NWU Vaal Sport Science students learn plenty from American visitors

Annette Willemse -- Tue, 06/02/2015 - 14:39

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!

The Sport Science programme falls within the programme offerings of the School of Economic Sciences.

The group of visiting American scholars with members of the NWU Vaal Enactus Chapter

The group of exchange students – all members of the Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, visited South Africa as part of an outreach by the Life Christian Foundation (LCF). The aim of the LCF is to draw a new generation of change agents into community service that are creative, attractive and efficient. Members are therefore determined to use methods that are new, fresh and relevant to the world we find ourselves in. The foundation represents a multi-national organism, with networking points and projects already established all over South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, England and the USA.

The team that visited the NWU Vaal was made-up of the following individuals: Alexis Weber (Accounting student), Matthew Trim (Management student), Graham Ford (Marketing student), Jasmine Ridges (Marketing student and Maleny Saldana (International Business and Pre-law student).

Personal finances the focus of first interaction

As a university student – irrespective of where you are studying, staying on top of your finances can be tricky. The group interacted with the Sport Science students regarding aspects such as personal finances, the importance of budgeting as well as the rewards of being money wise. Specific focus was also paid to the value of entrepreneurship and the opportunities for Sport Science majors within the entrepreneurial realm.  In short: sport can offer numerous opportunities for budding entrepreneurs and business minded graduates.

During the presentation students were taught some basic money-management rules and the visitors imparted useful information on how the students can manage their finances for life.

Entrepreneurship as a global drive towards sustainability

The NWU Vaal is well-known for its focus on entrepreneurship and as such the international visitors also took time out to learn more about the activities of the bHive Enterprise Development Centre (EDC), the NWU Vaal CoachLab team and the members of ENACTUS. Since the latter represents an international entrepreneurial initiative, the discussion soon took the form of a best-practices dialogue and members of Enactus shared their collective experiences.

The Young Entrepreneur Business Organisation – or YEBO as it is more commonly known, also came to the party and before long the students were engaging in a cross continental discussion on topics such as cultural diversity, the importance of values, religion, entrepreneurship and sustainable development.

What started out as a mere interaction between different members of the same generation turned out to be the start of an international friendship. 

Sport Science students learnt more about personal finance Informal discussions at the bHive EDC