- THE MOST PROGRESSIVE
TECHNOLOGICALLY INNOVATIVE UNIVERSITY IN SOUTH AFRICA
The Institutional Office
of the North-West University
OUR RECENT HISTORY
On 1 January 2004 the
former University of the North West (UNW) and the Potchefstroom
University for Christian Higher Education (PU for CHE) were merged to
form a new institution called the North-West University (NWU). In this
merger the former Sebokeng Campus of the Vista University were
This merger proved to be
of symbolic significance to the higher education sector and our country.
It also proved to be a huge success as after only one year, the
Innovation Fund of the Department of Science and Technology awarded the
University as the most progressive technologicaly innovative university
in South Africa
ONE UNIVERSITY, MANY
CAMPUSES The North-West University
is a unitary, multi-campus institution with campuses spread across two
provinces, i.e. the North-West and Gauteng. In line with this unity, it
has a single set of policies, systems and standards, as well as one
Council, one Chancellor, one Vice-Chancellor, one Senate and one
Institutional Forum. The campuses in Mafikeng
(with its satellite site in Mankwe), Potchefstroom and the
Vanderbijlpark operate as business units with specific programmes. The
geographical spread of the physical campuses and various other
off-campus learning modes make learning accessible to many prospective
The campuses are supported
by a head office and institutional management. The institutional
management consists of:
Dr Theuns Eloff
Dr Ngoato Takalo
Dr Dan Kgwadi
Prof Annette L
Campus Rector Vaal
Prof Piet Prinsloo
Prof Chris van der
Director Finance and Facilities
Prof Johan Rost
Director Human Resources, Student Affairs, Research and
Prof Frikkie van
Mr Chris Windell
The Chancellor is
dr Popo Molefe, former premier of the North West Province and the
Chairperson of the NWU Council is Mr Litha Nyhonyha.
To be a pre-eminent
university in Africa, driven by the pursuit of knowledge and innovation.
To realise the vision, we
Position the North-West University as a value-driven
university, striving to make a difference, through the pursuit of
knowledge and innovation, and by being locally engaged, nationally
relevant and internationally recognized.
Develop, educate and empower through quality
teaching-learning well-rounded graduates able to think laterally and
critically and to serve the country and all its people.
Produce high-quality, relevant and focussed research, basic as well
as applied, supplying innovative solutions to challenges faced by
the scholarly community, the country, the continent and the world.
Implement research results and expertise, both commercially and
community-directed, for the benefit of the country, the continent
and the world.
Aspire to be recognised internationally as a well-managed and
innovative university, with a client focus and a quality focus, by
creating an enabling environment that will enhance and improve its
Create a financially viable institution able to transform
continually to meet the country's social and economic needs.
sensitive to our environment and the country's social needs, and to
promote sustainable development.
UNITY AND DIVERSITY
The North-West University
celebrates the unity and oneness of a country that has 11 official
languages and is made up of various cultures, backgrounds and belief
systems. The University is developing one institutional culture and
ethos, with room for variety in campus personalities, based on the unity
and value system of the University. It embraces the country's diversity
and proudly underwrite its credo:
!ke e: /xarra //ke meaning
Diverse people unite'or Many people make one.
FORMING AN EFFECTIVE PART
OF A CHANGING SOCIETY The NWU views
transformation as being able to adapt to an ever-changing environment,
both nationally and globally. Transformation means to be responsive to
the needs of our country and the continent (including high-tech needs),
to practise state of the art management in a globalised world, and to
continuously improve quality. The Council and Management aims to develop
an environment in which academics can focus on teaching-learning,
research and implementation of their expertise to the benefit of
communities and the country as a whole.
Transformation also means
improved equity and various interventions are being implemented and
planned to address this crucial issue. It is imperative that the face of
the North-West University captures the South African identity through
its student and staff demographics. The University is committed to
employing the best staff whilst also applying employment equity
principles. In addition, the University wants to ensure that all
campuses remain viable and continue to be sustainable in terms of
student numbers, programmes, quality and finances.
MAKING HIGHER EDUCATION
The North-West University
strives to promote access to learning and opportunities for those
students who have a good chance to succeed, while maintaining the
highest standards and striving towards academic excellence.
The allocation of
bursaries, funding projects and loans are looked at as a mechanism to
make higher education accessible to students with potential. The
NWU has been applying one set of admission requirements on all campuses
with effect from January 2005.
A UNIVERSITY WITH MANY
To promote access,
integration, a sense of belonging and to redress the language imbalances
of the past, the North-West University strives to multilingualism, to
celebrate the richness of a diverse society.
For tuition purposes, the
Mafikeng Campus uses English and the Vaal Triangle Campus both Afrikaans
and English. The Potchefstroom Campus uses Afrikaans as the medium of
instruction at the undergraduate level, while access for non-Afrikaans
speaking students are ensured in strategic programmes by simultaneous
interpreting of Afrikaans classes (e.g. in Engineering, Pharmacy,
Nursing and Theology). Off-campus programmes are offered in English.
The North-West University
is driven by the values contained in the South African Constitution,
especially human dignity, equality and freedom.
As a tertiary institution,
we respect all perspectives and belief systems to ensure
an environment for
education, learning, research and community service. It also holds the
values of integrity, a commitment to excellent scholarship, and academic
freedom in high regard.
PEOPLE ARE THE NWU'S
STRENGTH The North-West University
staff are a diverse group of motivated people committed to excellence.
The University understands that the level of excellence at the
North-West University is only sustainable if it continues to invest in
the highest quality staff, recognising that such staff expect to work
for a top-quality organisation that will give them the opportunities to
utilise their talents and to develop their careers. The NWU is committed
to maintaining a collegial and open working environment where ideas are
shared and people co-operate to achieve common goals. Equally, it
recognises that it is important that all staff are valued for their
individual contribution and are given the scope to develop their unique
skills and talents during their careers.
Students on the
Vaal Triangle Campus
In addition, all
academic staff, as well as middle to senior support staff participate in
an integrated performance management system, with appropriate incentives
QUALITY AND MEASUREMENT SET
THE NWU APART The North-West University
believes that quality assurance and measurement should form the basis of
all academic and managerial activities.
An internal quality manual
serves as a handbook to assure quality conduct throughout the
institution, both in academic and non-academic departments. The manual
is proof of the conviction that quality happens where the job is done.
Regular workshops on quality take place at our various campuses and at
institutional level support and co-ordination take place and policies
are developed at institutional level to ensure that all activities of
the University comply with stakeholder quality requirements. The level
of quality at the North-West University is continually being measured by
both internal and external audits.
University aims to contribute to the community through quality research,
engaging in innovative, problem-solving research that will improve the
quality of life in South Africa and abroad. The University's research is
based on modern and international standards, as acknowledged by various
international research bodies. Research Focus Areas are regularly
subjected to an international and national peer review and
inter-disciplinary research is actively encouraged. BECAUSE NWU CARES
University recognises its role in the development of and capacity
building in the communities around its campuses. We strive for excellent
service delivery to communities who can contribute to the improvement of
the quality of life for all in our country. Through community service
our research and education take on a human face and spirit.
We have a multitude of
purposeful development projects aimed at the empowerment of communities
across the nation, for example:
Project, which aims to improve the academic results of Grade 12
learners through additional classes in Science, Mathematics and
English on the Mafikeng, Potchefstroom and Vaal Triangle Campusses,
thus bringing the learners'dream of a better life within their
Project provides children from disadvantaged communities with the
skills to bring to life the music inside them. They are taught to
play various instruments and are given the opportunity to perform in
At the NWU we are
passionate about the rights of our people. The University manages
seven legal aid centres in the North-West, Gauteng and Mpumalanga
Provinces. The I-legal Train renders legal advice to members of the
community who could otherwise not afford it. This project, sponsored
by Transnet, makes legal services available to different communities
across the province. The train visits remote areas where legal
services are not accessible to the poor.
The Farm Labourers,
Agriculture and Health (FLAGH) project was implemented to enhance
the living conditions of women farm labourers in the North-West
Province. The women are taught to become economically independent by
utilising their available resources. They are also sensitised in
regard to their constitutional rights.
The HIV/AIDS Centre
at the University provides support and training to staff and
students. The Centre also offers free testing and counselling. It
furthermore serves as co-ordinating body with regard to research on
HIV/AIDS conducted by the University.
We are committed to
improving the quality of education and have established a number of
projects in collaboration with several partners, e.g.:
Project, which aims to improve the quality of teaching in
Science and Mathematics and which assists teachers in acquiring
Higher Education Diplomas.
The Africa Drive
Project in collaboration with the Department of Education in the
North-West Province, SAPS and various other organisations, which
seeks to alleviate the shortage of suitable qualified educators
in Science, Mathematics and Technology; and
The Whole School
Development Project, which is being implemented with the help of
the National Business Initiative (NBI), and which aims to
improve the quality of education in a number of schools around
the various NWU campuses.