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.
Ethical Research Workshop - 25/08/2014
On 18 August 2014, Professor Stephanie Burton, Vice-Principal for Research and Postgraduate Education at UP, hosted a seminar focusing on ethically responsible research. The theme of the seminar was ‘Human research participants and the ethically responsible advancement of science’. A paper was presented at the event by Dr Felice J Levine, Executive Director of the American Educational Research Association.
Two UP staff members elected to SABCP board - 25/08/2014
Two staff members from UP’s Department of Pharmacology have been elected to the board of the South African Society for Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (SASBCP). Prof Vanessa Steenkamp, who currently oversees the Phytomedicine unit in the department, was elected as Vice-President of the society and Dr André Marais, a senior lecturer in Clinical Pharmacology, was elected as treasurer.
Is SA business ready for the 21st century? - 22/08/2014
Prof Lorenzo Fioramonti, the director of the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation at the University of Pretoria, commented on the Corporate Governance Index 2014 recently released by the Centre in partnership with the Institute of Internal Auditors of South Africa, saying that it provides a worrying snapshot of the state of business performance in our country. The Index finds that the leadership skills, accountability and overall conduct of public and private corporations have worsened over the past year.
Celebrating 15 years of music therapy training at UP - 21/08/2014
On Saturday 16 August the Music Therapy Unit of the Department of Music hosted a vibrant celebration to showcase the work of current students, past graduates and staff members. This event was held to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Music Therapy training at the University of Pretoria. The UP MMus (Music Therapy) training programme is the only master’s training programme of its kind on the African continent.
UP food scientist receives international award for leadership in his field - 21/08/2014
Dr Patrick Njage of the Department of Food Science at UP and postdoctoral fellow of the Institute for Food, Nutrition and Well-being (IFNuW), was a recipient of the International Union of Food Science and Technology's (IUFoST) Young Scientist Award for 2014. Alongside seven other outstanding young food scientists from across the world, Njage received the award at the IUFoST’s 17th World Congress of Food Science and Technology (World Food Congress), held in Montreal, Canada from 17 to 21 August.