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  • Kyle Venter wins AFMA poster award

    Posted on October 14, 2019

    Mr Kyle Venter, an MSc (Agric) student in animal science in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Pretoria (UP), has been given the Best Student Nutrition Poster Award for 2019 by the Animal Feed Manufacturers Association (AFMA). His poster, titled ‘The in...

  • Results of 2019 annual aerial survey for southern right whales

    Posted on October 14, 2019

    The 2019 survey observed the second lowest number of right whales along our shores in October since 1995.

  • Ms Oluyimika wins the SAAFoST Dreosti Best Oral Presentation Award

    Posted on October 11, 2019

    Ms Oluyimika Y Adetola, a PhD Nutrition student in the Department of Consumer and Food Sciences at the University of Pretoria, recently won the Dreosti Best Oral Presentation Award at the 23rd Biennial 2019 South African Association for Food Science and Technology (SAAFoST) congress.

  • UP Vice-Principal becomes first female president of the Royal Society of South Africa

    Posted on October 10, 2019

    The University of Pretoria’s Vice Principal for Research and Postgraduate Education, Professor Stephanie Burton, has been elected President of the Royal Society of South Africa, the first woman to hold the position in the organisation’s 111-year history.

  • #EndPlantBlindness Campaign

    Posted on October 10, 2019

    Following on from the success of last year, the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences will again be running the #EndPlantBlindness campaign to create awareness of the importance of plants in our everyday lives. This year we will be using the programme to create a 2020 calendar and launch the...

  • Another prestigious international award for UP environmental economist Prof Rashid Hassan

    Posted on October 09, 2019

    Professor Rashid Hassan, Emeritus Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Pretoria (UP), has been awarded the International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE) 2020 Boulding...

  • Why knowing what black mamba venom does to the human body is crucial

    Posted on October 04, 2019

    Black mambas are extremely dangerous reptiles – in fact, many consider the species to be one of the world’s deadliest snakes. They won’t seek out human interaction. But if cornered or confronted, they will strike. And their venom is lethal.

  • Master’s student in food science wins Ginsburg Award at SAAFoST congress

    Posted on October 04, 2019

    Ms Mphokuhle Ncube, an MSc (Food Science) student from the Department of Consumer and Food Sciences at the University of Pretoria, recently won the Ginsburg Award for the best poster presentation at the South African Association for Food Science & Technology (SAAFoST) 23rd Biennial Congress.

  • Prof Barend Erasmus appointed as new Dean for NAS

    Posted on October 02, 2019

    Prof Barend Erasmus has been appointed as the Dean in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (NAS) at the University of Pretoria (UP) from 1 October 2019.

  • University Social Responsibility Month

    Posted on October 01, 2019

    This October, the University Social Responsibility campaign will be launched. The campaign aims to raise awareness on the University of Pretoria’s (UP) impact on communities through our social responsiveness and social responsibility initiatives.

  • Towards a prosperous Africa – Partnerships for impact

    Posted on October 01, 2019

    Africa is a continent on the rise, a place where economic performance has proved resilient despite turbulent international events. But Africa is also a continent of contradictions and complexity.

  • Mental Health Awareness Month

    Posted on October 01, 2019

    The University of Pretoria’s Student Counselling Unit (SCU) will roll out mental health and wellness campaigns throughout the month of October. These campaigns are aimed at reaching a wider population and educating them about their well-being and how they can make themselves resilient and...

  • Gauteng Research Triangle: UP, UJ and Wits commit to research collaboration

    Posted on September 30, 2019

    The vice-chancellors of the universities of Pretoria, Johannesburg and the Witwatersrand have agreed to explore opportunities for establishing a globally competitive research collaborative in Gauteng.

  • Fight the post-graduation blues with the UP Alumni Connect app

    Posted on September 27, 2019

    Our university years have often been said to be some of the ‘best years of our lives’. Like any great adventure, however, it must come to an end.

  • Cloud computing could be key to speeding up Africa’s development

    Posted on September 25, 2019

    Earlier this year, 17 African countries presented their progress on reaching the Sustainable Development Goals at the UN. There was some good news and progress. But it’s clear that radical interventions are still required if countries on the continent are to achieve these ambitious global...

  • UP rated in top four of SA universities in 2020 QS Graduate Employability Survey

    Posted on September 19, 2019

    UP has been ranked among the top four universities in South Africa in terms of graduate employability, according to the 2020 QS Graduate Employability Survey that was released on Thursday. UP also improved its global ranking significantly and is now ranked within the 251-300 band, compared to the...

  • UP and French researchers intensify malaria research programme in Limpopo

    Posted on September 18, 2019

    Approximately half of the world's population is at risk of contracting malaria, but 90% of malaria cases and deaths occur in Sub-Saharan Africa. Around 78% of these deaths occur among children under the age of five.

  • From the skull of an ostrich to the lungs of a dog, no animal body part goes to waste at UP’s Plastination Unit

    Posted on September 17, 2019

    The Plastination Unit in the Department of Anatomy and Physiology at the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Veterinary Science has created more than 200 plastinated specimens since it became operational in 2017. Louise de Bruin spoke to unit head Wilma Olivier.

  • Universities must teach their budding scientists entrepreneurship

    Posted on September 16, 2019

    A strong background in science and technology is crucial for students who want to become academic research scientists. But there are many other jobs for budding scientists that also need extra business-oriented skills.

  • The questions South Africans should be asking: How do we encourage more women to stick with science?

    Posted on September 16, 2019

    It's often noted that we need more women in science to meet South Africa's demand for skills and to improve women's economic prospects. How do we encourage this? Dr Thabsile Thabethe reflects on some of the things that have encouraged or discouraged her along the way to obtaining her doctorate in...

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