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  • UP students on the receiving end of generous Naspers bursaries

    Posted on December 31, 2023

    Global consumer internet group, Naspers has awarded 13 bursaries to the value of over R2.1 million to UP students, as part of their programme to help with widening access to the higher education.

  • Student receives SSAG Bronze Medal

    Posted on June 24, 2022

    Christina Thaele was awarded the prestigious 2022 SSAG Master's Bronze Medal for her MSc entitled "Characteristics of warm season supercell thunderstorms over the Gauteng and Mpumalanga Provinces of South Africa". The Bronze Medal is awarded to the best geography MSc completed by research...

  • UP-led Hot Birds Project homes in on how extreme heat affects bird species

    Posted on June 22, 2022

    Rising temperatures as a result of climate change will affect bird species differently, and their abilities to withstand extremely hot conditions depend on the part of the world that they find themselves in and the climatic region to which their physiology has become adapted over the course of...

  • UP awarded four SARChI chairs

    Posted on June 21, 2022

    “We are proud of all the recipients and look forward to their contribution to strengthening the higher education landscape and making a difference in society,” said Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Tawana Kupe.

  • Student receives SSAG Outstanding Honours Research Award for 2022

    Posted on June 20, 2022

    Kayla Theron, who graduated with her BScHons Geoinformatics this year, was recently awarded the SSAG Outstanding Honours Research Award for 2022 from the Society of South African Geographers. She received the award for her Honours project, completed in 2021, entitled A street segment analysis of...

  • The youth are the future of the agricultural sector

    Posted on June 16, 2022

    The youth are the hope of our future, and we need to do more to get them involved in agriculture.

  • Nine UP academics nominated for NSTF/South32 Awards, SA’s ‘Science Oscars’

    Posted on June 09, 2022

    Earlier this month, the National Science and Technology Forum announced the finalists for this year’s NSTF-South32 Awards. UP congratulates and celebrates nine of our own researchers who have been nominated!

  • World Food Safety Day 2022

    Posted on June 06, 2022

    One in every ten people worldwide fall ill due to food borne diseases, where some cases are mild but others are deadly- accounting for the loss of 33 million healthy life years (DALYs) each year. Over 200 diseases, such as Listeriosis, Salmonella, cancer, immune disease and Norovirus are all...

  • World Environment Day #OnlyOneEarth

    Posted on June 05, 2022

    World Environment Day 2022's theme is #OnlyOneEarth, a campaign that calls for “Living Sustainably in Harmony with Nature”.

  • #WorldEnvironmentDay on 5 June: Steer your career to study the environment

    Posted on June 05, 2022

    World Environment Day on 5 June celebrates one single fact that unites the entirety of humanity – we all are on this one planet together, and it’s the only home we have. It is the largest celebration of its kind and is the United Nations' principal vehicle for encouraging awareness...

  • UP prof and students undertake climate change campaign with help of spekboom

    Posted on June 01, 2022

    A UP professor and his third-year conservation ecology students have embarked on a novel campaign to contribute to carbon dioxide reduction in the atmosphere – by growing spekboom in non-recyclable coffee cups.

  • Faculty newsletter for May 2022 now available

    Posted on May 31, 2022

    Faculty newsletter for May 2022 now available

  • Meet our graduate: Manana Mamabolo

    Posted on May 27, 2022

    Dr Manana Mamabolo recently completed her PhD in Agricultural Economics.

  • #UPGraduation2022: Graduate overcomes sight impairment challenges to obtain master’s

    Posted on May 24, 2022

    UP student Zak Claassen has a received a Master’s Degree in Bioinformatics cum laude, successfully overcoming accessibility challenges during his postgraduate studies as a result of him being blind.

  • UP EXPERT OPINION: We need a more resilient food system

    Posted on May 24, 2022

    Professor Sheryl Hendriks says in her interview with BRINK that one of the big challenges in dealing with global food shortages caused by the Ukraine conflict is the lack of private sector involvement in the food sector in many countries.

  • Meet our graduate: James Mukombwe

    Posted on May 24, 2022

    James Mukombwe recently completed his Master's in Agricultural Economics and was part of the 2022 Autumn graduates. We spoke to him about his studies and research.

  • Celebrating International Day for Biological Diversity Day 22 May

    Posted on May 20, 2022

    In late 2021, a range of experts around the world were approached to provide expert input to the Global Biodiversity Framework – a new framework under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) that is effectively intended to inform our interventions to conserve biodiversity and ecosystem...

  • Beetles use mimicry to fool bees into feeding them

    Posted on May 19, 2022

    A breakthrough study from the University of Pretoria has found that small hive beetles trapped inside a honeybee nest sneakily entice the very bees that keep them prisoner into providing them with the best of what there is to feed on in the hive – even some of the queen’s portion.

  • Bee engaged! Celebrating the diversity of bees and beekeeping systems

    Posted on May 18, 2022

    This year’s World Bee Day aims to raise awareness on the importance of bees and beekeeping.

  • UP part of global research team to present the first image of Sagittarius A*

    Posted on May 12, 2022

    Astronomers have unveiled the first image of the supermassive black hole at the centre of our own Milky Way galaxy. The announcement was made at simultaneous press conferences around the world. Professor Roger Deane, an Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria and Director for the...

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