December 2022

NWU delivers excellence in research

Welcome to the seventh edition of the North-West University's 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.


NWU's flagship research projects are contributing to South Africa's future

The NWU is at the cutting-edge of research that seeks to embed community engagement and contribute meaningfully to people's lives locally, continentally, and globally.

Prof Jeffrey Mphahlele is under no illusion about the intricacies involved in research and innovation.



Corporal punishment in schools

It is clear that something needs to be done about discipline in schools, but reintroducing corporal punishment, even on a limited scale, is probably not the answer. This is one of the findings of a study by Dr Noorullah Shaikhnag, senior lecturer and deputy director at the School of Psycho-Social Education.


South Africa's water mavericks

Together they are known as the water mavericks: Prof Carlos Bezuidenhout and Prof Henk Bouwman have a wealth of experience between them and have amassed acclaimed recognition for their water-related research in their respective fields.


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Using the law to advance justice and sustainability

When it comes to seeking innovative solutions to the social and environmental challenges faced by South Africa, the Research Unit for Law, Justice and Sustainability from the NWU is at the forefront.


Researcher points the way to enhancing academic integrity

The academic world can easily be infiltrated by dishonesty and plagiarism, especially in trying times such as the past two years of the Covid-19 pandemic. Good academic practice is essential for lecturers and students.


Bank failures in Zimbabwe due to poor regulatory supervision

The rampant failure of banks in Zimbabwe in the past 20 years has now been explained: a major reason is inadequate supervision of banking institutions by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) and other regulatory bodies.



NWU academic reflects on her B2 NRF rating

To be compelled to pursue research and to be grateful. These sentiments are what Prof Susan Coetzee-Van Rooy, research professor at the NWU, values when she reflects on receiving her B2 National Research Foundation (NRF) rating in 2022.


Researchers shine at NWU's Excellence Awards

The NWU celebrated its torchbearers of excellence – one of the university's core values – during the university's Excellence Awards for 2021/2022. The prestigious awards ceremony took place on 24 November at Snowflake in Potchefstroom.


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