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Three new NRF ratings
Posted on 16 Nov 2012

Congratulations to Prof Julian Müller (Practical Theology), Prof Piet Venter (Old Testament Studies), and Prof Cas Wepener (Practical Theology), who each were awarded a National Research Foundation (NRF) grading of C2.

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Faculty of Humanities: Appointments
Dean's Office
Posted on 29 Nov 2012

It is with pleasure and an enormous sense of pride that we announce the following appointments in the Faculty of Humanities:

Professor Sakhela Buhlungu as Deputy Dean: Postgraduate Studies and Ethics
Professor Hennie Stander as Deputy Dean: Teaching and Learning.

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CIPS receives professional certification from SAQA
Department of Business Management
Posted on 16 Nov 2012

The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) Africa recently received formal recognition by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) as the professional body for the procurement and supply profession in South Africa.

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Prof Lourie Terblanche receives EAPA Member of the Year award
Liana le Roux
Posted on 16 Nov 2012

Prof Lourie Terblanche from our Department was recently awarded ‘EAPA Member of the Year’ at the Annual International Conference of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA) in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

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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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Synergy between biology and mathematics culminates in launch of new SARChl Chair
Martie Meyer
Posted on 04 Nov 2013

Although mathematics has long been intertwined with the biological sciences, an explosive synergy between biology and mathematics is happening. For the past few decades this has contributed greatly to the enrichment and extension of both fields. As JE Cohen, a mathematical biologist once said, ‘Mathematics is biology's next microscope, only better; biology is mathematics' next physics, only better.’

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The University of Pretoria builds partnerships in Romania
Posted on 01 Nov 2013

Prof Stephanie Burton, Vice-Principal for Research and Postgraduate Studies, recently led a UP delegation to visit universities and tertiary institutions in Romania. Included in the delegation was Prof Irma Eloff, Dean of Education, Prof Elsabé Loots, Dean of Economics and Management Sciences and Dr Yolanda Spies from the Faculty of Humanities. The delegation was accompanied by Mrs Venita Smit, Charge d'Affaires, from the SA Embassy in Bucharest, Romania.

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