The NWU belongs to all of us – Prof Dan Kgwadi
The Vice-Chancellor of the North-West University, Prof Dan Kgwadi, would like to share the following message with the University’s alumni fraternity as it pertains to the year that has been.
The North-West University (NWU) does not belong to any one person – not the present students, staff or management. The NWU belongs to all of us, including our alumni, i.e. former students who studied at the North-West University and its predecessors.
Therefore I believe that you, our alumni, took a keen interest in the challenges we faced during the past year. You shared our concern over the #FeesMustFall protests and its potential effect on the NWU. You felt our pain when valuable university property was set on fire and a minority sought to create chaos. More so: you shared our concern about the possible loss of the academic year. Most of all, you worried about our students.
As I relate this message to you, we are successfully completing our exams and I can conclude with some confidence that we have pulled through. For this we are grateful. Thank you for your moral support. A word of thanks is also in order to staff and students who refused to be intimidated and kept going in sometimes trying circumstances. We are proud of all these co-owners of the NWU. For this is what the NWU is all about: progress in all activities that enable and highlight our focus on our core business, namely teaching and learning, research and community engagement.
During the past year, the vast majority of staff and students were doing just that. The scoreboard will reflect this in due course. We also made significant progress with the restructuring process. The NWU is moving towards a unitary model which will be of great benefit to us in future. Meanwhile, “out there” in the world of commerce, sport, culture, media and public service, alumni of the NWU were using their knowledge and experience in serving people.
This we are proud about. For we strive to deliver citizens who make a difference – in South Africa and wherever you happen to live.
Prof Dan Kgwadi