eFundi: How to Access NWU Learning Management System

eFundi is the North-West University instance of Sakai, an open source Learning Management System (LMS), that provides NWU staff with the tools to support teaching, learning and research activities.


The system has so many features. In this post, we’ll learn about eFundi login, changing password and email, submiting your assignment and many more. First, let’s look at some key features of NWU Learning Management System.

Key features of eFundi

Here are some key features of NWU eFundi

Instruction: eFundi provides the opportunity to create and grade assignments using the Assignments tool; calculate, store and distribute grades to students in the Gradebook tool; Organize text, resources, quizzes, tests, assignments, media and other content using the Lesson tool; Post a summary outline of module requirements using the Syllabus tool; Create and manage online assessments in the Tests & Quizzes tool; and facilitate and grade online discussions in the Forums tool.

Communication & Collaboration: With tools such as Announcements, Calendar, Chat, Forums, Drop box, Messages, Podcasts, Polls, Wiki, Blog and Lessons, it is easy to keep communication channels with students open and allow students to collaborate and generate their own knowledge.

User features: eFundi gateway allows all users to connect with others with the same interests using the Connections feature. Users can now also personalise their experience by choosing their own navigation and updating their profiles. A permanent chat feature allows users to communicate across disciplines.

Site features: Create groups for communication, grading, permission, collaboration, assignments or assessment purposes. Customise your landing page for your module to welcome your students. Keep track of student activity on your site using the statistics tool. Manage your resources and users.

Login to eFundi

Follow the processes below to access the system.

  1. Open a web browser. The system requires the most up-to-date version of your Internet browser. For the best experience, I encourage you to use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.
  2. In the address field (where you usually see a website address), click on or type efundi.nwu.ac.za.
  3. Hit the enter button on your keyboard.
  4. The eFundi login page will appear.
  5. At the top right-hand corner of the computer screen you will see a button labelled “Login“. Click on it.
  6. You will now see a screen where you can enter your Username and Password.
  7. In the Username field, type in your NWU student number.
  8. Click on the Login button.

If you’re a first time eFundi user, log in with your username (your 8-digit NWU student number) and your password.


Your password will initially be your South African identification number, followed by “@Nwu” or for international students (Including students from Namibia) this password consists your passport number followed by “@Nwu“, e.g. 9302215067088@Nwu.

Remember after 90 days, your password will expire. You will need to change your password before this time or you will need to request a new password.

How to change your eFundi password

Your NWU eFundi password expires every 90 days just like the student portals of other South African universities. If you want to change your password, read on.

On the eFundi main page (before you login), click on “Reset Password

To get a new password click on the link and provide the system with the following information:

Student number, identity or passport number and your cell phone number or email address. If this information is verified with the information on your academic record, your password will be sent by SMS or by email within an hour depending on your network.

If your information does not verify visit Academic Administration to update your information.

When you change your current password, ensure you change your password to something that only you will easily remember.