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Welcome Message: Head of the Department

The University of Pretoria is a cosmopolitan modern day university that is located in the beautiful capital city of South Africa, Pretoria. The city is also fondly known as the Jacaranda City due to the jacaranda trees that adorn the streets of Pretoria. Pretoria is home to a number of research and technology centres, national government departments and about 115 embassies and consulates.
The Webometrics Ranking of World Higher Education ranked the University of Pretoria as the fourth best university in the whole of Africa. 
 
Despite all these positive international accolades, the University of Pretoria remains steadfast to becoming even more competitive at home and internationally. This is well articulated in the 2007-2011 Strategic Plan which pronounces that the vision of the University of Pretoria is to strive to be (amongst others):
  • a leader in higher education that is recognized internationally for academic excellence and a focus on quality
  • a university that is known for international competitiveness and local relevance through continuous innovation; ….
The mission of the University of Pretoria further affirms that the university will strive to be an internationally recognised South African teaching and research university and a member of the international community of scholarly institutions. The cross-cutting message being transcended in the strategic plan was succinctly expressed by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Calie Pistorius, in January 2008 that it is not business as usual as the University of Pretoria will have to aggressively seek progressive international partners to collaborate with in order to continuously achieve international excellence in the core business of the university (academic excellence, developmental and transformative research as well as community engagement).
 
The Department of Corporate International Relations and university stakeholders will thus strive to forge productive international partnerships with well recognised international academic partners; research and development oriented international organisations; as well as the private sector partners that support our core business. The University of Pretoria has a resolution to have staff and students who are “World-Wise”.
 
The University of Pretoria thus warmly welcomes our international friends and collaborators to this beautiful campus and warm South Africa’s capital.
 
 
A warm welcome!
David Farirai
Head: Corporate International Relations
 
 
 
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