Within the next 30 years the number of older people in Africa will grow from 46 million to 170 million. This is the problem that the continent will be facing by 2050, said Prof Jaco Hoffman from the Optentia research focus area at a recent Course on Social Gerontology in Southern Africa.
Not many African universities approach the African Union (AU) to ask: “How can we be part of the solution?” This is according to Prof Johnny Strijdom, head of the Division of Social Welfare and Drug Control within the AU and new extraordinary professor at the Optentia research focus area on the North-West University’s (NWU’s) campus in Vanderbijlpark.
A much welcome result of the #FeesMustFall movement is that over the next three years, the South African government spending framework has made provision for the allocation of R57 billion towards fee-free higher education and training. However – according to Prof Ilyayambwa Mwanawina, associate professor at the North-West University’s (NWU’s) Faculty of Law, there is still a lot of groundwork to be done.
Living in the year 2018 and considering how fast technology is evolving, it is safe to say that change can happen in the blink of an eye. The School of Languages on the North-West University’s (NWU’s) campus in Vanderbijlpark is looking to the future and using eye-tracking technology to bring about real change in the way people work and play.
The advances of modern-day technology have introduced new and innovative ways of learning, andnumerous studies have revealed the positive learning effects of virtual reality, online systems, and interactive applications.
The North-West University’s (NWU’s) School of Ancient Language and Text Studies in the Faculty of Theology is home to leading authorities in classic Latin, ancient Greek and, the languages of the Ancient Near East. One such an expert is Dr Isabella Bonati, a postdoctoral fellow in Latin.