QS rankings place three NWU subject groups in the top 700

The North-West University (NWU) continues its impressive showing in international rankings. The latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Subject rank three of the NWU’s subject groups in the top 700 globally, with one of these in the top 400. These include agriculture and forestry, physics and astronomy, and medicine.

Although the NWU does not have a medical school, it offers subjects that fall within the medicine category. These subjects will form a strong foundation for the NWU Medical School, which is envisaged to enrol students from 2028.

Submitted on Wed, 04/10/2024 - 14:09

VC calls for introduction of meritocratic approach to appointment of executives and board members in SOEs

A continued downward trajectory is the only possible forecast for South Africa’s state-owned enterprises (SOEs) if political appointments in SOEs continue to take precedence over expertise.

This is according to Prof Bismark Tyobeka, principal and vice-chancellor of the North-West University (NWU). Prof Tyobeka says this is not only an inescapable truth, but a gross dereliction of duty by those in key positions, which serves to hamper economic growth to the detriment of the country’s struggling citizens.

Submitted on Wed, 03/27/2024 - 14:55

Prestige and splendour as NWU launches its 20-year anniversary

It was an event for the books as dignitaries and guests joined the North-West University (NWU) in celebrating two decades of greatness. The university not only reflected on the many milestones and achievements since its establishment, but also gave guests a glimpse of its plans for the future.

“The resolute leadership demonstrated by all NWU leaders over the years ensured our successful navigation through periods of uncertainty and turbulence, particularly during the early years of the NWU,” said Prof Bismark Tyobeka, principal and vice-chancellor.

Submitted on Fri, 03/15/2024 - 09:55

NWU Enterprises: A new commercial frontier

“We are on a journey.” Duncan Raftesath’s elbows are resting on the desk in front of him, his hands clasped together, and as he speaks, his smile widens. “We are on a very exciting journey,” the project manager of NWU Enterprises reaffirms with contagious energy.

If all goes according to plan, the expedition that Duncan Raftesath is referring to will pending Council approval – lead to the establishment of NWU Enterprises (Pty) Ltd within a year.

Submitted on Wed, 02/21/2024 - 10:20

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 engineering.

Submitted on Mon, 02/05/2024 - 09:42

Celebrating 20 years of excellence

In 2024, as we celebrate the North-West University's (NWU’s) 20th anniversary, our festivities will spread joyous purple cheer and leave a distinct purple footprint wherever we touch down – for we are going to dance, leap and soar.

In 2004, the NWU came into existence through the merger of the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education (its branch in Vanderbijlpark included), the University of North-West (formerly the University of Bophuthatswana) and the Sebokeng Campus of the Vista University.

Submitted on Sun, 12/31/2023 - 07:44

NWU receives the necessary Ministerial support for the establishment of the Medical School

The North-West University (NWU) is delighted to announce that the Minister of Health, Dr M.J. Phaahla, MP, has officially supported the university’s plan to establish the NWU Medical School. “I am pleased to inform you that the NDOH was happy with your university’s initiative of setting up a medical training programme that has unique features of integrating primary health care early into the training of medical doctors. I am therefore pleased to provide your institution with my support in principle.

Submitted on Fri, 12/22/2023 - 20:56

NWU vice-chancellor extends warm welcome to 22nd SAUSSA Games participants

The vice-chancellor of the North-West University (NWU), Prof Bismark Tyobeka, extended a warm welcome to participants in the 22nd Southern African Universities Staff Sports Association (SAUSSA) Games at the NWU during the official opening that took place at the Great Hall on the Mahikeng Campus on 11 December 2023. The event, promoting sportsmanship and camaraderie, is set to take place from 11 to 15 December 2023, showcasing athletic prowess and fostering a sense of community among universities in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Eight countries are taking part.

Submitted on Tue, 12/12/2023 - 11:36