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Aeronautical Engineers making a difference
L.Smith
Posted on 13 Mar 2014

In response to the much publicised problem of rhino poaching in the Kruger National Park, a team of students from the University of Pretoria and three partner universities are designing and building an unmanned fixed-wing aircraft equipped with intelligence gathering sensors, such as cameras with night vision, which will enable park rangers to pro-actively fight poaching.

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Report by UP's Prof Heyns considered in EU resolution
Thompson Chengeta
Posted on 05 Mar 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.

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Kumba Virtual Reality Centre for Mine Design
Renee Conradie
Posted on 05 Mar 2014

Another impressive ‘first in Africa’ project for the University of Pretoria: a virtual reality centre for Mining Design that will change the face of teaching. It is a dream that started late 2011, come true.

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Research Focus: Personality Across Ethnocultural Groups in South Africa: So similar yet different.
Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences
Posted on 04 Mar 2014

So similar yet different! This is the conclusion of a research team representative of five local and foreign universities published in the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology.

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Research on the use of information and communication technologies
Tourism Management Division
Posted on 27 Feb 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.

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Research Focus: Send in the Perfect Business Rescue Practitioner
Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences
Posted on 25 Feb 2014

“War-zone” experience is needed to rescue ventures in distress. “Business rescue practitioners (BRPs) face a challenging job,” says University of Pretoria’s Dr Marius Pretorius in the South African Business Review. “A BRP’s tasks are complex, vaguely stated and involve a wide range of competencies not accessible to the average person.”

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Research project on transnational labour relations
Department of Human Resource Management
Posted on 25 Feb 2014

Prof Manfred Weiss from the Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany is mentoring Dr Paul Smit of UP’s Department of Human Resource Management for a three-year research project on transnational labour relations in the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

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UP ranked for its Accounting Education research
Department of Accounting
Posted on 21 Feb 2014

The University of Pretoria was ranked 13th out of 255 universities for Accounting Education research in 2013 by the Birmingham Young University Accounting Research Rankings for 2013. Three staff members of UP’s Department of Accounting in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences were also placed on this prestigious ranking list

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Strengthening the Rule of Law by Following the German Model?
Erika de Wet
Posted on 20 Feb 2014

On 16 and 17 May the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA) in the Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria is hosting a workshop titled: "The Implementation of International Law in South Africa – Strengthening the Rule of Law by Following the German Model?”

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Quantum theory in physics and beyond
Stella Mpisi
Posted on 06 Feb 2014

The symposium, hosted by the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship, will feature leading researchers Jan Boeyens, Francis Thackeray, Vimal Ichharam and Johan Prins.

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