February 2019

NWU – research with impact!

Welcome to 2019's first edition of the North-West University's research and innovation newsletter, Research@NWU. The aim of the newsletter is to showcase research projects, researchers and related events. This newsletter is one of seven, distributed to academic staff and researchers during the year.


Conference inspires researchers

Research can be a solitary activity and there's nothing like contact with like-minded scholars to motivate and energise a researcher.

The benefits of interacting with fellow researchers were clearly in evidence at the first NWU Biennial Research and Innovation Conference, held from 27 to 29 November last year.

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Quality medicines for the world

When it comes to the quality of medicines, there can be no compromise. This is why the NWU's Research Institute for Industrial Pharmacy®, incorporating CENQAM®, is a trusted partner of the World Health Organisation (WHO). The institute houses a WHO Collaborating Centre for the Quality Assurance of Medicines, which develops and validates analytical test methods for the quality screening of medicines.

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Why do we not grow new businesses?

Nurturing new entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial companies is seen as one of the key aspects of revitalising the South African economy. Numerous programmes and initiatives developed by government and private institutions aim to achieve this, and the youth are encouraged to start their own businesses. These initiatives are mainly driven by development agencies and business schools at tertiary institutions.

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Optentia to host Stats Camp South Africa

When it comes to research, the findings are only as strong as the analysis of the data. If a researcher is proficient in statistical analysis the research will benefit society, if not, it is an opportunity lost. This April the NWU's Optentia research focus area, in collaboration with two international experts on statistical analysis, Prof Todd D Little and Prof Rens van der Schoot, will host a Stats Camp in South Africa.

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NWU study continues to deliver papers

Following the successful conclusion of Kgotla Katlego Masibi's first research report into "Electrochemical properties of carbon nanotubes/PANI/metal oxide nanoparticle nanocomposites towards electrocatalysis of some organochlorine pesticides", he is hard at work on a second paper after graduating with his MSc degree last year.


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