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. UP has transformed into a dynamic university community of staff and students who come from a range of diverse backgrounds and cultures showcasing South African and global societies. The University was born from a vision to create a space for quality education and for new ideas to flourish. Over the course of its existence, and through different phases of political power and social change, UP has been resilient in its commitment to academic quality.

This has allowed us to establish a presence among the top 1,9% of universities worldwide. Our vision has always been to look forward, provide the best possible education for our students, and encourage them to go on to do great things. We are continuously transforming the corporate and research landscape through innovative thinking and the high calibre of our graduates. More than a quarter of a million alumni have passed through our doors. Many are on the path to success, while others have already become leaders in their fields both locally and internationally.

UP has grown to become one of the top universities on the continent, and we are proud that our reputation precedes our graduates around the world. Our story at UP is as much about where we have come from as where we are heading. It is a story of ongoing positive development, dedication to excellence, and striving to reach our goals with zeal, passion and perseverance.

Message from the Vice-Chancellor and Principal

“UP is built on a foundation of excellence and change. Our strength lies in working together to transform the futures of our country, continent and the world.”

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Vision, Mission & Values

Guided by a vision for global research leadership, our mission is to excel in research and teaching and learning. Our values emphasise producing graduates committed to community service.

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UP History

More than 100 years since the establishment of UP with 32 students, the University is home to over 54 000 students across nine faculties and a business school.

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UP Brand

Find out about the University of Pretoria’s brand and the meaning behind our brand essence and positioning line Make today matter, and our logo.

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Strategic Plan

The purpose of our long-term plan is to articulate a common vision and understanding of UP’s role and identity in the context of multiple and changing demands.

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Management & Governance

The University of Pretoria is governed in terms of the Higher Education Act 101 of 1997, as amended, and the Statute of the University.

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UP Policies

It is through our policies that we set the standard for excellence in our teaching and learning, research and sustainability in our engagements.

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