Welcome to Technology Transfer

One word that captures the spirit if the North-West University is “innovative”.


North-West University is a pre-eminent African university. With an impressive history driven by the pursuit of knowledge, research, and innovation, and with roots dating back 147 years, it is a leading centre of excellence.

The spirit of the North-West University is reflected in the way they unlock the future for people and enable them to make their dreams come true.

Innovation, be it evolutionary innovation, which is the continuous or dynamic innovation brought about by many incremental advances in technology or processes, and revolutionary innovation, often disruptive in its inventiveness, is what drives the advancement of humanity. Throughout history, universities, like North-West University, have been focal points of research and scholarly development that have given birth to discoveries which have enriched humanity and its endeavours in a myriad of different ways. The NWU received a 5 star rating for Innovation through the QS Global ranking system. 


Prof Frik van Niekerk, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research & Innovation Support

“NWU has an excellent track record of innovation, and in a number of different areas.  Even so, we are guided by the National Development Plan (NDP) and have quite a few sustainable projects underway. What we need is more public and private sector participation because, ultimately, our human capital development is for their benefit. They need to exploit this valuable resource.”


With 73,414 students and a mascot called “Pukki”, North-West University (NWU) was founded on January 1, 2004 through the amalgamation of three different learning institutions into a multi-campus university with a footprint across two provinces. The Mafikeng and Potchefstroom Campuses are situated in the North-West Province and the Vaal Triangle Campus in Gauteng. 

Today, NWU is recognised as one of the best-managed and most innovative universities in South Africa. It continues to celebrate and encourage multiculturalism, multilingualism and multinationalism. With an exceptionally rich range of study choices at undergraduate and postgraduate level, the university’s offerings span a spectrum of academic disciplines, from agriculture and arts through to commerce, engineering, education, health, law, the natural sciences and theology. 

Prof Deon de Beer, Director: Technology Transfer & Innovation Support

“With 84 inventions, 320 patents, 24 licensing agreements and 22 spin-off companies, NWU has done extremely well. However, it’s not just the urbanites that should benefit from our work. We need to focus on taking our innovations and implementing these in rural areas so as to have a positive influence on the quality of life of our people. If we do this then we are having a right, balanced impact.”




Innovation Highway Enterprises (Pty) Ltd is a newly created holding company, wholly owned by the North-West University, which

This regional innovation platform will stimulate innovation and economic growth and will truly be a regional player with a pipeline of technologies which would assist inventors and entrepreneurs.

We are excited to share this pre-launch news with you and please be on the look-out for the official launch later this year!