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 mission of the Optentia Research Unit is to develop and organize knowledge for the optimal expression of individual, social and institutional potential, with a specific interest in the African context. The research unit studies the optimization of the potential of people and institutions by focusing on pathways from precarity to capability and optimal functioning.

The NWU offers more than just an education: we offer people a place in the world. Academically, students benefit from great choice and flexibility, enabling them to fulfill their potential and start preparing for their careers. Through collaboration with other universities and institutions internationally, we are part of the global higher education community. Our internationalization activities include student and staff exchange and cooperation in academic, research, cultural and sports matters.