North-West University

The North-West University (NWU) is committed to functioning as a unitary, integrated, multi-campus university that enables equity, redress and globally competitive teaching and research across all its campuses namely Potchefstroom, Mahikeng and Vanderbijlpark in South Africa.

North-West University
Tswana: Yunibesiti ya Bokone-Bophirima
Afrikaans: Noordwes-Universiteit
Former names
Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education
Potchefstroom University University of Bophuthatswana
MottoDit Begin Alles Hier (Afrikaans)
Gotlhe Go Simolola Fano (Setswana)
Motto in English
It All Starts Here
TypePublic university
Established2004
(By merger of existing institutions)
ChancellorDr Anna Mokgokong[1]
Vice-ChancellorDr Bismark Tyobeka[2]
Students53,997
Undergraduates46,806
Postgraduates7,191
Location,
CampusSuburban
ColoursPurple, Turquoise and Grey
     
NicknameNWU
AffiliationsAAU
ACU
HESA
MascotEagi the eagle [3]
Websitewww.nwu.ac.za
Potchefstroom campus
Mahikeng Campus
Vanderbijlpark Campus
The North-West University Gallery

Their core activities, teaching-learning, and research are intertwined with community engagement and innovation in its eight faculties and business school. The NWU offers more than just an education: it offers people a place in the world. Academically, students benefit from great choice and flexibility, enabling them to discover their potential and start preparing for their careers. Through collaboration with other universities and institutions internationally, the NWU is part of the global higher education community. It’s internationalisation activities include student and staff exchange and cooperation in academic, research, cultural and sports matters.

The interlocking links of its logo symbolise the unity of the university. It is driven by their values: ethics in all endeavours, academic integrity, academic freedom and freedom of scientific research, responsibility, accountability, fairness, transparency, and embracing diversity.


CampusesEdit

  • Mahikeng Campus
  • Potchefstroom Campus
  • Vanderbijlpark Campus[4]

ChancellorEdit

  • Leruo Molotlegi, 2004-2019
  • Anna Mokgokong, 2019-

HistoryEdit

History of the NWU [5] The NWU officially came into being on 1 January 2004 as part of the South African government’s plan to transform higher education. The former University of North-West merged with the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education. A third party was the Sebokeng Campus, Vista, whose staff and students were incorporated.

Coming together to form the North-West University (NWU) was a strong symbolic act of reconciliation and nation-building – and a highly effective one. The transition to the unified NWU was hailed as one of the most successful and stable higher education mergers in South Africa.

Each year since then, the NWU has produced a healthy financial surplus, improved student pass rates, increased research output and risen in the corporate governance rankings for South African universities.

This stability reflects the culture of consultation at the NWU, its clear vision, values and mission, effective governance and leadership and well-defined strategic and operational plans to take the NWU into the future.

FacultiesEdit

The NWU has eight faculties and the NWU Business School[6] offers a huge variety of undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications through contact and distance learning. These faculties are:

  • Economic and Management Sciences[7]
  • Education[8]
  • Engineering[9]
  • Health Sciences[10]
  • Humanities[11]
  • Law[12]
  • Natural and Agricultural Sciences[13]
  • Theology[14]

Unit for Distance LearningEdit

The NWU’s Unit for Distance Learning (UDL)[15] is the second largest provider of open distance learning programmes in South Africa.

In addition, the unit delivers the University Preparatory Programme (UnivPrep[16] ), a one-year programme for prospective students who do not meet the minimum requirements for degree studies.

Governance and ManagementEdit

The NWU Council is responsible for governance and oversight at the university. All committees of Council[17] function under a mandate of strategic or financial importance to the NWU. It is chaired by people with the requisite knowledge, skills and experience, and operates under clear terms of reference.

Language PolicyEdit

The University has a multilingual language policy[18] that seeks to optimise teaching-learning and create a welcoming environment for its students. There are four official NWU languages, namely Sesotho, Setswana, English and Afrikaans, which are used as mediums of instruction and for academic discourse.

It has several modes of multilingual instruction, all involving one or more of the four official NWU languages. These modes are single medium, parallel medium, dual medium and educational interpreting.

In addition, it utilises translanguaging. This allows for multilingual teaching and learning approaches (pedagogies) that use all languages spoken by students. This approach is still in its infancy but is being actively developed. The aim is to enhance their students’ ability to master and apply subject content – and to do so in more than just one or two languages.

Student LifeEdit

The NWU is known for its student life. Student life[19] at the North-West University consists of extracurricular programmes in arts and culture, sport, student leadership, residence life, student media, health, and psycho-social support. These programmes are known for their diversity, relevance, and impact on the student community.

Students have access to a variety of programmes, services and opportunities to develop as well-rounded individuals who are innovative, socially responsible and seek to positively contribute to their communities and society.

Residence and AccommodationEdit

The North-West University offers a wide range of high-quality accommodation on and off-campus. Residential Services[20] is responsible for the smooth operation of the residence complexes on each of the NWU campuses in Mahikeng, Potchefstroom and Vanderbijlpark.

The residence environment is safe, secure, hygienic, and well maintained, complementing the university’s teaching and learning spaces and adding to the enjoyment of the student experience.

AlumniEdit

After graduating, alumni have many reasons to stay in touch with their alma mater. They become part of a worldwide network of 300 000 NWU alumni,[21] receive access to the Alumni Career Portal and benefit from opportunities to contribute to the future development of the NWU.

Alumni have two main channels for interacting with the university: the Alumni Association[22] and the NWU Convocation.[23]

The university also publishes a quarterly alumni newsletter and arranges various alumni events, from business breakfasts to golf days and dinners, to strengthen its bond with its alumni.

Community EngagementEdit

The NWU embraces its responsibility to ensure that the wealth of knowledge it generates is used to the benefit of the community it serves.[28] Without the generous support and rich material generated by the communities, the NWU would not have gain recognition as an institution of higher learning that harnesses diversity and pursues innovation to make a meaningful difference in South Africa and the world.

The NWU generally shares its research findings and innovative ideas but also makes a point of engaging with communities to learn from them. Its core business activities can only be regarded as significant and sustainable if the NWU, as the academic partner, succeed in actively engaging with its communities of interest and practice to ensure that both the university’s expertise and the rich experiences of the people it serves are put to the best possible use.

Culture and SportEdit

Students have many opportunities to develop their talents by participating in sport, the arts and cultural and other extramural activities. The Arts & Culture offerings[29] at the NWU include debate, drama, dance and cultural societies, orchestras, first-year concerts, musicals, talent competitions, choirs, vocal groups, art festivals, exhibitions and competitions, beauty contests, campus radio stations and student newspapers. In the sporting arena, NWU Sport[30] has several world-class coaches in various sports codes and excellent facilities in Potchefstroom, Mahikeng and Vanderbijlpark. It strives to build quality, competitive teams equipped to participate in league and University Sport South Africa (USSA) competitions in all forms of sport.


ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Vice-Chancellor". www.nwu.ac.za. Retrieved 22 February 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "Eagi". Retrieved 10 June 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
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  5. ^ "History". Retrieved 10 June 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "NWU Business School". Retrieved 10 June 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ "Economic and Management Sciences". Retrieved 10 June 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ "Education". Retrieved 10 June 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ "Engineering". Retrieved 10 June 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ "Health Sciences". Retrieved 10 June 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ "Humanities". Retrieved 10 June 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. ^ "Law". Retrieved 10 June 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. ^ "Natural and Agricultural Sciences". Retrieved 10 June 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. ^ "Theology". Retrieved 10 June 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  15. ^ "Unit for Distance Learning". Retrieved 10 June 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  16. ^ "Unit for Distance Learning". Retrieved 10 June 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  17. ^ "Council Committees". Retrieved 10 June 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  18. ^ "Language directorate". Retrieved 10 June 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  19. ^ "Student Life". Retrieved 10 June 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  20. ^ "Residences". Retrieved 10 June 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  21. ^ "NWU Alumni". Retrieved 10 June 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  22. ^ "NWU Alumni Association". Retrieved 10 June 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  23. ^ "Convocation". Retrieved 10 June 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
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  27. ^ Santana, M. (27 March 2017). "NWU alumna crowned as Miss SA 2017". Archived from the original on 4 August 2018. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  28. ^ "Community engagement". Retrieved 10 June 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  29. ^ "NWU Arts". Retrieved 10 June 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  30. ^ "NWU Sport". Retrieved 10 June 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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