The Department of Afrikaans at UP focuses on the way in which language makes meaning possible, how one understands oneself and the world around one, and how one gives meaning to one’s existence. The way in which one gives meaning to the world is examined through the study of language and literature. This study, as is always the case when experiencing art, is satisfying and fun on the one hand, while it supplies one with tools to critically examine the way in which meaning is created on the other hand.
While the study of the Afrikaans language and literature therefore contributes to the broad creative foundation of the humanities, which is important for any career, it also offers one a very specific view of the world in the context of a language which originated at the southern point of Africa.
UP conducts validation trial for IDEXX’s new pregnancy test for cows - 17/10/2014
Improved pregnancy rates among cattle mean greater profitability for dairy and beef farmers. IDEXX, an international company dealing with diagnostic products in animal health, recently approached the University of Pretoria with a request to conduct a project to assist in devising reliable, cost-effective methods for diagnosing pregnancy in cattle. This led to the bovine pregnancy test validation trial, which is being conducted in the South African dairy industry.
IUFRO appoints Prof Mike Wingfield as new President - 14/10/2014
The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) announced the appointment of Prof Mike Wingfield as new President on 10 October 2014. IUFRO’s International Council elected him during a meeting at the 24th IUFRO World Congress, which was held in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States.
Lemur Interaction area at Bester Birds and Animals Zoo - 11/10/2014
Two groups of students enrolled for the Community-Based Project Module (JCP) of the Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and IT at the University of Pretoria, developed a lemur Interaction area at Bester Birds and Animal Zoo. The lemur Interaction area was officially opened on Friday, 10 October and gives visitors the opportunity to feed the Lemurs at the zoo.
The more termites, the merrier the aardwolves - 08/10/2014
What do aardwolves and whales have in common? Both are extremely picky eaters, to the point of only feeding on one foodstuff over and over again. As is the case with some whales and the plankton they eat, aardwolves will rather eat less than diversify their menus to include anything other than their favourite termites.