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North West University

North West University


North-West University

The NWU was established on 1 January 2004 through the merger of two universities with very different histories, personalities and cultures: the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education and the University of the North-West. The staff and students of the Sebokeng Campus of Vista University were also incorporated, adding further to the richness of our heritage.

 

Today, the NWU is recognised as one of the best-managed and most innovative universities in South Africa. We continue to celebrate and encourage multiculturalism, multilingualism and multinationalism.

 

The NWU is a multi-campus university with a footprint across two provinces. The Mafikeng and Potchefstroom Campuses are situated in the North-West Province and the Vaal Triangle Campus is in Gauteng. The head office, known as the Institutional Office, is in Potchefstroom, situated near the Potchefstroom Campus.

 

Our Dream is to be an internationally recognised university in Africa, distinguished for engaged scholarship, social responsiveness and an ethic of care. Our Purpose is to excel in innovative learning and teaching and cutting-edge research, thereby benefitting society through knowledge. “It all starts here” is the NWU’s pay-off line.

 

NWU will foster engaged and caring staff and students and embed the following foundational values, based on the constitutional values of human dignity, equality and freedom:

- Ethics in all endeavours

- Academic integrity

- Academic freedom and freedom of scientific research

- Responsibility, accountability, fairness and transparency

- Embracing diversity.

 

Corporate Profile

One word that captures the spirit of the North-West University is “innovative”. This characteristic runs across all our activities and operations, from the research we conduct to our academic offerings, management model, campus structure, student body, community engagement and sports achievements.

 

Study choices

The NWU offers students an exceptionally rich range of study choices at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Our offerings span the spectrum of academic disciplines, from agriculture and the arts through to commerce, engineering, education, health, law, the natural sciences and theology.

 

Academic programming

Academically, every NWU campus has something special to offer. For example, the Mafikeng Campus is unrivalled in its approach to animal health and agricultural sciences, while the Potchefstroom Campus has unique nuclear engineering strengths and the Vaal Triangle Campus specialises in economic sciences and information technology.

 

Research

The NWU has a clear vision for research and innovation. This is to move from being a tuition-based university that does focused research towards a balanced teaching-learning and research university.

 

Research Entities Model

To speed up the move towards becoming a balanced teaching-learning and research university, the NWU has introduced a new Research Entities Model.  This model is designed to put research output on a high-growth, high-performance path by encouraging the establishment of more research start-up groups and creating more scope for growth for existing research teams.

 

There are four levels of research entities, starting with the “entry level” entity, that of a niche area, followed by a focus area, then a unit and ultimately a centre of excellence.

 

Research scoreboard

Research output

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Article equivalents

511

653

791

1 010

980

Conference proceedings

43

84

50

120

108

Books

24

36

28

40

39

Total article equivalents published

589

734

869

1 170

1 127

Master’s degrees conferred

633

639

670

781

746

Research master’s degrees

353

365

462

506

506

Doctoral degrees conferred

129

115

154

168

171

Doctoral degrees weighted

387

345

462

504

513

NRF-rated researchers

117

125

140

171

182

Postdoctoral fellows

69

89

114

140

164

               

 

Student statistics as at 31 July 2016

Total student enrolments

2014

2015

*2016

First-time entering undergraduates

9 078

9 407

11 852

Undergraduate diplomas

21 274

21 273

24 524

Undergraduate degrees

28 461

29 187

31 566

Total undergraduate

49 735

50 460

56 090

Postgraduate diplomas

1 967

1 776

1 637

Honours

6 973

7 168

10 515

Master's

2 919

3 023

2 839

Doctors

1 341

1 448

1 467

Total postgraduate

13 200

13 415

16 458

Occasional students

200

195

244

TOTAL ENROLMENT

63 135

64 070

72 792

 

Qualifications awarded in 2015

Undergraduate diplomas

5 398

Undergraduate degrees

6 069

Total undergraduate

11 467

Postgraduate diplomas

1 004

Honours

2 162

Master's

742

Doctors

222

Total postgraduate

4 130

TOTAL

15 597

 

Qualifications by major field of study in 2015

 

2013

2014

2015

Science Engineering and Technology

3 132

20.25%

3 174

20.81%

3 526

22.61%

Business/ Management

2 699

17.45%

2 720

17.83%

2 894

18.56%

Education

6 756

43.69%

6 559

43%

5 689

36.47%

Other humanities

2 878

18.61%

2 801

18.36%

3 488

22.36%

 

URL: http://www.nwu.ac.za/

 

 

Thematic priorities of the university in the BRICS Network University

 

The NWU plans to work in the following thematic areas in the BRICS NU:

·         Energy (http://www.nwu.ac.za/fe/research)

·         Computer Science and information security

·         Ecology and climate change

·         Water resources and pollution treatment

·         Economics

·         BRICS studies

 

The educational programmes, which the university offers to the partner NU universities in the framework of the thematic priorities of BRICS NU

 

·         Energy ITG:

Research Unit for Energy and Technology Systems:

The Unit for Energy and Technology Systems (UETS) focuses on research that is relevant to society, the environment and the country.  We address national strategic goals and contemporary issues through engineering solutions that meet industry needs, while maintaining a balance between basic and applied research.

 

Energy-specific Research Chairs:

·         SARCHi Chair in Nuclear Energy

·         SARChi Chair in Coal Research

·         NRF Research Chair in Biofuels

Energy specific research Groups:

·         DST-HySA Infrastructure Centre of Competence: Production, storage and transportation of hydrogen.

·         McTronX: Dynamic Modelling and Control of large-scale industrial systems or processes. Modelling and Control contributes to the improvement of industrial processes.

·         Integrated Energy and Energy Efficiency: Applied energy generation and energy efficiency solutions for industrial and mining. Optimization, renewable energy, energy reduction, demand response.

·         Thermal-Fluid Systems Research: Energy efficient water heating heat pumps and cleaner alternatives for generating electricity. Thermal-fluid modelling, energy systems.

·         Materials, Vibration Analysis and Manufacturing: Materials selection for design, ceramics, and wear resistant ceramic matrix composite processing, high temperature nuclear materials, metals and materials coating processing, material integrity and failure analysis, vibration mitigation and analysis.

·         Energy Management: Unique solutions in the energy sector.

URL: http://www.nwu.ac.za/fe/research

 

Contact:       Mr. Jan van Ravenswaay, NWU Energy Theme Lead (UETS),

Email: jan.vanravenswaay@nwu.ac.za

 

·         Other  ITG’s will be added.

 

Contacts:

A.     NCC Members: (Note all non-NWU personnel)

·         Chair:             Dr. D. Parker (DDG – Department of Higher Education and Training);

·         Secretariat: Dr S. Williams (Department of Higher Education and Training)

·         DST:               Dr. D. du Toit (Department of Science and Technology)

·         Universities South Africa:

o   Prof. C. de la Ray (VC UP);        

o   Dr. M. Tom (VC, UFH);

o   Dr. S. Mabizela (VC, RU);

o   Prof. A. Bawa (CEO, USAf)

·         Council on Higher Education (CHE):

o   Prof. N. Baijnath (CEO)

·         National Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS):

o   Dr. Mosoetsa (CEO)

 

 

B.     ITG Energy Coordinator for SA:

Mr. Jan van Ravenswaay, NWU Energy Theme Lead (UETS)

Email:     jan.vanravenswaay@nwu.ac.za

 

C.      General Contact:

Prof. Deon de Beer, NWU Institutional Office, TTIS

Email:     deon.debeer@nwu.ac.za

 

Mr. Theo Bekker, NWU Institutional Office

Email:     theo.bekker@nwu.ac.za