About Us

The University of Pretoria (UP) is a seven-campus public university with its largest campus in the heart of Hatfield, the picturesque diplomatic hub of South Africa’s capital city. We’re proud to stand among the world’s leading research universities.

Nestled in the purple haze of Pretoria’s iconic jacaranda trees, UP offers a high quality of teaching, learning and research expertise across all nine faculties, including South Africa’s only Faculty of Veterinary Science, and Africa’s top Faculty of Law and business school. We firmly believe that our success is measured not only by what we have already achieved, but how the actions we take today impact on our future and the future of the continent as a whole.

Our characteristic resolve and focussed commitment have seen us transform into a dynamic community of some of the world’s brightest minds, working together across disciplines to discover knowledge and find solutions to some of society’s most pressing concerns.

For us, UP is more than a university – it is a way of life that is underpinned by striving for excellence, giving back to society, and living a life that is ethical, understanding and caring towards everyone. Our graduates are critical and creative thinkers who are able to function seamlessly in a professional work environment while maintaining a strong commitment to contributing to South Africa by being socially responsible and active citizens.

Our Story

The University of Pretoria (UP) was established in 1908 with just four professors and 32 students, in a little house called Kya Rosa. Today, it is one of the largest research universities in South Africa...Read more

Teaching and Learning

The culture of excellent teaching is firmly entrenched at UP across all fields of study. Our committed academics have multiple approaches to teaching to ensure that students with a variety of learning strengths succeed...Read more

Management and Governance

UP is governed in terms of the Higher Education Act 101 of 1997, as amended, and the Statute of the University...Read more

World Rankings

UP is one of the world’s top universities and occupies a space in the top 1,9% of universities in the world. We rank highly for Africa across several ranking measurement systems which take into consideration a range of factors...Read more

Partners and Collaborations

The University of Pretoria is proud to be associated with a number of research partnerships, academic development programmes and memoranda of understanding with many international universities and institutions...Read more

Institutes, Centres and Units

At the University of Pretoria, we know that the actions we take today have a lasting impact on our future. We make today matter by being actively involved in cutting-edge research and technological development, having a positive economic impact and finding solutions...Read more


UP has seven beautiful campuses, each with its own unique character and purpose. The faculties of Veterinary Science, Health Science, and Education are customised to their purposes, self-contained on campuses at Onderstepoort...Read more

Social Responsibility

At UP we firmly believe that we are a resource and an asset to South Africa, Africa and the world. We take pride in our locally and globally relevant programmes which produce graduates who are socially conscious, active citizens...Read more

News and Events

New and interesting research, events or achievements are constantly making news at UP. You can read more here...Read more

Career Opportunities

Choose UP to start your career or to keep it growing. We are ranked as one of the top universities worldwide. Our campuses provide some of the most beautiful work environments with easy access to many lifestyle facilities to help you achieve your personal and professional goals. Read more


UP ensures that the South African economy is supported, and from time to time we request the services of suitable providers to apply for relevant tenders...Read more


The University’s scope of activities does not only include formal teaching, learning and research, but also offers continuing education programmes, support in contract research and consulting, sport...Read more

Support Services

At UP, we have a number of professional departments that form the University’s support structure. These departments offer a range of services to the University community – from psycho-social support to logistics, finance, information and research management...Read more


UP has a range of high-quality publications which contain detailed information on a range of UP’s institutional offerings, highlights and achievements, all of which impact on the advancement of knowledge in South Africa and the world... Read more


We are one of the largest research universities in South Africa, with nine highly regarded faculties that span the knowledge spectrum from classic academic fields to rapidly evolving new fields of study. We are home to Africa’s best business school... Read more

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