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Being an internationally recognised South African teaching and research intensive university, is central to the University of Pretoria’s new strategic plan.

Since its humble beginnings in 1908, the University has gone a long way to achieving this goal and is currently considered to be one of the leading institutions of higher education in the country. 

To further strengthen its position as a premier research institution and to ensure future success, the UP has developed a research agenda based on four principles: 

  • Research will make a positive contribution to local, national and international needs aligned with the National R&D strategy as well as International trends;
  • Research will be based on the proven capacity that exists within the University and will be built on work of excellent researchers and research leaders;
  • Research themes will not only be defined on short-term needs, but also be visionary in that they will identify areas of future potential that will require the University to build competencies in order to remain a premier research institution; and
  • The University research agenda should also take cognisance of unique competencies that exist within the University.

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