nurtures sense of belonging


“Our major concern as Student Life practitioners is to ensure that our students have a positive student experience which is complemented by a large array of critical skills, great attitudes and attributes that make our graduates a cut above the rest.”

For our students, the NWU is their “home away from home” and Student Life’s many programmes are geared to making them feel welcome and ready to enjoy the vibrant campus life.

Creating and offering student co-curricular and extra-curricular programmes that nurture a sense of belonging is the focus of Student Life.

Dr Sibusiso Chalufu, the new executive-director for student life, says these programmes contribute to our students’ holistic development as well-rounded, innovative and socially responsible global leaders.

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“Student Life advocates for students to ensure that their voice is clearly heard within the university community.

“One of the key programmes we present is the annual registration and orientation programme which ensures that all NWU students are able to successfully navigate their way during their journey and stay with the NWU,” he says.

In addition to executive director Sibusiso, there are three dedicated campus directors who oversee Student Life activities, functions and offerings at campus level. As shown on the organogram, the campus directors are Jim Molautsi (Mahikeng), Dr Corrie Rheeder (Potchefstroom) and Jacob Simango (Vanderbijlpark).

Furthermore, Student Life comprises several core divisions on each campus focused on co-curricular activities. These divisions include:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Sports
  • Student Counselling and Development
  • Health clinics
  • Campus radio and media
  • Student leadership (including the student campus councils and the NWU’s Student Representative Council)

Dr Sibusiso Chalufu

 Executive Director: Student Life

Jim Molautsi

Campus director (Mahikeng)

Dr Corrie Rheeder

Campus director (Potchefstroom)

Jacob Simango

Campus director (Vanderbijlpark)