Sci-Enza’s mobile planetarium tour lights up interest at 17 Tshwane schools
Posted on November 15, 2023
A world of scientific wonder and space exploration – in their own school halls! That’s what 3,500 Tshwane learners experienced when Sci-Enza, UP’s science centre, took its new mobile planetarium on the road and set it up at 17 schools.
Opening of the Mamelodi Sensory Garden
Posted on November 06, 2023
A sensory STEM (science, technology, engineering and medicine) garden was recently officially opened at the University of Pretoria's Mamelodi Campus by Professor Themba Mosia, Interim UP Vice-Chancellor and Principal.
Tuks Children's Trust receives top honours from the South African Paediatric Association
Posted on September 28, 2023
The SA Paediatric Association has recognised the student-led Tuks Children's Trust as the best Care Bear organisation in 2023 as part of the Care Bear challenge, which promotes compassionate and sustainable projects in the paediatric community.
UP engineering students prepare learners for STEM careers through Tuks Robot School programme
Posted on August 24, 2023
Students from EBIT have been teaching learners from underprivileged township and rural schools about robotics, computer programming and sensor technology to increase interest in STEM careers and prepare them for the future world of work.
Student financial aid: A little can go a long way for SA’s missing middle students
Posted on July 10, 2023
A little really does go a long way – a once-off contribution of as little as R10 could make all the difference to a student in need. Please join us in making a difference on Giving Day.
Tiger Brands and UP young professionals help fight food insecurity among students
Posted on July 07, 2023
Young professionals from Tiger Brands and UP joined forces to pack food parcels for students in need. “We do know from studies that there is a correlation between hunger and academic performance,” said Tiger Brands’ Busisiwe Matontsi.
Plant science students help set up educational trail to raise awareness about plant life on Mamelodi Ridge
Posted on June 28, 2023
Students and staff from UP’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences are helping to establish a trail for school learners aimed at educating Tshwane residents and preserving the natural splendour of the green mountain ridge rising above Mamelodi.
Food garden at UP Mamelodi Campus feeds – and trains – local community
Posted on April 19, 2023
A food garden at UP’s Mamelodi Campus run by staff and student volunteers is not only helping to feed the community but also providing training to Mamelodi residents on how to grow their own vegetables.
Help a student in need: Donate clothing to UP’s next Thrift Store Day
Posted on March 29, 2023
UP's Thrift Store Day initiative was launched in 2022 as a way of easing the financial burden on students with regards to buying clothing, and as a way of promoting a culture of recycling, reusing, and passing on clothing that is no longer being worn.
Sci-Enza at UP takes science to schools and makes STEM subjects fun for all
Posted on March 16, 2023
SCIENCE IS FOR EVERYONE! UP’s Sci-Enza science centre recently visited 19 primary schools across Tshwane to introduce young learners to the wonders of science – in particular, coding and robotics.
Making a meaningful impact and fun meet at UP’s RAG of Hope Day as students showcase their talents
Posted on March 01, 2023
UP RAG recently hosted the UP RAG of Hope Day at Hillcrest Campus. The fun-filled event was aimed at raising funds and collecting donations which will go towards helping those in need.
UP Pre-University Academy and Hong Kong Polytechnic University teach drone coding to Mamelodi learners
Posted on February 08, 2023
UP's PUA has been collaborating with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HKPU) to teach learners from Mamelodi how to code drones. While 40 HKPU students presented virtual classes, a team of UP students volunteered to help the learners apply their new knowledge practically.
UP EXPERT OPINION: Socially engaged universities are the model of the future
Posted on January 31, 2023
Increasingly, institutions are graduating growing numbers of skilled professional leaders who are also citizen scientists, citizen engineers and citizen humanists.
UP’s EBIT launches computer lab as part of Adopt-A-School project aimed at giving back to the community
Posted on December 09, 2022
UP's Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment, and Information Technology has launched a new computer laboratory at the Edward Phatudi Commemorative School in Atteridgeville as part of its Adopt-A-School project.
University Social Responsibility Month photo competition winners announced
Posted on November 30, 2022
The University of Pretoria congratulates the winners of the 2022 University Social Responsibility (USR) Month photographic competition. October is commemorated annually as USR Month, under the leadership of the global University Social Responsibility Network.
Storytelling project helps Mamelodi high school learners share sensitive stories
Posted on November 22, 2022
A group of UP students is working with community groups in Mamelodi to pilot a storytelling project aimed at helping secondary school learners share sensitive stories with their teachers using a mix of storytelling mediums and “storytelling boxes”.
Mamelodi Campus provides preschool teachers with training on sensory gardens
Posted on November 17, 2022
A pilot project to empower preschool teachers to grow small-scale sensory gardens at their creches was recently launched at UP’s Mamelodi Campus. Sensory gardens include features, surfaces, objects, and plants that stimulate our senses through touch, sight, scent, taste, and hearing.
UP guest lecturer: What drives homelessness in South Africa
Posted on November 01, 2022
Dr Marc Wegerif, lecturer and Development Studies programme coordinator, said it was a great opportunity for his class to hear directly from people who are involved in these kinds of organisations and initiatives.
UP Reproduction Clinic helps SA Guide-Dogs Association breed 100th artificial-insemination litter
Posted on October 18, 2022
Staff at the Reproduction Clinic of the Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital at UP's Faculty of Veterinary Science joined the South African Guide-Dogs Association in celebrating the 100th guide-dog litter conceived via artificial insemination since the programme was launched in 2014.
UP is playing a pivotal role in addressing homelessness in Tshwane
Posted on October 05, 2022
Three UP professors are helping to combat homelessness in Tshwane by contributing to a national policy for the homeless, with a project that forms part of the framework for South Africa’s National Health Insurance (NHI), in collaboration with The Presidency of South Africa.