The NWU recently became the first university in the world whose request was granted to set up a regional office for Supplemental Instruction (SI) in a country that already has a national SI office.
At the same time, Ms Mariaan Klopper of the NWU's Institutional Academic Support Services became the third person in South Africa - and one of only 14 people worldwide - to be accredited as an SI trainer.
SI is a mainstream academic support system for students in high-risk modules. The students receive support from trained SI leaders (students who have already completed the module successfully) in small, informal groups.
The SI regional office at the NWU was officially opened on 30 July 2010. On that occasion, Dr Theuns Eloff, NWU Vice-Chancellor, and Dr Glen Jacobs, Executive Director of the International Centre for SI at the University of Missouri Kansas City, USA, signed a cooperation agreement at the Institutional Office of the NWU
The NWU's regional office will offer SI supervisor training programmes and support universities in the region to plan and set up SI programmes on their campuses.
Dr Glen Jacobs, Executive Director of the International Centre for SI and Dr Theuns Eloff, Vice-Chancellor at the signing of the cooperation agreement and opening of the NWU's SI regional office.