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  • Important information for alumni regarding election of the President of the Convocation

    Posted on April 16, 2019

    The University of Pretoria will be commencing the process of electing a President of the Convocation in May 2019. This position, which runs for a term of five years, has been vacant since August 2017.

  • Future Africa at the University of Pretoria launches at the Hillcrest Campus

    Posted on April 12, 2019

    Future Africa was launched at the University of Pretoria at the end of March 2019. This purpose-built campus promotes transdisciplinary research excellence and fosters the development of research networks, partnerships and training. Future Africa at the University of Pretoria aims to address...

  • The magnificent seven: meet the Eersterust family of UP graduates

    Posted on April 12, 2019

    Seven members of the Campbell family from Eersterust in Tshwane have graduated from UP. For the Campbell family, UP was the natural choice. “The qualifications attained at the university have been a game-changer for us,” says Colleen Campbell. “A qualification from UP is a very...

  • UP professor pioneers world-first middle ear transplant with 3D-printed bones

    Posted on April 12, 2019

    A pioneering surgical procedure developed by Professor Mashudu Tshifularo, head of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology at the University of Pretoria’s (UP) Faculty of Health Sciences, that uses 3D-printed middle ear bones (ossicles) may be the answer to one particular form of hearing loss...

  • Astronomers capture first image of a black hole

    Posted on April 10, 2019

    The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) — a planet-scale array of eight ground-based radio telescopes forged through international collaboration — was designed to capture images of a black hole. Today, (10 April) in coordinated press conferences across the globe, EHT researchers reveal that...

  • Big in Japan: UP alumni develop cultural exchange app to connect travellers with locals

    Posted on April 10, 2019

    Three University of Pretoria (UP) alumni have developed an app, Doot, that is a dining platform for travellers to Japan to connect with locals over authentic meals away from tourist traps – travellers get to experience the local cuisine and learn about Japanese culture, while the host gets...

  • UP vet nurse alumnus passes prestigious USA National Veterinary Technician Exam

    Posted on April 08, 2019

    University of Pretoria (UP) alumnus Ezette Coetzee, who has a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing from UP’s Faculty of Veterinary Science, is believed to be the first South Africans to write and pass the prestigious National Veterinary Technician Exam (NVTE) in the United States.

  • #UPAlumni: Oldest Epic finisher does not know the meaning of quitting

    Posted on March 27, 2019

    “It is not about how many times you fall down, but how many times you get back up.” The Tuks alumni, Dr Gustav Joyce, got to experience the true meaning of what the late USA president, Abraham Lincoln, meant when he uttered his famous words. However, it was not through choice.

  • UP Law alumna Agasha Natalie Tabaro elected to pursue Master’s studies at Oxford University

    Posted on March 19, 2019

    The Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria is proud to announce that alumna Agasha Natalie Tabaro has been selected to pursue Master’s studies in International Human Rights at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. Another feather in Agasha’s master’s studies cap...

  • Meet our new Vice-Chancellor and Principal

    Posted on January 30, 2019

    Prof. Tawana Kupe, UP’s new Vice-Chancellor and Principal, has hit the ground running. He lets us in on his vision for the University – and his plans to travel extensively to engage with alumni in South Africa and abroad.

  • Join UP-Tuks 1 in their quest for rugby glory

    Posted on January 30, 2019

    Head coach Nollis Marais says the UP-Tuks 1 rugby team owes it to themselves, their supporters and the University to at least make the semi-finals of the 2019 Varsity. Come watch two of the games with your fellow alumni and reconnect over a light dinner.

  • Meet David Kabwa, the newly elected SRC President

    Posted on January 29, 2019

    David Kabwa – who made history when he became the first second-year student to be elected UP SRC President – overcame the hurdle of running as an independent candidate. This Political Science student is not someone who backs down easily.

  • Javett-UP Art Centre set to open this year

    Posted on January 29, 2019

    The Javett-UP Art Centre, which will be launched later this year, is nearing completion. The centre will not only be a hub for the arts, but will also serve as a major driver of transdisciplinary research and provide a unique resource for academics, researchers, students and learners.

  • Alumni Relations on a mission to create global community of UP ambassadors

    Posted on January 29, 2019

    The University of Pretoria hosted dinners for alumni in New York, Boston and London last October. The dinners not only provided an opportunity for alumni to connect with colleagues from the University, but also gave them an opportunity to get to know fellow alums living in the same city.

  • No mountain too high: Derick Brumer’s story of resilience

    Posted on January 29, 2019

    UP alumnus Derick Brumer defied the odds after sustaining a severe brain injury. Two degrees and one diploma later, he is working hard at forging a career as an inspirational speaker. He’s made a DVD about how he defied the odds after being given only a 5% chance to survive his first night...

  • At the frontier of research: addressing food insecurity in Africa

    Posted on January 29, 2019

    Prof. Hettie Schönfeldt, Director of the recently launched African Research Universities Alliance Centre of Excellence for Food Security, says a transformed agricultural and food system is necessary to address poverty, inequality and unemployment.

  • Chemistry Nobel laureate offers advice to UP academics and students

    Posted on January 10, 2019

    The University of Pretoria was proud to host 2016 Chemistry Nobel laureate Sir Fraser Stoddart recently, when he spoke at UP’s Future Africa campus. In his lecture, Sir Fraser said that, to be successful as academics, teachers should prioritise their students’ needs and put them ahead...

  • UP receives boost in NRF ratings

    Posted on December 14, 2018

    Two University of Pretoria (UP) academics have received prestigious A-1 ratings by the National Research Foundation (NRF) for 2018, bringing the number of UP scientists rated in the A category to 14.

  • University of Pretoria achieves new world rankings in two more subjects

    Posted on November 09, 2018

    The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings for 2019 have been released, and the University of Pretoria (UP) has achieved new rankings in two subjects: Physical Sciences and Psychology.

  • University of Pretoria achieves new world rankings in three subjects, Law faculty up 16 positions

    Posted on October 18, 2018

    The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings for 2019 have been released, and the University of Pretoria (UP) has achieved new rankings in three subjects: Education; Business and Economics; and Social Sciences. Additionally, UP’s Law subject ranking improved by 16 positions,...

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