Prepare to be inspired – NWU Vaal Open Day 2015

Annette Willemse -- Wed, 03/11/2015 - 13:28

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!

Coming to the NWU Vaal Open Day means you can peak behind the proverbial curtain and get a taste of what it feels like to be a university student. 


With 2015 being dubbed the “Year of Impact” on the Campus, the Open Day serves as an important stepping stone towards choosing a future career. According to Mr Matome Kganakga, a member of the Campus’s recruitment team, prospective applicants are no longer just interested in choosing the most suitable course, but in meeting staff, looking at accommodation, discovering more about the location and the nature of university life. “We find that parents have pertinent questions about funding – the availability of bursaries and funding alternatives, what ‘extras’ the fees will include and the university’s record on graduate employment. In other words, they want to know, as never before, what they will be getting for their money,” says Matome.

During the day – which also serves as a career information day, various subject talks will be held at different times to enable you to interact directly with the academic staff and subject advisors.  There will also be information stalls for both faculties, namely the Faculty of Humanities (with four academic schools) and the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology (with three academic schools).

The Open Day provides prospective students and their parents with the ideal opportunity to ask questions pertaining to life as a NWU Vaal student: accommodation in residences, bursaries and loans, how to finance university studies, and facilities available for students with disabilities. Vital support divisions such as the Learning and Research Commons, the Department of Student Counselling and Development (SCD), the Directorate Academic Development and Support (ADS), as well as the Directorate Academic Administration and Marketing and Communication will also feature during the event.

After you have asked all your questions, you are welcome to explore our beautiful campus, or visit the different residences that will be open for viewing. Also come and listen to the DJ’s from RiverFM – the Campus’s very own radio station, broadcast from the Student Centre or have your photo taken by one of the journalists of the Campus magazine – Student 24/7.

Mr Warren Makgowe, the Campus’s Director of Marketing and Communication, says: “The Open Day allow prospective students to put into context all the information they have already researched about a university. Parents are increasingly a part of the process because they want to be sure their children are making the right decision. In today’s economy, people are looking not just at value for money, but also at the currency their degree will represent after graduation.” In addition, the Open Day places an increased focus on career guidance since employability is an important determining factor.

If you are interested in attending our Open Day, please let us know by visiting our Facebook page – NWU Vaal First Years 2016, or send an e-mail to Supply us with your name, contact details, the name of your school and your field of interest.  The event starts at 08:30 and will come to an end at 14:30