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Can robots replace teachers?

A study by the McKinsey Global Institute reports that 50% of companies believe that automation will decrease their numbers of full-time staff by 2022, and robots will replace 800 million workers across the world by 2030.

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Why knowing what black mamba venom does to the human body is crucial

Black mambas are extremely dangerous reptiles – in fact, many consider the species to be one of the world’s deadliest snakes. They won’t seek out human interaction. But if cornered or confronted, they will strike. And their venom is lethal.

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Smartphone technology based on UP research helps young children with hearing and vision problems

A two-minute smartphone test can identify hearing and vision problems before children even start school according to new research published in the prestigious Bulletin of the World Health Organisation.

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UP TIPS study helps make rugby players healthier to perform in tournaments

The largest prospective study on illness in rugby union players has revealed that 70% of the players studied in just one season’s Super Rugby Tournament reported illness at some time during the tournament.

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Central banks are waking up to climate change dangers. It’s about time

The impact of climate change on the stability of individual financial institutions and the financial system in general is growing. It influences the types of activities that financial institutions will fund and the cost of finance.

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UP signs collaboration agreement with University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Unimore)

A mutual agreement of understanding has been signed between the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia and UP to collaborate in learning and research support within the car manufacturing and transport industries in South Africa.

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University Social Responsibility Month

This October, the University Social Responsibility campaign will be launched. The campaign aims to raise awareness on the University of Pretoria’s (UP) impact on communities through our social responsiveness and social responsibility initiatives.

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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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