Open Day 2013: School learners encouraged to choose University of Pretoria

Posted on May 20, 2013

This was the message delivered by the University of Pretoria’s Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof Cheryl de la Rey, to more than 25 000 students, their family and friends, who attended the University’s Open Day on Saturday, 18 May. Prof De la Rey further referred to making the choice from the 23 South African universities as a ‘game changer’.

Prof De la Rey illustrated various important criteria which form the basis of the University of Pretoria:
  • Quality: The quality of education at the University of Pretoria is highly regarded, while teaching and learning quality is upheld through the advanced learning facilities provided by the University. Quality is considered a non-negotiable criterion at the University of Pretoria.
  • Sustainability: The University of Pretoria has existed for over a century and has stood the test of time. It has produced quality graduates over many years – including through periods of political or economic turmoil.
  • Values: The University strives to create a caring community while remaining dedicated to hard work. The University of Pretoria is an institution committed to excellence that develops future generations of professionals and leaders.
Apart from its academic pedigree, the University of Pretoria also provides myriad sport, arts and cultural opportunities. ‘This is the effort we make to offer you a holistic education so that you grow not only intellectually, but also physically and emotionally during your time at this institution’, said Prof De la Rey. Prof De la Rey urged the students to apply early in order for their applications to be processed in a timely fashion. Applications for admission for 2014 opened at the beginning of March 2013 and will close in September 2013. In 2012 the University received 36 000 applications.

Grade 11 pupil Khotso Matsotso travelled overnight on a school bus from Bloemfontein to attend the University's Open Day. He intends to study a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at the University.

Mishendri Moonsamy is a grade 12 pupil at a private school in Kempton Park, Johannesburg. She was encouraged by her parents to study at the University of Pretoria and has applied for Bachelor of Science in Dietetics.

Robyn Little from Roodepoort, Johannesburg, intends to apply for a general Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Education. 


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