NWU Vaal Open Day a big success
The Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU) recently hosted a very successful Open Day and prospective learners from across the region attended the event. The Open Day provides learners and their parents with the golden opportunity to learn more about the fields of study that are available, the admission requirements, finances as well as student accommodation.
Grade 11 and 12 learners also have the opportunity to speak to both academic and support staff in order to get firsthand information regarding the academic offerings of the campus as well as the support services that are in place to assist students.
In his address the Campus Rector, Prof Thanyani Mariba reminded the students that the year 2010 not only has significance due to the World Cup but also marks the year in which they will have to make one of the most important choices ever – the choice of a future career and hence a field of study. “It is my wish that you join our tightly woven campus community – a community that not only celebrates excellence but also the richness of cultural diversity, the freedom of academic enquiry and the spirit of innovation,” lamented Prof Mariba whilst stating that the strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.
He furthermore told learners that as soon-to-be university students they are not merely choosing a career, they are investing in the future to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision and with a finer spirit of hope and achievement.
The Vaal Triangle Campus is renowned for being the environmental jewel in the crown of the NWU, nestled on the banks of the Vaal River. As a campus the ethos of diversity is adhered to and out of the 4 578 registered students there is no less than 28 language groupings and more than 30 different cultures represented. According to Prof Mariba the staff and students have proved themselves to be ambassadors of academic excellence and he furthermore indicated that the main academic focus of the campus is teaching-learning and research.
Grade 12 learners who attended the Open Day
According to Higher Education South Africa (HESA), in 2009 the overall pass rate for the National Senior Certificate Exam was 62.5% of which only 19.8% of the candidates passed with full matric exemption. In retrospect, this means that a massive 217 355 Grade 12 learners failed the exam. In his closing the Campus Rector quoted the well-known words of the soccer legend, Pele: “Success is no accident – it is hard work, perseverance, learning and studying, sacrifice and most of all, love. Love for what you are doing or learning to do”.
Published by Sipho Msolo on 10 August 2010.