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First-of-a-kind study measures children’s utterances in Southern Bantu languages
A study published by the Child Language Development node of the South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR) is the first of its kind to measure children’s utterances in isiXhosa, Sesotho, Setswana and Xitsonga. 20 Jun 2024 Read more

SADiLaR director elected as fellow of the Zimbabwe Academy of Sciences
The director of the South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR), Prof Langa Khumalo, has been elected as fellow of the Zimbabwe Academy of Sciences (ZAS). 19 Jun 2024 Read more

SADiLaR’s strategic vision presented to Clarin management
Stakeholder engagement is a crucial part of the South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR)'s strategic mission. With the adoption of a new five-year strategy plan, the infrastructure is dedicated to promoting its mandate and establishing a local and global presence to attract potential partners in the domains of natural language processing and digital humanities. This commitment was reinforced by the infrastructure's acceptance as a full member of Clarin, a distributed European digital infrastructure consortium, as of 1 January 2024. 13 Jun 2024 Read more

SADiLaR celebrates PhD aimed at improving Sesotho learners' reading skills
A former high school teacher's quest to improve the poor reading ability of learners in low-resource languages has resulted in a groundbreaking PhD centered on the development of a means to measure text readability while developing digital language resources for Sesotho. This research is the first of its kind and will also serve as a model for other Bantu languages. 4 Jun 2024 Read more

Prof Bismark awarded National Order Of Merit by France
Prof Bismark Tyobeka, principal and vice-chancellor of the North-West University (NWU) has been awarded the prestigious National Order of Merit, also known as the l’Ordre National du Mérite, on behalf of the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron. 27 May 2024 Read more

Former world and national Morganti Ju-Jitsu champion bags a PhD
Moses Radebe, a two-time world Morganti Ju-Jitsu and a five-time national Ju-Jitsu champion, graduated with a PhD in radiation science at the North-West University (NWU) on 20 May 2024. 23 May 2024 Read more

GoAllOut student chapter breaks Guinness World Record
The North-West University’s GoAllOut Organisation student chapter has achieved a historic accolade in breaking the Guinness World Record with their Pad the Way project for the longest line of sanitary pads. 17 May 2024 Read more

Seven Eagles to soar at the 2024 Olympic Games in France
In a little more than two months, the 2024 Olympic Games will be hosted in Paris, France, and a number of North-West University (NWU) Eagles will make the journey to the Île-de-France region to represent South Africa... and New Zealand. 15 May 2024 Read more

Child speech database research project attracts international attention
A research project aimed at compiling a child speech database for the South African context, with a focus on speech samples of typically developing Afrikaans and Sesotho sa Leboa-speaking children, is garnering attention both nationally and internationally. 7 May 2024 Read more

Siya celebrates Rassie
On Thursday 2 May, Rassie Erasmus received an honorary doctorate from the North-West University (NWU) where he was joined by his national captain, Siya Kolisi. 7 May 2024 Read more

“Yster” Rassie Erasmus receives honorary doctorate
On Thursday, 2 May, the North-West University (NWU) bestowed an honorary doctorate on Springbok coach and SA Rugby’s former director of rugby, Rassie Erasmus. 7 May 2024 Read more

From cultivation to cup: South Africa must brew up rooibos tea tourism
  • Rooibos tea, which is indigenous to South Africa, is a significant part of the country’s cultural tapestry and holds many tourism opportunities.
  • By concentrating on rooibos – from its cultivation to its deep cultural and historical roots – the authenticity of the tourist experience can be enhanced.
  • Rooibos tea is an exceptional South African product that has captivated the global market, reaching over 30 countries. It is growing in popularity due to its health and wellness properties.
 30 Apr 2024 Read more

Former Springbok captain Adriaan Strauss receives his MBA at the NWU with distinction
Former Springbok captain and firebrand Cheetahs and Bulls hooker, Adriaan Strauss, graduated with honours from North-West University (NWU) with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) on Thursday, 25 April. 30 Apr 2024 Read more

SADiLaR funding helps launch the ǂKhomani | Hugh Brody Archive
A research project, funded by the South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR), has helped realise the long-held dream of South Africa’s ǂKhomani community to share their proud history with the rest of the world. 25 Apr 2024 Read more

Prof Bismark lauds Springboks as Newsmaker of the Year
The World Cup winning Springboks were named the 2023 Newsmaker of the Year by the National Press Club on Wednesday 17 April. The event is sponsored by the North-West University (NWU) and was held at the Pretoria National Botanical Gardens. Prof Bismark Tyobeka, principal and vice-chancellor of the NWU, lauded the Springboks for their immense achievements and their contributions to nation building, whilst also highlighting the integral role the press plays in working democracy. 22 Apr 2024 Read more

NWU Chartered Accountancy students excel in 2024 ITC
  • 97% of the NWU's candidates passed the exam.
  • The national average pass rate was 67%.
  • The NWU's ICAN candidates achieved a 100% pass rate.
 15 Apr 2024 Read more

Botswana should be praised for its conservation efforts, not chastised by Germany
Germany’s proposed ban on the import of hunting trophies over poaching concerns has drawn the ire of Botswana’s President, Mokgweetsi Masisi. Botswana is home to the world’s largest elephant population, which has grown to more than 130,000. 5 Apr 2024 Read more

Africa unites to bring nuclear nutrition expertise to the continent
According to the Africa Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition – Statistics and Trends 2023 report, Africa’s malnutrition figures are staggering. More than 280 million people on the continent, or about 20% of the population, are undernourished. More worryingly, this figure shows an increase of almost 60 million people since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. 2 Apr 2024 Read more

Prof. Bismark Tyobeka calls for meritocratic approach to appointment of executives and board members in SOEs
A continued downward trajectory is the only possible forecast for South Africa’s state-owned enterprises (SOEs) if political appointments in SOEs continue to take precedence over expertise. 28 Mar 2024 Read more

Largest frog in more than 100 years discovered in Africa
  • A new species of African bullfrog has been discovered in northeastern Namibia, southern Angola, south-western Zambia and north-western Botswana.
  • It is the largest frog species discovered in more than 100 years.
  • The largest specimen found is 210 millimetres long and weighs one kilogramme.
 26 Mar 2024 Read more

Taylor Swift to South Africa’s rescue?
  • Taylor Swift is a cultural phenomenon, spelling a massive cash influx in consumer spending for her concert destinations.
  • Cities and provinces in South Africa can benefit hugely by exploiting the spending potential from concerts by international musicians.
  • Local governments should look to take the initiative and work with the private sector to fuel the tourism industry, especially in tourist off-seasons. 25 Mar 2024 Read more

  • World Intellectual Property Day Celebrations 2024 media invite
    Members of the media are invited to the media launch of the World Intellectual Property Day (WIPD) Celebrations 2024. The media launch will be held on 16 April 2024 at the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University (NWU). The theme for this year's event is "IP and the SDGs: Building Our Common Future with Innovation and Creativity." 25 Mar 2024 Read more

    Rassie Erasmus to receive an honorary doctorate from the North-West University
    Rugby World Cup-winning coach and South African director of rugby, Johan 'Rassie' Erasmus, is to be awarded an honorary doctorate by the North-West University (NWU). The NWU Council approved the decision during their ordinary meeting on Thursday, 16 November 2023. The request for the awarding of the degree Philosophiae Doctor (Honoris Causa), in the discipline Coaching Science, was made by the NWU’s Faculty of Health Sciences. 13 Mar 2024 Read more

    SADiLaR workshop highlights benefits of online dictionaries
    The South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR) recently facilitated a successful online-dictionary training workshop at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). Hosted by UKZN's University Language Planning and Development Office (ULPDO) on 7 December 2023, the one-day workshop invited staff, students, and language practitioners to delve into the world of online dictionaries and discover the numerous benefits they hold for research and learning. 8 Mar 2024 Read more

    South Africa joins Clarin Eric as member
    After a fruitful five years as an observer of Clarin Eric, South Africa has become an official member of the distributed digital infrastructure as of 1 January 2024. South Africa is the first member country outside of Europe, and SADiLaR is the proud representative body for SA. Currently, Clarin Eric has 24 members and two observers. 29 Feb 2024 Read more

    Digital footprint crucial for indigenous language preservation
    “The work that is being done by SWiP is highly commendable. The key message of today’s meeting for me is the importance of preserving our languages. As a Zulu speaker, it is crucial that isiZulu does not die.” 23 Feb 2024 Read more

    What economists will be listening for in the budget speech
  • The Minister of Finance is up for a tough speech on Wednesday.
  • Economists would like to hear about spending cuts accompanied by a major review of budgets and spending.
  • Further austerity measures can cause a service delivery crisis. 19 Feb 2024 Read more

  • South Africa is squandering its export opportunities
  • It is peak export season for the fruit industry and there is still a backlog of exports.
  • The impact of the logistics crises caused by Transnet and the ports are having far-reaching negative consequences.
  • Export industries are pleading for a chance to help, but government is unwilling to get out of the way. 8 Feb 2024 Read more

  • DHASA 2023 highlights importance of digital humanities for inclusion
    A total of nine researchers from the South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR) participated in DHASA 2023, the fourth conference of the Digital Humanities Association of Southern Africa (DHASA) which was hosted at the Nelson Mandela University in Gqeberha, Eastern Cape, from 27 November to 1 December 2023. 26 Jan 2024 Read more

    SADiLaR shines spotlight on research during spring conference season
    The South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR) enjoyed a strong representation during South Africa’s spring conference season. Several of its digital humanities researchers showcased their research at a series of conferences which took place across South Africa during September and October 2023. 23 Nov 2023 Read more

    Space biology will be a first for Africa
    It will be a first for Africa: One innovative step by the North-West University (NWU) and one giant leap by the continent. The NWU's Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences is set to launch the research area UWN@ygoloiBecapS. 1 Nov 2023 Read more

    Anatomica Botanica Architecta
    The NWU Botanical Gardens Gallery is proud to present a group exhibition Anatomica Botanica Architecta, at the North-West University Botanical Gardens Gallery (Potchefstroom Campus) from 27 October 2023. 30 Oct 2023 Read more

    ATKV dictionary award a feather in SADiLaR's cap
    The first-ever dictionary for N|uu, one of South Africa's highly endangered minority languages with only one remaining fluent speaker, has been awarded the ATKV Wordwise Prize (Woordwystoekenning) for 2023 at the ATKV Woordveertjies (Afrikaans Language and Culture Association Word Feathers), an annual celebration of outstanding contributions around the Afrikaans word. 26 Oct 2023 Read more

    SWiP project to champion SA's indigenous languages online
    "The dislocation of our languages is perpetuated by not having pride to speak one's own mother tongue. We can only say a language is developed when it has doctors, professors, writers and artists who write down their work, poems and songs in isiNdebele. I am grateful for the support and efforts to develop our language to be an equal to others." 26 Oct 2023 Read more

    In a struggling economy, market to Millennials or miss out
    Their pockets help fuel our economy and their spending habits determine the success of many business endeavours. They were born between 1981 and 1996, they are called Millennials and, according to Prof Roland Goldberg from the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at the North-West University (NWU), retailers would be remiss to ignore their specific spending needs. 13 Oct 2023 Read more

    Nepotism is stealing Africa's future
  • Nepotism is not limited to isolated cases in Africa, but a trend throughout the continent.
  • Allowing nepotism practices through family, friends and those least qualified to occupy leadership positions is tantamount to stealing Africa's future from its young generation.
  • The liberation movement of the 1960s has not succeeded in addressing nepotism successfully as we see today that the post-colonial project has failed to resolve many socio-economic issues. 12 Oct 2023 Read more

  • Hamas attack on Israel: What does this mean for South Africa?
  • Crude oil prices are set to skyrocket after the attack on Israel.
  • Israel is going to retaliate with full force.
  • The attack has massive global implications. 12 Oct 2023 Read more

  • SADiLaR researcher selected for Open Seeds OLS-8 cohort
    A digital humanities researcher from the South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR) has been selected for the next cohort of the Open Life Science (OLS) Open Seeds programme, an international mentoring and training programme for early stage researchers and young leaders interested in applying open principles in their work and becoming open science ambassadors in their communities. 6 Oct 2023 Read more

    DH-Ignite: Digital upskilling in the spotlight at 3rd regional event
    The South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR) recently hosted another successful DH-Ignite regional event at the Premier Hotel O.R. Tambo in Kempton Park, Gauteng. Humanities and social sciences staff and students from public universities in Gauteng, Northern Cape, Free State and North West joined the three-day event from 23 to 25 August 2023 to upskill themselves on and share experiences of digital and computational methods and practices for application in their own research and teaching. 5 Oct 2023 Read more

    New Carpentries-certified instructor trainers to bolster digital skills in research
    Two digital humanities researchers from the South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR) have been included in The Carpentries' newest cohort of certified instructor trainers. Following the completion of a 10 week-long 'Train-the-Trainer' course, Mmasibidi Setaka and Rooweither Mabuya are now certified to train and certify Carpentries instructors. 4 Oct 2023 Read more

    SADiLaR collaboration seeks to preserve SA's indigenous languages online
    The South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR) is collaboratively launching an exciting new initiative with the world's largest encyclopedia, Wikipedia, and the Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB), to promote and celebrate the use of South African languages. 14 Sep 2023 Read more

    SADiLaR researchers inspired by 2023 SALALS Conference
    Three Digital Humanities researchers from the South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR) attended the 2023 Southern African Linguistics and Applied Linguistics Society (SALALS) Conference, hosted by Walter Sisulu University on its Mthatha Campus from 3 to 6 July 2023. 17 Aug 2023 Read more

    SADiLaR director honoured at UFS International Conference
    The executive director of the South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR), Prof Langa Khumalo, was recently honoured for his contribution to multilingualism at the 1st International Conference on Language, Multilingualism, and Decolonisation Practices in Higher Education. 16 Aug 2023 Read more

    NWU excited about first VC's Science Day
    The North-West University (NWU) is gearing up to host the first Vice-Chancellor's (VC's) Science Day at Mabeskraal near Rustenburg in the Moses Kotane Municipality on 31 July 2023. 28 Jul 2023 Read more

    SADiLaR celebrates successful 4th Rail workshop in Croatia
    The South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR) hosted a successful fourth workshop on Resources for African Indigenous Languages (Rail) in Dubrovnik, Croatia. The annual workshop, which took place on 6 May 2023 as part of the 17th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (EACL 2023), was organised by SADiLaR's Rooweither Mabuya, Mmasibidi Setaka and Prof Menno van Zaanen, and the CAM Foundation's Don Mthobela. 12 Jul 2023 Read more

    SADiLaR-UJ externship highlights career possibilities in digital humanities
    A group of linguistics and language practice students from the University of Johannesburg (UJ) recently attended an online workshop with staff from the South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR) to learn more about the career possibilities in the field of digital humanities. This one-day externship, which took place on 14 June 2023 via Zoom, offered the students a different perspective on the types of careers they could follow, once qualified. 10 Jul 2023 Read more

    NWU excels again in QS World University Rankings - now tenth in Africa
    The North-West University (NWU) has shown great improvement in the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, moving up in ranking position locally, in Africa and globally. 30 Jun 2023 Read more

    NWU Botanical Gardens Gallery presents 'When the Dust Settles' - a solo exhibition by Joe Turpin
    At NWU Botanical Gardens Gallery, Turpin explores memories of his North-West heritage through the history of a bottle in his solo exhibition, "When the Dust Settles". 29 Jun 2023 Read more

    SADiLaR-funded research gives a voice to Sepedi children with severe communication disabilities
    The implementation of alternative forms of communication for children who are not yet literate - especially those who have severe communication needs and require picture-based systems to express themselves - has always been a key research interest for Prof Kerstin Tönsing. 21 Jun 2023 Read more

    SADiLaR's Language Resource Repository empowers language research
    The curation, distribution and maintenance of reusable digital text and speech resources for South Africa's official languages is of vital concern for research and development in the field of language technology. The data is important not only for the development of tools for facilitation of communication between different language groups but also for empowering local languages for use in modern communication systems. 20 Jun 2023 Read more

    Another nuclear honour for Prof Bismark Tyobeka
    With efficient, sustainable solutions needed more than ever to address global energy problems, the North-West University's (NWU) principal and vice-chancellor, Prof Bismark Tyobeka, continues to distinguish himself as a leading nuclear expert. 5 Jun 2023 Read more

    NWU invites community partners to join a network of experts
    The North-West University (NWU) appreciates the essential work of non-profit organisations (NPOs) and their impact on support provided to surrounding communities. The university extends an invitation to all its existing community partners as well as all other local NPOs ? including schools, faith-based and local government organisations - to register for the Community Stakeholder Forum meeting. 30 May 2023 Read more

    Hard times need effective solutions to ensure agricultural growth - Prof Bismark Tyobeka
    South Africa is dipping its toes into a recession, and the continued decline of parastatals such as Eskom and Transnet is escalating the country's economic woes. One of the many sectors that are facing suffocating constraints is also one of the most important ones: agriculture. 24 Mar 2023 Read more

    Language resources audit to support multilingualism is underway in public universities of SA
    Language continues to be a barrier to access and success for many students at South African higher education institutions. This was noted by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) in their revised Language Policy Framework for Higher Education. This policy framework emphasises the importance of developing multilingual environments at South Africa's public higher education institutions as part of an ongoing effort to remove barriers to access and success in higher education in our multilingual society. 24 Feb 2023 Read more

    NWU Gallery, Visual Narrative and ViNCO present the exhibition Decolonising the Book
    Venue: NWU Art Gallery (North-West University, Building E7, Hoffman Street, Potchefstroom. 2520)
    Exhibition title: Decolonising the Book
    Time: 12.30-2.30pm
    Opening date: 6 October 2022
    Closing date: 28 October 2022
     7 Oct 2022 Read more

    NWU Gallery in collaboration with The Blessing Ngobeni Art Prize presents the exhibition 'Inserted Bodies'
    Venue: NWU Botanical Gardens Gallery
    Exhibition title: Inserted Bodies
    Time: 4.30-6pm
    Opening date: 6 October 2022
    Closing date: 28 October 2022
     6 Oct 2022 Read more

    NWU Gallery and the Goethe Institut presents feminism exhibition in celebration of Women's Month
    The North-West University Gallery in collaboration with the Goethe Institut, presents an exhibition titled Feminism ya Mang, Feminism Yethu, Feminism Yani curated by Samantha Modisenyane and Masechaba Moloi. The artists featured are Jodi Bieber, Amy Ayanda, Teresa Firmino, Helena Uambembe, Jabu Nadia Newman, Kelly Johnson, Lulama 'Wolf' Mlambo, Saaiqa and Thato Ramaisa. 15 Aug 2022 Read more

    'Attached to the Soil' photography exhibit presented by NWU Gallery and Vinco
    NWU students showcase photographic flair through exhibition titled Attached to the Soil presented by NWU Gallery, in collaboration with Vinco, the Fulbright Scholar Program and the Michigan State University. 11 Aug 2022 Read more

    NWU host first of its kind indigenous astronomy conference
    The North-West University (NWU) proudly hosted the inaugural three-day International Indigenous Astronomy Conference from 27-29 July 2022 at the Royal Marang Hotel in Rustenburg. 2 Aug 2022 Read more

    NWU principal and vice-chancellor joins world leaders in nuclear science for international webinar
    North-West University's principal and vice-chancellor, Dr Bismark Tyobeka, has been invited by prominent global leaders in nuclear affairs to be a panelist in an international webinar on the role of nuclear and radiology safety in the peaceful applications of nuclear science and technology. 11 Jul 2022 Read more

    North-West University announces new chairperson and deputy chairperson of its council
    During its meeting on 23 June 2022, the North-West University (NWU) council elected a new chairperson and deputy chairperson. 4 Jul 2022 Read more

    NWU student wins WorldSkills South Africa national competition
    North-West University (NWU) nursing student Tshiamo Mokgoetsi was announced as the winner of the WorldSkills South Africa Occupational Standards national competition that took place from 30 to 31 May 2022 in KwaZulu-Natal. 24 Jun 2022 Read more

    More corruption-fighting forensic accountants are on the way
    The battle against the scourge of fraud and corruption plaguing South Africa is raging and the country needs a brave new generation of forensic accountants ? of whom there is currently a dire shortage ? if it wants to win the fight. 13 Jun 2022 Read more

    NWU acting vice-chancellor receives international awards for outstanding research
    The acting vice-chancellor of the North-West University (NWU), Prof Linda du Plessis, clearly sets the example after she was awarded her second doctorate in 2020, and has also been praised for the quality of her study by two international academic institutions and associations. 6 May 2022 Read more

    NWU academic and Fulbright Fellowship holder doing ground-breaking cancer research
    North-West University (NWU) academic in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, Prof Mulunda Mwanza, has been selected and awarded the prestigious Fulbright Visiting Scholar Fellowship, and is currently based at the University of Missouri (USA). 19 Apr 2022 Read more

    Veteran broadcaster advocates all-inclusive campaign for indigenous languages in Africa
    It was a convergence of media practitioners, communication scholars, staff and students on the Mahikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) as the legengary broadcaster and famous isiXhosa language news anchor, Dr Noxolo Grootboom, delivered a public lecture on indigenous language broadcasting. This public lecture was hosted in hybrid format by the NWU's Indigenous Language Media in Africa (ILMA) research entity. 24 Mar 2022 Read more

    NWU and Universität Duisburg-Essen develop early warning tool for metal pollution in fresh water
    Researchers from North-West University (NWU) and Universität Duisburg-Essen in Germany have developed an early warning tool for metal pollution in freshwater systems worldwide. 18 Mar 2022 Read more

    NWU introduces new sport for visually impaired students
    The North-West University (NWU) has included goalball - a sport specifically played by visually impaired people - in its 2022 sporting codes. 8 Mar 2022 Read more

    New era as NWU boosts its student housing portfolio
    The North-West University (NWU) will make 324 beds immediately available as it prepares to start the 2022 academic year in style. 18 Feb 2022 Read more

    NWU continues impressive performance in rankings
    The North-West University (NWU) has cemented its place among the cream of the crop of local and international universities in various global rankings in 2021 and is continuing its impressive ranking performance this year. 17 Feb 2022 Read more

    NWU Business School first in Africa to receive international BGA accreditation
    The NWU Business School at the North-West University (NWU) is a driving force of business education in Africa. Not only has the international prestigious Association of MBAs (Amba) renewed the MBA accreditation of the NWU Business School, but the school is also now officially the first school on the African continent to receive international accreditation from the Business Graduates Association (BGA). 10 Dec 2021 Read more

    NWU appoints new deputy vice-chancellor for campus in Mahikeng
    The North-West University (NWU) Council appointed Prof Sonia Swanepoel as the new deputy vice-chancellor for Community Engagement and Mahikeng Campus Operations during its meeting on 18 November. She will serve a three-year term. 23 Nov 2021 Read more

    NWU awards honorary doctorate to politician Dr Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi
    The North-West University (NWU) saluted Dr Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi with an honorary doctorate on 19 November 2021 for her exceptional contributions to the South African political landscape and society. 22 Nov 2021 Read more

    Justice Bess Nkabinde receives an honorary doctorate from the NWU
    The North-West University (NWU) honoured Justice Bess Nkabinde with an honorary doctorate on 21 October 2021 for her exceptional contribution to the legal profession and to social justice in South Africa. 26 Oct 2021 Read more

    NWU among the best in engineering studies
    The North-West University (NWU) is one of the top institutions in South Africa in engineering studies. This is according to the latest rankings by subject by Times Higher Education (THE) that list the NWU in the third position (the same as last year) among nine local higher-education institutions in the field of engineering. 14 Oct 2021 Read more

    NWU to launch project to promote mental health and prevent substance abuse
    The high prevalence of mental health problems and substance abuse among adults and young people within communities have been reported across the country, and the North West province is no exception. 14 Oct 2021 Read more

    Reading literacy: NWU closes gap between theory and practice
    "Teaching reading is rocket science." This quote by Louisa Moats underlines the importance of reading literacy, and that is why researchers and teacher educators from the North-West University's (NWU's) Faculty of Education are taking the lead to promote reading literacy in the foundation phase. 16 Sep 2021 Read more

    Students rank NWU among the best of the best
    Students rank the North-West University (NWU) among the cream of the crop of South African universities when it comes to student experience and remote learning. This is according to the newly released StuDocu World University Ranking 2021. 15 Sep 2021 Read more

    NWU ranked fifth in South Africa
    The North-West University (NWU) has once more been placed among the cream of the crop of local and international universities, reaffirming its place as a regular contender when it comes to high-quality subject offerings and excellence in world rankings. 2 Sep 2021 Read more

    Don't miss the NWU Gallery's latest online exhibitions
    With two new online exhibitions, the North-West University (NWU) Gallery is still committed to entertaining art lovers from the safety of their own homes. 2 Sep 2021 Read more

    Project team wants all university students to have access to indigenous African languages
    University students who have a mother tongue other than English should not be at a disadvantage compared to those who do speak English at home. This is why it is important to level the language playing field. 13 Aug 2021 Read more

    North West farmers warned of bovine infections through multidrug-resistant bacteria
    Livestock farmers in the North West province are being urged to apply all possible security measures and avoid the introduction of new bulls without sanitary control. This is necessary to prevent the spread of a bacterial infection that causes abortion, infertility and other reproductive ailments in cattle - and could potentially be passed into the human food chain. 10 Aug 2021 Read more

    NWU-Juta Mock Trials - a decade of bridging the gap between practice and theory
    The popular annual NWU-Juta Mock Trial competition celebrated its 10th birthday and finals in a virtual courtroom on 2 August. This was the first time that the entire competition, from the first elimination rounds to the finals, took place online. 6 Aug 2021 Read more

    NWU harnesses ozone technology as cost-effective Covid-19 combatant
    The North-West University's (NWU) researchers and innovators are working towards solutions to effectively destroy viruses, bacteria and fungi, including the coronavirus, on a large scale. As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to rage, fast-working, low-cost disinfection solutions are essential in tackling the crisis. The NWU has taken up this challenge by revisiting a patent that was filed years ago for producing ozone. 20 Jul 2021 Read more

    NWU's prospective chartered accountants shine
    Despite the many challenges that students had to face during the Covid-19 pandemic, the prospective chartered accountants at the North-West University (NWU) did exceptionally well in their ITC (Initial Test of Competence). 19 Jul 2021 Read more

    Why children become bullies
    Punishment is the first reaction most people think of when they find out that a child is a bully. They rarely investigate the reason why the child is emotionally, verbally or even physically harming their peers. 6 Jul 2021 Read more

    NWU Career Centre warns about an increase in job scams
    According to the latest data released by Statistic South Africa, youth unemployment in South Africa currently sits at an alarming 46,3%. With so many people seeking employment, scammers have realised they can make a small fortune by preying on desperate job seekers. 24 Jun 2021 Read more

    Congratulations, Olympian Elroy!
    The North-West University (NWU) is proud to congratulate Elroy Gelant, a staff member in People and Culture, on making the South African squad that will compete at the Olympic Games from 23 July to 8 August in Tokyo, Japan. He will compete in the marathon event which will be staged on 7 August. 11 Jun 2021 Read more

    University collaboration reaches promising Covid-19 vaccine results
    Walter Sisulu University (WSU) and the North-West University (NWU) jointly announced "very promising first results" from preclinical trials on a new Covid-19 vaccine candidate on Tuesday, 8 June. 10 Jun 2021 Read more

    NWU animal health hospital bolsters service offerings
    As of 1 June, animal owners living within a 25-kilometre radius of the North-West University's (NWU's) Mahikeng Campus can look forward to more services from the institution's animal hospital. 8 Jun 2021 Read more

    New NWU centre for children with developmental delays will focus on the whole family
    When children have disabilities or developmental delays, the whole family can be affected. This is why the Care2Kids division of the Centre for Health and Human Performance at the North-West University (NWU) is embracing a family-focused intervention. 27 May 2021 Read more

    NWU's partner consortium launches ventilator design competition for students
    For many Covid-19 patients who experience breathing problems, the difference between life and death is access to working ventilators. During the Covid-19 pandemic, news reports have often highlighted the shortage of this lifesaving equipment and its related services - not only in South Africa, but also globally. This continues to be an issue of grave concern. 21 May 2021 Read more

    New deputy vice-chancellor appointed at the North-West University
    The North-West University (NWU) is delighted to announce that Professor Maphahlaganye Jeffrey Mphahlele will join the NWU family in the position of deputy vice-chancellor for research and innovation. His appointment was confirmed by the NWU Council recently. 13 May 2021 Read more

    New discovery lands NWU researcher a spot in top science publication
    When magnetic fields and long strokes of hot gas known as jets interact, the jets become bent. This is an important discovery and, for his contribution to it, Professor James O Chibueze has earned a space in the prestigious research publication, Nature. 11 May 2021 Read more

    Apply now to study at the NWU in 2022
    At the beginning of every year, thousands of students across the country can be found scrambling for space at various institutions of higher learning. Applying on time when applications open in the previous year can help students and parents avoid this unnecessary stress. 3 May 2021 Read more

    NWU's Mahikeng Campus Science Centre receives another mobile lab
    The Science Centre on the North-West University's (NWU's) Mahikeng Campus recently received its second state-of-the-art mobile science laboratory, courtesy of the Sasol Foundation. 29 Apr 2021 Read more

    Being visually impaired does not hold this NWU alumnus and PhD graduate back
    Disability is not inability. Advocate Jan Tladi confirmed this statement when he defied the odds and became the first completely blind student to graduate with a PhD from the North-West University's (NWU's) Mahikeng Campus. Jan enrolled at the NWU Business School in Mahikeng in 2017, and successfully completed his degree in 2020. 22 Apr 2021 Read more

    Ikateleng helping students get distinctions
    Sabata Abram Mafobokoane, who was part of the Ikateleng initiative in 2020, made headlines after attaining eight distinctions for his National Senior Certificate. Ikateleng has been in existence for approximately 33 years and provides supplementary teaching in mathematics, economics, business studies, accounting, life sciences, physical sciences and English to high school learners from Grade 10 to Grade 12. 21 Apr 2021 Read more

    The link between industrial engineering and the agricultural sector
    The agricultural industry is facing numerous and significant challenges. To remain competitive and sustainable, it needs to find ways to constantly improve. 20 Apr 2021 Read more

    NWU fights GBV
    During the first three weeks of lockdown last year, gender-based violence (GBV) victims were trapped with their abusers, with no place to hide. During that time the government's GBV and femicide command centre alone recorded more than 120,000 victims. Later that year police minister Bheki Cele announced that South Africa was still the rape capital of the world, with about 132 incidents per 100,000 people. 8 Apr 2021 Read more

    Plans for the NWU Medical School on track
    The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the enormous stress and burden placed on South Africa's medical professionals have dramatically strengthened the North-West University's case for a medical school in North West. 8 Apr 2021 Read more

    Prof. Petra Engelbrecht - a legend in South African science
    She really is the stuff legends are made of. 1 Apr 2021 Read more

    A story of hope
    For the past four years, the Hillensberg Trust has been making the dreams of several North-West University (NWU) students come true. 30 Mar 2021 Read more

    NWU rewards exceptional lecturers
    The North-West University (NWU) celebrated the torchbearers of its teaching excellence during a virtual event. The best-of-the-best lecturers of 2020 were acknowledged for their work in taking teaching and learning to higher levels during the annual Teaching Excellence Award (TEA) ceremony, which was streamed online on 25 March. 29 Mar 2021 Read more

    NWU competition discovers and develops next generation of female engineers
    Are you a high school girl looking at the world around you and imagining ways in which you can make it better? You may be part of the next generation of female engineers who, with fresh, innovative ideas, will make a profound impact not only on South Africa and Africa, but also globally! 25 Mar 2021 Read more

    NWU in top 100 of Emerging Economies University Ranking
    The North-West University (NWU) has once again made its mark in the international rankings with a top 100 placing ? and overall sixth place in South Africa ? in the Emerging Economies University Ranking of Times Higher Education (THE). 15 Mar 2021 Read more

    Combatting corruption: Are lifestyle audits part of the answer?
    Transparency, specifically in relation to uncovering beneficial ownership, is an essential factor in combatting corruption. 11 Mar 2021 Read more

    Great things on the horizon for Africa's Science students
    The sky is the limit for African students interested in a career in the exciting field of astrophysics, and if Professor Don Kurtz has his way, this will be much sooner than later. 9 Mar 2021 Read more

    Beware: Conditions are ideal for an outbreak of Rift Valley Fever
    The good rains that have fallen over the last month in many areas of South Africa have caused ideal conditions for an outbreak of Rift Valley Fever (RVF). 5 Mar 2021 Read more

    NWU has reached capacity - no walk-in students allowed during registration of first-year students
    The North-West University (NWU) will not allow persons who did not qualify for admission, did not receive an offer to study or who applied late to enter its campuses as so-called walk-ins during the registration period for first-year students in 2021. 18 Feb 2021 Read more

    NWU student through to FameLab regional competition
    North-West University (NWU) MSc student Letago Kgomoeswana will represent the university in the regional FameLab® competition. 17 Feb 2021 Read more

    NWU Mahikeng campus welcomes top-rated researcher
    The North-West University's (NWU's) Mahikeng campus is proud to welcome Prof. Don Kurtz as an extraordinary professor. 16 Feb 2021 Read more

    NWU Business School to host discussion on political stability and democracy in Africa
    The North-West University (NWU) Business School will be hosting a virtual Think Tank discussion on the topic 'Political stability and democracy in Africa - Opportunities and threats for business enterprises' on 18 February 2021. 15 Feb 2021 Read more

    North-West University introduces a first-of-its-kind short learning programme
    Covid-19 introduced a number of challenges to tertiary education, not the least of which is preparing postgraduate students to become confident researchers in their chosen field of study. This year, the North-West University (NWU) introduces a new online short learning programme (SLP) in research design that will change the way researchers learn their craft. 8 Feb 2021 Read more

    NWU to mentally gear up South Africa's Olympic athletes
    The Centre for Health and Human Performance (CHHP) at the North-West University (NWU) has only grown from strength to strength since its recent inception. This latest achievement confirms the fact that they are a dynamic centre with serious intent and operating at the highest level. 2 Feb 2021 Read more

    NWU alumna makes her mark in the music industry
    North-West University (NWU) Vanderbijlpark Campus alumna Bonolo Phiri is a woman with two loves: information technology and music. Throughout her career, this IT graduate and rising Afro-soul star has seamlessly bounced between her IT career and music. 1 Feb 2021 Read more

    Accounting Sciences flies the NWU flag high
    When it comes to academic excellence, the North-West University (NWU) prides itself on being the best. 25 Jan 2021 Read more

    NWU Soccer Institute goalkeeper coach joins PSL team
    North-West University (NWU) goalkeeper coach Thato Haraba has recently joined South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) team Bloemfontein Celtic FC as a goalkeeper coach for the Free State-based outfit. 21 Jan 2021 Read more

    NWU Career Centre: Save these dates
    With more than 2000 students attending the North-West University's (NWU's) Virtual Career Fairs in 2020, the Career Centre promises to pull out all the stops in 2021. 10 Dec 2020 Read more

    North-West University honours its outstanding researchers
    The NWU honoured the best of its best researchers and innovators during a virtual awards evening on 3 December 2020. 10 Dec 2020 Read more

    Purple is the colour of excellence, but also of remembrance
    During the month of December, the three main gates of the North-West University's campuses in Mahikeng, Potchefstroom and Vanderbijlpark will be illuminated in purple for a specific reason. 9 Dec 2020 Read more

    Passing away of the Queen Mother of the Royal Bafokeng nation
    The North-West University (NWU) community is deeply saddened by the news of the passing away of the Queen Mother of the Royal Bafokeng nation, Semane Bonolo Molotlegi. Since the King of the Royal Bafokeng, Kgosi Leruo Tsekedi Molotlegi, became the second chancellor of the NWU in 2009 (and served for two terms until 2019), a very strong working relationship developed between the university, in particular the Faculty of Education, and the Bafokeng nation. 8 Dec 2020 Read more

    NWU tennis whizz to partake in International Premier Tennis Challenge
    North-West University (NWU) student Mogami Gideon Thakgwe has been invited to take part in the KM Sports International Premier Tennis Challenge. 7 Dec 2020 Read more

    Prof. Jan Van Romburgh is ready to serve
    With over 16 years of service at the North-West University (NWU), Prof. Jan van Romburgh has been appointed as the chief director of the North-West University Business School. 7 Dec 2020 Read more

    NWU researcher helps uncover new data about Earth and the Milky Way
    A new study has lifted the veil on some of the mysteries of the Milky Way. It has found that the Earth is moving faster than it used to and is nearly 2,000 light-years closer to the black hole in the centre of the Milky Way Galaxy. 1 Dec 2020 Read more

    Help is needed for victims
    Over the past five months there have been numerous stories in the media about victims being harassed, attacked and even murdered by their intimate partners. According to Statistics SA, the incidence of gender-based violence (GBV) in South Africa is five times higher than the global average. 27 Nov 2020 Read more

    NWU's eye on the cosmos just become bigger
    The North-West University's (NWU's) Mahikeng Astronomy Observatory now boasts a new, bigger and better telescope - the New Mahikeng Astronomy Telescope. 25 Nov 2020 Read more

    NWU research group contributes to international bird study
    The North-West University's (NWU's) research on the genetic data of the nine lovebird species (genus Agapronis) that are native to Africa and Madagascar has been included in a comprehensive international bird study. This research has also led to a patent and the possible commercialisation of a genomic test developed by the NWU that will be of great value to parrot breeders and conservationists. 13 Nov 2020 Read more

    NWU helps with library services for the blind in the NW province
    The North-West University (NWU) has partnered with the North West Department of Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation (ACSR) and the South African Library for the Blind (SALB) to improve reading access for the blind and the visually impaired in the province. 6 Nov 2020 Read more

    Latest rankings reaffirm NWU is among the best in the world
    The latest rankings by Times Higher Education (THE) World Rankings and the 2021 Best Global University Rankings again, like various previous rankings, recognised the good standing of the North-West University (NWU) among the best tertiary-education institutions. This is not only locally but also internationally, as measured in international rankings. 2 Nov 2020 Read more

    Project launched in Masccom Training Centre
    We are living in times in which we are required to support our learners to acquire new ways of learning and the competencies needed for them to enter and be successful in their studies and careers in engineering. These are challenging times in which we need to empower learners for the "new normal" to study and work in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. 23 Oct 2020 Read more

    Smarketing: Putting your money where your nose is
    Marketers and retailers are finding increasingly ingenious ways to lure prospective buyers to their products. And, according to Dr Roland Goldberg, a senior lecturer in marketing at the North-West University (NWU), your wallet is more closely connected to your nose than you might think. 19 Oct 2020 Read more

    Heroes return for Cape Town Marathon
    Perseverance in the time of an epidemic. Undaunted in a time of doubt. In trying times we live vicariously through our heroes. Their accomplishments are our triumphs. That is why we watch them, why we root for them, why we celebrate them. These heroes are our sportspeople. 14 Oct 2020 Read more

    NWU academic is recipient of prestigious Oppenheimer Fellowship
    North-West University (NWU) professor Abiodun Salawu recently received a fellowship under the prestigious Oppenheimer Fund, and will be spending time at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. 13 Oct 2020 Read more

    NWU lecturer appointed as acting High Court judge
    Mr Mandla Motha, a part-time lecturer at the North-West University's Faculty of Law on the Vanderbijlpark Campus, was recently appointed as an acting judge of the North Gauteng High Court. 13 Oct 2020 Read more

    NWU's Prof. Kellner appointed on ministerial advisory board
    Professor Klaus Kellner from the North-West University (NWU) was recently appointed by the Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Ms Barbara Creecy, to serve on the Conservation Advisory Board. 30 Sep 2020 Read more

    NWU promotes inclusion and acceptance
    The North-West University (NWU) is constantly working towards building a culture of inclusion and acceptance. To this end, it has put in place policies and programmes that promote gender and language equality. 23 Sep 2020 Read more

    NWU boasts two of Mail & Guardian's most outstanding young South Africans
    An academic and an alumna of the North-West University (NWU) have been announced as two of the winners of the 2020 Mail & Guardian 200 Most Outstanding Young South Africans on 11 September 2020. 21 Sep 2020 Read more

    NWU to host virtual career fair
    With the unemployment rate at an alarming 30,1% in South Africa, the North-West University's (NWU) Career Centre is pulling out all the stops to ensure that its graduates find employment. 18 Sep 2020 Read more

    Times Higher Education ranks NWU among top six universities in South Africa
    The latest rankings of world universities by Times Higher Education (THE) are another feather in the cap for the North-West University (NWU). The NWU has had consistent good showings in rankings by various international ranking agencies this year. This ranking places the university among the top six universities in South Africa. 8 Sep 2020 Read more

    Malan receives prestigious innovation management award
    A senior commercialisation specialist at the North-West University's Technology Transfer and Innovation Support (TTIS) office has won the Department of Science and Innovation/Sarima Professional Excellence Award for Innovation Management. 3 Sep 2020 Read more

    North-West University weathers pandemic storm with great success in first semester of 2020
    Hard work, creativity and perseverance have enabled the North-West University (NWU) to deliver significantly higher pass rates despite the Covid-19 pandemic having wreaked havoc in the higher-education sector since March 2020. The university's commitment to continuously improving the quality of teaching and learning support to ensure high module success rates yielded good results in the first semester after a solid foundation had been laid in 2019. 31 Aug 2020 Read more

    NWU Student Recruitment embraces the digital revolution
    Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, the North-West University (NWU) has adopted a new digital recruiting approach. 6 Aug 2020 Read more

    Quality steers NWU to ranking excellence
    The quality subject offerings in the fields of atmospheric science, clinical medicine, education, hospitality and tourism management, and public health at the North-West University (NWU) have elevated the university in global rankings. It is also a great achievement for the NWU to be ranked first in the region for mathematics. 3 Aug 2020 Read more

    NWU student housing shortages addressed
    The North-West University is not allowing the Covid-19 pandemic to interfere with its commitment to dealing with student accommodation. Work on residences with hundreds of beds is under way. 31 Jul 2020 Read more

    Major data and connectivity boost for NWU students
    In line with a previous commitment by the North-West University (NWU) to support its students with data and devices during the Covid-19 pandemic, the institution says it is making steady progress. 26 Jun 2020 Read more

    NWU engineers walk away with international award for tackling Covid-19
    An initiative from the Faculty of Engineering at the North-West University (NWU) was recently honoured with an international award from the Covid-19 Innovation Challenge of the United Nations (UN) Africa Innovation and Investment Forum 2020. 23 Jun 2020 Read more

    NWU again ranked among the cream of the crop
    The consistent good achievements of the North-West University (NWU) in world rankings is further celebrated with the announcement that it has been ranked in the top 4,7% of 20,000 universities globally. 9 Jun 2020 Read more

    NWU engineers create solution for school-based Covid-19 screening congestion
    In the times in which we currently find ourselves, adequate healthcare and the accompanying screening are of the utmost importance to limit the spreading of the coronavirus. As the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, recently announced that grade seven and grade 12 learners will be able to return to schools come 1 June, the same risk-prevention priorities apply. 26 May 2020 Read more

    Brand-new qualification in Mechatronic Engineering for the NWU
    The Faculty of Engineering at the North-West University (NWU) is proud to announce that we will be adding a brand-new engineering qualification to our existing range of programmes. The Bachelor of Mechatronic Engineering programme has been approved by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) and will allow graduates to compete internationally on the world stage. This programme will be offered as from 2021. 6 May 2020 Read more

    NWU launches campaign to support students amid Covid-19
    As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to disrupt and affect our lives in the most unprecedented and unpredictable ways, the North-West University has launched the NWU Covid-19 Response Fund. 4 May 2020 Read more

    NWU engineers rising to the Covid-19 challenge
    The world, and now more recently our nation, is faced with difficult times as the recent Covid-19 pandemic turns life as we know it upside down. A team at the Faculty of Engineering from the North-West University (NWU), in collaboration with other experts involved in this unsettling battle, is rising to the challenge to support our government in its fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. 9 Apr 2020 Read more

    Teaching and learning go online as NWU takes education to people
    The Covid-19 pandemic has fundamentally disrupted teaching-learning activities in South Africa and across the globe. It also challenges how we think about education and assessment, in general. 31 Mar 2020 Read more

    SADiLaR takes the lead in digitising 11 national languages
    Digitising South Africa's 11 official languages could go a long way towards creating a truly multilingual society. Various projects are currently in progress at the South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR), located at the North-West University (NWU), to create digital resources for the country's official languages. 31 Mar 2020 Read more

    Department of Science and Technology sponsors NWU's mobile science lab
    The Department of Science and Technology (DST), through the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA), recently sponsored a mobile science laboratory for the Science Centre on the North-West University's (NWU's) campus in Mahikeng. 30 Mar 2020 Read more