isaac Xaba.
Self-directed learning the focus of new research
A new research focus area was recently launched within the Faculty of Education Sciences of the North-West University.
Faculties impress during gala event
Two faculties of the North-West University’s Potchefstroom Campus again proved why they are regarded as pioneers in several fields of study. The faculties of Natural Sciences and Engineering held a spectacular “Science and Engineering Explosions” event from 25 to 28 August where their achievements and research were displayed to industries and prospective students.
Transport Economics celebrates partnership of 12 years
The Department of Transport Economics and Logistics Management in the Faculty of Commerce and Administration recently held a dinner to celebrate and acknowledge a twelve year partnership they have constructed with the Northern Centre of Development housed at the National Department of Transport. During this occasion a new programme in Transport Engineering was also announced.
NWU Mafikeng Campus students to attend African Moot Court
Two LLB undergraduate students, Andile Stengana and David Mtshali have been selected from a pool of hopefuls to attend and represent NWU-Mafikeng Campus at this year’s Annual African Human Rights Moot Court competition.
NWU professor honoured as young researcher
A research expert of the North-West University’s Potchefstroom Campus has been honoured for her contribution to science by being awarded the second runner-up for the distinguished Young Women Scientist in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Space researchers present papers in Moscow
Members of the Centre for Space Research (CSR) and some of their PhD students attended the 40th COSPAR General Assembly in Moscow, Russia recently.
This biannual assembly is one of the biggest international events on all aspects of Space Sciences, from geospace, around the Earth, through heliospace around the Sun, to deep space between Galaxies. The COSPAR Assembly was held from 1 to 10 August.
Campus celebrates 10th anniversary with public lecture
The year 2014 is a red-letter year for South Africa and the North-West University (NWU). Not only is South Africa celebrating 20 years of democracy, but the North-West University is also celebrating ten years since the merger and incorporation process that led to its inception in 2004.
“South Africa needs more than 90 minute patriots” – Dr Danny Jordaan
“South Africa needs more than 90 minute patriots.” This is according to Dr Danny Jordaan, the President of the South African Football Association (SAFA) and keynote speaker during the Vaal Triangle Campus’s recent celebratory public lecture. The lecture – focusing on the role of sport and education in nation building, forms part of the Campus’s ten year anniversary celebrations.
Too little and too much are both harmful, researchers found
Results from the largest study of its kind ever conducted - involving 18 countries and more than 100,000 people - indicate that the current recommended maximum sodium intake for the population by 2020 is actually too low and may even be unsafe. However, high sodium is also harmful, so an “optimal” range is the best target.
NWU Vaal to stand in solidarity against rape culture
Members of the Vaal Triangle Campus community (NWU Vaal) will take to the street on 13 August 2014 in support of the Silent Protest campaign. The primary purpose of the Silent Protest campaign is to highlight and challenge the attitudes and practices which contribute to a culture of silence around sexual violence in South Africa. It is also aimed at creating awareness about sexual abuse and the support services available to victims.
Ten years in the making – an alumnus’ journey to (academic) success
The North-West University (NWU) officially came into being on 1 January 2004 and as the university community look back on ten successful years since the merger and incorporation process, so does alumnus Re-An Müller.
Lecture Aroused Emotions
A presentation by Prof Bernard Mbenga aroused emotions among the audience when he discussed “the participation of the Bakgatla ba Kgafela of Rustenburg district in the South African (or Anglo-Boer) War of 1899-1902” which was the topic of his Inaugural Lecture.
School of Languages and Lions take hands for literacy
The School of Languages together with the Lions Club in Potchefstroom, collected piles of books in order to give less fortunate children the opportunity to broaden their horizons. The School for Languages understands that the love for reading must be instilled from early childhood and that books are the key to a brighter future.
Mafikeng Campus Scientist shares Expertise at International Conferences
Prof Chaundry Masood Khalique from NWU Mafikeng Campus recently shared his expertise when he presented papers at two different conferences.
Business School Professor awarded Best Paper Award
Prof Theuns Pelser, Director of the NWU Mafikeng Campus Business School, received the best paper award out of a field of 215 papers submitted by university researchers from 23 top universities in the world.
Inspiration along the way
A project to promote the written gems from various cultures will soon see the light on the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University. For the project, poems of local and international poets will be put up against walls, on sidewalks and on pedestals all over campus.
CTexT® celebrates ten years
On the 8th of August 2014 the Centre for Text Technology (CTexT®) at the North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, celebrated their tenth anniversary – a decade’s contribution to cutting-edge research and development in the field of text technology. The function was held at the NWU Sports Village in Potchefstroom, where CTexT® staff, NWU top management, former employees, partners and supporters of CTexT® enjoyed a warm welcome.
Double triumph at silver screen
Not just one. But two!
The entries of two video students of the NWU were selected to be screened at the national kykNET Silver Screen Festival to be held in Cape Town in August.
Analyser to Measure VO2 max
The NWU Mafikeng Campus acquired a state of the art VO2 max analyser that will assist in examining an athlete’s aerobic exercise capacity. The research will mainly be focussed on the players at the Soccer Institute and rural schools in and around Mafikeng.
NWU: HESS picks up first pulsar signal
For the first time in its 12-year existence, the HESS observatory in Namibia has detected activity from a pulsar – a rapidly rotating, highly magnetised neutron star. This is only the second pulsar that has been spotted by a ground-based gamma-ray telescope anywhere in the world.
BRICS brands in global rankings, under the loop on Prestige Day 2014
Professor Deon Nel of the Department of Marketing Management at the University of Pretoria was invited to speak at the Prestige Day of the NWU Potchefstroom Business School’s MBA Study School on Wednesday, 23 July 2014.
A whole week of new music overload
NEW MUSIC WEEK
Saturday 2 to Friday 8 August 2014
NWU Conservatory, Potchefstroom
Following the New Music Week presented by the Odeion School of Music in Bloemfontein during 2013, the NWU School of Music will host another New Music Week at the Conservatory in Potchefstroom during the first week of August. This event is presented in collaboration with the Odeion School of Music (UFS) and the Wits School of Arts, with the support of the SAMRO Foundation.
The North-West University (NWU) in collaboration with the North-West Department of Education (NW DoE) embarked on the first training of its kind.
The training is specifically aimed to empower departmental subject specialists working in the greater North-West province. Subject advisors for Social Sciences, Natural Sciences and Mathematics attended the short courses recently at the Potchefstroom Campus of the NWU.
NWU and Pfizer takes drug research to new heights
Pfizer and the North-West University (NWU) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlining the basis for potential scientific and technical collaborations. This agreement highlights partners’ commitment to fostering innovative research in South Africa and beyond.
To whom it may concern
The Centre for Academic and Professional Language Practice, part of the School of Languages, is running a special project during the second semester of 2014. Free language courses will be presented in July and September 2014. Tswana for Beginners and Afrikaans for Beginners are available free of charge to all students and staff of NWU. The goal of this project is to promote multilingualism on the Potchefstroom Campus.
The available dates for the course in Tswana for Beginners:
Five students from different faculties on the North-West University’s Potchefstroom Campus recently took part in an international hydrogen science competition, and showed the world that the NWU is a university to be reckoned with.
Klaus Kellner chosen to represent South Africa and African continent on UN committee
An expert on land degradation and the combating of desertification from the North-West University was invited to represent South Africa and the African continent on a committee of the United Nations.
World Hypertension day promoted on campus
The Hypertension in Africa Research Team (HART) hosted the annual World Hypertension Day with the aim to promote healthy lifestyle and high blood pressure awareness amongst young people.
UNPACKING PRESIDENT ZUMA'S NEW CABINET - Prof Raymond Parsons from the NWU Potchefstroom Business School
The new cabinet presents a mix of positive and negative perceptions. To begin with, the widespread anticipation of a “lean and mean” cabinet unfortunately did not materialise and the inevitable need to repay political debts and keep an ideological balance has clearly heavily dominated the appointments.
Early childhood program on campus
On the 23 April 2014 the foundation phase in the faculty of Education in the North West University Mafikeng Campus, through the dean of education, Professor Gericke , organised a two day community program called Cross Trainer Program.
NWU-Puk Research – Green Tea Study
The Lipid Clinic and Metabolic Unit of the NWU-Potchefstroom Campus require the cooperation of the community (ladies and gentlemen) for the Green Tea Study that starts on 14 May 2014.
Diploma-alumnus shows her creative side
Ilze Saunders (23) of Klerksdorp is an extremely talented young lady who pursues her dreams and she definitely makes things happen. She michael kors outlet uk completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Management at the NWU Potchefstroom Business School this year and keeps pocketing accomplishments.
Moraal honoured for his life´s work
The South African Academy for Science and Arts announced that the MT Steyn Medal for natural sciences and technical achievement has been awarded to a top scientist of the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University.
Charl Blignaut wins Academy Award
A young historian and lecturer at the Department of History and Ancient Culture, Charl Blignaut, has won a string of awards with his master's dissertation.
His MA dissertation with the title “Mothers of the nation in the spotlight: a historical-theoretical exploration of the role of women in the Ossewa-Brandwag, 1938-1952”, under the supervision of Prof. Kobus du Pisani, was completed in 2012. He obtained the master's degree with distinction, with an average above 80%.
LET'S KEEP THE “NEW” SIZE OF NIGERIA'S ECONOMY IN PERSPECTIVE
Any large and growing economy in Africa is always good news for the continent. But the overdue rebasing of the GDP calculations for the Nigerian economy just released simply confirms statistically the prevailing perception that it is much bigger in reality than originally thought, and that it has overtaken the SA economy as the biggest economy in Africa.
Delectable dinner and vintage entertainment, boogie-woogie style
Once again, The Dahlings are bringing their stilettos and make-up bags to Potchefstroom, stacking their vintage army chest in front of a backdrop of blockbuster movie montages, and singing some swinging tunes, both old and new. In the universally recognized sound of The Andrews Sisters, they bring a completely new vibe to contemporary hits such as Conga, Crazy in Love, and many more. They also stay true to the era of swing music with golden oldies such as Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Mr Sandman and In the Mood.
Postgraduate Diploma alumnus says, thank you NWU!
It is a privilege to be a Puk student - one of the first conclusions drawn when looking at the attitudes of students attending degree awarding ceremonies. Phillip de Wet is ralph lauren outlet online one of those students who embraced his student life with abandon and excelled academically as well as on the sport field.
Another year has flown by and it is again time for the eighth IBC Conference that is currently in its organisational phase. This sought-after conference will this year take place from 19 to 21 August in the beautiful little town with its German flair, Swakopmund in Namibia.
The IBC Conference has since its second year of existence been accredited by the Department of Higher Education and will be the fifth consecutive conference to be organised by the NWU PBS.
Financial Mail: 21 February, 2014
The Potchefstroom Business School has become the first school outside SA’s traditional ‘Big Four’ to win international accreditation for its master of business administration (MBA) degree. The School, part of North-West University (NWU), has been approved by the UK-based Association of MBAs (AMBA).
The selection process of prospective students for the PhD programme at the NWU PBS was recently reviewed and a test for academic literacy for postgraduate students (TALPS) was introduced.
Prospective students’ writing and learning skills are scientifically determined by means of the TALPS test.
Jaco Smit, marketing manager at Opti Feeds, a subsidiary of NWK Limited, was recently named the NWU Potchefstroom Business Schools’ best achiever for the Advanced Management Programme (NQF level 7). According to Smit, who lives in Klerksdorp, the Advanced Management Programme is indeed a challenge, but not impossible. “Other than other programmes, this course does not consume that much of your time. I did, however, take thorough notes during the study school and studied extremely hard for the exams.”
The Potchefstroom Business School (PBS) of the North-West University and Aspen-Pharmacare agree: expert leadership is of cardinal importance for the country’s progress.
This is why Aspen-Pharmacare awarded bursaries of R31 000 each to seven outstanding MBA students from the PBS for their 2014 study year.
Hanno Kruger, Mary-Jane Mthanti, Almarie Stander, Marelie Howell, Suné Basson, Lelethu Bungu and Izak Pretorius are the proud bursary holders.
The academic year for the NWU Potchefstroom Business School’s (PBS) flagship qualification, the Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), kicks off with the first study school for 2014.
(Prof Robert Balfour, Dean of the Faculty of Education Sciences, wrote this opinion piece that was published in the Sunday Times.)
The Department of Basic Education has painted a rosy picture of the 2013 Grade 12 results, but senior officials at the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of the Free State say that pass mark standards ought to be raised.
This cannot be an adequate response to the lingering crisis in education in South Africa.
The MBA programme of the North-West University’s (NWU) Potchefstroom Business School has recently been internationally accredited by the prestigious Association of MBAs (AMBA) located in London. The PBS is only the fifth business school in South Africa to receive this much sought-after stamp of approval and is one of 200 schools globally recognised by AMBA. The School therefore qualifies to be counted as among the African continent’s best after receiving this international recognition.
The NWU Potchefstroom Business School would like to invite suitable candidates to apply for the 2014 ASPEN PHARMACARE MBA bursaries
Klopper to lead the International Honor Society of Nursing
Prof Hester Klopper, of the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University’s School of Nursing was recently installed as the first non-North American president of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) at the society's 42nd Biennial Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Postdoctoral research flourishes on campus
The North-West University’s Potchefstroom Campus recently presented its first postdoctoral conference on the campus.
Music Instruments built from scrap
Lecturers and students from the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University’s School of Music and the Faculty of Engineering collaborated on a project this year to develop music instruments from scrap materials. The project culminated in a performance by the North-West Youth Orchestra at Engineering’s project day where the “home made” music instruments could be heard alongside professional instruments.
Dream of Pharmacy Skills Centre comes true
The Faculty of Health Sciences officially opened the Pharmacy Skills Centre on 1 October.
The centre is a dream come true. Enthusiastic and committed staff members of the School of Pharmacy already set the wheels in motion in 2011 when they responded to a call from the South African Pharmacy Council (SAPC) to train both pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy technicians.
World renowned astronomers converge at Mafikeng Campus
Prominent astronomers from various Universities across the globe such as the USA, UK and Poland are attending the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) board meeting at the Mafikeng Campus. The meeting will be from 11 to 15 November.
Friday 15th November 2013, Building E6 Main Hall.
Come and see the exciting range of cutting edge research happening on your campus!
From the brain to the stars... Talks will be given by postdoctoral fellows from a variety of faculties and countries highlighting some of the great research currently happening at NWU.
See how the research at NWU can make a difference locally, nationally and globally.
ATKV honours research in the mother tongue
An ATKV SA Academic Award has just been awarded to Prof. Hein Viljoen, for the recent publication of two excellent articles.
The Afrikaans Language and Culture Association (ATKV) sets aside an annual amount of R60 000, awarded to the top six Afrikaans articles published in a particular year, in an accredited journal, i.e. R10 000 per article. Four prizes are earmarked for articles in humanities, and two for articles in the natural sciences, which include engineering and medical sciences.
The Faculty of Education Sciences on the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University (NWU) hosted a very successful teacher development workshop on World Teachers Day. The workshop was held on 5 October and was aimed at assisting teachers to identify barriers to learning.
More than 40 members of the teaching profession, ranging from departmental leadership to inclusive education specialists, participated in the day's activities.
Free lunch hour concert with Wind & Jazz Ensembles
Two of the larger ensembles at the School of Music will present a free lunch hour concert on Wednesday 16 October 2013 at 13:10 in the Amphitheatre on the Potchefstroom Campus.
The Wind Ensemble consists of woodwind, brass and percussion instruments and will perform under the direction of André Oosthuizen and Augusto Arias, two Masters students at the School of Music.
The Jazz Ensemble is led by Tammy Aslett and includes saxophones, piano, bass and drums.
Book about NWU art collection a milestone
The North-West University’s Gallery has just released a book about the art collection of this university while guests could admire some of the most important artworks.
A student’s reasoning ability is a unique thing.
Imagine a mouse chasing a cat; think yellow talking to green.
On top of that, empower them with legal ingenuity, the skill to present a watertight argument and the self-confidence to do it before a high court judge, the end result is the Faculty of Law of the North-West University’s Potchefstroom Campus’ internal mock court trial competition.
My teachers taught me to always concentrate on two aspects in small business management: how to sell more (or to increase the turnover) and how to save costs.
Today I would like to give small business entrepreneurs a few tips on how to work cleverer (not harder) to let their enterprises grow.
* Learn to delegate
The North-West University has, for the past few years already, put in an effort to make its graduation ceremonies as accessible as possible for its students. It is, for a variety of reasons, not always possible for every student to be able to attend their graduation ceremony in Potchefstroom at the end of their academic career. These reasons vary from socio-economic factors to the long distances that have to be travelled between certain students’ home towns and the University’s main campus.
New handbook benefits students
To obtain a South African applicable prescribed book for students these days is quite a challenge. In the subject area Intercultural Communication it is especially a problem because the typical books in this field are written by American authors (or in some instances, Indian or Australian). It means that South African lecturers have the unpleasant task, like connoisseurs, to look for the theoretical substructure while they have to didactically dally between applications foreign to the South African context.
The NWU Potchefstroom Business School inaugurated and welcomed its new advisory board on Tuesday 13 August 2013. The board boasts a well-balanced panel of business acumen, business school management and academics standing excellently positioned for its active advisory role in the competitive business environment the NWU Potchefstroom Business School and its management faces.
Afrikaans one of the largest languages
Afrikaans may have started out as a “kitchen language”, but today it is a presence to be reckoned with: from the estimated 7 105 languages that exist worldwide, Afrikaans is the 126th largest language.
Music students show what they've got
Music students at the North-West University have an annual opportunity to compete for study bursaries and prizes worth several thousands of rands during the School of Music's Bursary Competition. The finalists then perform during the Bursary Winners' Concert, after which the bursaries and prizes are awarded.
This is how to foster a winning culture in your group
In the small business environment, the concepts ‘management’ and ‘leadership’ are often differentiated. This is a dangerous terrain, because many business economists do not consider one to be inferior to the other and there is a school of thought that states that the ideal leader should also be a very good manager.
Several attempts have been made to attempt to differentiate between these two concepts and many small business entrepreneurs will be able to identify with one of the following stereotypes:
Zumanomics Revisited is a sequel to the successful 2009 publication, Zumanomics – Which Way to Shared Prosperity in South Africa? This was a well-received and influential exposition of what might be President Jacob Zuma’s national agenda after the 2009 election. The economic and political landscape has now changed significantly. Many of the issues then raised have since visibly and urgently again entered into the national debate, as South Africa continues to seek an economy that is bigger, stronger and better.
If your cash flow is currently under pressure, it does not mean that your business is bankrupt.
Nowadays it usually means that it only takes much longer to recover the money that people owe you, than it takes to pay your own debt. This is one of the consequences of the recession. Everyone is in the same boat and is struggling to balance their cash-flow budget – ordinary people as well as shops and the government.
Small businesses can manage their cash flow better in the following ways:
The Career Centre of the North-West University’s Potchefstroom Campus strives to bring quality employers and top quality students into contact with one another. This is exactly what happened during the handful of career exhibitions that have already taken place this year. Prospective employees had the opportunity to explore their job possibilities and at the same time companies could do their utmost to interest students.
South African teachers should be using more than one language in their classrooms, and those who are not able to do so, should be provided with a teacher assistant specialist in another of South Africa’s languages. This controversial suggestion was made by Professor Robert Balfour, Dean of the Faculty of Education, in his Inaugural Lecture at North West University in Potchefstroom.
Halal tourism: Why isn’t South Africa reaping the benefits thereof?
Here is a peculiar picture: there are 1.8 billion Muslims in the world that, in 2011, spent $126 billion on tourism or 12.3% of the globes total outbound tourism expenditure.
The Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University (NWU) has recently awarded Chancellor’s Medal to Rev Erlo Hartwig Stegen during the PhD graduation ceremonies held on 23 and 24 May 2013.
Rev Stegen received the Chancellor’s Medal for his humanitarian work among poor rural communities.
This year, Desiré Botha, Head of Learning for Governance & Assurance and Legal at Standard Bank in Johannesburg, received four awards for best achievement in several subjects and was also named best MBA student over the three-year term by the NWU Potchefstroom Business School. All together, she received 15 distinctions during her three-year MBA studies. For this achievement, the sought-after Old Mutual gold medal was awarded to her during the graduate dinner.
French works for magnificent organ
COLIN CAMPBELL ~ organ
Tuesday 28 May 2013
Dutch Reformed Church Miederpark ~ 19:30
The School of Music concert series for the first semester closes on Tuesday 28 May 2013 with an organ recital at 19:30 by local organist Colin Campbell in the Dutch Reformed Church Miederpark. Colin Campbell has lectured at the School of Music since 2008 and he recently received his doctoral degree in church music from North-West University.
Residence father in Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences receives Vice-Chancellor’s award for teaching excellence
Small business can win the war
Prof Tommy du Plessis
Whether larger companies are better creators of employment than the smaller business sector, as has been claimed by a recent poll, is an argument that I do not wish to become involved with at this stage. What is true, however, is that unemployment will destroy this country if it is not addressed now.
The North-West University’s Potchefstroom Campus is again making an appearance at the annual Nampo Harvest Day from 14-17 May at Nampo Park outside Bothaville. Come and visit our stall at nampo hall, number 92 and 93 and find out how you can look forward to an exciting student life, courses of the highest quality and a degree that matters worldwide. NWU-Puk marketers will be present to answer all your questions and to give guidance regarding fields of study. NWU-Pukke – a degree that matters worldwide.
Earnest and purposeful music
“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.” These words of Victor Hugo might just as well have been inspired by the NWU PUK Symphony Orchestra that will be performing in the concert Musiek met mening on Saturday 11 May in the POK Hall on the Potchefstroom Campus of the NWU.
Professor Raymond Parsons
NWU Potchefstroom Business School
The Potchefstroom Business School is continuously busy reaching out to the greater community in terms of the marketing of expertise. Therefore, the PBS also recently presented a course in project management to a group of 25 people with disabilities at Motheo FET College in Bloemfontein.
It is ironic that businesses spends billions of rands on advertising campaigns to lure new clients, but not nearly enough is spent on ensuring that clients do not defect to the opposition because of poor service.
The Potchefstroom Business School proposed four students who presented their proposals during the PhD colloquium of the Faculty on 10 April. Three of the candidates’ proposals were successful and will, in the near future be able to register for the PhDs at the Potchefstroom Business School. Candidates have to complete their studies within four years after registration.
Recently, the North-West University held its annual ‘spokesperson of the year’ awards ceremony for 2012. Recognition is given to academics, researchers and other NWU faculty members for the positive contribution to the media landscape.
Institutional Office – North-West University recently held its annual ‘spokespersons of the year’ awards evening for the 2012 period. It was here that academics, researchers and other NWU faculty members were acknowledged for their positive contribution to the media landscape in an effort to uplift and enhance the institution.
Leading researchers obtained first NRF gradings in their schools
The EMS faculty and two schools in particular, the Potchefstroom Business School (PBS) and the School of Accounting Sciences, obtained two NRF gradings this year. Profs Stephan van der Merwe from the PBS and Pieter Buys from Accounting Sciences are the first academics who obtained these gradings in their respective schools.
Third cancer symposium in organising phase
It is believed that cancer is the biggest killer in Africa with huge legal, human resource and cost implications for employers. However, it is a topic that is seldom broached in public platforms. In recognition of this the Potchefstroom Business School, Cansa Potchefstroom and Wilmed Park’s Oncology Centre in Klerksdorp shed some light on cancer diagnosed in men by organising a pioneer symposium for 2013. The theme of this year’s symposium, To live with cancer, will focus on cancers diagnosed in men.
Potchefstroom Business School (NWU) academic invited to adjudicate International Innovation prize
Pieter Geldenhuys, local academic and technology strategist, has been honoured with the inclusion in a four-member panel that will adjudicate The International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) ICT Innovation Application Challenge. The ITU, with 192 member countries, launched the ICT Innovation Challenge in November 2012. The Challenge’s aim is to promote sustainable, equitable economic growth in emerging economies by unearthing applications targeting social and economic inclusion.
First woman judge from NWU-Puk soil
The Faculty of Law of the North-West University's Potchefstroom Campus yielded its first woman judge on Thursday 11 April when Leonie Windell was nominated by the Judicial Service Commission as judge for the Supreme Court in either Pretoria or Johannesburg.
Northern Cape Foundation Phase teachers equipped and ready to make a difference where it matters
When you think of the work of a university, foundation phase learning may not be the first thing that comes to mind. For North West University (NWU), however, a commitment to early schooling will have a positive effect on the caliber and abilities of the university students of the future.
Empowering school principals
by Dr Herman J van Vuuren - Faculty of Education Sciences: Unit for Open Distance Learning
An organisation is only as good as its leadership. This statement is particularly true for education where the quality of education is closely allied to the effectiveness of school leadership.
Speaking for those who can't
It is still early, but already the sun is pelting down on Rustenburg this February morning of 2008. The taxi rank is swathed in sweltering heat, minibuses are honking, and passengers wipe sweat from their foreheads as they cram into the confines of stationary Toyota Hi-Ace’s.
Back to his best
Victor ‘Strand’ Kruger, captain of the NWU Pukke side that shocked Tukkies 26-23 Monday night in Potchefstroom, doesn’t make bold statements.
Seeing the world through Byron’s eyes
Two centuries ago the British poet Lord Byron wrote: “There is pleasure in these pathless woods/ There is rapture on the lonely shore/ There is society where none intrudes/ By the deep sea/ and music in its roar/ I love not man less/ but Nature more.”
Law and coaching go hand in hand
For teacher-coaches there is a delicate balance between being aware of delictual liability and accountability towards the children in their care and allowing their fear of the implications of these liabilities to prevent them from doing their job. This is the opinion of Professor JP Rossouw from the school of education at North-West University.