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Dear Staff and Students

As you know, the University of Pretoria (UP) will resume teaching and learning online from 4 May 2020 until the end of the first semester on 17 June 2020.

We have made considerable progress to provide students who are in financial need with internet-enabled devices and will start delivering these soon so that we will be ready to start with online teaching and learning by 4 May.

I’m also excited to announce that we have developed a unique portal called UP Connect for users to access – through an internet browser on any device – all UP-related content as well as the University’s digital systems without incurring any data charges. This was made possible with the help of South Africa’s major telecommunications providers and will work on all the networks, including MTN, Vodacom, Telkom and Cell C.

It is an innovative way of giving students and staff access to everything they need to continue with their work and studies online, at no data cost.  

Staff and students only need their portal credentials to log in and to get free access to the following services:

  • The UP Web
  • clickUP
  • Library Services
  • Library Search
  • Lib Guides
  • UP and TUKS Gmail
  • GIBS
  • GIBS Blackboard

Here’s a short video with more information for students here and for staff here.

It’s important to note that your experience of accessing these services through the portal will be determined by the quality of your connection to the Internet. Where possible, ensure that you are in an area with good reception. 

We will continue finding innovative solutions to ensure the success of our students, and we will do everything possible to make sure that no student is disadvantaged. 

Warm regards,

Prof Tawana Kupe
Vice-Chancellor and Principal


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