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  • 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,...

  • UP-Tuks men's and women's sevens rugby teams soar

    Posted on October 12, 2018

    The UP-Tuks men’s sevens rugby team shone by winning the Varsity Tournament for the first time, beating the University of Johannesburg (UJ), 19-14; while the Delta Drone TuksWomensRugby7’s team won the Munchen Oktoberfest Tournament for the second consecutive year.

  • UP students become first African team to win Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition

    Posted on October 11, 2018

    For the first time in its 26-year history, an African team – made up of students from the University of Pretoria – has won the International Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition. The team, consisting of students Simon Motsweni and Simon Botha, under the guidance of coaches...

  • Huawei launches Authorised Information and Network Academy with UP

    Posted on October 11, 2018

    Huawei and the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology (EBIT), at the University of the Pretoria (UP) have announced the launch of the Huawei Authorised Information and Network Academy (HAINA)....

  • Artificial intelligence: threat or saviour?

    Posted on October 08, 2018

    “Although Artificial Intelligence (AI) might already appear to be magic, it’s meagre compared to what’s to come. In reality our AI is only on the very first rung of a ladder that ultimately leads to general-purpose, and fully sentient, machines.”

  • Statement by UP’s Centre for Child Law on judgment protecting the identifies of child victims, witnesses and offenders

    Posted on October 05, 2018

    On 28 September 2018, the Supreme Court of Appeal handed down a judgment in a case dealing with the protection of the identities of child victims, witnesses and offenders. The case was initiated by the University of Pretoria’s Centre for Child Law (CCL), with the aim to ensure that child...

  • ‘African businesses face threat of becoming obsolete’ – Aurecon COO

    Posted on October 05, 2018

    If African businesses do not adapt to the fourth industrial revolution (4th IR), they will become obsolete. At the very least, they will become isolated and unable to compete globally. This was said by Dr Gustav Rohde, Chief Operating Officer of global engineering company Aurecon, at the 54th...

  • Dedication to animal disease control research

    Posted on August 31, 2018

    Prof Armanda Bastos has always cared for animal welfare, but it was probably her first field trip to the Kruger National Park as a veterinary researcher that inspired her most to dedicate her professional life to animal disease control research. As part of a research team, Prof Bastos was...

  • Emeritus professor receives international lifetime achievement award

    Posted on August 31, 2018

    Emeritus Prof Ernie Heath, together with Prof Melville Saayman from North-West University, were the first-ever recipients of the Tourism Educators South Africa (TESA) Lifetime Award at the 7th Biennial International Tourism Studies Association (ITSA) & 2nd Tourism Educators South Africa...

  • Dr Allan Boesak delivers 9th annual Johan Heyns Memorial Lecture at UP

    Posted on August 29, 2018

    The Faculties of Humanities and Theology and Religion hosted the Johan Heyns Memorial lecture, presented by Dr Allan Boesak, renowned public intellectual, who spoke on , ‘Rebels at the lectern and on the pulpit: Hegemony, harmony, and the critical dimensions of theological integrity’.

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