Vision and Mission


The Department of Physiology will be internationally acknowledged for its superiority in student-centered academic training and research that will augment the health of the community locally and globally.

It is envisaged to:

  • provide high-quality educational programs in physiology that foster critical thinking and application of core knowledge to enable highly skilled graduates/postgraduates to contribute to South Africa’s economy and society
  • provide a solid grounding in physiology to medical professionals at all levels and to biomedical scientists
  • ensure a nurturing environment of mentorship for, and positive monitoring of young and upcoming colleagues to advance their expertise and careers
  • increase transformation of staff and student profile/demography
  • build a research culture of conducting applied research and stimulating interdisciplinary collaboration between health science disciplines
  • support staff to apply for external research funding and pursue international collaborations to build UP’s international profile
  • increase high-quality postgraduate throughput and ensure that MSc students publish their research after they have completed their degree
  • build critical mass, identify initiatives by colleagues according to the UP 2025 plan and ensure ownership of solutions to identified problems
  • recognize achievements by staff and students



  • To improve the quality of life of students and staff
  • Providing superior teaching and learning,
  • Supporting career development opportunities,
  • Strengthening UP’s socio-economic responsiveness
  • To enhance research outputs 
  • Building research capacity by reaching out to other disciplines/sharing research facilities, enabling transformation,
  • Fostering teamwork → successful applications of external funding
  • Supporting emerging-, established- and leading researchers
  • Strengthening UP’s international profile
- Author Annie Joubert
Last edited by Michael Kleynhans

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