Theology as a science shows an integrated and a multi-faceted character. This character is built by the perspectives of its different subject disciplines in their interconnectedness and relation to Theology as whole and with scholarship/sciences beyond Theology. Despite the relative autonomy of every sub-discipline, there is a mutual obligation on them all to build the Sache of Theology – a process that is always incomplete and underway. This pertains to OT scholarship too. The future of Old Testament Studies is embedded in the future of all other theological disciplines. As a single discipline Old Testament Studies cannot exist and function independently. By saying this, it is inevitable to assume that Old Testament Studies at any Faculty of Theology has interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary relationships.
This Department aims to present, within the context of the Faculty of Theology, the international community of Old Testament scholars and the citizens of Africa:
Excellent education in the Old Testament Studies,
Distinctive and internationally recognised research, and
Meaningful service to various faith communities.
UP awarded status as MRC collaborative centre for malaria research - 30/10/2014
The Medical Research Council (MRC) invited higher education institutions, science councils and registered non-profit research organisations in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique to submit applications to become part of their new initiative, MRC Collaborating Centres for Malaria Research. The University of Pretoria’s Centre for Sustainable Malaria Control (UP CSMC) recently received word that their application has been successful. The network of MRC collaborating centres for malaria research will collectively provide a multidisciplinary approach to malaria research; synergise efforts on malaria research to achieve common goals; and facilitate scientific collaboration among malaria researchers in Southern Africa.
Breast cancer is not a death sentence - 29/10/2014
In South Africa, one in 29 women is diagnosed with breast cancer each year. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many do not take the necessary steps to detect the disease in its early stages and to encourage others to do the same. Most of us dread ever hearing the words, “You have cancer”, because this disease is sure to have a significant impact on all areas of a person’s life. Ms Jonita van Wyk, who graduated earlier this year with a master’s degree in Social Work (Health Care) in the Department of Social Work and Criminology at the University of Pretoria (UP), conducted research on the social functioning of women with breast cancer, under the supervision of Dr Charlene Carbonatto.
UP’s Exceptional Young Researcher of 2014 delivers findings to an international audience - 23/10/2014
Prof Darryn Knobel is providing great insight into the control and foreseeable elimination of rabies. He recently presented his work at the 39th World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) Congress held in Cape Town. Prof Knobel leads UP’s Faculty of Veterinary Science’s research group on dog population ecology and rabies epidemiology, which studies the ecology of owned, free-roaming dog populations in resource-constrained communities, particularly at wildlife interfaces. The group's aim is to better understand the interactions between dog population dynamics and rabies control, as well as other aspects of dog health and welfare.