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Campus brings warmth to vulnerable children  on Mandela Day

The Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (Vaal NWU) warmed the hearts of several vulnerable families during the 67 minutes of community service on Mandela Day.

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Deputy Minister inaugurates new Academic Building

The Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Prof Hlengiwe Mkhize together with several other distinguished members of local and national government recently attended the official opening of a new Education Sciences building on the NWU Vaal.

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Sudent news is big

Long gone are the days that students had to rely on the grapevine for information about events and happenings on the campus. The Vaal Triangle Campus (NWU Vaal Triangle) recently launched its first-ever electronic student magazine,  Student 24/7. What makes this magazine so unique is that it is compiled with students in mind,

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Campus salutes postgraduate alumnicommunity

The Alumni Office of the Vaal Triangle Campus (NWU Vaal Triangle) of the North-West University is celebrating the joy of life and lifelong learning in 2011.

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New Campus Library eagerly awaited

“The proposed new library facility will prove to be more than just another infrastructure expansion on the Campus, but  will rather serve as a symbol of the Campus’s commitment to lifelong learning and future readiness”.

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Campus boasts with new Golden Key Chapter

During a recent awards ceremony a number of academic achievers were welcomed into the fold of the prestigious Golden Key Association.

 

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Beauty queen at home at NWU Vaal

It would seem as if the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal Triangle) is renowned for more than just it’s scenic beauty.  The Campus is also home to Mandisa Magwa who wears the coveted crown of Miss Emfuleni and who is turning heads everywhere she goes.   

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Technology to make life easier for lecturers

During a recent Innovation Hour initiative hosted by the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology, NWU Vaal Triangle, lecturing staff were informed about the latest developments in terms of lecture room technology. 
 

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Just call – they’ll be there on time, every time!

Picture this: It is Monday morning and your day starts with a class presentation at 08:00. True to Murphy’s Law you switch on your workstation only to find that the data projector is not working. What do you do? You can either run off in a state of panic or pick up a phone and dial 3326 for immediate help.
 

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Water Researchers visit the University of Namibia

A visit of five academics of the Faculty of Humanities at the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU – Vaal) to the University of Namibia (UNam) prepared the table for research collaboration between the two institutions.
 

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Optentia appointed as extraordinary professors

The two extraordinary professors, Prof Ruut Veenhoven (Erasmus University in the Netherlands) and Prof Hans de Witte (Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven) will visit the NWU will present keynote addresses at the South African Positive Social Sciences Symposium on 14 April - 15 April 2011.
 

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Conference to focus on Positive Social Sciences

The NWU Vaal Triangle recently made history by hosting the first ever South African Positive Social Sciences Symposium: Optimising Individual, Social and Institutional Potential during April. 
 

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Unique discover places Campus in international spotlight

“The moment I saw it, I knew that this was something out of the ordinary, little did I know that it would turn life on Campus upside down”. With these words, Ms Jamie Tredoux – a second year BCom student, describes the very first sighting of a curious and unknown species of fish recently discovered on the Campus. 
 

 
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You voted and we listened

Staff and students from the North-West University were recently asked to put their ears to use and listen to two distinctly different versions of the University Anthem – the current anthem as well as a proposed new anthem by the student group, Flip a Coin.
 

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Robotics to promote problem-solving skills

If you thought robots and technological gadgets where only meant for engineers and inventors think again! A delegation from Trophy Computers and Robotics (TCR Robotics) visited the School of Information Technology and lecturers had the opportunity to acquaint themselves with the advantages
 

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Research programme focuses on optimised potential

The Optentia Research Programme is functioning as a focus area on the Vaal Triangle Campus and efforts are underway to apply for recognition as a formal focus area of the North-West University.
 

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NWU Vaal awards top researchers and achievers

NWU Vaal Triangle recently paid homage to top researchers and academic achievers within the two faculties. Organized by Prof Linda Du Plessis (Vice Rector: Academic and Planning), the annual Campus Teaching and Excellence Awards took place at the Quest Conference Estate and during this event emerging researchers and staff that excel in quality teaching were acknowledged with awards.
 

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Campus to investigate possible Wi-Fi network

A multi million Rand project is currently underway on the three campuses of the NWU (Mafikeng, Potchefstroom and Vaal Triangle) to asses the possibility to establish a Wi-Fi computer network at the University.
 

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Water research the key to discovering sustainable water resources

The world’s population is expected to reach the seven billion-mark by 2012. According to a projection of the United States government, the six billion-mark was reached in 1999, which means that it took only 13 years for a billion more people to be born.
 

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Longfellow residence joins campus family

The Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal Triangle) recently welcomed the first students to the newly completed Longfellow residence. This off-campus residence is home to more than 300 students and therefore proudly takes its place as the second largest residence of the campus. 
 

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Health Awareness Day champions good health

The Campus Clinic in conjunction with the Student Representative Council (SRC) on the Vaal Triangle Campus recently hosted a Health Awareness Day and by doing so illustrated that a healthy body does indeed house a healthy mind. Think about it.
 

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Women poised to become cricket stars

They say the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world, and on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University, that manicured hand is now holding and scoring runs in cricket. A group of talented female cricket players recently made history by constituting the first ever formal woman’s cricket team on campus.
 

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CSRC President set to ensure effective leadership

Never loose your faith and sense of hope. This is the powerful message of Tugela Mpela, the President of the Student Representative Council (SRC) on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal). As the President of the SRC and the custodian of student life on the campus, Tugela is set to foster a legacy of effective leadership and student cohesion on the campus.
 

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 NWU Vaal Triangle wins prestigious Diamond Arrow Award

The Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal Triangle) began the New Year on a high note by winning the Professional Management Review’s (PMR) Diamond Arrow Award. The Campus Rector, Prof Thanyani Mariba accepted the award.
 

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 Researchers get media smart

A special Science Communication Workshop – presented by two well-known and experienced media practitioners, Ruda Landman and Marina Joubert saw researchers learning more about the University’s media policy, media preparedness and tips for liaising with journalists.
 

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 First Year students officially welcomed on campus

The Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal Triangle) is bursting at the seams with more than 2 200 first year students making ready to register for the new academic year. During the recent years the student numbers on the NWU Vaal Triangle have increased from 3 744 in 2008, to 4 576 in 2009 and 5 269 in 2010.
 

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 Memento Vivere – I am alive!

The Alumni Office of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) is celebrating the joy of life and lifelong learning in 2011. A glamorous gala is being planned for the 7th of May and during this gala event the campus will pay homage to its postgraduate alumni members.
 

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 New corporate jacket for Rectorate

The Vaal Triangle Campus (NWU Vaal Triangle) Rectorate has undergone a corporate transformation and now not only reflects the unique identity of the campus but also the standing of the NWU Vaal Triangle within the North-West University.
 

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Traffic is feathered up!

Traffic jams. We all know them and in most cases, detest them. Ever noticed how backed-up traffic either brings out the best or the worst attributes in a person?
 

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Student 24/7 - new campus newspaper

It is finally here - our very own campus e-magazine, Student 24/7! Gone are the days when you had to rely on the grapevine for information. Click on the link and dive into thirteen pages of campus news. Student 24/7 will be delivered to your inbox on a monthly basis! Student news for students, by students! 

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Harvard South Africa fellowship programme

Harvard University offers mid-career fellowships for South Africans from historically disadvantaged backgrounds. Supported by Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust, these fellowships offer full tuition.

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UPSET - Overturning the established order of linguistic research

If you thought the acronym UPSET refers to a feeling of sadness or a state of distress, think again! Researchers at the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal Triangle) is all but upset about the newly approved research focus area – UPSET (Understanding and Processing Language in Complex Settings).

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Mother and daughter make a formidable team

It is not everyday that two members of the same family share the stage at a graduation ceremony and more so for completing their post-graduate studies.

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Campus community bids stalwarts farewell

The campus community of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal)recently bid farewell to retiring staff members. 

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Lecturers visit Egypt for international congress

Egypt the land known for the Spinks, the pyramids and a rich cultural history played host to the recent 15th annual IBIMA (International Business Information Management Association) Congress. 

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Technology makes lecturer evaluation process easier

User-friendly and innovative. This is how staff and students in the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology describes the use of “clicker” technology after putting this interactive technological device to the test during the recent lecturer evaluation process.

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Lecturer delivers address at international congress

A great honour was recently bestowed upon Mr Andre Mellet, a well known economist and lecturer at the School of Economic Sciences, when he was asked to deliver an address at the international East Meets West Conference in Osaka, Japan.  

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Floodwater gushes through campus

Puddles of mud  and debris as far as the eye can see give testament to the recent flooding of the Vaal River– an environmental beacon of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal Triangle).

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Number-smart students excel in national competition

Two number-smart students of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal Triangle), Sonica van Dyk and Bongane Shongwe both qualified for the next round of the prestigious Old Mutual and Nedbank Budget Speech Competition.

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A New Year filled with new opportunities

The mere mention of the words ‘New Year’s resolutions’ can evoke emotions ranging from excitement and anticipation to pure desperation and even cynicism.

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Campus signs  international co-operation agreement

A Memorandum of Understanding was recently signed between the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal Triangle) and the Oberlin College in Ohio, USA. 
 

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Campus awarded grant for Catalyst Initiative

The Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal Triangle) recently received a grant valued at $150 000 (American Dollar) to participate in Hewlett Packard’s (HP) Catalyst Initiative.
 

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Campus elects Staff Member of the Year

They say action speaks louder than words and in the case of the Directorate Student Administration on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal Triangle) the saying rings true.
 

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Campus spread Christmas cheer in the community

During the past festive season the staff of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal Triangle) opened their hearts and their wallets to lend a helping hand to those less fortunate than themselves.  

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Mon, 07/11/2011 - 15:51

Campus home to SA’s Serious Games Institute

The Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) recently made history by launching the first-ever Serious Games Institute (SGI) in South Africa. 

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NWU Vaal-alumni to put on a brand new jacket in 2012

The Alumni Office on the Vaal Triangle Campus is ready to ruffle some feathers and dust-off their finest attire to ensure that 2012 will not only be a memorable year for alumni of the Campus, but also a definitive milestone-year for this office. 

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Mon, 07/11/2011 - 14:51

NWU Vaal-alumni takes hands with new graduates

 “alumniIf you are planning for a year, sow rice. If you are planning for a decade, plant trees. If you are planning for a...

 
 
 
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Faculty boasts new Risk Management Initiative

In yet another first for the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), an exciting venture in the field of applied risk management was recently announced.  This new initiative will be spearheaded by Prof...

 
 
 
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NWU Vaal proudly nurtures future economists of South Africa

This year the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) is home to two of the short listed candidates for the prestigious National Budget Speech competition. This competition is an annual initiative in which Nedbank and Old Mutual, seek to nurture and...

 
 
 
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Campus takes hands with the Molefi Oliphant Institute of Leadership

The Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Molefi Oliphant Institute of Leadership and by doing so became active partners in the provision of skills development to the youth.

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Wed, 19/10/2011 - 12:46

Researcher leading the way in Speech Technology

With technology being the buzz word of our time private enterprise, academic institutions and industry leaders alike are discussing the challenges, advantages and aspirations of future technology.  One such a technology is Speech Technology and a researcher of the Vaal Triangle Campus...

 
 
 
Wed, 19/10/2011 - 12:31

Staff supports Bokke to the very end!

The team in green and gold might be out of the running for the prestigious Webb Ellis trophy, but they enjoyed a lot of support whilst in New Zealand – especially from the staff members on the Vaal Triangle Campus .  Apart from the national initiative of Supporter Friday (during which we...

 
 
 
Wed, 19/10/2011 - 12:21

Subject group celebrates diversity in the workplace

What to do you get when you task 47 students within the subject group of Labour Relations Management to research the customs and traditions of 12 international countries? The answer:  a journey around the world depicting the dynamic and challenging sphere of diversity management....

 
 
 
Tue, 04/10/2011 - 16:58

Energy and poverty in South Africa – the dichotomy of our time

The balance between energy and poverty, especially within the African continent, is seen as one of the great dichotomies of our time and represents researchers the opportunity to not only challenge the boundaries of knowledge but also to address a real-time crisis. This...

 
 
 
Tue, 04/10/2011 - 16:22

Cultural hodgepodge to celebrate Heritage Day

Cultural diversity is as part of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) as the picturesque environment in which the Campus is situated. With a student community made up of 28 different language groupings and more than 30 different cultural entities the Campus...

 
 
 
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Software Freedom International (the governing body of the SFD initiative) is a non-profit organisation and is situated in the state of New Hampshire, USA. Annually hundreds of teams around the world take part in local celebrations and by doing so help to send out a global message of awareness.
 

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Tue, 04/10/2011 - 15:56

Campus boasts with first-ever International Office

The saying, “…the world is your oyster” does indeed ring true, especially for Angelique van Rensburg the newly appointed International Liaison Officer on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal). From her office this 29 year old Durbanite engages students...

 
 
 
Tue, 04/10/2011 - 15:12

Musos rock the stage!

What do you get when you bring three of the hottest acts in the country together on a stage on a university campus? Before you answer, consider the fact that the musicians - representing a diverse cross section of the country, have never before set foot on the banks of the Vaal River before.

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Tue, 04/10/2011 - 12:25

Robotics going for gold

The debate over the nationalisation of mines might have simmered down for the moment but the discourse is far from over. In fact, intellectuals are using the current platform to showcase new technological advances, probe new possibilities and further research the sustainability and effectively of mining in...

 
 
 
Tue, 04/10/2011 - 12:03

Ikateleng project goes from strength to strength

The well-known words of Abraham Lincoln perfectly sum up the ethos of the Ikateleng Project when he says: “That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.” The Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) recently celebrated the...

 
 
 
Tue, 04/10/2011 - 11:26

Faculty boasts with new Risk Management initiative

The Chair for Applied Risk Management (CHARM) is a new initiative set up by Prof Hermien Zaaiman, of the School of Economic Sciences within the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology.  This initiative is set to change the way businesses view risk management....

 
 
 
Tue, 04/10/2011 - 11:15

On-Air with Andre Mellet

A lecturer from the School of Economic Sciences within the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology and a well-known and reputable economist, Mr Andre Mellet has been included in the panel of consultative experts at the 90.6FM radio station in Vanderbijlpark.

 
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Tue, 04/10/2011 - 10:51

Campus to aid in provincial health programmes

An exploratory stakeholder workshop to discuss the possibility of introducing nursing education and training on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) was recently held at the Quest Conference Estate. During this workshop members of the campus’s Senior...

 
 
 
Tue, 23/08/2011 - 12:42

Campus helps to spread ‘Madiba magic’

They say that one should not measure your life in terms of years, but rather on the quality of friendships and...

 
 
 
Tue, 23/08/2011 - 12:37

Faculty celebrates academic achievements

The Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology on the Vaal Triangle Campus recently took time out to celebrate the academic achievements of its students by not only recognising their commitment to academic excellence but also to reward them for their hard work and dedication....

 
 
 
Tue, 23/08/2011 - 12:19

NWU Vaal student named as a Top 200 Young South African

The name Charl van Heerden is synonymous with achievement; innovation and relentless commitment towards excellence. As a member of the School of Information Technology within the Faculty of Economic Sciences and IT at the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU...

 
 
 
Tue, 23/08/2011 - 12:04

Student newspaper “caps” prospective students

During the recent Vaal Triangle Campus Open Day the editorial team of the newly established student newspaper – Student...

 
 
 
Fri, 19/08/2011 - 14:50

Renowned economist hands-on in prestigious competition

After winning the prestigious title of the FinMedia24 Economist of the Year for 2006, Mr Andrè Mellet now serves as a member of the national panel of judges. The panel, which consists of all the previous winners of the competition, saw Mr Mellet – a lecturer in the School of...

 
 
 
Mon, 27/06/2011 - 19:39

Just call – they’ll be there on time, every time!

Picture this:  It is Monday morning and your day starts with a class presentation at 08:00. True to Murphy’s Law you switch on your workstation only to find that the data projector is not working. What do you do? You can either run off in a state of panic or pick up a...

 
 
 
Mon, 27/06/2011 - 19:39

First Year students officially welcomed on campus

The Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) is bursting at the seams with more than 2 200 first year students making ready to register for the new academic year. During the recent Official Welcoming Ceremony for the newcomers, the Campus Rector – Prof. Thanyani...

 
 
 
Mon, 27/06/2011 - 19:39

Students to be the “architects of success” – Lekota

The leader of the Congress of the People (COPE), Mr  Mosiuoa Lekota, recently visited the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) and addressed the student community.
 

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Mon, 27/06/2011 - 19:39

Harvard South Africa fellowship programme

Harvard University offers mid-career fellowships for South Africans from historically disadvantaged backgrounds. Supported by Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust, these fellowships offer full tuition, living stipend, and travel costs for candidates to study in their...

 
 
 
Mon, 27/06/2011 - 19:39

Deputy Minister inaugurates new Academic Building

The Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Prof Hlengiwe Mkhize together with several other distinguished members of local and national government recently attended the official opening of a new Education Sciences building on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West...

 
 
 
Mon, 27/06/2011 - 19:39

Professor in History delivers inaugural lecture

“Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that I would get the opportunity in my academic lifetime to combine, into one inaugural lecture, my regional history research experience in a wide variety of disciplinary fields, and also marry it with my love...

 
 
 

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