Today @ NWU

The NWU along with Enactus will be hosting a Raspberry Pi Hackathon on 11 October 2018 as a preliminary to the International Open Access Week of 2018.


Fri, 17/08/2018 - 16:58

Calling on all educators, learners, students, researchers, tech-lovers…

Fri, 17/08/2018 - 16:02

On 21-23 February 2018, the fourth South African Carpentries instructor training for African based instructors took place in Kleinmond, Western Cape.

First Carpentries Instructor Workshop of 2018
Mon, 12/03/2018 - 08:54

The NWU Center for Space Research and NWU eResearch, in conjunction with the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC), hosted the 8th CHPC Introductory summer school at the Potchefstroom site.

Wed, 24/01/2018 - 16:03

Traditionally employees in an academic organisation’s support services were seen as service providers only when it came to research projects.

Mon, 15/05/2017 - 10:26

The second South African in-person Carpentry instructor training will take place from 30 April to 2 May in Cape Town and will co-incide with the eResearch Africa Conference.

Improving your Skills as Research Computing Instructor
Tue, 28/02/2017 - 16:10

You are now able to access the services without being on campus or connecting via VPN.

Currently the available apps are:

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 09:54

These steps are not necessary to follow for MAC users

1.  Bradford

Fri, 27/01/2017 - 15:26

In November 2014 the first large-scale Software Carpentry event was run in South Africa as part of the eResearch Africa conference in Cape Town [1]. Since then 15 more Software, Data, and/or Library Carpentry events were run by the Southern African community across many disciplines and several institutions [2, 3, 4].

Fri, 20/01/2017 - 08:51

IT@NWU hosted the first Raspberry Pi Hackathon on 27 and 28 October as part of International Open Access Week 2016.

Thu, 01/12/2016 - 15:55

From 26 - 29 September 2016 the North-West University will host its first Genomics Data Carpentry workshop where researchers and postgraduate students will have an opportunity to sharpen their genomics data analysis skills.

Tue, 06/09/2016 - 07:39

Dear Colleagues

Please take note that there will be maintenance done on the firewall infrastructure of the NWU on Tuesday, 16 August from 20:00 to 21:30. We don't expect any downtime, but internet related services might be affected during this time.  Thank you for your understanding.

Information Technology
Tue, 16/08/2016 - 15:24

The first stage of a project to re-look services for students, was changing the email service.

The next stage is to provide cloud storage.

A Google domain for the NWU has been setup and with this in place, new services became available.

Click here for more information on the cloud service ...

Important:  P:-drives to be phased out

As a result of this, network drives for students, known as the P:-drives, become obsolete and will be phased out. 

Tue, 16/08/2016 - 09:13

On 23 and 24 June 2016 colleagues from the NWU attended a Research Data Management (RDM) workshop held at the Potchefstroom Campus. The 35 participants hailed from Information Technology, the NWU Libraries, the Research Support Office, and from a variety of research areas. All three campuses were well-represented.

Mon, 01/08/2016 - 14:25

Neem asseblief kennis dat al hoe meer rekenaars deur die Locky en Zepto virus aangetas word. IT stel alle moontlike maatreëls in plek om die verspreiding van die virus te verhoed. Sien grafiese voorstelling.

Mon, 04/07/2016 - 15:33

Please take note that an increasing number of computers are being infected by the Locky and Zepto virus. IT is taking all possible measures to prevent the distribution of the virus.

Mon, 04/07/2016 - 15:23

The quarterly maintenance of the Novell environment will take place this coming Saturday, 25 June 2016, from 09:00.  If all goes according to plan, the process should be completed by 14:00.

The following services will be affected intermittently:

Wed, 22/06/2016 - 11:36

Tue, 21/06/2016 - 16:29

Colleagues from the NWU libraries participated in a Short Course on Research Data Management (RDM) offered by the UCT Library and Student Information Centre in March this year.

Mon, 13/06/2016 - 16:09

The Historical Association of South Africa in collaboration with NWU eResearch would like to invite researchers, postgraduate students, and postdoctoral research fellows to participate in the first Digital Humanities workshop offered in conjunction with their annual conference.

Mon, 13/06/2016 - 13:40

Have you ever wished you could work uninterrupted for a few days on a project or that you just had a few hours of dedicated time to kick that brilliant research idea of you into action?

On 2 - 3 June 2016 the North-West eResearch Initiative is going to provide you with that opportunity…

Mon, 16/05/2016 - 08:34

Beste kollegas,

Beste kollegas,

Wed, 11/05/2016 - 10:01

A summary of opportunities, communities, and events that could change your life

Are you working at a research organisation developing scripts or software to analyse your research group’s data? Or are you developing research software as part of your postgraduate degree?

Tue, 10/05/2016 - 11:15

As technology and connectivity improve, researchers are able to access or generate bigger and bigger datasets…

Tue, 10/05/2016 - 08:14

The SMS Impi service expires on 30 April 2016. AmiCell is the new product that can be used for sending bulk sms's.

Click here to

Mon, 18/04/2016 - 09:33

Do not open unknown emails, click here to read more about Locky Virus with sorts of attachments.

Thu, 14/04/2016 - 11:13
Update your antivirus in 4 easy steps!
Wed, 30/03/2016 - 11:12

INTERNET PEOPLE should be alert to the threat of Locky, a new malware strain that wants to part you from your hard-earned.

Email attachment
Thu, 17/03/2016 - 15:57

The NWU eResearch Initiative, Talarify, and UCT eResearch are pleased to host the first South African-based Software/Data Carpentry Instructor Training workshop on 17 - 20 April 2016 at the Potchefstroom Campus of North-West University.

Software and Data Carpentry
Mon, 14/03/2016 - 08:34

In order to answer this question the NWU, for the first time in history, will participate in the EDUCAUSE Centre for Analysis and Research (ECAR) Students and Information Technology Study of 2016.

This study is based on an annual survey that helps higher education institutions assess student’s expectations and experiences of technology. Any higher education institution may participate, and there is no fee.

Wed, 09/03/2016 - 15:02

One of the biggest challenges in research these days is to ensure that our students and researchers are equipped with skills to handle the ever increasing size of their datasets and use technology efficiently to perform reproducible analysis.

Wed, 09/03/2016 - 09:32

On Tuesday, 2 February 2016, IT@NWU held its first departmental meeting of the year. The IT Department consists of various teams and sections located on the various campuses.

Tue, 23/02/2016 - 11:17

As from 11 January 2016 qualifying students can pay for various services offered at the Institute for Biokinetics by using their NWU-Vending “wallets”.  If the student has sufficient vending funds at his / her disposal they can use their NWU student cards when making a payment for one of the service offerings provided.

The associated functionality has brought numerous benefits to the Institute for Biokinetics including but not limited to:

Tue, 23/02/2016 - 08:03

Gone are the days when you had to wait for your payslip to arrive via snail mail.  As from October 2015 the NWU are sending payslips electronically.

In the “snail days” payslips were printed by Nashua, folded by Finance Payroll and then sent to the postal division for distribution.  Today payslips are sent by the click of a few buttons.

Tue, 23/02/2016 - 08:01

Buying airtime through the NWU mobile app Buy Tool is not new.  The service was established in 2014.

Students can buy airtime from Vodacom, MTN and Cell-C through the app by loading money beforehand onto their NWU-Vending “wallet”.  On entering the app a student is informed of the amount of money that is available on his/her vending wallet.  The student can then continue with the purchase process.

Tue, 23/02/2016 - 07:59

The increase in demand for meeting and managing big data requirements poses big challenges with regard to ICT resources. This is especially true for big data projects such as the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) and the MeerKAT radio telescope.

Mon, 22/02/2016 - 09:32

Most researchers venturing into the daunting world of genomics research these days find themselves overwhelmed by new terminology, computational skills required for data analysis, and complex study design considerations.

Fri, 19/02/2016 - 10:03

Python, R, command-line interface, shell, terminal, function, package. These are a few examples of the vocabulary researchers and students were recently exposed to during a two-day Software Carpentry workshop at the NWU.

Thu, 18/02/2016 - 12:02

Will you be traveling soon, possibly to a participating eduroam institution? 

“eduroam (education roaming) is the secure, world-wide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community. eduroam allows the user from participating institutions to obtain Internet connectivity when visiting other participating institutions by signing on with their institutions credentials.” source:

Thu, 04/02/2016 - 11:19

Wishes come true… Staff will be happy to know that their GroupWise mailboxes will increase to 1GB as from 1 February 2016.

The change will be seen when signing into GroupWise on that day.

Fri, 29/01/2016 - 12:58

Due to the Rand/Dollar exchange rate it is not possible to renew the NWU license for 2016.

Fri, 29/01/2016 - 12:58

Due to the Rand/Dollar exchange rate it is not possible to renew the NWU's Gartner subscription for 2016.

Fri, 29/01/2016 - 12:58

A break in the Seacom cable at 16:00, Thursday, 21 January 2016 made it impossible for many South Africans to browse the Internet.

The Internet service was however restored at 18:46 on the same day.

Fri, 22/01/2016 - 12:42

Finally... one less username and password to enter!

Thu, 14/01/2016 - 09:13

From 2016 all other registered students of the NWU are assigned a NWU Gmail email address.

Fri, 08/01/2016 - 15:06

IT @ NWU has a new vision for the relationship between IT and the University’s researchers. IT wants to help accelerate research discovery through provisioning of relevant technology, infrastructure, and support. Boeta Pretorius, Chief IT Director says: “Research has been mentioned in the IT strategy for many years, but in 2015 we’re actually going to do something about the way we support our researcher”. So moving from words to action, in the past three months IT has done the following:

Tue, 01/12/2015 - 11:05

In July 2015 the NWU officially commenced with an eResearch drive that will ultimately help to align research support units and researchers across all disciplines to embrace the power of the digital world in the 21st century.

Tue, 01/12/2015 - 10:14

Institutional Management requested an alignment of access control across NWU campuses to permit electronic access to all open access areas

Wed, 11/11/2015 - 16:14

Starting October 2015, students of the NWU are eligible to download Office 365 ProPlus for free. Read more...

Wed, 28/10/2015 - 12:44

North-West University's eResearch Initiative is proud to present our first local Software Carpentry workshop in collaboration with IT@NWU and NWU Faculty of Engineering.

Mon, 19/10/2015 - 16:12

Since 2012 students have the opportunity to vote for their top lecturers via a link provided in eFundi.

Mon, 12/10/2015 - 07:43

To take advantage of the automated NWUWIFI setup compatible for Windows 7, 8/8.1 and 10, click hereThe .exe file will help you setup your NWUWIFI profile.

Fri, 02/10/2015 - 10:17

Welcome to IT’s project site* ( where anyone can access the current IT project portfolio.

Wed, 23/09/2015 - 11:59

For the past few weeks we have seen congestion on the NWU’s International bandwidth.

Fri, 18/09/2015 - 11:28

Watch this space and see how the North-West University (NWU) is boldly taking data science in South Africa to the next level. Through a new partnership with two other universities, the NWU will help bolster the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project and strengthen inter-university cooperation.

Fri, 18/09/2015 - 11:11

VPN (Virtual Private Network)

This service enables the user who is not on campus to work on the NWU network as if being on campus.

Fri, 11/09/2015 - 12:01

In the “old days” when you wanted to talk to IT, you would phone or visit ITB (Inligtingstegnologie en Bestuur).  A lot has changed since then… for ITB no longer exists in name.

Fri, 04/09/2015 - 11:05

(This article only applies to the GroupWise client and not to Webmail or GroupWise Mobile.)

Are you frustrated with the size of your GroupWise mailbox?  Create a GroupWise archive…

A GroupWise archive is an extension of your mailbox where you can transfer emails to in order to manage the size of your mailbox. 

Fri, 28/08/2015 - 16:02

Research support at the NWU experienced a boost in the form of a new staff member, Anelda van der Walt. A researcher in own right, with the IT knowledge and enthusiasm needed, Anelda's services has been contracted until July 2016.

Thu, 20/08/2015 - 15:22

Today, higher education is in a unique and unprecedented position. The challenges we face, will not be met by efficiency alone. It also demands innovation.

Thu, 13/08/2015 - 13:14

IT has launched a webpage from which to download legal software available to all staff.  The software webpage is available on the University’s intranet through a browser.

Thu, 13/08/2015 - 10:47

Hackers Sending Fake Windows 10 Upgrade Ransomware Email, Encrypts Every File

It has not been a week, yet hackers have begun to exploit existing Windows users’ computer by sending them a ransomware, via spoofed email, which instantly encrypts each and every file that exists on the computer.

Fri, 07/08/2015 - 14:26

The old Tandberg video conference system has successfully been replaced with the Connect@NWU service.

In 2014, as part of the eCommunication project, a total of five meeting venues were equipped with modern video conference facilities across campuses. Since the start of 2015 another five meeting venues have been equipped.  

Fri, 07/08/2015 - 14:19

Microsoft released its latest version of the Windows operating system on July 29th, 2015. This edition runs on desktops, notebooks and Intel-based tablets, with the mobile version following later. IT has been testing several development releases as part of Microsoft's preview programme.  We share the following things with our NWU community.

Fri, 31/07/2015 - 13:54

eFundi MOVE is an app being developed for eFundi. The MOVE part of the name is an acronym for Mobile Offline VErsion. The first version of eFundi MOVE is currently in pilot phase. 

Fri, 31/07/2015 - 13:53

The central High Performance Computer (HPC) Cluster, which provides researchers with an extremely powerful processing platform, has undergone several upgrades. The 2014 upgrade brought much needed features, improved parallel processing capabilities, and enhanced support for the latest and fastest hardware.

Fri, 24/07/2015 - 10:02

The more than 100 qualifications offered at the NWU comprises of 5,890 modules that require constant change to keep them relevant and up to date with new developments. The modules, as well as the changes must conform to several stringent quality and legal standards, set by a number of internal and external certification bodies. To manage the average of more than 20 change proposals per month with the traditional paper-based process, became a major challenge.

Fri, 24/07/2015 - 10:00

In close collaboration with our colleagues from the Finance department, the NWU became the first South-African University to successfully implement the Kuali Financial System (KFS), to replace our previous vended system from Oracle.

Fri, 17/07/2015 - 10:40

The word “kuali” is of Malaysian origin, and signifies a humble kitchen wok that plays an important role in any successful kitchen. The popular slogan is “Keep your money in your Mission”.

Fri, 17/07/2015 - 10:36

Mr. Boeta Pretorius, newly appointed Director of IT remembers his career journey as one where he had started off as a junior lecturer at Computer Science. He confesses, that it led him to this very challenging position where he, his team of managers and everyone in IT will strive towards excellence. 

Photo of Chief IT Director Boeta Pretorius
Fri, 10/07/2015 - 11:43

All staff now have access to, an online subscription library that teaches the latest software tools and skills through high-quality instructional videos taught by recognized industry experts.

Fri, 10/07/2015 - 11:33

Adware infections can compromise both the usability of your computer and network usage.

Many people might ask if adware is a virus?  Does it delete my files? What do I do now that I have it?... Let’s break it down.

Fri, 03/07/2015 - 11:19

In any modern university, it has become a core capability for lecturers to record their lectures, and use the recordings in a number of ways to enhance the teaching and learning processes. To this end, we have launched a lecture capture pilot project in 2013, specifically aimed at sustainability and affordability.

Thu, 02/07/2015 - 15:12

The NWU Internet

Over the last few months the NWU has experienced more than its fair share of Internet outages, or more correctly, Internet slow-downs. This has led to many questions as to why?
The major reasons are: 1) Cable theft/damage and 2) Loadshedding

Mon, 25/05/2015 - 12:57

IT goes green with PaperCut print management system

PaperCut is a print management system which saves paper and therefore reduces costs by enabling users to release their own print jobs. At the NWU this is done by swiping the user’s NWU card.

Mon, 25/05/2015 - 12:42

Moving forward!

The NWU implemented eFundi (powered by Sakai) as a learning management system at the end of 2006. Since then the number of simultaneous users grew from a maximum of 3000 in 2013 to a maximum of 8000 in 2015. This makes eFundi the most used mission critical system at the university. eFundi is mostly used as a content sharing and collaborative tool.

Moving forward with Efundi
Fri, 24/04/2015 - 16:29

Email freedom of choice for students

Providing an email service to students have been part of the IT department's operations for more than 15 years. The time has come to wave the old student Groupwise goodbye, with the service ending at the end of April 2015.

Email freedom of choice for students
Fri, 24/04/2015 - 16:11

Don't react on Scam E-mails

We would like to draw your attention again to the spam email messages that have been surfacing. These messages replicate a fax message and are sent from different email addresses. They usually have a .ZIP, .EXE, .SCR or .CAB file as an attachment.

Don't react on Scam E-mails
Thu, 23/04/2015 - 12:33

NWU academic honoured as young researcher


Mon, 01/09/2014 - 15:29

NWU academic honoured as young researcher


Mon, 01/09/2014 - 15:25

NWU centre is one of its kind in South Africa


Fri, 29/08/2014 - 13:58

NWU researchers say too little and too much salt are both harmful


Mon, 25/08/2014 - 15:13

Double triumph at silver screen


Fri, 22/08/2014 - 15:06

NWU’s CTexT® celebrates ten years


Thu, 21/08/2014 - 15:38

NWU-PUK Choir triumphs in Lettland

The NWU-PUK Choir returned triumphantly after their extended European tour. The choir, under conductorship of Mr Kobus Venter, won two gold medals at the World Choir Games in Riga, Lettland.

The choir triumphed in the categories Musica Sacra and Musica Contemporarea (modern music).  According to Mr Peet Ryke, manager of PUK Arts, it was the first time the choir participated in this specific competition.

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 15:23

NWU: International inclusive education study benefits teachers


Thu, 07/08/2014 - 14:04

Short courses at NWU a first for subject advisors



Fri, 01/08/2014 - 14:48

NWU child study shows rise in obesity, blood pressure at primary schools

A unique study tracking the health status of children as they progress through primary school is sounding alarm bells.

Obesity, high blood pressure and sedentary living are some of the health risk factors being found in children as young as seven in the North West Province. What’s more, there is a definite increase in the number of children who become obese as they move through school.

Mon, 28/07/2014 - 15:11

NWU Vaal launches international Mandela27 Exhibition


Fri, 25/07/2014 - 14:28

NWU language practitioner keeps an eye on the language landscape

In the North-West University’s (NWU) multilingual environment, it’s critical to have a finger on the pulse of the latest developments on the language landscape.

Mr Johan Blaauw, manager of the Institutional Language Directorate, helps to keep an eye on language legislation, and particularly the South African Language Practitioners Council Act.

Thu, 24/07/2014 - 16:16

NWU: HESS picks up first pulsar signal

For the first time in its 12-year existence, the HESS observatory in Namibia has detected activity from a pulsar – a rapidly rotating, highly magnetised neutron star. This is only the second pulsar that has been spotted by a ground-based gamma-ray telescope anywhere in the world.

Wed, 23/07/2014 - 15:05

NWU, business chamber and developers take hands on Mandela Day

In a huge community initiative on Mandela Day the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University (NWU), students, the Potchefstroom Tlokwe Business Chamber and developers in Steve Biko Street joined forces to make their 67-minute contribution.

This followed after a video was posted on YouTube showing how the historic oak avenue in Steve Biko Street is being ruined by developers.

Tue, 22/07/2014 - 14:55

NWU Mafikeng Campus hosts 2014 SAB Soccer League Championships

The 15th rendition of the South African Breweries (SAB) Soccer League Championships recently took centre stage on the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU).

Nine teams from different provinces and a team from University Sports South Africa (USSA) are competing in the week-long tournament that kicked-off on 13 July 2014.

The SAB League is the largest grassroots football development tournament administered by the South African Football Association.   

Fri, 18/07/2014 - 14:26

NWU researcher wins “grammy” for drug research

Outstanding contributions to scientific research, technological innovation, management, capacity building and science communication were recently announced and celebrated in Gauteng at the 16th annual National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF)-BHP Billiton Awards gala dinner. These prestigious awards, only meant for the cream of the crop, are also described as the “Grammy” awards for researchers.    

Wed, 09/07/2014 - 15:39

NWU and Pfizer take drug research to new heights

Tue, 08/07/2014 - 15:11

NWU Mafikeng Campus IKS Centre signs MoU with external partners

The Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) Centre on the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with various external partners to establish and develop cooperation in the field of ethno-medicine.

The MoU gives the NWU formal approval to engage with external partners, develop projects and to seek funding and other support.

Fri, 04/07/2014 - 13:16

NWU Mafikeng Campus hosts seventh e-skill CoLab in SA

The Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) is hosting the seventh e-skills CoLab in South Africa.

The campus and delegates from nine countries and various companies such as iNeSi, DOT and BIMSCS are working together to establish the CoLab which officially commenced on 17 June.

Thu, 03/07/2014 - 15:49

NWU lecturer receives provincial Marilyn Lahana Caring Award

A lecturer in the Department of Nursing Science on the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU), Mr Boitumelo Molato, recently received the provincial Marilyn Lahana Caring Award from the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) for his contribution towards nursing in the province.

Wed, 02/07/2014 - 15:49

NWU Vaal colloquium attracts international academics

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Tue, 01/07/2014 - 15:28

NWU’s Mafikeng Campus hosts workshop on Ethno Medicine

The NWU Mafikeng Campus’ Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) Centre under the faculty of Agriculture, Science and Technology (FAST) hosted its first stakeholders’ workshop in Ethno medicine on 26 May.

The workshop was attended by more than 40 external stakeholders.

Tue, 17/06/2014 - 15:13

NWU Vaal Campus research finalist in prestigious NSTF-BHP Billiton Award


Tue, 17/06/2014 - 08:52

NWU students receive international recognition for modern fuelling station design

Five students from different faculties on the North-West University’s Potchefstroom Campus recently took part in an international hydrogen science competition, and showed the world that the NWU is a university to be reckoned with.

Thu, 12/06/2014 - 14:58

Six new interpreters for foundation phase maths

The Mafikeng Campus has welcomed six new interpreters.

These interpreters have been appointed to interpret two mathematics modules of foundation phase education into Setswana.

Ms Gomolemo Gabanakgosi, Ms Mmaserole Molefe, Ms Mmakhuduga Mosenogi, Ms Nomasonto Ratshikana, Ms Tshegofatso Thabeng and Ms Nozizwe Ximba have been doing group interpreting at the Mafikeng Campus for several weeks now.

Wed, 11/06/2014 - 15:59

Sign language interpreting brings new possibilities for NWU

Last year the NWU started with sign language interpreting. A Deaf student, Mr Qobo Ningiza, is having his classes in BA Law interpreted for him in South African Sign Language. This is the first time that a sign language interpreter has been made available to a student at the NWU.

Tue, 10/06/2014 - 16:15

NWU expert chosen to represent SA and Africa


Mon, 09/06/2014 - 13:59

NWU hosts inter-campus jurisprudence symposium

The Law Faculty on the North-West University’s (NWU) Mafikeng Campus and the School for Basic Sciences on the Vaal Triangle Campus hosted a Jurisprudence Symposium on 23 May 2014 at the Great Hall on the Mafikeng Campus.

The symposium was a first for the NWU and the theme of the day was “The 20th Anniversary of the constitutional democracy in South Africa: Reflections on the prospects and impediments.”

Wed, 28/05/2014 - 14:42

NWU Vaal takes the sting out of accounting


Mon, 26/05/2014 - 15:40

NWU Vaal’s Survivor2Thriver programme assists survivors of child sexual abuse



Fri, 23/05/2014 - 15:36

NWU Vaal Triangle Campus and ArcelorMittal SA unite for skills development


Thu, 22/05/2014 - 16:00

NWU Potchefstroom Campus first in dagga debate


Wed, 21/05/2014 - 15:57

NWU Mafikeng Campus appoints new vice-rector

Prof Luvuyo Lumkile Lalendle, former director of quality promotion and assurance at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, was recently appointed as the new vice-rector for teaching, learning and quality assurance at the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU).

Prof Lalendle, who took up this new challenge on 1 May 2014, has worked in higher education institutions in South Africa and in the United States of America (USA) for the past 28 years.

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 15:35

NWU study shows rhinos more popular than ever

Rhinos are becoming an even more popular tourist attraction and their value to the South African tourism industry is more than ever.

This is according to the findings of Prof Melville Saayman, director of the research focus area TREES (Tourism Research, Economics, Environment and Society) on the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University (NWU), after a recent study completed by him and his team at the Kruger National Park.

Wed, 30/04/2014 - 13:00

Two NWU researchers part of unique international study on the impact of urbanisation on biodiversity

Two researchers from the North-West University (NWU) participated in the compilation of the largest international database of its kind to determine the impact of urbanisation on biodiversity across the world.

Tue, 22/04/2014 - 15:37

Exceptional honour for two physics researchers

Two researchers at the Centre for Space Research (CSR) at the North-West University (NWU) were recently exceptionally honoured with the ratings they received from the National Research Foundation (NRF).

Prof Markus Böttcher, NRF SARChI Chair and Professor of Astrophysics and Space Physics, received his B1 rating this year for the considerable international recognition that he enjoys for the high quality and impact of his recent research outputs.

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 16:25

NWU Potchefstroom Campus opens research commons


Tue, 15/04/2014 - 14:52

NWU academic honoured for his life's work


Mon, 14/04/2014 - 15:19

NWU academic wins Academy of Arts and Culture Award



Fri, 11/04/2014 - 15:51

NWU Potchefstroom Campus stars in Mooirivier movie

Kaapland Films, the team behind 2013’s most successful Afrikaans movie, Klein Karoo, is currently filming their new movie, Mooirivier, in Potchefstroom.

The film crew will film all over Potchefstroom, with quite a few scenes that will be shot on and around the North-West University’s (NWU) Potchefstroom Campus, the familiar Bult and Cachet Park area, and also ML Fick Primary School.

Thu, 10/04/2014 - 15:38

NWU research: sheepdog helps to protect bullfrogs


Wed, 09/04/2014 - 15:53

NWU Vaal and Absa inspire financial leadership amongst first year students


Tue, 08/04/2014 - 16:08

NWU Vaal Triangle Campus opens Learning and Research Commons


Mon, 07/04/2014 - 16:03

NWU Vaal Triangle Campus launches Master’s degree in Applied Risk Management


Fri, 04/04/2014 - 15:43

NWU researcher says legal rhino horns hold great benefits

Communities in South Africa can benefit from the implementation of legalised trade in rhino horn. So says Mr Michael Murphree, a researcher at the African Centre for Disaster Studies on the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University (NWU).

“Legalised trade in rhino horn will not only significantly improve these communities’ quality of life, but will also lessen the pressure on the government to combat illegal poaching,” says Michael. 

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 14:26

NWU student wins national Fame Lab competition

Raven Motsewabangwe, a student from the North-West University’s (NWU) Mafikeng Campus, done the university proud when he was announced the overall winner in the national FameLab competition.

This competition took place during the National Science Festival (Scifest) in Grahamstown on 14 March 2014.

Wed, 26/03/2014 - 08:14

NWU expert says coal research needs blue-sky approach

Though coal research is being done in South Africa, significant technological and scientific advances using blue-sky research are needed to sustain momentum and provide impetus.

This is the view of Prof Quentin Campbell, associate professor of the North-West University’s (NWU) School of Chemical and Minerals Engineering.

Tue, 11/03/2014 - 16:02

Science Centre hosts Famelab competition

The Science Centre on the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University recently hosted the Famelab competition, the first of its kind in the North West Province.

The competition was presented in collaboration with the British Council, Jive Media and the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement.

Fri, 28/02/2014 - 14:57

NWU PBS tests academic literacy for better PhDs


Thu, 27/02/2014 - 15:50

NWU-Pukke win again

The Varsity Cup team of the North-West University (NWU) continued its triumphal march on Monday (10 February 2014) with a 48-24 victory over the Shimlas. Just a week earlier the same team gave the Ikeys a 47-24 thrashing in the Cape.

Inside centre Meel Engelbrecht's try shortly after half-time, and the fact that he put Shimlas' tackling skills to the test, swung the match in the home team's favour.

Fri, 14/02/2014 - 14:52

Greater collaboration between NWU Potchefstroom Campus and Tlokwe city council

The North-West University’s (NWU) Potchefstroom Campus and the Tlokwe city council have had a mutually supporting relationship for decades, but this relationship will now be strengthened even further.

Thu, 13/02/2014 - 15:53

Enter the NWU Bhive EDC Business Competition


Wed, 12/02/2014 - 15:21

Golden opportunity for NWU and Hokkaido cooperation

Representatives of the North-West University (NWU) and the Hokkaido University of Japan recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) which promises golden opportunities for academic exchange.

Mon, 10/02/2014 - 15:24

NWU campus bridges the mathematical gap with great success


Thu, 06/02/2014 - 15:22

NWU-Pukke win first Varsity Cup match

On Monday evening the NWU Puk needed to overcome not just a gale-force headwind but also a 16-0 deficit to kick off their Varsity Cup campaign with a 47-24 victory over Ikeys. The visitors really opened the flood gates in the second half and went on to score 26 points.

The Ikeys took the lead early on and the NWU-Puk had their work cut out for them to turn the momentum in their favour despite almost being blown out of their boots by the southeaster.

Wed, 05/02/2014 - 14:33

Electrical guru receives highest accolade


Mon, 03/02/2014 - 16:28

NWU dean: SA’s education needs an extreme makeover


Thu, 30/01/2014 - 16:12

NWU and stakeholders join hands to improve maths and science


Wed, 29/01/2014 - 16:21

Human Rights – priority on NWU campuses


Tue, 28/01/2014 - 16:12

NWU Vice-Chancellor shares his thoughts on the emerging university market

Dr Theuns Eloff, the Vice-Chancellor of the North-West University (NWU), presented a paper at the Association of Commonwealth Universities’ Centenary Conference that took place from 16-18 October 2013 at the University of London, United Kingdom.

The three-day conference addressed questions around the Centenary theme Future forward: design, develop, deliver.

Mon, 27/01/2014 - 15:32

NWU student gets footage of fish catching bird in flight


Mon, 27/01/2014 - 05:14

NWU opens up for international evaluation

The internationally-led panel that the university has invited to evaluate the NWU has started their formal evaluation of the NWU.

The panel arrived on Friday, 17 January, and had their first evaluation session at the Institutional Office on Monday, followed by visits to the Potchefstroom Campus and Vaal Triangle Campus on Tuesday and Mafikeng Campus on Wednesday.

Tue, 21/01/2014 - 16:22

New Vice-Chancellor, Vice-Principal and Institutional Registrar appointed for North-West University (NWU)

Institutional Office – The North-West University Council during its meeting on 22 November 2013, appointed Prof Dan Kgwadi as the new Vice-Chancellor of the NWU. Council decided to appoint Prof Herman van Schalkwyk, Rector of the Potchefstroom Campus to officiate as Vice-Principal in line with the Statute.

Fri, 22/11/2013 - 16:21

Inspiring lecturers win R50 000 each

Institutional Office – Fourteen lecturers of the North-West University (NWU) were awarded as the most inspiring lecturers for 2013.

It is the passion, commitment, enthusiasm and motivation of these lecturers that won them the Rapport Top Lecturer Award to the value of R50 000 each.  The prize money was presented to the winning lecturers at a gala event in Potchefstroom on 13 November 2013.

Mon, 18/11/2013 - 15:00

North-West University recognises cool researchers

Institutional Office – Hard work paid off for more than 70 North-West University (NWU) staff members who were acknowledged for excellence in research, innovation, community involvement and creativity at a gala event in Potchefstroom on Friday, 1 November 2013. 

Dr Theuns Eloff, vice-chancellor of the NWU, said the evening was about celebrating the fact that research is cool and that cool people excel in research.

Tue, 05/11/2013 - 14:33

North-West University (NWU) awards illustrious Alumni

At an awards evening held in Sandton, the North-West University celebrated its top 10 alumni who have helped shape the country. The prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award went to former State President FW de Klerk, who completed his Bachelor of Law degree at the former Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education in 1958.

“The spirit of the NWU is reflected in the way it unlocks the future for its students and the way it enables them to find their place in the world. To honour their outstanding accomplishments and exemplary contributions to society, alumni were publicly recognised,” said Dr Theuns Eloff, vice-chancellor of the NWU.

Mon, 09/09/2013 - 10:09

North-West University (NWU) and North West Provincial Government take hands for a brighter future

Institutional Office – The North-West University (NWU) and the North West Provincial Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) during a ceremony at the Mmabatho Hotel School in Mafikeng on Tuesday.

Thu, 22/08/2013 - 09:11

NWU Theology influences Northern Cape


Mon, 22/07/2013 - 11:55

South Africa must reap the benefits of Halal tourism

According to Prof Melville Saayman, director of the focus area Tourism Research in Economic Environs and Society (TREES) at the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University (NWU), halal tourism is a potential gold mine for South Africa.

According to statistics there are 1,8 billion Muslims in the world who, in 2011, spent $126 billion on tourism – 12,3% of the world’s total outbound tourism expenditure. In domestic currency terms that is approximately R 1 260 billion.

Fri, 14/06/2013 - 11:50

Health of pregnant women under magnifying glass


Thu, 13/06/2013 - 11:20

NWU advances hydrogen strategy with launch of new research centre

South Africa is further advancing its strategy of developing commercial activities in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies with the recent launch of the Hydrogen South African (HySA) Infrastructure Centre of Competence (CoC) on the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University (NWU).

Wed, 12/06/2013 - 09:28

NWU advances hydrogen strategy with launch of new research centre

South Africa is further advancing its strategy of developing commercial activities in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies with the recent launch of the Hydrogen South African (HySA) Infrastructure Centre of Competence (CoC) on the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University (NWU).

The HySA Infrastructure CoC is co-hosted by the NWU and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and is mandated to deliver technologies for renewable hydrogen production, storage and distribution.

Wed, 12/06/2013 - 09:13