Marketing driven home by Porsche SA
Posted on 30 Oct 2013
If marketing can be compared to the adhesive between an organisation and its customers, the work done by the public relations team of a prestigious company like Porsche SA is quick-drying superglue. Last week, second-year marketing students had the opportunity to learn the nuts and bolts of Porsche’s marketing and branding strategy from Mr. Christo Kruger, Porsche’s Public Relations Manager.
Unique group of scientists focus on animal and human health
Posted on 29 Oct 2013
Of the more than 1 400 pathogens (micro-organisms that can cause disease) that affect humans, about 60% are zoonotic, indicating that the disease can be transmitted from wild and domestic animals to humans. On average, the emergence of new diseases occurs every eight months, of which more than 70% originate as animal diseases.
University of Pretoria foster collaboration with GRULAC countries
Posted on 28 Oct 2013
GRULAC (the acronym for Group of Embassies of Latin America and the Caribbean) attended a two-day conference at the University of Pretoria between 24 and 25 October 2013 with the objective of strengthening cooperation between the GRULAC diplomatic community and the University of Pretoria. The ten countries represented in the GRULAC conference were Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela.
The winning tradition continues
Department of Taxation
Posted on 25 Oct 2013
Sharon Smulders, a PhD graduate from the Department of Taxation, has built on UP’s winning tradition for yet another year, winning the doctoral category of the Norton Rose South Africa Tax Thesis competition for 2013.
The title of her winning thesis is, “An evaluation of tax compliance costs and concessions for small business in South Africa: establishing a baseline.” Prof Madeleine Stiglingh, Head of the Department of Taxation, was the supervisor of the study and Prof Riël Franzsen, Director of the African Tax Institute, was the co-supervisor.
University of Pretoria academics interact with their French-speaking Belgian counterparts
Posted on 24 Oct 2013
A delegation representing four universities in Belgium (Catholic University of Louvain, Université libre de Bruxelles/Free University of Brussels, University of Liège and University of Mons) interacted with University of Pretoria’s academics from various faculties. They were presented with some of the flagship projects currently running in the University of Pretoria’s faculties and the Institutional Research Themes (IRTs).
Conversation Groups projects for individuals with acquired communication disorders celebrated
Dr Glenn Goldblum
Posted on 24 Oct 2013
The Conversation Groups for individuals living with aphasia and cognitive-communication disorders in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, University of Pretoria held their annual Open Evening on 16 October. The Groups comprise individuals with communication disorders following a stroke (aphasia), and a traumatic brain injury (cognitive-communication disorders).
International student at UP honoured for making impact in Africa
Posted on 22 Oct 2013
By thinking out of the box and exploring the idea to place business and community development in a box, an international student at UP studying industrial engineering has made it to a list of young movers and shakers on the continent.
Hasan Darwis, a final-year student from Syria, was recently named one of the top 35 foreigners under the age of 35 who are making an impact in Africa. The list was compiled by the organisation Young People in International Affairs (YPIA) after nominations from all over the world were submitted.
Professor Sarah Howie appointed to the Education Ministerial task team
Posted on 17 Oct 2013
Professor Sarah Howie, Director of the Centre for Evaluation and Assessment at the University of Pretoria, has been appointed by the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, to serve on the Ministerial Committee of Education to investigate the current promotion requirements and other related matters that impact on the standard of the National Senior Certificate. The Minister finalised the appointment of the members to the Committee in June 2013.
Prof Sandra Waddock visits SA to meet with ALCRL staff
Posted on 16 Oct 2013
Prof Sandra Waddock recently arrived in South Africa for a month-long visit at the invitation of Prof Derick de Jongh, Director of the Albert Luthuli Centre for Responsible Leadership. Sandra is currently the Galligan Chair of Strategy, the Carroll School Scholar of Corporate Responsibility and Professor of Management at Boston College, USA.
Doctoral student wins prestigious international award
Department of Human Resource Management
Posted on 16 Oct 2013
A study on how managers in information technology (IT) companies in South Africa perceive and manage virtual workers, awarded Dr Karen Luyt the prestigious Emerald Best International Dissertation Award. Dr Karen Luyt received a PhD in Organisation Behaviour during the April graduation ceremonies of the University of Pretoria and was one of four finalists for the award.