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IN MY OPINION: UP professor proposes new theory for understanding the universe that challenges Big Bang Theory

Professor Mohsen Sharifpur, an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Pretoria, has developed a new scientific theory that may hold the key to understanding the secrets of the early universe – as well as a perspective of the future of our universe.

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UP’s Veterinary Science Faculty upskills small-scale feedlot farmers

The Department of Production Animal Studies in the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Veterinary Science recently invited emerging small-scale feedlot farmers from the surrounding communities to participate in its annual Feedlot Challenge, which will run until 24 May.

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Six new ways that UP is fighting malaria in 2019

From insect-repelling socks to potential new drugs from local plants, the University of Pretoria Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control (UP ISMC) is turning up the heat on the deadly disease this World Malaria Day.

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UP student clinches second place in Budget Speech competition

André Lourens, a BCom Honours in Economics student, won R40 000 in prize money when he took second place in the undergraduate category of the Nedbank and Old Mutual Budget Speech Competition. Now in its 47th year, the competition is designed to motivate and incentivise South Africa’s most talented students in economics and finance to contribute to national debates on crucial issues.

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Student with a rare genetic disorder graduates against all odds

Meet Erika Barnard, a graduate from the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Theology. She has Familial Dysautonomia, an extremely rare genetic disorder that significantly impairs the function of her entire autonomic nervous system.

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In celebration of forests

The UN General Assembly proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests in 2012. The day celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests.

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The riveting relevance of libraries today

For South African Library Week (18 – 24 March), libraries nationwide aim to celebrate their advancements and highlight the important social, cultural and educational role they play in our broader community.

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UP PhD student a runner-up in SA Agency for Science and Technology Advancement competition

Ms Yashini Naidoo, a second-year PhD student at the University of Pretoria’s (UP) Centre for Microbial Ecology and Genomics (CMEG), is the runner-up in the Writing category of the South Africa Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) Young Science Communicator Competition. Her supervisor is Professor Don Cowan, Director of UP’s CMEG.

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UP providing support for South Africa's SDG reporting

An interdisciplinary team of researchers from the University of Pretoria is supporting the South African government in their reporting on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are a universal call to form partnerships to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

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UP forges research partnership with the Collège de France

The University of Pretoria (UP) and the Collège de France have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on research programmes, doctoral supervision and staff exchanges.

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Two UP zoologists announced as Fellows of Royal Society of South Africa

Two renowned researchers from the Department of Zoology and Entomology at the University of Pretoria, Professors Armanda Bastos and Marthán Bester, have been announced as fellows of the Royal Society of South Africa (RSSAf) for 2019. This brings the total number of RSSAf fellows from the department to seven.

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UP professor a keynote speaker at World Federation of Tourist Guides Association Convention

Ideas around cross-border tourism, indigenous storytelling, and film tourism were the focus of a keynote address delivered at the recent World Federation of Tourist Guides Association (WFTGA) Convention by Professor Karen Harris, Head of the University of Pretoria’s Department of Historical and Heritage Studies.

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UP Vice-Chancellor and Principal Prof. Tawana Kupe officially opens 2019 academic year

University of Pretoria (UP) Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Tawana Kupe officially opened the university’s 2019 academic year today (Friday 8 February), and outlined his vision for the year to staff. He placed emphasis on his Executive addressing issues facing students, including financial, accommodation and other barriers related to gaining access to the University and completing their degrees. “We are working closely with the Student Representative Council, and request all student formations to work with the SRC and management to bring issues and suggestions to us so we can work together to resolve these matters,” he said.

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Chemistry Nobel laureate offers advice to UP academics and students

The University of Pretoria was proud to host 2016 Chemistry Nobel laureate Sir Fraser Stoddart recently, when he spoke at UP’s Future Africa campus. In his lecture, Sir Fraser said that, to be successful as academics, teachers should prioritise their students’ needs and put them ahead of their own. Furthermore, they should support their students through thick and thin.

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Does African agriculture need a Green Revolution?

Agricultural sectors across Africa need their own green revolution building on local knowledge and culture, as well as a green disruption building on new digital and other technology. This was the call made by Professor Louise Fresco, President of the Netherlands’ Wageningen University and Research, during a special lecture at the University of Pretoria titled “Does Africa need a Green Revolution?”

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UP’s Prof. Cheryl de la Rey receives Science Diplomacy Award at Science Forum South Africa

Prof. Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria, was honoured with a Science Diplomacy Award during the Department of Science and Technology’s fourth Science Forum South Africa, held from 12 to 14 December in Pretoria.

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Two UP professors make Web of Science’s Highly Cited Researchers list for 2018

Two internationally renowned researchers from the University of Pretoria (UP), Prof Mike Wingfield and Prof Bernard Slippers, have been included on the 2018 Web of Science’s list of the world’s most highly cited researchers.

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UP agricultural researcher enriches knowledge during mentoring visit to Cornell University

Dr Colleta Gandidzanwa, a researcher in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development at the University of Pretoria, had the unique opportunity to visit Cornell University in Ithaca, New York in October, having been selected earlier this year as a 2018 fellow for the Structural Transformation of African Agriculture and Rural Spaces (STAARS).

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UP Fellow Dr Osmond Mlonyeni appointed to The Innovation Hub board

Dr Osmond Mlonyeni, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pretoria’s Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI), was recently appointed to The Innovation Hub’s Board of Directors.

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