Potchefstroom Universiteit vir Christelike Hoër Onderwys
The Potchefstroom Universiteit vir Christelike Hoër Onderwys was a medium-sized South African university located in Potchefstroom.
(In English it is referred to as the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education - abbreviated PU for CHE)
It gained full autonomy as University in 19**, and was renamed the Potchefstroom Universiteit vir Christelike Hoër Onderwys or "PU vir CHO" ("Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education"), also referred to as the Potchefstroom Universiteit vir CHO ("Potchefstroom University for CHE" - abbreviated to "PU for CHE".) However, it continued to be referred to colloquially by its original acronym of PUK throughout its existence as an independent institution.
The Christian aspect was throughout its existence a cornerstone of the University's approach to higher education, predicated on the doctrines of the
The PUK Karnaval is one of the names by which the annual Rag at the Potchefstroom Universiteit vir CHO (PUK) was known over the years. Originally known as Vreugdedag ("day of joy") it was begun in 1942 as a street parade to counteract political tensions in the town, and became an annual institution till it was stopped in 1964. In 1967 it regained new life in the form of the Karnaval ("carnival") . In 1988 the Karnaval was once more renamed to now be known as the Jool, in line with national trends at other Afrikaans universities. Fundamentally the format and aims remained the same: a street parade for charitable causes combined with student entertainemnet.