Academic News

Cambridge calls upon chancellor Dr Anna

The chancellor of the North-West University, Dr Anna Mokgokong, has been invited by the prestigious and world-renowned University of Cambridge Judge Business School to feature as distinguished keynote speaker at the Cambridge Africa Business Conference (CABC).

The theme of the conference is “Kujenga Africa: Forging Global Alliances” and…

Another impressive accolade for Prof Babalola

North-West University (NWU) academic Prof Olubukola Oluranti Babalola has been appointed as the foreign affairs secretary of the Nigerian Academy of Science for a two-year term beginning in May 2024.

Prof Babalola, director of the Food Security and Safety research niche area, brings a wealth of experience to her new role. Having…

Sunflower seeds show promise in water treatment study

In the face of global water scarcity and pollution challenges, a recent study by North-West University (NWU) academic Prof Lobina Palamuleni has uncovered a potential solution using an unexpected material: sunflower seeds.

Traditionally recognised for their versatility in food, medicine and industry, sunflower seeds may now play a…

Building better futures: the importance of the 2024 school governing body elections

Prof Leenta Grobler, deputy director of the Business School at the North-West University, explains why it is imperative that the 2024 school governing body elections must be characterised by informed decisions.

“As we approach the 2024 school governing body (SGB) elections in South Africa, it is essential to understand the profound…

AI and machine learning skill sets needed to improve Africa’s water resources management

Water is a limited natural resource and for Africa to improve its management of this resource, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning skill sets need to be taught and embraced at institutions of higher learning.

This is one of the conclusions of Prof Jean-Marie Kileshye Onema, executive manager for the Southern African…

Budget falls short in providing concrete solutions to pressing challenges

The South African Budget Speech of 21 February – delivered with a tone of optimism and commitment – reveals a government grappling with economic challenges while striving for progress.

Prof Joseph Sekhampu, chief director of the North-West University (NWU) Business School, says that upon closer examination, concerns and unanswered…

Upcoming international Kahoot! webinar to showcase the power of dynamic polling tools

North-West University (NWU) senior lecturer and charted accountant Kurt Naicker will be presenting at the international Kahoot! webinar for higher education on 21 February 2024 at 09:00 AM CST / 04:00 PM CET.

The webinar is titled "Elevate student engagement: Kahoot!'s dynamic polling tools" and will be hosted by Kahoot!.

Kurt…

SONA 2024: there is still “unfinished business” on the national agenda

There is still much “unfinished business” on the national agenda, including a more coherent overall economic plan for much higher job-rich inclusive growth.

In commenting on the 2024 State of the Nation Address (SONA), Prof Raymond Parsons, economist from the North-West University (NWU) Business School, points out that, as expected,…

New international editorial role in the nuclear field for Prof Bismark Tyobeka

Prof Bismark Tyobeka, principal and vice-chancellor of the North-West University (NWU), has been invited by the international journal, Progress in Nuclear Energy, to be part of the journal’s editorial board.

Established in 1977, Progress in Nuclear Energy is a peer-reviewed scientific journal covering all aspects of nuclear science and…

In the stratosphere together: NWU, NASA and Princeton University reach for the stars in Super Pressure Balloon project

On Thursday, 16 April 2023, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) launched the Super Pressure Balloon, carrying the Super Pressure Balloon Imaging Telescope (SuperBIT), from Wanaka, New Zealand. The SuperBIT operates in the stratosphere at an altitude of 40 kilometres above sea level.

The primary scientific goal of…