Message from the Campus Rector (acting)

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February 26, 2016 by Student 24/7 Blog

26 February 2016

Dear Student

With the third month of this year already knocking at our door, the academic year is steadily advancing and things are running smoothly on Campus. Our student welcoming and orientation programme for first year students has also been concluded successfully.

Safety of students and staff still remains a priority for us. On that note, management has appointed a contractor and work has commenced. The contractor is in the process of installing a new turnstile gate in Hendrik van Eck Boulevard for the convenience and safety of our students who reside in the surrounding areas.  The entrance, as well as the pathway leading to it, will be well lit at night ensuring that students  feel safe walking home after attending their evening classes. Also, as a proactive measure, management has contracted additional support from Stallion Security Services during this time.  Please report any concerns that may lead to an unsafe campus environment to Campus Security (extension 103132) or directly to Mr. Pola Mmapulana on 082 320 2481.

Management met with the CSRC representatives on Wednesday 24 February 2016 to listen to their concerns regarding food prices at the Student Centre. We have listened and a solution was proposed during the meeting and further details will be communicated very soon.

I would like to make use of this opportunity to congratulate two of our Campus community members for their recent achievements: Prof Susan Coetzee-van Rooy received a C1 NRF-rating; and Mr Sydney Madibo – the CSRC Chairperson, was selected as one of the Top 6 young leaders in the One Day Leader television programme. Congratulations and thank you for flying the NWU flag high!

The NWU flag also waved proudly at the recent CANSA Relay for Life, which took place on our campus this past weekend. A special thank you to each and every staff member and student who was involved in and represented our campus at this event. As usual, it was an emotional and moving event:  a wonderful way for us to support a very relevant cause in our community.

We were also proud to accept another PMR Diamond Arrow Award this week! It is the fifth consecutive year that our campus has been awarded a Diamond Arrow Award – the highest accolade, in the Professional Management Review (PMR) Awards.

I think it is important that we keep on building on the small victories that we achieve each day.  Chris Burkman said: “It is often the tiny steps that define the big moments of our dreams.”  May every small victory lead us closer to achieving our dream:  to teach and learn with excellence, to touch the world with quality research and to make a real change in the community.


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