North-West University

The North-West University is a South African university with three campuses at Potchefstroom, Mahikeng and Vanderbijlpark, South Africa. In Potchefstroom is the head office of the University. With its merged status, the North-West University became one of the largest universities in South Africa and has 64 081 students.
The universities that merged to form this institution are the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education and the University of North-West. The Potchefstroom University already had a Vanderbijlpark branch.

History of the institution

The NWU officially came into being in on 1 January 2004 as part of the South African government's attempt to transform higher education.


The university is home to 8 faculties including:
In 2018 the North West University's Potchefstroom Campus created a new worldwide usable model to control the Fall Army Worm pest. The prototype does an accurate prediction of the worldwide spread of the worm. The researchers has also identified a natural process to deal with it, by using a parasitoid.

North-West University Vaal Triangle Campus

The Vaal Triangle Campus focuses on programmes in economic sciences, commerce, information technology, education, social science, languages and the humanities. These programmes are divided between two faculties, namely the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology and the Faculty of Humanities, and the Faculty of Theology. The Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology include Economic Sciences, Accounting Sciences and Information Technology. Extended programmes in BCom and BSc are also offered to accommodate those students who had Mathematical Literacy or a low pass mark for Maths in Grade 12. The Faculty of Humanities includes Languages, Behavioural Sciences, Basic Sciences and Educational Sciences, conducting research in the following areas:
The campus has its own Cricket Academy and Cycling Academy as well as a rowing club registered with Rowing South Africa.
Sporting codes of NWU Vaal
It has the following faculties
It has a football institute.

NWU-PUK-Rugby institute

It was an extension of the PUK rugby institute founded by its predecessor university in 2000 just with a name change. It carried on operating under Andre Markgraaff. The University plays in the Varsity Cup.