World Art Day: Tradition and technology

As the world marks World Art Day 2024 on 15 April, Othusitse Maunatlala, an academic in the School of Communication at the North-West University (NWU), shares insights on the significance of art.

World Art Day is an international celebration of the fine arts which was declared by the International Association of Art to promote awareness of creative activity worldwide.

Othusitse emphasises the universal nature of art and says it is important to recognise the relationship between art and technology.

Submitted on Tue, 04/16/2024 - 10:12

Drs Bam and Petzer join prestigious teaching advancement programme

A nationwide initiative, the Teaching Advancement at Universities (TAU) programme, aims to improve the standard of teaching and elevate teaching and learning in public higher education.

The programme is a component of the national framework for advancing academics as university teachers that is run by the Department of Higher Education and Training, and is coordinated through the Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association of Southern Africa.

Submitted on Mon, 04/15/2024 - 10:25

NWU Biokinetics student to receive prestigious Health Science Student Award at ASAIPA National Medical Awards

The Faculty of Health Sciences at the North-West University (NWU) is proud to announce that one of our students, Jayson Clancy, will be receiving the Health Science Student Award at the ASAIPA National Medical Awards in 2024. The award ceremony will take place in Johannesburg on 29 June 2024 and marks the first time an NWU student has received this honour.

Submitted on Thu, 04/04/2024 - 09:22

Public lecture sheds light on Afrocentricity

The North-West University’s Indigenous Language Media in Africa (ILMA) research niche area hosted a hybrid public lecture featuring Prof Molefi Kete Asante, a prominent figure in African American scholarship, on 19 March 2024.

The title of the lecture was “Afrocentricity, communication, and culture: Building a common history".

Prof Asante, a distinguished professor in the Department of Africology at Temple University in Philadelphia and president of the Molefi Kete Asante Institute for Afrocentric Studies, stands as a beacon in shaping discourse on Afrocentric education.

Submitted on Tue, 03/26/2024 - 13:25

Meet our researchers

Researchers across the faculties at the North-West University (NWU) are doing exciting work in their fields of expertise.

Prof Courtney Cook is an associate professor and researcher in the Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences.

Submitted on Tue, 02/27/2024 - 15:42

Indigenous foods deserve their place in the sun as food insecurity worries grow

Despite being nutrient-rich and drought-resistant, indigenous foods are often overlooked in food security strategies. North-West University (NWU) student Modjadji Mandy Rasehlomi seeks to change that.

Modjadji, a master’s student in Indigenous Knowledge Systems, has been delving into the untapped potential of indigenous foods to address the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of No Poverty (SDG 1) and Zero Hunger (SDG 2).

Submitted on Tue, 02/27/2024 - 15:05

The decade of healthy ageing – responsibilities and prospects for the Africa we want

While Africa is a continent with a rapidly growing population of young people, it is crucial for the region to pay attention to the global agenda on ageing.

The United Nations declared the years 2021 to 2030 as the "Decade of Healthy Ageing". This global collaboration, aligned with the last 10 years of the Sustainable Development Goals, seeks to improve the lives of older people, their families and the communities in which they live.

Submitted on Tue, 02/27/2024 - 14:20

Esteemed African-American scholar to present lecture on Afrocentricity

The North-West University’s (NWU’s) Indigenous Language Media in Africa (ILMA) research niche area is proud to be hosting a public lecture featuring Prof Molefi Kete Asante, a towering figure in African-American scholarship, on 19 March 2024.

The theme of the lecture is “Afrocentricity, communication and culture: Building a common history”.

Submitted on Mon, 02/26/2024 - 11:53

Take a bow, Graphic Design, you have made us proud – again

Excellence seems to follow the Graphic Design subject group at the North-West University (NWU), which has a well-deserved reputation for walking off with the top honours in national and international competitions.

They are continuing this winning streak with top positions in the recently released Loeries official rankings for Africa and the Middle East. These rankings have placed the NWU among the top four educational institutions for 2023.

Submitted on Wed, 02/14/2024 - 08:39

Graphic design students and graduates receive more national and international honours

Following hot on the heels of prizes at both the Loerie Awards and the Student Gold Pack Awards (read more:, North-West University (NWU) students and graduates in Graphic Design continue to reap national and international recognition for their distinctive creativity and skills.

Submitted on Mon, 12/04/2023 - 15:02