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A century in the service of knowledge UP celebrates a 100 years

By Emmerentia Nel

Posted on 08 February 2008

Prof Calie Pistorius addresses staff and guests
Prof Calie Pistorius addresses staff and guests

On February 10, the University of Pretoria celebrates its centenary and staff, students, alumni and former principals and Chancellors gathered at the Aula on the Hatfield campus on Friday, February 8, for the official birthday party.

In his address, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof. Calie Pistorius, paid tribute to the founding fathers of the University, such as General Jan Smuts, as well as the many lecturers, students, alumni, support services and friends of the University that helped to establish the University of Pretoria as a leader in the tertiary landscape in South Africa.

“The University of Pretoria today is a large residential University with an international reputation for academic excellence. It is counted amongst the world’s 500 top universities. It is the leading university in South Africa with regard to research outputs, a position it has maintained for the last decade. Its alumni have made monumental contributions, not only in this country but across the globe,” Prof. Pistorius told the more than 4 000 guests.

“Today we not only celebrate a great start for the next century, but also acknowledge our responsibility and resolve to build a great university that will serve this country and all its’ people well through its commitment to the pursuit of excellence, local impact, international competitiveness and continuous innovation,” he added.

In his address, Chancellor of the University, Prof. Wiseman Nkuhlu, expressed his satisfaction with the past and present performance of the University and thanked all the people who had made these excellent achievements possible.

Chairperson of the UP Council, Prof Esme du Plessis, also extended her congratulations to the University, encouraging staff and students to build on the proud heritage of the past.

After the official proceedings in the Aula and Rautenbach Hall, guests were treated to a summer picnic on the beautiful lawns infront of the Old Arts Building. Music, champagne, vintage cars and students in period costumes added to the festivities.

Click here for the Vice-Chancellor’s full address.

View photos of the Birthday Celebrations.

View a video clip of the Centenary Celebration (6Mb).

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