UP students launch social media initiative to honour lives lost to COVID-19 and GBV
Posted on November 25, 2020
UP student Tanya Šafrová is calling on the UP community to heed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s call to mourn the individuals who have lost their lives to COVID-19 and gender-based violence.
UP Centre for Child Law continues fight for consideration of learners with disabilities amid COVID-19
Posted on November 25, 2020
World’s Children Day on 20 November and Disability Awareness Month in November presented an opportune time to reflect on how the experience of COVID-19 has brought into greater light the urgent need to affirm, protect and realise the rights and well-being of children with disabilities.
South Africa has failed to harness the digital revolution: how can it fix the problem?
Posted on November 20, 2020
A number of countries have successfully harnessed the digital revolution to enable broader socio-economic development. But South Africa has fallen behind.
‘COVID-19 a reminder that the world is on the edge of constant disruptions’ – UP Vice-Chancellor Prof Kupe at Future of Higher Education virtual discussion
Posted on November 19, 2020
The University of Pretoria (UP) in conjunction with New York University (NYU) recently hosted a panel discussion on the ‘Future of Higher Education’ and further discussed the role of global cross-institutional and cross-sector partnerships in leading opportunities for the future of...
Post-COVID-19: Opportunity for universities to have a rethink
Posted on November 16, 2020
Universities have a long history of operating in environments that are unstable, disruptive and unpredictable.
Coping with exams amid COVID-19 pandemic: UP educational psychology expert offers tips for students
Posted on November 11, 2020
Prof Kobus Maree of UP's Department of Education Psychology offers advice on how students can cope during exams as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to weigh heavily on the world.
UP Expert Lecture: Learning from COVID-19 can help prevent future pandemics, says virologist Prof Wanda Markotter
Posted on November 10, 2020
“It’s not just about disease surveillance; we really need to bring multidisciplinary teams together, and use the resources to answer several different questions.”
UP chemical pathology scientists develop ground-breaking nanobodies for COVID-19 detection and therapy
Posted on November 03, 2020
Researchers at the University of Pretoria (UP) are producing unique nanobodies that could be of ground-breaking use in rapid tests and as a therapy for COVID-19. In tests conducted in collaboration with the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), the nanobodies have been shown to...
World Food Day: UP co-hosts webinar on African Action for Zero Hunger
Posted on November 02, 2020
While Africa faces food insecurity challenges, there are also immense possibilities and opportunities for ending global hunger and malnutrition.
UP students part of team that wins award in global hackathon
Posted on October 30, 2020
Two computer engineering students at the University of Pretoria (UP) were part of a team that won an award for best proposal on social distancing at a global hackathon held last weekend.
How to keep cyber secure at home – basic tips from a UP expert
Posted on October 28, 2020
With millions of people now working remotely from home instead of from secured office environments due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UP IT Risk and Compliance Manager Erica Ferreira gives five basic tips on keeping a cybersecure home
LeadUP virtual chat: Panellists discuss various faces of workplace bullying
Posted on October 27, 2020
Bullying is a sign of insecurity on the part of the perpetrator, while the act itself can be subtle or overt.
Hard work and the right attitude is what employers want – international research by UP and partners shows
Posted on October 26, 2020
A good attitude and hard work will indeed get you far in life – and there’s empirical evidence of that. This is according to the results of a study that was led, in part, by UP's Professor Berendien Lubbe, and was funded by the European Union’s Erasmus Plus Capacity Building...
UP project focuses on development of health education materials for persons with severe communication disabilities during Augmentative and Alternative Communication Awareness Month
Posted on October 23, 2020
According to Bob Williams, who uses augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), “the silence of speechlessness is never golden. We all need to communicate with each other – not just in one way, but in as many ways as possible. It is a basic human need, a basic human right. And...
Coping with COVID-19: It is okay to seek help, says VC Prof Kupe
Posted on October 19, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about significant changes in our lives. It is not only a disease crisis; it is a crisis of society, the economy, sustainability, of governance on the continent and globally – and of well-being.
World Food Day: Child nutrition is everyone’s responsibility
Posted on October 15, 2020
With the current increasing rates of malnutrition, infant mortality, poverty, hunger and food insecurity, the future of the African child is at stake. These are children who need to contribute to the economic “rescuing” and growth of the continent and the world at large. The cost of...
UP partners with Impact Catalyst to deliver primary healthcare to mining communities
Posted on October 15, 2020
The University of Pretoria’s (UP) Community Oriented Primary Care (COPC) Research Unit has been contributing its expertise around the Mogalakwena mine in Limpopo by equipping community healthcare workers with skills and knowledge through work-integrated learning sessions.
World Mental Health Day: ‘The lasting impact of the COVID-19 pandemic might be on mental health’, writes UP expert
Posted on October 10, 2020
World Mental Health Day is commemorated annually on 10 October. On this day, mental health practitioners, organisations and advocacy groups attempt to demystify notions around mental health and build trust in seeking mental health intervention.
Updated protocols on COVID-19 reporting
Posted on October 08, 2020
The University has released updated protocols on the reporting of COVID-19 symptoms and any cluster outbreaks that might occur as more staff and students return to campus.
University of Pretoria awards 1 380 qualifications to graduates in virtual spring graduation ceremony
Posted on September 29, 2020
University of Pretoria (UP) Chancellor Professor Wiseman Nkuhlu awarded 1 380 degrees, diplomas and certificates to graduates in absentia during a virtual spring graduation ceremony held on Tuesday, 29 September.