A partnership with academia

Building knowledge for trade and development

SOUTH AFRICA - North-West University

Members: 16 members
Coordinator: Wilma Viviers
Member type: Affiliate University Members
Member since: 21/08/2012


North-West University
TRADE (Trade and Development) research niche area
School of Economics
Private Bag X6001

Phone: (+27 18) 299-1111/2222
Fax:  (+27 18) 299-2767

Website: http://www.nwu.ac.za

About the university: The North-West University (NWU) was founded in 2004 through the merger of two universities with very different histories, personalities and cultures: the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education and the University of the North-West. Today, NWU is recognized as one of the best-managed and most innovative universities in South Africa, and continues to play a great role in the encouragement of multiculturalism, multilingualism and multi-nationalism. It offers students an exceptionally rich range of study choices -- from agriculture and the arts to commerce, engineering, education, health, law, natural sciences and theology -- at the undergraduate, postgraduate and PHD levels.

Areas of expertise: The university offers courses and conducts research in the following areas: Globalization and development strategies, macro-economic policies, international financial system, economics of international trade, multilateral trading system (WTO), regional/bilateral trade agreements, international economic law, trade and poverty, trade and environment, international geography, international business communication, international market development, commodities, foreign direct investment, South-South cooperation, enterprise competitiveness, trade logistics and facilitation, finance for development.

Courses offered: The School of Economics provides undergraduate degrees in economics, international trade, risk management, investment management and informatics. The distinctive feature of the programs is the combination of inputs from the private sector with academic foundation. With this special composition MWU establishes a balance between the needs of the market and an academic-based economic knowledge. At the post-graduate level, the School offers honors, Master’s and PhD degrees in economics, risk management and international trade.