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* The 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) has been published. The University of Pretoria's ranking improved yet again, and we are now among the top 500 institutions globally. 

The University of Pretoria is a multi-faculty research-intensive university with campuses in Pretoria, its surrounds, and in the country’s economic hub, Johannesburg. The University is conveniently situated in close proximity to government departments and major research entities in Pretoria, including the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

The University provides an environment that is stimulating, intellectually challenging and conducive to optimising teaching and learning. The approach to education is holistic. Through participation in the wide range of campus activities and societies focusing on sports, arts and culture, students become well-rounded citizens.

As one of South Africa’s oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher education, the University of Pretoria provides a refreshing mix of academic tradition and progressive vision. The latter is brought to life by means of world-class research that results in positive, tangible contributions to both local and global communities.

Why #ChooseUP?

  • The University of Pretoria (UP) is among the top 1,9% of universities in the world, according to the QS World University Rankings 2018. Read more 
  • UP’s Faculty of Law is among the top 80 in the world according to the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings for 2019. Read more
  • UP Law Mooters won an award for ‘Best Overall Respondent Memorial’ at largest international moot court competition in the world. Read more
  • UP students became the first African team to win the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition. Read more
  • UP’s final-year chartered accountant student cohort, who passed the Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting Sciences/Certificate in the Theory of Accountancy (CTA) in 2017, had a combined pass rate after the January and June 2018 Initial Tests of Competence (first CA professional exam administered by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants) of 99,5%, and was placed first in South Africa. Read more
  • UP’s Tatjana Schoenmaker won the 100 m and 200 m breaststroke events at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia. Her winning times were African records and she set an African record in the 50 m breaststroke. Schoenmaker is the first South African female swimmer to win gold at the Commonwealth Games since Natalie du Toit won three gold medals in 2010 in Delhi, India. Read more
  • UP student, Akani Simbine was the first South African sprinter to win gold in the 100 m at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018. The African sprint champion’s 9,93 seconds this season ranks him in the International Association of Athletics Federation’s 10th position. Read more
  • UP: 2018 Varsity champions for cricket, hockey and athletics. Read more
  • UP spending contributes R39bn to South Africa’s economy in 2016. Read more
  • The [email protected] initiative will assist you to graduate in the shortest time possible. Read more
  • The Ready for Work programme will help assist you to be ready for employment after graduation. Read more

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