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Institutional Research Themes

UP Institutional & Faculty Research Themes


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

 

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