University of Pretoria and Steve Biko Academic Hospital uncover a breakthrough for liver cancer patients
Posted on 20 Jun 2012
The Department of Nuclear Medicine at the University of Pretoria, based at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital, is the first in South Africa to introduce a new special procedure of removing cancerous tumours on a liver without surgical operation.
Early Spring Mathematics Morning with Grandmaster Kevin Horsley
Posted on 12 Aug 2013
The Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics welcomed the long anticipated change in weather with its Early Spring Mathematics Morning at the start of August.
This is the seventh such annual event where the Department opens its doors to visitors from all over and invite a speaker that appeals to all. This year’s outstanding speaker was Grandmaster Kevin Horsley, an expert on memorization techniques, and someone who is able to recite the first ten thousand digits of the number pi. His topic "You are a lot smarter than you think" attracted wide interest and the packed audience was entertained, informed and delighted.
Women encouraged to focus on research excellence
Posted on 08 Aug 2013
In celebrating Women’s Day the University of Pretoria, as a leading research intensive institution, has played a critical role in developing knowledge in terms of research in South Africa and the rest of the continent, says the Deputy Dean for Research and Postgraduate Studies in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, Prof Stella Nkomo.
Because Africa is in the world’s spotlight and probably will be for many years to come, Prof Nkomo said there are challenges facing academic institutions to produce knowledge that can serve the African continent and also address the challenges. She said the first step in addressing this issue is to empower women in terms of research.
UP women man microphones to celebrate Women's Month.
Posted on 06 Aug 2013
Female academics from the University of Pretoria (UP) will be among the group of experts raising their opinions on current South African issues affecting women as part of a series of on-air panel discussions during Women’s Month.
This week, the programme Classic Business and Classic Government on the radio station Classic FM 102.7 will host a series of hour-long, live discussions entitled The Challenges and Progressions of Women in South Africa. Each evening from 18:30 a different group of females will move in behind the microphones to discuss women’s roles in areas such as business, politics and the media.
Bat Boy premiers in SA at the Masker Theatre
Posted on 06 Aug 2013
"Bat Boy – the musical" is a most macabre and successful cult musical and this production at the Masker Theatre will be its South African premiere. The show runs from 20-24 August 2013.
The original Broadway run of Bat Boy was cut short by the 9/11 tragedies, but it has since been performed around the world. With music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe (now famous for Legally Blonde), this production takes its inspiration from an article about a half-bat, half-boy found in a cave, which appeared in the sensationalist World Weekly News in 1992. The cast is composed of drama students under the direction of the actress, choreographer and dancer Anitra Davel, while Dr Harold Mortimer (Oklahoma University) is the musical director.
UP becomes key partner in global food security initiative
Posted on 06 Aug 2013
The University of Pretoria’s commitment to the fight against hunger was reaffirmed with the announcement of the University’s key involvement in a global food security initiative by the American government.
As part of Feed the Future – an initiative by the American federal government – UP and the Michigan State University (MSU) will use a grant from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to strengthen developing countries’ abilities to fight hunger through improved food policy.
UP’s Institute for Food, Nutrition and Wellbeing (IFNuW) will partner with MSU’s Food Security Group and the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, D.C., to form the new Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy.
Africa Deans of Education Forum established in Nairobi, Kenya
Posted on 05 Aug 2013
On 29 July 2013 the Africa Deans of Education Forum (ADEF) was established on the Kenya Science Campus of the University of Nairobi. The Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Pretoria, Prof Irma Eloff, and the acting Deputy-Vice Chancellor (and former Dean of Education) of the University of Nairobi, Prof Henry Mutoro, initiated and hosted the event.