Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Mahikeng Astronomical Observatory hosts NASSP Winter School

Mahikeng Astronomical Observatory (MAO) of the North-West University (NWU) is hosting the annual Winter school of the National Astrophysics and Space Science Programme (NASSP) from 28 June to 6 July 2019.

Major funding awarded to large-scale collaborative projects at NWU

“In this period of economic austerity, governments are forced to cut their spending and budgets in order to remain financially viable or sustainable. Universities are therefore more and more challenged to find alternative means to meet the growing demands of financial resources to fulfil the academic project.”

Students represent NWU at meeting with Nobel Laureates

Few scientific gatherings are as prestigious as the famous annual Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. Two students from the North-West University (NWU) have the honour of being chosen to attend the 2019 event.

NWU’s astrophysicists help unlock secrets of the universe

The high-energy astrophysics group at the Centre for Space Research at the North-West University (NWU) is playing an important role in key science programmes at the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) that will be built in Chile.

Student explores the rural economics of herbal cosmetics

Imagine having a skin problem – could be a blemish, rash or an unsightly pimple. Now, imagine walking to your garden or a nearby forest to find plants to prepare a lotion or ointment, rather than buying an expensive product.

A balancing act: passion for sports and academic studies

Is it possible to balance a successful academic career with a passion for sport? In short: yes. The sky is the limit for focused and dedicated athletes, and with the right attitude, a person can achieve great things in more than one area.

BMI celebrates 21 years of collaboration with Absa

The Centre for Business Mathematics and Informatics® (BMI) at the North-West University (NWU) and Absa recently celebrated their successful collaboration of more than 21 years.

Deaf student breaks boundaries

Higher education institutions in South Africa have been confronted with various changes in recent years, urging them to keep up with the times, adapt and grow.

Graduation ceremony signals dawn of new generation of impact makers

“A graduation ceremony is essentially a symbolic recognition of a new generation of leaders, opinion-makers, experts, artists, scientists and entrepreneurs. In short: a day when the doers of tomorrow step to the fore to be counted as proud stewards of sustainability, innovation and progress.”

Water-friendly cowpea plant is packed with potential

In a country that is struggling with water supply, the North-West University (NWU) has found a cowpea plant that does not require a lot of water compared to other field crops.