Teaching and Learning https://news.nwu.ac.za/ en Official academic opening focuses on empowering excellence in 2024 and beyond https://news.nwu.ac.za/official-academic-opening-focuses-empowering-excellence-2024-and-beyond <span>Official academic opening focuses on empowering excellence in 2024 and beyond</span> <div class="field field--name-field-writer field--type-list-string field--label-hidden field--item">by <a href="https://news.nwu.ac.za/news-team#Angeline">Angeline Marokoane</a></div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/32504" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">BELINDA BANTHAM</span></span> <span>Wed, 02/28/2024 - 11:22</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The overarching message from the principal and vice-chancellor of the North-West University (NWU), Prof Bismark Tyobeka, was one of optimism, gratitude and determination during the official opening of the 2024 academic year on Friday, 23 February.</p> <p>The official ceremony took place at the Potchefstroom Campus, with a live broadcast to the Mahikeng and Vanderbijlpark campuses.</p> <p>Prof Tyobeka expressed a profound sense of pride in the university's accomplishments, emphasising its esteemed status as a preferred institution in South Africa. He particularly underscored the remarkable success of the registration period for the 2024 academic year, surpassing enrolment targets.</p> <p>“We are glad that many of our FTEN students (students who have enrolled at a higher-education institution for the first time) who have been accepted into our programmes are the cream of the crop. For the 2024 academic year, we have an average admissions points score of about 31,5 for accepted students and 25,8 for unsuccessful students due to capacity. This is a clear indication that we are improving the quality of students we are attracting. Thank you to all members of staff who form part of the value chain throughout the application to the final registration process,” he said.</p> <p>Financial assistance for students is acknowledged as a challenge, with efforts to assist deserving students and engage with relevant stakeholders.</p> <p>“We are doing our best to assist academically deserving students with bursaries. We also continue to facilitate engagements with NSFAS and other relevant stakeholders to assist our students. Regrettably, we do not have a say regarding the NSFAS processes and systems, which makes it difficult for us,” added Prof Tyobeka.</p> <p>He attributed the stability during the registration period at the NWU - amid national unrest - to theproactive engagements between management and student leaders, as well as the maturity of our student structures across our campuses. “We must continue on this trajectory of resolving issues maturely and responsibly.”</p> <p>Research and innovation, teaching and learning, and community engagement were highlighted as crucial pillars, with a focus on capacity building and collaboration. Internationalisation efforts were underscored, along with community engagement initiatives aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.</p> <p>“I was thrilled to learn that in 2023 we registered 500 community engagement projects through the NWU's Community Engagement Programme. While our final report will be released at the end of this month, our ongoing impact measurement initiatives have already provided us with valuable data from 118 projects,” said Prof Tyobeka. He added the university will continue to focus on strengthening its relationships with external community partners.</p> <p>The university's global rankings were acknowledged, with a call for continued improvement. “The good work that our staff, students, and alumni are doing is reflected in many ways, including acknowledgment by ranking agencies. We continue to feature in the top 4,4% of</p> <p>global rankings. These include the Academic Ranking of World Universities or ShanghaiRanking (501-600), Times Higher Education (601-800), QS World University Rankings (801-850), and the Centre for World University Rankings (number 7).</p> <p>“We thank you for your contributions that resulted in these rankings. A lot remains to be done, and therefore we must work even harder and smarter to improve our position.”</p> <p>Prof Tyobeka emphasised the importance of maintaining dedication to positioning the university as a leader in education, alongside prioritising the well-being of both staff and students. He underscored the significance of aligning actions with the university's strategy, advocating for the support of quality education, and fostering open communication channels as critical elements for success in the upcoming academic year.</p> <p>Prof Robert Balfour, deputy vice-chancellor for teaching and learning, focused on the enhancing of teaching and learning and research and innovation in 2024. He highlighted the importance of quality and alignment in teaching and learning initiatives, and mentioned ongoing efforts to improve student success, with a focus on student-centricity and aligning programme offerings across campuses.</p> <p>In addition, he mentioned the implementation of a new student information system to streamline administrative processes and improve staff functionality. “During the course of the year, faculties will be consulted on roles and responsibilities in the new system, and those affected will undergo training to ensure a smooth roll-out at the beginning of 2025.”</p> <p>Prof Balfour outlined several key projects aimed at enhancing the curriculum. These included the identification of a new learning management system, the Phasing Quality Management project, and the Micro-credentials in South Africa project, all aimed at improving student experience and positioning the university in the sector and market.</p> <p>In addition, he highlighted the university's research and innovation activities, including efforts to improve research output, support postgraduate students and foster collaboration with industry partners.</p> <p>Read Prof Balfour’s detailed speech <a href="https://news.nwu.ac.za/sites/news.nwu.ac.za/files/files/Robert.Balfour/2024.02.23.Address.Official-Opening.pdf">here</a></p> <p> </p> <div class="row"> <div class="col-sm-4"><img alt="....." class="img-responsive" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" id="" src="/sites/news.nwu.ac.za/files/files/institutional/Opening-MC-STORY.jpg" title="" /><p>Eagi, the NWU mascot, is also attending the official academic opening on the Mahikeng Campus.</p> </div> <div class="col-sm-4"><img alt="....." class="img-responsive" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" id="" src="/sites/news.nwu.ac.za/files/files/institutional/Opening-PC-STORY.jpg" title="" /><p>Staff from the Potchefstroom Campus listening intently during the official academic opening.</p> </div> <div class="col-sm-4"><img alt="......" class="img-responsive" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" id="" src="/sites/news.nwu.ac.za/files/files/institutional/Opening-VC-STORY.jpg" title="" /><p>Attending the official academic opening on the Vanderbijlpark Campus, staff members are watching the live stream of the academic procession.</p> </div> </div> <div class="row"> <div class="col-sm-6"><img alt="....." class="img-responsive" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" id="" src="/sites/news.nwu.ac.za/files/files/institutional/Prof%20Bismark-STORY.jpg" title="" /><p>Prof Bismark Tyobeka, principal and vice-chancellor of the NWU.</p> </div> <div class="col-sm-6"><img alt="...." class="img-responsive" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" id="" src="/sites/news.nwu.ac.za/files/files/institutional/Prof%20Balfour-STORY.jpg" title="" /><p>Prof Robert Balfour, deputy vice-chancellor for teaching and learning at the NWU.</p> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 28 Feb 2024 09:22:37 +0000 BELINDA BANTHAM 29687 at https://news.nwu.ac.za CARST is radiating possibilities https://news.nwu.ac.za/carst-radiating-possibilities <span>CARST is radiating possibilities </span> <div class="field field--name-field-writer field--type-list-string field--label-hidden field--item">by <a href="https://news.nwu.ac.za/news-team#Bertie">Bertie Jacobs</a></div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/32504" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">BELINDA BANTHAM</span></span> <span>Tue, 02/06/2024 - 11:29</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Research into radiation technology is crucial for advancing industrial applications, enhancing safety, improving efficiency and enabling new technological innovations and solutions, especially in a country such as South Africa.</p> <p>This is where the Centre for Applied Radiation and Technology (CARST) at the North-West University (NWU) comes to the fore. CARST is a pioneer in the field of applied radiation science research and training. The centre is mandated to carry out research and build capacity for the nuclear industry in South Africa. And, from 5 to 6 February, academic, private and public sector nuclear experts – among others – gathered at The Roots in Potchefstroom to participate in a CARST stakeholder strategy workshop.</p> <p>Attendees included a delegation from the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), Eskom, the Department of Mineral Resources, iTehamba Labs, NuMeRI, the National Nuclear Regulator, the National Radioactive Waste Disposal Institute, and more.</p> <p>According to Prof David Modise, executive dean of the NWU’s Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, the goal of the strategy workshop is to determine whether “CARST is on the right track”. He stated that: “We need to evaluate if CARST is meeting global imperatives nationally and internationally.”</p> <p>“It is very unusual to bring together such a critical mass of academic and industry role players under one roof,” said Prof Bismark Tyobeka, principal and vice-chancellor of the NWU, in his opening remarks.</p> <p>He also underlined the NWU’s commitment to helping address the country’s energy needs: “From a nuclear perspective, it is our quest at the university to be relevant and well placed to serve the industry.”</p> <p>Prof Jan Rijn Zeevaart, an extraordinary professor at the NWU’s Preclinical Drug Development Platform (PCDDP) and Necsa’s general research manager for Applied Radiation, gave an overview of the bigger nuclear picture by highlighting the current industrial trends. He also explained how further research into the application of nuclear energy can help achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and he showed various other industrial applications for radiation technology.</p> <p>Prof Helen Drummond, deputy dean for Teaching and Learning at the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, stressed that one of the goals of the strategy session was to identify further opportunities for CARST to help the industry, and for the industry to help CARST. This included the development of strategies to attract and retain qualified staff, to encourage industry partners to supervise and host MSc and PhD students, to ensure coursework modules are up to date with the latest technologies and developments, and more.</p> <p>The strategy session included presentations by the respective stakeholders, a comprehensive gap analysis and the formulation of an action plan.</p> <p>It is through assessment initiatives such as these that the NWU and CARST remain leaders in this field.</p> <p> </p> <p><img alt="...." class="img-responsive" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="371" id="" src="/sites/news.nwu.ac.za/files/files/institutional/Prof%20Zeevaart%20at%20CARST.jpg" title="" width="556" /></p> <p class="x_MsoNormal"><em><span lang="EN-ZA" xml:lang="EN-ZA"></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="" xml:lang="EN-GB">Prof Jan Rijn Zeevaart, extraordinary professor at the NWU’s Preclinical Drug Development Platform (PCDDP) and Necsa’s general research manager for Applied Radiation. </span></em></p> <p class="x_MsoNormal"><img alt="..." class="img-responsive" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" id="" src="/sites/news.nwu.ac.za/files/files/institutional/Group%20photo%20Prof%20Bismark%20CARST.jpg" title="" /></p> <p class="x_MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-ZA" xml:lang="EN-ZA"><em>Together into a more prosperous future.</em> </span></p> <p class="x_MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-GB" style="" xml:lang="EN-GB"> </span></p> </div> Tue, 06 Feb 2024 09:29:45 +0000 BELINDA BANTHAM 29621 at https://news.nwu.ac.za New international editorial role in the nuclear field for Prof Bismark Tyobeka https://news.nwu.ac.za/new-international-editorial-role-nuclear-field-prof-bismark-tyobeka <span>New international editorial role in the nuclear field for Prof Bismark Tyobeka </span> <div class="field field--name-field-writer field--type-list-string field--label-hidden field--item">by <a href="https://news.nwu.ac.za/news-team#Bertie">Bertie Jacobs</a></div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/32504" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">BELINDA BANTHAM</span></span> <span>Mon, 02/05/2024 - 09:42</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>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.</p> <p>Established in 1977, Progress in Nuclear Energy is a peer-reviewed scientific journal covering all aspects of nuclear science and engineering.</p> <p>“It is a big honour to be invited to join the editorial board of Progress in Nuclear Energy. I can vividly recall reading this journal as a student in nuclear engineering. In many ways it helped to shape my future, and to be part of the editorial board now is nothing short of a privilege. I want to thank all involved with Progress in Nuclear Energy for having faith in me, and I am looking forward to contributing to this prestigious journal,” said Prof Tyobeka.</p> <p>“I also want to emphasise the importance of Progress in Nuclear Energy, as it plays a crucial role in the dissemination of scientific and technical advancements in the field of nuclear energy. The journal also serves as a valuable platform for researchers, engineers, policymakers and professionals in the nuclear industry to share knowledge, discuss challenges and explore solutions for sustainable and safe nuclear energy production.</p> <p>“As we continue to face growing energy challenges, we need voices such as Progress in Nuclear Energy to contribute to the global energy discourse. We need to find sustainable, efficient and environmentally responsible ways to meet our energy demands, and no word is wasted when addressing these issues.”</p> <p><img alt="...." class="img-responsive" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="443" id="" src="/sites/news.nwu.ac.za/files/files/institutional/Progress%20in%20Nuclear%20Energy.jpg" title="" width="332" /></p> </div> Mon, 05 Feb 2024 07:42:36 +0000 BELINDA BANTHAM 29613 at https://news.nwu.ac.za NWU at full capacity for 2024 intake https://news.nwu.ac.za/nwu-full-capacity-2024-intake <span>NWU at full capacity for 2024 intake</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/54" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MOIRA MULLER</span></span> <span>Tue, 01/16/2024 - 14:44</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><blockquote> <p>NWU has reached capacity – no walk-in students allowed during registration of first-year students</p> </blockquote> <p>The NWU has reached full capacity for its 2024 intake with no extra places available. More than 181 000 applications were received of which only 11 717 could be accommodated in terms of our approved enrollment targets.</p> <p>“The NWU is proud of every Grade 12 learner who has completed their school careers successfully and want to wish them well in advance as they embark on their various endeavours. Unfortunately, we are just not able to accommodate any walk-ins who did not qualify during the application process last year,” says deputy registrar Prof Michael Temane.<br />  <br /> He says walk-ins refer mostly to non-accepted students who still want to study but did not meet the criteria or did not apply for admission.<br />  <br /> Responses to applicants will be sent from 19 January 2024, when Grade 12 results are released. Prospective students who are uncertain whether they were admitted to study at the NWU should contact the Central Admission and Applications Office (CAAO) call centre or any of the NWU’s campus help desks from 22 January 2024, when online registration will commence.<br />  </p> <ul><li>Central Admission and Applications Office: 018 285 4320</li> <li>Mahikeng Campus: 018 389 2252/018 389 2525</li> <li>Potchefstroom Campus: 018 299 4259 / 018 299 4123</li> <li>Vanderbijlpark Campus: 016 910 3168 / 016 910 3119</li> </ul><p> <br /> Prof Temane reminds unsuccessful applicants that another opportunity exists where they may register online on the Central Applications Clearing House (CACH) website. The CACH sign-up service aims to provide unsuccessful applicants with access to career development services and where possible, an opportunity to access spaces still available within other higher education institutions.<br />  <br /> Sign-up options:</p> <ul><li>WhatsApp message to chatbot number: 078 776 8660</li> <li>USSD: *134*225#</li> <li>Online at <a href="http://www.cach.ac.za/">cach.ac.za</a></li> <li>More information is also available on Facebook: CACH_SA</li> </ul><p>The CACH facility sends prospective students’ information to all tertiary institutions. These institutions may contact them where places exist and if students meet the requirements</p> <p> </p> </div> Tue, 16 Jan 2024 12:44:46 +0000 MOIRA MULLER 29590 at https://news.nwu.ac.za NWU receives the necessary Ministerial support for the establishment of the Medical School https://news.nwu.ac.za/nwu-receives-necessary-ministerial-support-establishment-medical-school <span>NWU receives the necessary Ministerial support for the establishment of the Medical School </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/32504" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">BELINDA BANTHAM</span></span> <span>Fri, 12/22/2023 - 20:56</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>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. This is subject to the North-West University satisfying other steps of the accreditation process.” – Dr Phaahla, Minister of Health, South Africa.</p> <p>The Minister of Health’s support is a culmination of the good work that has been done over the years by the NWU Medical School Task Team comprising members of the NWU Council under the leadership of the chairperson, Mr Bert Sorgdrager, the University management led by the vice-chancellor, Prof. Bismark Tyobeka, NWU chancellor, Dr Anna Mokgokong, and members of the North-West provincial government under the leadership of the Premier of the North West Province, Premier Kaobitsa Bushy Maape.</p> <p>Henceforth, the NWU will earnestly discuss and finalise the specific details of the NWU Medical School with the Minister of Higher Education, Science, and Innovation, and the Department of Higher Education (DHET). In addition, the university will commence with discussions and consultations with relevant structures such as the Council on Higher Education (CHE), and the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) regarding the curriculum and accreditation thereof.</p> <p><strong>These are some of the crucial features that the NWU will propose to the relevant regulatory institutions:</strong></p> <p>a) The lived context of community and distributed clinical training platform that enables a longitudinal, self-directed, integrated, interprofessional, and transdisciplinary learning environment.</p> <p>b) The duration of the programme to be six (6) years. Three (3) years integrated preclinical period followed by three (3) years of clinical training, and thereafter internship and community service.</p> <p>c) Klerksdorp/Tshepong hospital complex and affiliated hospitals and clinics in the Dr Kenneth Kaunda District to serve as the initial clinical training platform; and</p> <p>d) The initial enrolment to be 50 students and gradually increase to 100 or more over time as the clinical training platform strengthens and expands.</p> <p>“<em>I am thrilled with the support from the Minister of Health. The Task Team has done extremely well in ensuring that all stakeholders are on board towards the establishment of the NWU Medical School. This significant milestone gives us the strength and courage to continue to mobilise the necessary partnerships and resources for the NWU Medical School.</em>” – Mr Bert Sorgdrager, NWU Council chairperson.</p> <p>“<em>The NWU Management is ready to present the core details of the curriculum to the DHET, CHE and HPCSA for accreditation. The team has already compiled a comprehensive proposal that will be presented to these structures early in 2024. I look forward to discussing the details with our partners in both the public and private sectors in South Africa and beyond to ensure that all hands remain on deck towards the implementation of our plans for the NWU Medical School</em>.” – added Prof. Bismark Tyobeka, NWU principal and vice-chancellor.</p> <p>More details regarding the NWU Medical School programme and updates will follow as and when the necessary approvals are received from the Minister of Higher Education, Science, and Innovation, as well as by the CHE, HPCSA, and others.</p> <p>We remain positive and optimistic that everything will go according to plan for us to have our intake of first year students of the NWU Medical School in 2028.</p> </div> Fri, 22 Dec 2023 18:56:24 +0000 BELINDA BANTHAM 29587 at https://news.nwu.ac.za Book explores anti-apartheid intellectual’s work and continued relevance https://news.nwu.ac.za/book-explores-anti-apartheid-intellectuals-work-and-continued-relevance <span>Book explores anti-apartheid intellectual’s work and continued relevance</span> <div class="field field--name-field-writer field--type-list-string field--label-hidden field--item">by <a href="https://news.nwu.ac.za/news-team#Willie">Willie du Plessis</a></div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/32504" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">BELINDA BANTHAM</span></span> <span>Mon, 11/20/2023 - 09:02</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Post-apartheid South Africa continues to have many unresolved problems and unfulfilled promises, despite significant progress in certain areas. A recently published book on the work of the late anti-apartheid activist and intellectual, Mzala Nxumalo, aims to make important contributions to the intellectual work that lies ahead for South Africa in current troubling times – particularly in the context of contemporary leftist politics.</p> <p>The book, Mzala Nxumalo, Leftist Thought and Contemporary South Africa (2023), published by Jacana Publishers, was edited by Prof Robert Balfour, deputy vice-chancellor for Teaching and Learning at the North-West University (NWU), and features a leftist critique of capitalism in South Africa by community activists and academics. This new book owes its origin to selected hitherto unpublished contributions that featured initially at conferences and seminars organised by the Mzala Nxumalo Centre for the Study for South African Society, which was founded in 2015.</p> <p>It acknowledges the relevance, scholarly legacy and intellectual debt owed to Nxumalo. He was one of the leading Marxist intellectuals to emerge from the 1976 student uprisings against the apartheid regime and is perhaps most famously known for his book on Mangosuthu Gatsha Buthelezi (Zed Books, 1988). Nxumalo’s death in 1991 left a void in both the African National Congress (ANC) and the South African Communist Party (SACP).</p> <p>In his review of the book, prominent critic Richard Pithouse said: “These wide-ranging essays reinvigorate left analysis and reaches back to engage the present. It is an important contribution to sustaining a left intellectual tradition through dialogue with the best ideas from around the world.”</p> <p>The book draws together contributors from a range of perspectives. Some of them are from universities, political movements, workers’ organisations and civic society, who all have in common the need to offer a critique of post-apartheid democracy in South Africa. It includes contributions by the late Percy Ngonyama, John Pampallis, Mandla Radebe, Sam Matiase, Noel Solani, Alex Mashilo, Pat Horn, Gunnett Kaaf, Bernard Dubbeld, Vladimir Shubin, Rasigan Maharaj and Sigfried Tivana.</p> <p>Prof Balfour emphasises that Nxumalo remains a prominent intellectual in South African socialism and Marxist studies. “His work explored the role of the state in relation to the community from a range of perspectives. What emerged is a concern with how the state has been used to serve the interests of the dominant ruling class, at the expense of a majority who remain vulnerable, unemployed and poor.</p> <p>“The book also explores how the ANC and SACP in South Africa have drawn from international solidarity in the lead-up to national liberation, but how in the aftermath of 1994, cohesion and direction have been difficult to sustain.</p> <p>“For me, the most important insight associated with the book is the need of a sustained critique of the post-apartheid state and the neoliberal capitalist global agenda. That critique and agenda need to come together in an analysis of what has happened in South Africa in the post-democracy leftist movement and what has happened in the post-liberation moment. We must ask ourselves what we have managed to achieve and what we did not achieve. This is why this book is especially relevant now.”</p> <p>He says Nxumalo is particularly important now due to a reawakening, not only in the media but also in discourse, of the need for a more a sustained critique of some of the outcomes of South Africa’s policies – intended or not – over the past thirty years or so.</p> <p>For more information, visit: <a href="https://jacana.co.za/product/mzala-nxumalo-leftist-thought/">https://jacana.co.za/product/mzala-nxumalo-leftist-thought/</a></p> <p><img alt="...." class="img-responsive" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="419" id="" src="/sites/news.nwu.ac.za/files/files/institutional/Mzala-Nxumalo-Leftist-thought-scaled.jpg" title="" width="280" /></p> <p>The book, Mzala Nxumalo, Leftist Thought and Contemporary South Africa, reinvigorates leftist analysis.</p> <p><img alt="..." class="img-responsive" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" id="" src="/sites/news.nwu.ac.za/files/files/institutional/Prof%20Robert%20Balfour.jpg" title="" /></p> <p>Prof Robert Balfour, deputy vice-chancellor for Teaching and Learning at the NWU, edited the volume on the work of Mzala Nxumalo.</p> </div> Mon, 20 Nov 2023 07:02:42 +0000 BELINDA BANTHAM 29538 at https://news.nwu.ac.za Prof Stander is celebrating his 37th university anniversary https://news.nwu.ac.za/prof-stander-celebrating-his-37th-university-anniversary <span>Prof Stander is celebrating his 37th university anniversary</span> <div class="field field--name-field-writer field--type-list-string field--label-hidden field--item">by <a href="https://news.nwu.ac.za/news-team#Zeno">Zenoyise John</a></div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/7924" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MARELIZE SANTANA</span></span> <span>Tue, 10/10/2023 - 13:15</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Prof Marius Stander has been involved in teaching industrial psychology master’s students at the North-West University (NWU) for the past 37 years, which is a source of great pride for him.</p> <p>Prof Stander joined the NWU in 1979 as a student and worked his way up to become a respected full professor. "I started teaching master’s students before my own master's graduation. I taught people much older than me, mostly human resources executives or senior managers. The average class age was about 15 years older than me, which was very intimidating," recalls Prof Stander, the first lecturer at the Vanderbijpark Campus to receive a teaching award.</p> <p>He is a valuable part of the School of Industrial Psychology and Human Resource Management and has extensive experience in research, teaching, learning and community engagement.</p> <p>"I am passionate about developing people, mentoring, coaching, and assessing leadership potential. I am grateful for the opportunities the university has provided me," he says. “I am honoured to have students who are currently school directors at various universities, excellent entrepreneurs and successful global corporate executives.”</p> <p>He says he feels privileged to have witnessed the growth of the campus from a small institution to its present size.</p> <p>"I witnessed many significant events. When I started, only a handful of buildings existed. I had the privilege of designing the floor plan of one of the buildings now part of the Faculty for Economic and Management Sciences. I also helped to establish the rugby club and the first Black Management Forum (BMF) student chapter," he recalls.</p> <p><strong>A man of many talents</strong></p> <p>Prof Stander is a C2-rated researcher with the National Research Foundation, a life-long honorary member of the Society for Industrial Organisational Psychology of South Africa, and a registered industrial psychologist, mentor and master human resource practitioner with the South African Board for People Practices. Over the years, he has also been actively involved with various forums and groups, including being a member of the NWU Institutional Forum and executive committee member of the NWU Convocation.  </p> <p>To top it off, he started doing consultation work in 1985 and gained valuable experience working with universities and corporations. “Over the years, I have had the privilege of undertaking consultancy work in various countries and regions, including the USA, Europe, Singapore, Middle East, China and the rest of Africa," he shares.</p> <p>He plans to remain involved in academia and the industry and says he does not believe in the concept of retirement. "Retirement can be daunting, and it's worth continuing if you find purpose and joy in your work. Globally, and in South Africa, where many people remain sharp in their later years, retiring may seem outdated," he shares.</p> <p>In addition to his academic achievements, Prof Stander has also been a loving and committed spouse to his wife, Annatjie whom he met in 1979 at the NWU. Annatjie is currently a lecturer in accounting. They have been happily married for four decades and have two children, also industrial psychologists, and a daughter-in-law specialising in human resource management. Between the five family members, they have obtained 18 degrees from the NWU!</p> <p>Prof Stander, known as "Marius Networking", believes life is about relationships. He has built many lasting relationships over the years, including with a cleaning lady named Rebecca, whom he and his wife met at university 44 years ago and still keep in touch with today. Rebecca is now 90 years old.</p> <p>"I met Rebecca as a young man. She introduced me to my wife and headhunted a lady who worked with us for almost three decades. Rebecca taught me valuable life skills and the importance of relationships. I will always be grateful for the lessons she imparted."</p> <p><img alt="" class="img-responsive" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" id="" src="/sites/news.nwu.ac.za/files/files/Vaal-Triangle-Campus-News/MStander-STORY%2BICON.jpg" title="" /></p> <p>Prof Marius Stander is part of the NWU’s DNA.</p> </div> Tue, 10 Oct 2023 11:15:31 +0000 MARELIZE SANTANA 29412 at https://news.nwu.ac.za Bridging the gap by putting chemistry into action https://news.nwu.ac.za/bridging-gap-putting-chemistry-action <span>Bridging the gap by putting chemistry into action</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/7924" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MARELIZE SANTANA</span></span> <span>Fri, 10/06/2023 - 14:22</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p class="text-align-right"><strong>By Menziwa Msibi and Phenyo Mokgothu</strong></p> <p>The Chemistry subject group at the North-West University's (NWU’s) Mahikeng Campus, under the leadership of Prof Lebo Katata-Seru and Prof Thebe Medupe, hosted its inaugural "Chemistry in Action" event on 3 October 2023, marking a significant step toward bridging the gap between academia and industry.</p> <p>The event, coordinated by Dr Mduduzi Cele and his team, served as a platform for various companies to present and showcase their operations and industrial processes while informing students about the many opportunities available such as jobs and bursaries in the chemistry industry as well as collaborations and funding opportunities for academics.</p> <p>Various companies participated in the event, including PETROSA, Umngeni-uThukela Water Laboratory Services, Shimadzu South Africa, Barbara Magabane, CHIETA, MINTEK, and PerKinElmer.</p> <p>They shared presentations on the skills they need in the industry, their operations, student training opportunities, and the criteria for awarding bursaries to prospective employees.</p> <p>One of the guest speakers, Dr Sihle Mngadi, a scientist specialising in inorganic chemistry at Umngeni-uThukela Water Laboratory Services, explained their focus on analysing drinking water, water from dams and rivers, and various types of sample testing.</p> <p>In addition to informative presentations, the participating companies set up exhibition tables to display their activities, distribute flyers, and provide essential information for students.</p> <p>“The Chemistry in Action event marked a significant step towards inspiring students to explore the exciting opportunities within the chemistry field, and we hope to host similar events on a yearly basis," says Prof Zimbili Mkhize, head of the Chemistry subject group.</p> <div class="row"> <div class="col-sm-6"><img alt="" class="img-responsive" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" id="" src="/sites/news.nwu.ac.za/files/files/Mafikeng%20News/Chemistry-students-STORY.jpg" title="" /><p>These students are excited about the many opportunities chemistry has to offer.</p> </div> <div class="col-sm-6"><img alt="" class="img-responsive" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" id="" src="/sites/news.nwu.ac.za/files/files/Mafikeng%20News/Chemistry%20department%20staff%20and%20companies%20guests-STORY.jpg" title="" /><p>Attending the event are staff members of the subject group chemistry and representatives from the visiting companies.</p> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 06 Oct 2023 12:22:08 +0000 MARELIZE SANTANA 29397 at https://news.nwu.ac.za Exploring active learning: New book paves the way for self-directed learning in the 4IR https://news.nwu.ac.za/exploring-active-learning-new-book-paves-way-self-directed-learning-4ir <span>Exploring active learning: New book paves the way for self-directed learning in the 4IR</span> <div class="field field--name-field-writer field--type-list-string field--label-hidden field--item">by <a href="https://news.nwu.ac.za/news-team#Phenyo">Phenyo Mokgothu</a></div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/7924" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MARELIZE SANTANA</span></span> <span>Thu, 10/05/2023 - 11:26</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>As the world undergoes rapid technological and societal transformations, educational institutions face the urgent need to reimagine their teaching and learning methodologies.</p> <p>In the midst of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), an online open-access book titled <em>Problem-based Learning and Pedagogies of Play: Active Approaches Towards Self-Directed is Learning</em> explores active learning.</p> <p>This book, the 11th volume in the North-West University (NWU) Self-Directed Learning Series, was published by the NWU in partnership with AOSIS Scholarly Books, and edited by NWU academics Prof Marietjie Havenga, Prof Jako Olivier, and Dr Byron J. Bunt.</p> <p>It presents original research on active teaching-learning strategies that nurture self-directed learning, shedding light on innovative approaches such as problem-based learning and pedagogies of play. These approaches have the potential to equip students with the essential skills needed to thrive in the 4IR era.</p> <p>This publication serves as a guiding light for this transformation, showcasing the efficacy of active engagement in nurturing self-directed learning.</p> <p>Problem-based learning, a pedagogical approach where students learn by addressing real-world problems, is highlighted as a cornerstone of active learning. Simultaneously, pedagogies of play are presented as an innovative environment where play and learning are seamlessly integrated, fostering self-directed learning among students.</p> <p>Within the pages of this comprehensive book, readers will delve into various facets of problem-based learning and pedagogies of play, including topics such as metaliteracy, playful Problem-based learning tasks, computational thinking in game-based tasks and geometry, solving puzzles through interactive simulations, applications of LEGO® Six BRICKS, drama as pedagogies of play, and the implementation of educational robotics.</p> <p>The concept of active learning, which encompasses pedagogies like problem-based, cooperative learning, gamification, role-play, and drama, is emphasised as a pivotal element in enhancing student engagement. The empirical research findings presented within the book aim to inspire educators with active learning approaches that can be applied in both school and tertiary classrooms.</p> <p>This scholarly work spotlights an array of engaging pedagogies designed to enhance students' skills and readiness for an ever-changing world. As society navigates the challenges and opportunities of the 4IR, the insights into active learning and self-directed learning provided by this book will prove invaluable in equipping the next generation with the skills they need to thrive.</p> <p><img alt="" class="img-responsive" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" id="" src="/sites/news.nwu.ac.za/files/files/Institutional%20News/SDL-book.jpg" title="" /></p> </div> Thu, 05 Oct 2023 09:26:00 +0000 MARELIZE SANTANA 29395 at https://news.nwu.ac.za ESKOM Science Expo: Nurturing young innovators https://news.nwu.ac.za/eskom-science-expo-nurturing-young-innovators <span>ESKOM Science Expo: Nurturing young innovators</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/7924" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MARELIZE SANTANA</span></span> <span>Fri, 09/29/2023 - 08:34</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p class="text-align-right"><strong>by Steve Maphakathe</strong></p> <p>The ESKOM Science Expo is a regional contest proudly sponsored by the North-West University's (NWU's) Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences and the Department of Education. The Dr Kenneth Kaunda district municipality recently played home to this year's event, which was held in the Weet and Sweet Hall on the NWU's Potchefstroom Campus.</p> <p>This annual event serves as a platform for young scientists from primary and secondary schools to present their innovative research in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).</p> <p>In addition, the ESKOM Science Expo is more than just a competition – it offers young minds an opportunity to explore their interest in STEM-related subjects and display their creative thinking and problem-solving abilities. The expo gives these young learners the chance to hear from the judges, who are experts in their professions. Experts from the Department of Education and the NWU made up the judging panel, ensuring that the young scientists’ efforts were thoroughly evaluated.</p> <p>Following the selection, a highly anticipated prize-giving ceremony highlighted the young scientists' efforts. The regional competition winners are offered the chance to advance to the national competition, where they will compete against the brightest young minds across the country. The national winners will have the honour of representing the country at an international level.</p> <p>The Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences contributed significantly to the learning experience of participants. They arranged campus tours that enabled the learners to see magnificent buildings like the Geology Museum and the Science Centre. Such tours give the learners a window on the world of higher learning and encourage them to continue their studies in STEM-related disciplines.</p> <p>All the other faculties at the NWU also took part in the ESKOM Science Expo along with the Department of Marketing and Student Recruitment. Prospective students could speak to university representatives at stalls that were put up outside the venue. This initiative gave learners insight into the many academic options and provided helpful career advice. To assist young learners in making educated choices about their future education, brochures and information about various programmes were also provided.</p> <p>As we take time to reflect on how well it went, we want to express our gratitude to all the people and organisations who contributed to making this year's event a momentous success. They should be praised for their dedication to fostering the next generation of scientists, which is essential for the development of science and technology in South Africa.</p> </div> Fri, 29 Sep 2023 06:34:04 +0000 MARELIZE SANTANA 29355 at https://news.nwu.ac.za