‘The COVID-19 pandemic helped create a stronger hybrid approach to community engagement’, USRN webinar hears
Posted on April 04, 2022
A recent University Social Responsibility Network (USRN) webinar, hosted by Prof Norman Duncan, UP Vice-Principal: Academic, focused on how community engagement changed during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the hybrid approach that’s been created.
UP Pre-University Academy kicks off 2022 with learner orientation programmes
Posted on March 09, 2022
The University of Pretoria Pre-University Academy (UP-PUA) recently held two Excellence Pivot Orientation sessions at UP’s Mamelodi and Groenkloof campuses to begin preparing school-goers for the transition to tertiary education.
UP-led community project puts the welfare of donkeys and people in the driving seat
Posted on February 22, 2022
A unique community engagement project led by the University of Pretoria (UP) is providing immediate relief and support for donkeys in 10 villages in the Blouberg Municipality in Limpopo.
UP Pre-University Academy and Hong Kong institution equip learners with robotics and coding skills
Posted on January 21, 2022
The University of Pretoria Pre-University Academy recently collaborated with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University to provide school learners from Mamelodi with a rich learning experience in robotics and coding.
Winners of UP’s USR Month photo competition announced!
Posted on December 06, 2021
Congratulations to the winners of the University Social Responsibility (USR) photographic competition! October marked USR Month at the University of Pretoria (UP) and was a time during which the University showcased its commitment to social responsibility through various activities and campaigns....
Mamelodi Campus Career HUB steers high school learners in the right direction
Posted on November 30, 2021
The University of Pretoria’s (UP) Mamelodi Campus is providing high school learners with career guidance sessions. Currently, learners learn about study methods, how to love mathematics, public speaking skills and leadership skills, as well as information on where to study and find bursaries.
UP engineering students teach school learners how to make robots
Posted on November 09, 2021
Making an inexpensive kit available to support STEM education will be a terrific contribution to all the kids in our country.” – UP’s Prof Tania Hanekom on the Robot School that UP’s Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering Department has initiated for school learners.
UP-hosted Mamelodi Expo applauds community-focused organisations
Posted on October 27, 2021
The University of Pretoria (UP) will host an expo that will introduce the public to various organisations that are working to uplift the Mamelodi community. The Mamelodi Expo will take place at UP’s Mamelodi Campus on 30 October 2021 from 9am to 1pm.
About the University Social Responsibility (USR) Month
Posted on October 21, 2021
The University Social Responsibility Network (USRN) has identified October as USR month. Member institutions of the USRN demonstrate and highlight their commitment to social responsibility by showcasing their social responsibility activities during this month.
Sewing for success: UP retail management students work with community embroidery project to make commercially viable clothing
Posted on October 20, 2021
UP Clothing Retail Management students have been collaborating with Mapula Embroideries in Winterveld, Gauteng, over the past few years to create unique pieces of clothing.
A feast of friends
Posted on September 28, 2021
On 16 October UP will once again partner with community-based festival the Feast of the Clowns, an awareness-raising platform for various social justice issues and “an extension of engaged scholarship and citizenship”.
University of Pretoria students prove science and rap music rock
Posted on August 30, 2021
"Vaccinate, let us try and heal the nation. Wait, but there’s a debate. People are wondering why we should vaccinate." These are the lyrics of a catchy rap song by UP medical student Rostum Ogbuehi that aims to promote vaccination.
Bonding through beads: UP Fine Arts student engages with homeless men through community art project
Posted on August 11, 2021
University of Pretoria (UP) Fine Arts student Sinead Page is using the art of bead-making as a bonding experience for occupants of Reliable House, a safe haven for homeless men who want to escape the effects of substance abuse.
UP’s Bags of Hope starter pack project gives abandoned babies a fighting chance
Posted on July 28, 2021
“Abandoned babies deserve a fighting chance at life, despite the circumstances they are born into.” – Leader of the Bags of Hope project, spearheaded by UP’s Department of Radiography, which supplies vulnerable newborn babies with care packs.
#UPMandelaMonth: UP Veterinary Science students serve rural community at animal clinic
Posted on July 09, 2021
UP Veterinary Science Students are putting their skills to use at an animal clinic in Mpumalanga and in the surrounding community.
#UPMandelaMonth: UP students reach out to elderly with Adopt a Grandparent initiative
Posted on July 01, 2021
As we kick off commemorations of Mandela Month, we feature a student-led letter-writing initiative to reach out to elderly residents of senior homes who are unable to receive visitors due to COVID-19 restrictions.
#UPYouthMonth: ‘Listen to the people you want to help’ – UP RAG member on community engagement
Posted on June 25, 2021
“Help your community intentionally and with passion,” says Lethabo Ntladi of UP RAG about the work of the student-led organisation and being involved in community upliftment.
Reliable House: A safe space for help and harm reduction
Posted on June 18, 2021
In the middle of a busy street in Pretoria, there is a safe haven for homeless men who want to escape the effects of substance abuse.
#UPYouthMonth: 18-year-old UP student Tshepiso Malema instils hope in young people from impoverished communities
Posted on June 17, 2021
18-year-old UP student from Ivory Park, Tshepiso Malema, aims to instil hope in young people from less fortunate communities through his organisation, Tshepiso Malema Speaks.
#UPYouthMonth: Walk4Access highlights financial challenges faced by students during 650-kilometre walk from Pretoria to Durban
Posted on June 15, 2021
Walk4Access is a student-led initiative that aims to raise awareness and funds to address the financial exclusion of students from disadvantaged backgrounds.