As an institution of higher learning, the University of Pretoria through its nine faculties and student voluntary organizations are positioned to use its skill- and knowledge base to empower and assist communities in their development ventures.
The UP sees Community Engagement as a key priority, entrenched in our strategic objectives and in our vision- and mission statements. The UP further strives to be responsive to the changing South African environment in all spheres of society, the SADC region, the African continent and the global community.
At UP, Community Engagement is treated as an integral part of teaching and learning, and research; voluntary work done by students and institutional responsibilities. The focus is particularly on areas where the University has proven competencies that can enhance development and capacity building in identified communities.
The department of Community Engagement is located @:
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Record number of post-graduate degrees for UP’s Class of 2013 - 16/04/2014
The Autumn 2014 graduation figures for the University of Pretoria (UP) confirm that the institution which last year was ranked among the Top 500 universities globally by the prestigious QS World Ranking of Universities, is on track to deliver on its vision of being a leading research-intensive university. A record 4214 post-graduate degrees are being awarded across its nine faculties and business school.
Prof Tiaan de Jager gives an African perspective on environmental issues in Geneva - 15/04/2014
Prof Tiaan de Jager, Deputy Dean: Research in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Director of the University of Pretoria’s Centre for Sustainable Malaria Control, is an expert on the effect of the presence of pharmaceuticals in the environment in Africa. It was on account of this expertise that he was invited by the German Federal Government Environment Protection Agency and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) to address them on the effect of pharmaceuticals on the environment in Africa.
Study asks for ban on 4x4s in protected areas - 15/04/2014
Soil damage caused by 4x4 vehicles is underestimated, long term – between 5 and 1000 years - and mostly irreversible. Due to their negative environmental impact, vehicles should not be allowed to do off-road driving in protected areas. Strict legal measures should be applied to regulate 4x4 use in such areas, while very sensitive areas such as wetland areas should be classified as absolute no-go areas.