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August / September 2010                                                       Lees Afrikaanse weergawe

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Ensuring that teachers' training remains a top  priority 

The Faculty of Education at UP is one of the largest and most diverse facilities in South Africa for the initial and advanced training of education professionals from across the world. It takes its responsibility to deliver top-quality graduates for the education sector very seriously.   >Read more...   

Prof Cheryl de la Rey turned the
first sod for the new lecture halls on the Groenkloof Campus.


News Headlines

UP accepts new proposals for language policy

UP committed itself once again on 20 August to using Afrikaans as language of tuition over the long term. The University Council accepted the proposals of a Senate report on UP's Language Policy and Practices, which aims to strenghthen the existing Language Policy and tries to address problems with the implementation of the policy.  >Read more... 

World Cup Legacy Project is a milestone for UP

The 2010 FIFA World Cup Legacy Project, a joint venture by the University of Pretoria, Italian Sports Bank (ICS) and Italian Football Federation (FIGC), was launched at the Mamelodi Campus on 21 June 2010. Prof Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, described it as "a milestone event in the history of the University of Pretoria".     
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UP celebrates birthdays

This year, UP celebrates a number of birthdays: the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences is a dignified 90 years old, while the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) as well as Business Enterprises at University of Pretoria (Pty) Ltd and Continuing Education at University of Pretoria Trust (CE at UP) all celebrate their tenth birthdays. One of UP's most iconic buildings, the Old Arts Building, celebrated its 100th birthday on 3 August.    >Read more...

Scholarship donors thanked for their contributions

The Department of Institutional Advancement coordinates the development of bursaries from donor funds on behalf of the University. On Friday, 13 August, the department hosted its annual Scholarship Donor Function.   
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Other news

Milestone for Tree Genome Research at UP

The leaders of the Eucalyptus Genome Project have announced the preliminary release of the draft eucalypt genome sequence, an important milestone for this international initiative. Prof Zander Myburg of the Department of Genetics at UP is the principal researcher, and the University is the lead partner organisation for the project, which also has key collaborators in the USA and Brazil.   >Read more... 

UP design alumnus receives award

Jacques Lange became the first recipient of the Alumni Award of Excellence from the Department of Visual Arts at the second Design Chat function held at the Van Wouw House on 27 May 2010. He received the award in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the design profession, as well as for his ongoing contribution to the development of the Information Design programme at the Department of Visual Arts at UP.   >Read more...

Forensic Anthropology Research Centre officially opened 

The Forensic Anthropology Research Centre (FARC) was recently opened at the University of Pretoria. The centre, based in the Department of Anatomy in the School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, will do research of an international standard on all aspects of the recovery and study of human skeletal remains. 
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First International Conference in Responsible Leadership 

Some 149 professionals from across the globe gathered at the University of Pretoria for the first International Conference on Responsible Leadership from 18 to 20 May 2010. It was organised by the Centre for Responsible Leadership (CRL) in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences and was sponsored by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ).    >Read more...

UP staff honoured for their achievements

A number of academics at the University of Pretoria have recently been honoured for their hard work and dedication. Prof Eriksson and Prof Meyer were among the scientists who received the National Scientific Forum (NSTF) Awards.   
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New equipment for School of Dentistry  

UP is the first institution in South Africa to acquire a Cone Beam Computerised Tomography – Vatech CBCT – scanner. It has recently been introduced at the School of Dentistry and will be used for producing diagnostic images in medicine and dentistry, such as X-rays and ultrasound.                 
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Tuks unbeatable in Germany  

UP was crowned as the 2010 Students Matchplay Champions in Ingolstadt, Germany, on Saturday, 19 June 2010. The team from Tuks beat the University of Birmingham in a nail-biting sudden-death play-off when Johann Dannhauser was able to play a birdie on the par 5 18th hole at the Wittelbacher Golf Club. The other team members were Eugenie Clack, captain, Alra van den Berg and John Ferreira.         >Read more... 

News from the TuksAlumni Office    

Over the past few months, the TuksAlumni Office organised a number of functions for alumni. The house concert with Charl du Plessis proved to be very popular, and the Food and Wine Guild’s wine tasting was well attended.   >Read more...  

AlumNews and profiles

In this issue, you can also read about Oom Bertus (97) and Tannie Christine van Wyk (92), two proud UP alumni who celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary, and Prof Arnett Wilkes, retired lecturer in African languages at the University of Pretoria, who was involved in groundbreaking work for a new, unique, bilingual isiZulu dictionary.
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Notices / Information 

Complete alumni survey and stand a chance to win a trip to Thailand!

All alumni are invited to take part in the 2010 TuksAlumni Magnet Professionals Survey. This annual survey is done among professionals and alumni, and assists the TuksAlumni Office in improving its services through the development of customised programmes and services. By completing this survey, alumni will also get the opportunity to win a trip for two to Thailand, Visa gift cards worth R1 000, book vouchers and more! The closing date is 8 October 2010.
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Alumni in greater London to gather on 10 November 2010

The University of Pretoria’s Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof Cheryl de la Rey, will be hosting an alumni networking function in London on 10 November 2010. We would like to have as many of our alumni as possible, present. We kindly request your help in reaching them. Please ask any alumni who live in the United Kingdom known to you to contact us. “Lost” alumni can complete the form available online at We can also be reached at telephone +27 12 420 3086, fax +27 12 362 5088 or 


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