Welcome to Research Matters

Welcome to Research Matters. This curated site highlights some of the University of Pretoria’s most impactful and innovative research which addresses some of our society’s most pressing concerns so that we can transform lives and communities. We are rated as the number one university in South Africa for research outputs. Our vision is to be a leading research-intensive university in Africa that is recognised internationally for its quality, relevance and impact. We develop people, create knowledge and strive to make a difference locally and internationally.

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    Saving vultures across the world

    The sight of more than 200 vultures circling hundreds of metres up in the sky is a picture not many get to experience anymore. But not very long ago vultures flew freely in abundance.

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    Have your (low GI) cake and eat it

    Food with a low glycaemic index (GI) is generally considered healthier because it is digested at a slower rate than high GI food, thus providing sustained energy release. However, many people prefer high GI food such as cake because it simply tastes better.

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    Research provides new perspective on Christianity in Africa and Asia

    A research project on indigenous Christian elites in Asia and Africa is in the spotlight with a lecture series on the topic presented by Prof Koschorke, an eminent historian of world Christianity from LM University Munich and author of numerous scholarly publications.

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    Identity and diversity in SA examined through groundbreaking research

    In a first of its kind study in South Africa, Wendy Carvalho-Malekane, lecturer in the Department of Humanities Education, researched how young adults in post-apartheid South Africa construct an identity, with the emphasis on individuals with a biracial heritage.

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    Vibrant life in the ground below

    Few of us spend our days thinking about the forms of life that exist beneath us; even fewer imagine castles of clay and flourishing life in the soils below. Endemic to the soils of Africa is the fascinating small mammal known as the mole-rat that lives underground, excavating burrow systems that may extend for more than a kilometre.

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    Learning from the intelligence and emotion of elephants

    Dr Yolanda Pretorius of the Centre for Wildlife Management at the University of Pretoria (UP) has studied elephants for many years. She is an elephant specialist and the ideal person to consult with regard to elephant management.

UP Research Facts

  • 0 Research chairs in 8 disciplines
  • 0+ NRF rated researchers
  • 0 Research institutes, centres and units
  • 0+ International students
  • #1 University in SA in Engineering, Economics & Business, Microbiology and Plant & Animal Sciences
  • Top 1% Globally in 13 of the 22 Essential Science Indicator (ESI) fields

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