North-West University

North-West University is a public research university located on three campuses in Potchefstroom, Mahikeng and Vanderbijlpark in South Africa.

North-West University (NWU) rose in 2004, a symbol of reconciliation and progress in the post-apartheid South Africa. Its birth came through the merger of two distinct institutions: the historically black University of North-West (formerly the University of Bophuthatswana) and the historically white Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education.

This union was not merely an administrative change; it was a powerful statement of healing and shared purpose. The NWU inherited three campuses – Potchefstroom, Mahikeng, and Vanderbijlpark – each with its own unique legacy and traditions. Yet, they came together to form a unified academic powerhouse, offering a diverse range of programs across eight faculties.

The NWU's journey has not been without challenges. Integrating different academic cultures and addressing historical inequalities were complex tasks. But through it all, the university has remained committed to its core values of inclusivity, academic excellence, and community engagement.

NWU stands as one of South Africa's leading universities, boasting a vibrant student body, cutting-edge research, and a strong commitment to social good. Its story is a testament to the power of unity and a beacon of hope for a more equitable future.

North-West University is ranked as the #7 top university in South Africa during 2024.

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2024 Ranking #7
University Name North-West University
Acronym NWU
Year Established 2004
Motto Innovation through diversity
Colors Black, blue, green and maroon


The university is located in Potchefstroom, North West. Find the address and map of the university below.

Address 53 Borcherd Street, Potchefstroom, North West, South Africa


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Phone +27 (18) 299 4897
Fax +27 (18) 299 4938
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International Students Allowed Yes
Student Body Men and Women
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