NWU connects rural students with a brighter future

Issued by North West University
North-West, Nov 7, 2018

For rural young people, no Internet connection means no future. Unless the North-West University (NWU) brings the infrastructure to them.

Most South African universities and the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) rely on online application platforms. Unfortunately, this excludes young qualifying learners in poor rural communities.

These prospective students have limited or no access to the Internet and online information considered vital to the promotion of learning, training and business development in communities.

In a game-changing move, the NWU is bringing mobile infrastructure to them.

The NWU's Student Recruitment and Marketing Department recently bought a mobile centre equipped with computers and the necessary Internet connections. This will make it possible for rural learners to apply for NSFAS funding and admission to university.

The NWU Mobile Application Centre has various laptops, scanners, a 48-hour power storage system, as well as Internet routers for unlimited WiFi access that can connect up to 35 devices at a time.

"We know that a big percentage of the country's prospective students come from underprivileged backgrounds and rural areas, and they cannot afford or access the Internet. That is why we have decided to step in," says marketing officer Corrie Landsberg.

"This mobile centre has all the necessary facilities that they need to access information and apply online."

Landsberg says with NSFAS only accepting online applications for financial aid, the mobile centre will come in handy.

"The mobile centre will visit rural communities in the North West and other neighbouring provinces throughout the year," he adds.

By offering easier access to funding and education, this initiative will connect tomorrow's leaders with the futures they deserve to have, and contribute to a more prosperous South Africa.

The NWU's mobile centre is fully equipped with computers and the necessary Internet connections to assist rural learners to apply for NSFAS funding and university admission.