Wilma and Johann receive top honours in the Rapport Top Lecturer Awards

Annette Willemse -- Wed, 04/29/2015 - 17:22

Wilma and Johann receive top honours in the Rapport Top Lecturer Awards 

Wilma Coetzee and Johann Strauss, respectively from the Faculty of Humanities (School of Educational Sciences) and the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology (School of Information Technology), are the most inspiring lecturers on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal).

Mr Johann Strauss Mrs Wilma Coetzee

Fifteen lecturers of the North-West University (NWU) were awarded as the most inspiring lectures for 2014 during a gala event at the home of the Vice-Chancellor in Potchefstroom recently. These passionate, committed and enthusiastic lectures are shining examples of what author William A. Ward meant when he said: “The mediocre teachers tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”

Each of the Rapport Top Lecturer Award winners received R50 000 for their contribution to teaching excellence as part of a R934 000 sponsorship by Rapport.

More about the Rapport Top Lecturer Awards

It is the fifth year that Rapport is sponsoring the awards. Students themselves chose the winning lecturers. This year the students again voted twice – at the end of each semester for their favourite lecturers. The result of the two semesters where combined to obtain one winner per faculty.

Student’s participation in the competition shows a growing interest. Participation has grown from 10% in 2010 to 50% in 2014.

During the prize-giving function, Prof Dan Kgwadi, Vice-Chancellor of the NWU, said there is no greater calling than educating the leaders of tomorrow. He thanked the lecturers for inspiring their students through their dedication and hard work. “It is a result of the students’ respect for your professional work and personal commitment that you are receiving an award today,” he said.

Mr Waldimar Pelser, editor of Rapport, said the reason they are committed to the award is that a country that wants to lift more of its people out of poverty, a country which wants to build new competitive advantages in a complex world, a country which wants to be innovative and intellectually rich, cannot only focus on improving the quality at the bottom of the education scale. “It is also crucial to reward excellence, and the tremendous effort which the best lecturers apply every day.”

“It is a privilege for Rapport to be involved in the Top Lecturer Awards. We see every day how big the need is for thinkers and doers because our country’s problems are nog getting smaller.”

The different campus winners together with Mr Waldimar Pelser (Editor of Rapport) and Prof Dan Kgwadi (Vice-Chancellor)