As a leading teaching-learning and research institution with a footprint that spans two of South Africa’s provinces, North-West University recognises that it has a responsibility to ensure that the wealth of knowledge generated via the university’s three campuses is harnessed to the benefit of the community it serves. More importantly, though, we acknowledge that had it not been for the generous support and rich material generated by the very communities we serve, we would not have been able to gain recognition as an institution of higher learning that harnesses diversity and pursues innovation with the specific intent to make a meaningful difference in South Africa and the world.

Furthermore, as much as the university's academic pursuits can and will benefit its communities and society at large, we firmly believe that neither knowledge-generating nor knowledge-sharing should be a one-sided affair.

Thus, as much as we share our research findings and innovative ideas with society in general, we make it our business to engage with our communities to learn from and be taught by them. In fact, North-West University's core business activities can only be regarded as significant and sustainable if we, as the academic partner, succeed in actively engaging with our communities of interest and communities of practice to ensure that both the university’s expertise and the rich experiences of the people we serve are put to best possible use.


NWU School of Nursing and stakeholders join hands in the fight against gender-based violence

The School of Nursing at the North-West University’s (NWU’s) Mahikeng Campus is collaborating with various stakeholders to commemorate and support 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence (GBV). 16 Days of Activism Against GBV is an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls. The campaign runs every year from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day. The NWU’s main event will take place at 09:00 on 10 December 2021 at Magogwe Koikoi.


Purple signifies excellence, remembrance and above all, hope

During the month of December, the three main gates of the campuses of the North-West University (NWU) in Mahikeng, Potchefstroom and Vanderbijlpark will be illuminated in purple as a symbolic gesture of perseverance during the Covid-19 pandemic.


NWU historian maps the way to South African heritage

An academic and historian of the North-West University (NWU) is part of a community engagement project that documents all South Africa’s heritage sites and places of interest (POIs) by listing the location and explaining the meaning of all South African POIs on the Road Trip SA app.