EXPERT OPINION: UP career counselling specialist outlines how learners on lockdown can chart a course for future success
Posted on February 04, 2021
With public schools still closed as a result of COVID-19, Prof Kobus Maree of UP’s Dept of Educational Psychology offers learners and parents tips on how to maximise learning potential.
COVID-19 has hurt some more than others: SA needs policies that reflect this, say UP researchers
Posted on February 03, 2021
As is often the case during economic crises such, there are winners and losers, and in this case, it is the least skilled workers and poor females who suffer the most, say UP researchers.
EXPERT OPINION: Veterinary ivermectin: Should I use it to protect me from COVID-19? UP specialist veterinary pharmacologist weighs in
Posted on February 01, 2021
UP’s Dean of Veterinary Science, Professor Vinny Naidoo, weighs in on the debate around the use of a veterinary drug to treat COVID-19.
For the love of university museums: The UP Museums to reopen on 1 February 2021
Posted on January 28, 2021
After over 300 lockdown days, the UP Museums are finally reopening their doors to the public. With new artwork and some new gallery changes, read more here to find out what you can look forward to.
EXPERT OPINION: Fighting COVID-19: A veterinary perspective
Posted on January 18, 2021
Dr Rebone Moerane, Head of the University's Department of Production Animal Studies of Production Animal Studies, shares lessons learned from pandemics in animal populations.
UP scientists scoop first and second prizes in Innovation Hub competition’s Biosciences category
Posted on January 14, 2021
UP’s Prof Tahir Pillay and Prof Celia Abolnik and their teams have won first and second prize, respectively, in the Biosciences category of the GAP Innovation Competition run by the Innovation Hub.
Working collaboratively and across disciplines is the only way to beat the pandemics and crises of the future, UP’s Future Africa tells Galien Forum Africa
Posted on December 17, 2020
“COVID-19 will probably not be the last pandemic. If we don’t build resource capacity, we’re going to be in more trouble. And if we don’t build a youth that thinks transdisciplinarily, we are also going to be in trouble,” said Professor Wanda Markotter of the...
Year-end message from the Vice-Chancellor
Posted on December 17, 2020
"2020 has been a very difficult, uncertain and challenging year, when life as we know it has been severely disrupted. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to be critical thinkers and find solutions to the challenges we face,” says Professor Tawana Kupe, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of UP.
What makes mosquitoes tick and how to keep safe from them this summer: advice from a UP malaria expert
Posted on December 15, 2020
The best way to prevent getting malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases is to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes. Dr Taneshka Kruger, project manager at UP’s Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control, shares tips on just how to do that.
UP Student Counselling Unit launches mental health and well-being podcast
Posted on December 09, 2020
The vision for the podcast is “to provide scientific, evidence-based information to students on how they can enhance their mental health and well-being in a simple, understandable and user-friendly way.
UP human rights law academic instrumental in drafting UN General Comment 37 on peaceful assembly
Posted on December 07, 2020
The University of Pretoria (UP) has played an instrumental role in supporting the drafting of General Comment 37 (2020) of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee, which offers global guidance on peaceful assembly.
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.