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Dean of Education amongst SA’s most influential women in business and government 2012
Faculty/Fakulteit
Posted on 30 Jul 2012

The Dean of the Faculty of Education, Prof Irma Eloff, is one of the top three Most Influential Women in Business and Government in South Africa in 2012 – in the Education category.

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Burn Unit at UP’s Paediatric Department receives a facelift
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 15 Nov 2013

The newly refurbished Burns Unit, managed by the University of Pretoria’s Paediatric Department, was officially opened by Gauteng’s MEC for Health, Mr Hope Papo, and the Head of the University of Pretoria’s Division of Paediatric Surgery, Dr Ernst Muller.

The Unit accommodates approximately 130 burn patients per year who have been referred mainly from the Tshwane region and the Mpumalanga province.

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Sporting collaboration between the University of Pretoria and Jamaica
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 15 Nov 2013

The University of Pretoria has extended its cooperation with Jamaica to include the development of sport. This followed a visit to the University of Pretoria’s sports facilities, including the High Performance Centre (hpc), by the Jamaican Minister of Sport, the Honourable Ms Neita Headly, who was one of the delegates from around the world that attended the fourth World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Conference on 12 and 13 November 2013.

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Civil society index methodology designed by UP Prof
Department of Political Sciences/Departement Politieke Wetenskappe
Posted on 12 Nov 2013

The methodology for compiling a new global index of the “enabling environment of civil society” was designed by Prof Lorenzo Fioramonti, Director of the University of Pretoria Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) and Associate Professor in the Department of Political Sciences.

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UP initiates links with Engineering and Technology University in Nigeria
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 12 Nov 2013

Engineering and Technology was the main focus regarding the formalising of academic ties between the University of Pretoria (UP) and Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) in Nigeria. The formal relationship of the two institutions was sealed by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Pretoria’s Vice-Principal, Prof Tyrone Pretorius and the Vice-Chancellor of LAUTECH, Prof AS Gbadegesin.

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African University Day: whither the South African universities?
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 12 Nov 2013

The 12th of November is annually celebrated throughout the continent as African University Day. This follows the decision by the Organization of African Unity (OAU), now African Union (AU) in 1994 to inaugurate this day to sensitize people on the role of the African university in the economic and social development of Africa. This objective, especially the social development role of the African university, is important given the current context in which the unholy trinity of marketization, massification and managerialism are holding sway in our higher education systems.

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UP Prof awarded prestigious MRC Flagship Award
Health Sciences
Posted on 08 Nov 2013

Prof Michael Pepper, Director of the Institute for Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the Faculty of Health Sciences, was awarded one of the prestigious University Flagship Project research grants from the Medical Research Council (MRC). The Flagship Project grants are the largest medical research grants of the MRC and aim to allocate funding to support clinical research in South Africa. The grant will provide about R16 million over a period of three years.

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Conference hosted by Centre for Human Rights highlights challenges regarding the rights of persons with disabilities in Africa
Frans Viljoen
Posted on 07 Nov 2013

Speaking on the first day of a two-day conference on the effective implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo posed the question as to why this treaty has had so little traction in African countries.

McClain-Nhlapo, who previously served on the South African Human Rights Commission and currently works with USAid, noted that despite wide ratification of the CRPD in Africa, persons with disabilities remain among the most socio-economically excluded and deprived persons on this continent.

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UP Academic wins a Prestigious 2013 DTI Technology Award
Maryna Bekker
Posted on 07 Nov 2013

Prof Sunil Maharaj who holds the SENTECH Chair in Broadband Wireless Multimedia Communications (BWMC) in the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering was the winner of The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) THRIP Award in their Advanced Hi-Tech Research Category for his collaborative research work in wireless broadband communications.

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UP to affirm South Africa as a top tourist destination
Tourism Management Division
Posted on 05 Nov 2013

Leading academic in the field of national tourism destination competitiveness, Prof Geoffrey Crouch, of La Trobe University in Australia, recently visited UP to consult on the research project awarded to the Tourism Management Division by the National Department of Tourism. This project requires the research into South Africa’s tourism destination competitiveness.

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