|(FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE POTCHEFSTROOM
UNIVERSITY FOR CHRISTIAN HIGHER EDUCATION AND
THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH-WEST (MAFIKENG)
Value-driven, we make a difference
in front of the main building on the Potchefstroom
one of four campuses of the new North-West University.
For more information please visit www.nwu.ac.za
The North-West University is a newly
merged institution from 1 January 2004 onwards with
four campuses at Potchefstroom, Mafikeng, Vanderbijlpark
and Mankwe. The Potchefstroom Campus (founded in
1869) is the largest, and the head office of the
University is situated at this location. With its
merged status the North-West University became one
of the bigger universities in South Africa with approximately
32 000 students (full-time and distance education
The University's mission on internationalization is first and foremost focused
on the advancement of research, drawing in post docs and attracting postgraduate
students at Masters and PhD level.
The focus of recruitment of these
category students are directed at students from the
member states of the South African Development Community
(SADC) but also further afield in Africa, Asia and
The number of international students
amounts to about 300 per year, coming and going.
This includes a relatively high number of students
who, in terms of international agreements, take part
in research projects and use research results for
the completion of their theses and dissertations
at their home universities. The international students
on the Potchefstroom Campus represent 25 different
nationalities. The Mafikeng Campus has several hundred
students from Botswana, many of whom are undergraduate
students supported by grants from the government
of Botswana. North-West University’s other
campuses have relatively small numbers of international
Exchange of staff with international
academic partners takes place regularly. Fulbright
and other international agencies from Europe and
elsewhere play an important part in this respect.
Fields of study
Engineering and the different facets of engineering is one of the attractive
fields of study for international students. In addition to Engineering,
the following fields are also available: Pharmacy Communication Political
Studies Environmental Studies Social Work Agriculture Nutrition and
Nursing Sciences Economics (in particular International Trade) and l International
Law are also popular academic attractions. Generally, international students
engage in a variety of study fields.
HIV/Aids, with all its social, economic
and medical implications also draws attention by
students from abroad.
With the exception of a medical faculty, most sciences are covered by North-West
University, which is indeed a comprehensive institution.
In its continuous quest to be a university of international standards, the
promotion of quality and innovation in education and research is a priority.
The University (Potchefstroom Campus) focuses on core competencies – its
areas of expertise. With the allocation of extra research funds for the development
of these focus areas and a comprehensive international quality system, the
University has drawn international fame.
The areas of expertise are: Languages
and Literature in a South African Context; Sustainable
Social Development; Environmental Sciences and Management;
Separation Science and Technology; Business Mathematics
and Informatics; Space Physics; Reformed Theology
and the Development of the South African Society;
Teaching-Learning Organizations; Unit for Decision-making
and Management for Economic Development; Development
in the South African Constitutional State; Energy
Systems; Drug Research and Development; and Preventative
and Therapeutic Interventions.
Foundation Year programme
A Foundation Year programme was established at the former University of the
North-West, the present Mafikeng Campus, in 2000. The programme serves to
prepare students for entry into degree programmes catering for students without
matric exemption or equivalent, matric with conditional exemption, matric
with school learning certificate, GCE – O levels, and qualification/exemption
by mature age. This includes students from SADC countries.
Future goals for international education
at North-West University
The development of the above-mentioned areas of expertise is a main academic
attraction of this institution. The North-West University is focused on maintaining
its international academic standards, on being entrepreneurially-oriented and
on excelling in service to its country and its people.
|Jacques van der Elst
Head: International Office
Private Bag X6001, Potchefstroom 2520
|Tel. +27 (0)18 299 1622/4
Fax +27 (0)18 299 1621