Vision and Mission


The Department of Physiology will be internationally acknowledged for its superiority in student-centered academic training and research that will augment/impact on the health and care of the society locally and globally

It is envisaged to:

  • provide high-quality educational programs (hybrid learning) 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
  • revitalize transformation of staff and student profile/demographics, contribute to UP’s culture of diversity and inclusiveness, facility transformation and curriculum transformation including the sustainable development goals in student teaching and learning,
  • build a research culture of conducting applied research and stimulating interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary 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 research and throughput rate and ensure that postgraduate 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/excellence of staff and students, talent management and to contribute towards personal development programs (PDP) of staff (ad hominem promotions, job evaluations of support staff etc) and students



  • To improve the quality of life of students and staff and to culture mutual respect
  • To provide superior teaching and learning, ensure quality assessment; addressing the sustainable development goals in undergraduate- and postgraduate training and applying the hallmarks of the 4th industrial revolution
  • To support career development opportunities and student ‘work-readiness’
  • To strengthen UP's socio-economic responsiveness and to address national, as well as international health priorities and to contribute to community engagement
  • To enhance research outputs via collaborative efforts, multidisciplinary approaches and by including private sector /pharmaceutical companies
  • To build research capacity by reaching out to other disciplines/sharing research facilities, enabling transformation and increasing visibility of the discipline
  • To foster teamwork that will enhance successful applications of external funding
  • To support emerging-, established- and leading researchers
  • To strengthen UP's international profile
- Author Annie Joubert

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