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Prof Petra Engelbrecht – a legend in South African science

She really is the stuff legends are made of.

Prof Petra Engelbrecht, extraordinary professor at the Faculty of Education at the North-West University (NWU), is one of 62 researchers profiled in Legends of South African Science II, a publication by the Academy of Science of South…

NWU rewards exceptional lecturers

​The North-West University (NWU) celebrated the torchbearers of its teaching excellence during a virtual event. The best-of-the-best lecturers of 2020 were acknowledged for their work in taking teaching and learning to higher levels during the annual Teaching Excellence Award (TEA) ceremony, which was streamed online on 25 March. The NWU is…

NWU professor and co-author to launch book on community development

The North-West University’s (NWU’s) Optentia research focus area will be hosting a virtual launch of a book Does Community Development Work? – co-written by Prof Lucius Botes – on 20 April from 10:00 to 11:30.

Prof Botes, a professor in development studies and the director for…

Covid-19 and the fuelling of global individualism

The North-West University’s (NWU’s) Optentia research focus area recently hosted a webinar by Prof Ian Goldin, a world-renowned researcher.

The title of the webinar was “The Covid-19 pandemic: From global crisis to a better world”, during which Prof Goldin talked about the necessity to think about life after Covid-19.

NWU academic receives a research medal from the education association

Prof Christo van der Westhuizen from the North-West University’s (NWU’s) Self-Directed Learning (SDL) research unit has been awarded the Education Association of South Africa (EASA) Research Medal for 2020. 

This award is made to established…

NWU’s Kgotso is not giving up

At the age of 22, Kgotso Moroenyane has taken the lemons life has handed him and turned them into lemonade.

The BEd student majoring in mathematics and physical science has not let the two chronic illnesses he lives with stop him from working towards his dreams.

Study investigates the root of violence in schools

Teaching is often seen as a calling rather than a career. But that calling quickly turns into a nightmare when teachers are attacked by the very people they are trying to educate. Over the past few years, there have been numerous reports in the media of learners physically assaulting, stabbing and even shooting their teachers. Dr Michael…

Marlene’s undying fighting spirit

It’s exciting to be a university student, but it is also very challenging on so many levels: figuring out a career, managing your time, and, for Marlene Taylor, finding out that she has kidney stones.

The 23-year-old Marlene Taylor is from Vanderbijlpark and the youngest of three siblings. She enrolled for her BA degree in Language and…

Teachers without Borders inspire a new generation of scientists

The year 2020 will probably be remembered in history books for the Coronavirus and the Covid-19 pandemic that brought the entire world to a standstill. Suddenly many people learned about viruses, and how they differ from bacteria.

The unseen world of microbiology became part of our daily routines, with social distancing and sanitising…

Early childhood development rises from the (tr)ash

It is a fact that many children find themselves in barren school classes and playgrounds because their parents, educators and caregivers are often unaware of the importance of providing opportunities for purposeful play in the early years.

Fortunately, researchers from the North-West University (NWU) are joining forces with…