Vol 5 2018

NWU takes research to levels of excellence

Welcome to 2018's fifth edition of the North-West University's research and innovation newsletter, Research@NWU. The aim of this newsletter is to showcase research projects, researchers and relevant events.

This edition highlights research that encourages entrepreneurship. Follow this link to see Prof Refilwe Phaswana-Mafuya, the NWU's deputy vice-chancellor for research and innovation, speak about the NWU's efforts to promote entrepreneurship through research.

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How resilient are
SA's female entrepreneurs?

South African policy makers and researchers are in agreement: a thriving small, medium and micro enterprise (SMME) sector is the key to job creation, economic sustainability and ultimately positive growth. With the National Development Plan (NDP) predicting that by 2030 SMMEs will generate 90% of the 11 million new jobs targeted, the future could be very bright. This is despite the challenges entrepreneurs, especially female entrepreneurs, are experiencing.

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NWU paves the way for female entrepreneurs

Opportunity should be without bias. There is a dearth of female entrepreneurs in the country and the NWU is addressing this problem through the Enterprising Women Programme (EWP). There are many pitfalls and roadblocks facing women who want to start their own business and a level playing field is an imperative where small business owners are concerned. This year, more than 30 women are paving the way to a more prosperous future by participating in the EWP.

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Research explores preferences of game meat eaters

Earlier this year, Statistics SA stated that over six million South Africans are currently unemployed. With the country's current economic climate resulting in shrinking opportunities for formal employment, more and more South Africans are turning to entrepreneurship. NWU TREES director Prof Melville Saayman, research assistant Bianca van Rensburg, and School of Tourism deputy director Prof Elmarie Slabbert, conducted research on the game meat industry and its growth potential.

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NWU now hosts UNESCO Chair on Multimodal Learning and OER

The establishment of a Chair on Multimodal Learning and OER at the NWU was recently approved by UNESCO. There are currently only 737 UNESCO chairs worldwide, of which only 10 are in South Africa. The promotion of multimodal and self-directed learning has been identified as important aspects in the NWU Teaching and Learning Strategy. This is part of the university's commitment to accessible and relevant high-quality teaching and learning, with a view to enhancing student success as well as their experience of the curriculum.

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