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Towards a prosperous Africa – Partnerships for impact

Africa is a continent on the rise, a place where economic performance has proved resilient despite turbulent international events. But Africa is also a continent of contradictions and complexity.

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UP looks at tourism sector to help create jobs

Research has revealed that young people aged 15-24 are the most vulnerable in the South African labour market, with unemployment figures for this group sitting at 55.2% in the first quarter of 2019.

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Fight the post-graduation blues with the UP Alumni Connect app

Our university years have often been said to be some of the ‘best years of our lives’. Like any great adventure, however, it must come to an end.

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Persons with disabilities are most likely to become victims of crime and abuse

Persons with disabilities are far more likely to be victims of crime compared with non-disabled persons, says Professor Juan Bornman, Director of the University of Pretoria’s Centre for Augmentative & Alternative Communication.

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UP’s Engineering 4.0 to take transportation into the future

UP's state-of-the-art Engineering 4.0 building will host Africa’s first independent transport reference and testing facility. It will also be a research and training hub for smart transport systems.

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Is the Bible dangerous?

Throughout history, people have killed in the name of God. God’s name has been, and continues to be used to legitimise wars, genocide and even apartheid.

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Cloud computing could be key to speeding up Africa’s development

Earlier this year, 17 African countries presented their progress on reaching the Sustainable Development Goals at the UN. There was some good news and progress. But it’s clear that radical interventions are still required if countries on the continent are to achieve these ambitious global development goals.

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Javett-UP is now open to the public

The Javett Art Centre at the University of Pretoria (Javett-UP) opened its doors to the public on Tuesday, 24 September.

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UP paediatrician calls for use of simple measures to reduce neonatal deaths

Sub-Saharan Africa has one of the world’s highest neonatal mortality rates and neonatal mortality remains a big challenge in South Africa, despite government investment in healthcare.

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The past, the present and the future at UP

At a time when the arts are claiming their rightful place among the most sought after 4IR subjects – what we refer to as STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) – we are thrilled to be opening the Javett-UP Art Centre on our South Campus.

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UP and French researchers intensify malaria research programme in Limpopo

Approximately half of the world's population is at risk of contracting malaria, but 90% of malaria cases and deaths occur in Sub-Saharan Africa. Around 78% of these deaths occur among children under the age of five.

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UP astrophysicist part of team that won 2020 Breakthrough Prize for Fundamental Physics

University of Pretoria (UP) astrophysicist, Professor Roger Deane is a part of a consortium of scientists that has won the prestigious 2020 Breakthrough Prize for Fundamental Physics, for giving the world the first image of a black hole in April this year.

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Double celebration at spring graduation for UP doctoral couple

It was a double celebration in the Kolo household when husband and wife Francis and Agatha graduated from the University of Pretoria’s (UP) Faculty of Veterinary Science this week with PhDs in Veterinary Science.

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UP vets perform extractive tusk surgery on elephant in Poland

Two University of Pretoria (UP) veterinarians saved the life of a 5.5-ton elephant at Poznan Zoo in Poland, by performing a surgical extraction of his damaged tusk. Ninio, an African elephant, suffered a severe infection in July after a crack appeared at the bottom of his right tusk.

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UP researchers call for women to lead socio-economic transformation

South Africa faces many social and economic problems including poverty and inequality, but researchers working to solve these issues say it is important to focus on women in order to fix them.

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University of Pretoria tops ranks in new DHET report on SA research outputs

A recently released Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) report reveals that the University of Pretoria (UP) produced the most weighted research outputs per capita for 2017, as well as the highest number of published research outputs in South Africa. UP also produced the most weighted research outputs per capita in 2015.

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UP researchers lead the charge to protect women and children from the effects of HIV

Two UP researchers are looking into the progress of children born to HIV positive mothers to see if life-saving ARVs have any adverse effects on their early development.

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UP in top three of South African universities as it improves its researchers’ rating

The University of Pretoria has significantly improved its international standing and ranking by strengthening its position within the 400 – 500 band of the top universities in the world. The exciting development places UP in the top three South African universities, according to the latest 2019 Academic Ranking of World Universities, released by the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy.

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UP’s Prof Adrian Tordiffe wins SA Veterinary Association’s Research Award for work on health of cheetahs

University of Pretoria Professor Adrian Tordiffe, an associate professor in veterinary pharmacology at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, was recently honoured with the South African Veterinary Association’s Research Award for his in-depth work on the health and metabolism of cheetahs.

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Don’t be afraid of outperforming others, says UP innovator Prof Alice Chan

In part three of our #WomenofUP series this August, we speak to Professor Alice Chan who lectures in Innovation Management at the Graduate School of Technology Management, Faculty of Engineering, Build Environment and Information Technology. She asserts that women should have the mentality that they are not worth less than men.

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