Please take note that the University of Pretoria Museums, Mapungubwe Collection is temporarily closed to all students, staff and public visitors until further notice, as unexpected maintenance work is taking place.
UP Arts manages and curates the vast art and heritage collections held within the University. The Museums carry out objects-based research, hold temporary exhibitions, conduct daily collections management and perform vital conservation of these collections. They further provide support by teaching, practical training classes, hands-on learning and manage research on collections for academic departments and faculties. The four keystone museum collections unique to the University of Pretoria comprise of a vast South African and European art collection, ceramic, sculptural and an archaeological collection. The museums are a member of the South African Museums Association (SAMA), International Council of Museums (ICOM), African Council of Museums (AFRICOM) and University Museums and Collections (UMAC).
Getting books to our learners by adopting African solutions - 23/04/2014
The biggest challenge facing South African readers is access to books. For everyday South Africans, loading digital texts onto smartphones or tablets isn't a viable solution. You might have heard the saying that we should use African solutions to solve African problems. In this piece, I write about three organisations — Paperight, Siyavula and Worldreader — that offer practical and context-relevant ways of getting books into the hands of South African learners.
UP Architecture graduate wins prestigious national award - 22/04/2014
Heidi van Eeden, a University of Pretoria alumna, was announced as the overall winner of the 27th National Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year award. This is the seventh time that a U.P. student has won this prestigious award. Previous winners were Braam de Villiers (1994), Christiaan van Niekerk (2002), Gerald Schulz (2004), Cillié Malan (2005), Marinda Smalberger (2007) and Clifford Gouws (2012).
The world beyond 2015 - is higher education ready? - 17/04/2014
"We are very good at communicating to a scholarly audience, but one of our challenges is how to transfer that information to a broader audience, in other words the general public. There is definitely room for us [universities] to do more of that." This was the response of Prof Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria (UP), to one of the questions posed by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) as part of a new international campaign.