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High-performance research leads to high-performance individuals
Louise de Bruin
Posted on 09 Jun 2014

Imagine a top rugby player knew the exact reason why he had not been selected for the team and why his position had been given to another player. What if schools in resource-constrained communities could really become facilities used optimally for social change? In a day and age where power and competition are what motivate achievement, solutions for improvement would be greatly beneficial. Prof Peet du Toit of the Department of Physiology has devised methods to evaluate performance and applications to improve education methods. These indicators are based on a holistic approach to research, testing an array of variables to give a thorough indication of an individual’s true level of performance and development.

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Re-thinking development: finding peace on Earth
Louise de Bruin
Posted on 06 Jun 2014

It was fitting, on World Environment Day, for UP to host Dr Vandana Shiva, who has been acclaimed by Time magazine as an "environmental hero". Dr Shiva, speaking on "Re-thinking development in the 21st century', had a full house at the 5 June event.

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UP expert contributes to textbook set to become benchmark for international forensic medicine
Ansa Heyl
Posted on 06 Jun 2014

Dr Ryan Blumenthal, a senior specialist in the Department of Forensic Medicine in the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Health Sciences, contributed a chapter to the Handbook of Forensic Medicine, edited by Burkhard Madea and published by Wiley-Blackwell in April 2014. The book is set to become the benchmark for international forensic medicine.

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UP students win national leg of 2014 CIMA Global Business Challenge
Department of Financial Management
Posted on 05 Jun 2014

Four BCom (Financial Management) students, Annetjie van Rooyen, Thube Mbethe, Lise-Marie Landman and Hanre Erasmus won the national leg of the 2014 CIMA Global Business Challenge.

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UP research project places focus on African agricultural transformation
Louise de Bruin
Posted on 04 Jun 2014

Dr Ward Anseeuw, research fellow of the Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD) who was seconded to the UP Postgraduate School of Agriculture and Rural Development, is doing notable research on agricultural development through the promotion of more inclusive business and development models. His research is predominantly focused on agrarian transformation, and in particular on small-scale farmers’ perspectives and how these farmers are affected by land acquisitions and land investments.

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Research Focus: Headline Earnings: A complement to IFRS earnings
Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences
Posted on 03 Jun 2014

According to research undertaken by Prof Elmar Venter of the University of Pretoria and co-researchers Prof David Emanuel and Prof Steven Cahan of the University of Auckland, headline earnings, from a valuation perspective, is a superior measure of company performance compared to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) earnings, such as International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) earnings.

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Extraordinary professor in Old Testament Studies honored in Paris
Petronel Fourie
Posted on 03 Jun 2014

Prof Thomas Römer, an extraordinary professor in UP’s Department of Old Testament Studies, received the distinguished honor to be appointed as member of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres (AIBL) in Paris, France.

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UP alumnus appointed as Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry
Renee Conradie
Posted on 03 Jun 2014

Mr Mzwandile Masina, an alumnus of the University of Pretoria, was recently appointed Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry.

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More NRF-rated researchers in Economic and Management Sciences
Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences
Posted on 30 May 2014

The Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences is proud to announce that three more of its staff members recently joined the group of NRF-rated researchers in the Faculty. This means that the Faculty currently boasts a total of 19 NRF rated researchers. The three newest NRF-rated researchers are Prof Manoel Bittencourt, Prof Deon Meiring and Prof Ruthira Naraidoo.

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UP student chosen as member of SAWIP Leadership Programme
Department of Economics
Posted on 27 May 2014

Nolo Mokoena, a final-year BCom (Economics) student has been chosen to serve as member of the Leadership Programme of the South Africa-Washington International Programme (SAWIP) 2014.

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