UP Connect: New platform allows students and staff free access to University websites

Posted on April 23, 2020

University of Pretoria (UP) students and staff will be able to access UP-related websites for free for the remainder of the first semester via a new platform created to facilitate online learning in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Called UP Connect, the platform was specially designed to allow staff and students access to all UP-related content as well as the University’s digital systems, without incurring any data charges. This is to support the University’s efforts to ensure that online teaching and learning, which are set to resume on 4 May until 17 June 2020, continue without a glitch.

The platform, which can be accessed through an internet browser on any device, is located at https://connect.up.ac.za. Users will need to use their portal credentials to log on to UP Connect to gain free access to the following services:

•           The UP Web

•           clickUP

•           Library Services

•           Library Search

•           Lib Guides

•           UP and TUKS Gmail

•           GIBS

•           GIBS Blackboard

UP Connect was made possible through the support of South Africa’s major telecommunications providers and will work on all networks including MTN, Vodacom, Telkom and Cell C.

The University has also made considerable progress in providing students who are in financial need with internet-enabled devices, and will start delivering these soon so that online teaching and learning can begin by 4 May.

UP Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Tawana Kupe said the University would continue its efforts to ensure that no student is left behind. “The COVID-19 pandemic has created large-scale disruptions to our everyday lives. While we recognise how challenging it is, it is important that we remain agile, and work together to save the academic year. We are committed to finding innovative solutions to ensure that no student, regardless of their financial position, is left behind,” Prof Kupe said. 

Watch a short video of how the platform works for students here and for staff here.


- Author Tukkievaria

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