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NWU delivers excellence in research

Welcome to this special edition of the North-West University's newsletter, Research@NWU. We revisit some of the prominent research news that appeared in the newsletter throughout the year.


The university's most productive, most creative and most innovative researchers and inventors have been singled out for high praise. The annual NWU Excellence Awards ceremony for outstanding staff took place in Potchefstroom on 23 November.

These achievers were acknowledged for their exceptional contributions to teaching and learning, community engagement and research and innovation.


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Researchers find 'spiral arms' around massive stars

Researchers have found an important piece of the puzzle in the formation of massive stars, also known as protons (stars with a mass that is about eight times or more greater than that of the sun).

In the first-ever observational evidence, they have determined that accretion discs around forming protostars have spiral arm structures.


Bridging the digital divide one school at a time

The benefits from widespread and equitable access to information and communications technologies (ICTs) in South Africa are touted as having the potential to change the course and trajectory of this country for the better.

Researchers at the NWU share this view and are adamant that schools can serve as a base from which to address the growing digital divide.


NRF boosts funding for coal research at NWU

The quest for more sustainable and greener coal energy is receiving a boost through the National Research Foundation's renewal of the Chair for Coal Research at the NWU.

The chair has secured funding of R4,15 million per year for the next five years as part of the NRF's South African Research Chairs initiative, adding up to more than R20 million over the full period.



UNESCO chair continues on its journey

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation has shown its confidence in the NWU by relaunching the Chair on Multimodal Learning and Open Educational Resources for a second term of four years.


Meet our researchers

Researchers across our faculties are doing exciting work in their fields of expertise. During the past year, we introduced the work of various researchers. We look again at some of this exciting research projects.


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