Vol 6 2018

NWU – research for a better world

Welcome to 2018's sixth 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 edition highlights research that is taking us into the future.


Researcher is first in Africa to lead global hypertension society

Normal heart rates range from 60 to 100 beats per minute. Anything above that means blood is racing at an alarming speed through your veins. One person whose blood is pumping with passion in the fight against a deadly health condition, hypertension, is Prof Alta Schutte.

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3-D printing to improve the lives of individuals

Staff and students at the Engineering Faculty are in the process of giving the traditional way of manufacturing products a huge blow. They are now using their wide variety of world class three-dimensional printers. According to CP Kloppers, a lecturer in mechanical engineering, the purpose of this easier and faster way of manufacturing is to give the community access to products that will make life a bit easier.

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Gr8 Success! – a serious game for teaching soft skills

Meet Faith Sibiya and Carl Thomson. They are two typical varsity students. Faith is an eccentric foot-dragger and always finds an excuse to do that really important assignment... tomorrow.
Carl, on the other hand, is an inattentive fusspot. In less than six months' time, both of them have to set foot in the world of work. Do they know that industry requires more than mere technical skills and know-how?

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Social service information is just an app away

On a dusty street of a village in the North West Province a group of 12-year-olds are cheering each other on as they play kgati, an indigenous game using a skipping rope. As the game intensifies one of them hears her grandmother shouting from the kitchen, requesting her to go to their ward counsellor's house and ask if social grants will be paid the following day. Many South Africans rely on others for social service information.

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Tool for talent risk management may retain academics

The voluntary turnover rate of academics ranges between 41 and 63% and at least 6 000 new academics are required to replace retiring academics within the next five years.

These research statistics and estimates do not look good, do they? Fortunately a recent doctoral research study has shone the light on talent management with a view to improvements in the future.

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Exciting research taking us into the future

Prof Refilwe Phaswana-Mafuya, the NWU's deputy vice-chancellor for research, innovation and technology, speaks about the university's exciting research.

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First NWU Biennial Research and Innovation conference

All NWU researchers are encouraged to register for the NWU's first Biennial Research and Innovation conference. The conference is for researchers, by researchers and with researchers. It promises to be a highlight of the year.

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