UP students get inspired at leadership programme in Washington DC
Posted on 15 Aug 2014
The South Africa–Washington International Programme (SAWIP), the UP Chapter of which was launched earlier this year, has a vision of a South Africa with strong leaders who have a global perspective, who serve others with humility and integrity and in so doing inspire future generations to do the same. To achieve this goal, a diverse new generation of emerging South African leaders are inspired, developed and supported in multiple disciplines. A total of 18 students (15 from the Western Cape and three from UP) spent six weeks in Washington DC as part of this prestigious programme.
Innovative technological intervention for mathematics under research and development
Posted on 14 Aug 2014
A burning question in today’s education system is how to enhance the quality of Grades 10 to 12 mathematics teaching and learning. Prof Gerrit Stols of the Department of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education and a team of researchers are working on possible information, communication and technology (ICT) solutions such as the development of a mathematics information delivery hub, e-books, and apps to address that very problem.
UP maintains third position in Webometrics rankings
Posted on 13 Aug 2014
According to the most recent Webometrics rankings for university websites released by the Cybermetrics Lab, the University of Pretoria has maintained its position as third in South Africa and fourth in Africa. The rankings are determined by an independent, objective, open scientific exercise, which is performed by the Cybermetrics Lab (Spanish National Research Council, CSIC) every six months in order to provide reliable, multidimensional and useful information about the performance of universities from all over the world.
UP Centre for Medicine and Law rests its case
Louise de Bruin
Posted on 11 Aug 2014
South African medical law stipulates that a patient can only institute legal proceedings against a medical party based on expert medical opinion. For example, if a surgical swab was left in a patient’s abdomen after an operation, the patient cannot simply let the case speak for itself and assert that medical negligence occurred during the procedure. This has been so for the past 90 years, based on a ruling of the Supreme Court of Appeal in 1924 that res ipsa loquitur, or "the case speaks for itself", is not applicable to medical law.
UP Head of Nuclear Medicine honoured for extending frontiers of medicine
Posted on 11 Aug 2014
Professor Mike Sathekge, Head of Nuclear Medicine at Steve Biko Academic Hospital and Head of the Department of Nuclear Medicine at the University of Pretoria (UP), has been selected as the winner in the category Fellowship in the Arts and Science of Medicine of the SAMA-Bonitas Housecall Doctors Awards for 2014. The aim of the SAMA awards is to recognise the outstanding achievements of public and private sector doctors in their respective fields.
Tribute to author Nadine Gordimer
Posted on 08 Aug 2014
In celebration of Women’s Day on 9 August, UP’s Department of Library Services, in conjunction with the Department of English, paid tribute to the late Nadine Gordimer, South African author, at an event held in the Merensky 2 Library. In honour of this great writer, Prof David Medalie of the Department of English read a few extracts from her famous works and presented a resumé of her achievements.
UP professor honoured with lifetime achievement award
Posted on 05 Aug 2014
The Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government awards programme has for several years been recognised as the pre-eminent recognition platform for women. The programme recognises the contribution of women across a range of sectors and is a credible identifier of women in business and government who consistently exercise a positive influence on our continent. On Wednesday, 30 July 2014, UP’s Prof Carolina Koornhof received a Country Lifetime Achievement award for Education and Training: Academic at an event that brought together women who have made a difference to the African business community through their outstanding contributions.