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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    Research to benefit the poorest of the poor

    In the developing world, many people are still debilitated by illnesses resulting from micronutrient deficiencies. Over 1.6 billion people worldwide suffer from anaemia, which is mainly due to iron deficiency.

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    New research and teaching focus on Energy Resources

    Whilst South Africa has relied almost exclusively on coal from the Karoo Basin for its power needs for over a century, it has no known exploitable reserves of petroleum and very little natural gas.

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    Water therapy makes dogs more mobile

    Water has long been known to be highly effective in assisting with spinal and orthopaedic recovery as the buoyancy supports the patient and reduces impact on painful joints.

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    On a mission to eliminate Malaria

    More than half a million lives are lost to malaria each year, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). And about 40% of the world’s population lives under constant risk of malaria infection.

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    Bats and human health

    Almost three-quarters of emerging infectious diseases in humans come from animals (zoonotic). But did you know that we don’t know the origin of many them?

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    Xenophobia: Time to go to school

    Did you know that legal migration from other Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries has increased almost tenfold since 1990 to over four million people per year? And that’s only individuals from the SADC who enter South Africa legally.

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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