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North-West University (NWU)

The NWU is committed to functioning as a unitary, integrated, multi-campus university that enables equity, redress and globally competitive teaching and research across all three of our campuses. Our core activities, teaching-learning and research, are intertwined with community engagement and innovation in our eight faculties, most of which serve both distance and contact students.


The NWU officially came into being on 1 January 2004 as part of the South African government’s plan to transform higher education. The former  University of North-West merged with the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education. A third party was the Sebokeng Campus of another mainly black university, Vista, whose staff and students were incorporated.


  • Economic and Management Sciences
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Health Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Law
  • Natural and Agricultural Sciences
  • Theology


Research Focus Areas:

  • Ancient Texts: Text, Context and Reception
  • Chemical Resource Benefication (CRB)
  • Community Psychosocial Research (Compres)
  • Enabling Optimal Expression of Individual, Social and Institutional Potential (OPTENTIA)
  • Human Metabolomics
  • Material Science Innovation an Modelling (MaSIM)
  • Occupational Hygiene and Health Research Initiative (OHHRI)
  • Physical Activity, Sport and Recreation (PhASRec)
  • Population and Health
  • Pure and Applied Analytics
  • Quality in Nursing and Midwifery (NuMIQ)
  • Social Transformation
  • Trade and Development (TRADE)
  • Understanding & Processing Language in Complex Settings (UPSET)


Career Centre - While we strive to stay engaged locally, it is our purpose to remain relevant nationally and be recognised internationally in everything we do. The Career Centre adds value by offering continuous support in the production of quality graduates. This is accomplished by closing the gap between students and other role players, as well as by opening doors in various professional industries.

Short Courses

Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (2)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
501 100
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
601 -100
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
801 200
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
487 23
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.

Housing services

  • Biko House
  • Dr Nelson Mandela
  • Mbada
  • Ngaka Modiri Molema
  • Sedibeng
  • Sol Plaatje
  • Dr James Moroka
  • Lost City
  • Khayelitsha
  • Hopeville
  • Kgosi Dick Montshioa

Library services

  • Mahikeng Library
  • Potchefstroom Library (also known as the Ferdinand Postma Library)The Ferdinand Postma Library has four branch libraries, namely: Education Library, Music Library, Natural Sciences Library, Theology Library (Jan Lion Cachet Library)
  • Vanderbijlpark Library

Medical services

The health centre is a primary healthcare unit that provides essential healthcare services to students and staff of and visitors to the NWU. 

  • Primary Healthcare
  • Occupational Healthcare

Campus life

  • Mahikeng Campus - An innovative institution with a proud heritage, an exceptionally rich culture and an unwavering strife towards excellence - that is the Mahikeng Campus.  
  • Potchefstroom Campus - A unique student experience coupled with a research-driven dynamic, the Potchefstroom Campus is where all are geared towards bringing a brighter future to all. 
  • Vanderbijlpark Campus - As picturesque as it is productive, as pioneering as it is progressive. The Vaal Campus is the epitome of what quality entails. 

Sports facilities

  • The Mahikeng Campus offers excellent sporting facilities which include a soccer institute, swimming pool, outdoor facilities and an indoor sports hall. Both the Soccer Institute and Great Hall have a well equipped gymnasium for circuit and aerobic training.
  • The great hall also caters for badminton, martial arts, squash, boxing, sport dance, indoor soccer and hockey, volleyball, netball and basketball.
  • The swimming pool is a perfect venue for students to learn to swim as well as to improve their different swimming strokes.
  • The Vanderbijlpark Campus sport facilities include a gymnasium, three soccer and rugby fields, two cricket fields, two hockey fields, two netball courts and a basketball court.

The NWU-BS had a virtual re-accreditation visit by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) on 20 and 21 October 2021.

Potchefstroom, North-West, South Africa

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