Welcome to the University of Pretoria Natural Hazard Centre, Africa
Established in July 2008, the University of Pretoria Natural Hazard Centre, Africa (the former Aon Benfield Natural Hazard Centre, Africa) is a multi-sponsorship collaboration between the University of Pretoria and partners from the industry. The Centre will continue its excellent work in the field of natural hazards and risk modelling under the directorship of Prof Andrzej Kijko. It is expected that under the new sponsorship model, the Centre will be able to expand and extend its focus to include a broader spectrum of natural hazards that are relevant to the whole continent of Africa. The new Centre will continue to play its dual role of research and education in the field of natural hazards and will serve as a hub of information for the engineering, disaster management and insurance industries.
University of Pretoria Natural Hazard Centre, Africa Sponsors:
The University of Pretoria re-modeled its former Aon Benfield Natural Hazard Centre, Africa into a multi-partnership centre known as the University of Pretoria Natural Hazard Centre, Africa. This change gives rise to an investment opportunity for new strategic partners.
Getting books to our learners by adopting African solutions - 23/04/2014
The biggest challenge facing South African readers is access to books. For everyday South Africans, loading digital texts onto smartphones or tablets isn't a viable solution. You might have heard the saying that we should use African solutions to solve African problems. In this piece, I write about three organisations — Paperight, Siyavula and Worldreader — that offer practical and context-relevant ways of getting books into the hands of South African learners.
UP Architecture graduate wins prestigious national award - 22/04/2014
Heidi van Eeden, a University of Pretoria alumna, was announced as the overall winner of the 27th National Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year award. This is the seventh time that a U.P. student has won this prestigious award. Previous winners were Braam de Villiers (1994), Christiaan van Niekerk (2002), Gerald Schulz (2004), Cillié Malan (2005), Marinda Smalberger (2007) and Clifford Gouws (2012).
The world beyond 2015 - is higher education ready? - 17/04/2014
"We are very good at communicating to a scholarly audience, but one of our challenges is how to transfer that information to a broader audience, in other words the general public. There is definitely room for us [universities] to do more of that." This was the response of Prof Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria (UP), to one of the questions posed by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) as part of a new international campaign.