The University of Pretoria recently initiated a process designed to identify the unique research strengths of this institution and to support the development of strong multidisciplinary research groups clustered around the identified strengths.
This process of clustering has two tiers:
Institutional research themes (IRT), which are major initiatives involving a set of participating faculties
Faculty research themes (FRTs), which involve participation on a more limited scale by a lesser number of faculties.
Both the IRTs and the FRTs are designed to recognise and foster excellence in research and to be led by acknowledged international leaders in their specific disciplines.
It is anticipated that these themes will add to the University’s research reputation as they develop, and at the same time will engender a climate that promotes scholarship among academic staff and postdoctoral fellows, and will also produce more doctorates.
Institutional Research Themes
Faculty Research Themes
Tuks Camerata gets high recognition - 07/03/2014
Michael Barrett, composer and conductor of the University of Pretoria’s 71-member Tuks Camerata student choir, has been paid the high compliment of having one of his works published by the biggest international distributor of choral music.
Report by UP's Prof Heyns considered in EU resolution - 05/03/2014
On 27 February 2014 the European Parliament adopted Resolution 2014/2567(RSP) on the use of armed drones wherein it notes its concerns on the deaths of thousands of civilians where drones have been used. The European Parliament’s resolution comes after the 2013 reports submitted to the UN General Assembly and Human Rights Council by among others, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Professor Christof Heyns, who is also the co-director of the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa from the Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria.
Research on the use of information and communication technologies - 27/02/2014
A pilot study was conducted by Prof Felicite Fairer-Wessels of the Tourism Management Division amongst selected non-profit visitor information centres (VIC) to determine whether the information managers have sufficient knowledge management capabilities in terms of tacit or explicit knowledge, the knowledge management information life cycle and knowledge management assets in terms of organisational processes.