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Ticks help spread lumpy skin disease among cattle
DUR
Posted on 11 Apr 2014

Three bloodsucking hard tick species, commonly found in sub-Saharan Africa, are involved in the transmission of a debilitating livestock disease called lumpy skin disease to cattle herds across Africa.

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The University conferred an Honorary Doctorate to Prof Richard Lee Baskerville
DUR
Posted on 11 Apr 2014

Prof Baskerville congratulated all his fellow graduates at the ceremony and made special mention of those who graduated as the first people in their family to get a degree because he was also the first person in his family to go to university and get a degree. He told the graduates that "Getting a first degree is like opening up a bag of crisps, once you taste one, you want the whole bag." In his inspiring talk, he encouraged graduates to stand on the shoulders of giants and constantly seek new horizons and ways of looking at things.


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The University of Pretoria (UP) awards Chancellor’s Medal to Dr FS Malan
DUR
Posted on 11 Apr 2014

The Chancellor’s Medal is awarded for outstanding academic achievement and service beyond the academic environment.

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Ostriches aren’t chokers – and can’t taste a thing either
DUR
Posted on 10 Apr 2014

An ostrich can’t taste a thing. Or won’t easily choke, for that matter, because of a pocket in its tongue. These are among the interesting findings that Dr Martina Crole has made while investigating the upper digestive tract of the world’s largest bird.

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The University conferred an Honorary Doctorate to Prof Tjeerd Plomp
DUR
Posted on 10 Apr 2014

Tjeerd Plomp is emeritus professor at the University of Twente, Enschede in the Netherlands. He holds an MSc in Mathematics (1964) and a PhD in Education (1974), both from the Free University Amsterdam.

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New technique finds anti-HIV compounds in indigenous plant species
DUR
Posted on 10 Apr 2014

An indigenous grey-leaved shrub with clusters of tiny honey-scented flowers has given University of Pretoria researcher Dr Heino Heyman all the proof that he wanted: that nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)-based techniques can speed up the testing of various compounds to see which can be used at best to develop HIV medicines

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UP Vice-Chancellor donates to the Tuks Scholarship Fund
DUR
Posted on 08 Apr 2014

Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Cheryl de la Rey, is the first donor of the newly established Tuks Scholarship Fund. This pioneering initiative aims to support talented and deserving students from all backgrounds to enrol at the University – and to complete their studies – without being constrained by concerns about being unable to afford fees and resource their upkeep.

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Journey to a world-class academic department
DUR
Posted on 08 Apr 2014

In the 70 years that The Department of Surgery at University of Pretoria has been in existence it has produced internationally sought after general medical doctors and generalist surgeons. The new focus of the department is to develop specialised specialist surgeons and academic clinician scientists while retaining its excellence in training general medical doctors and generalist surgeons.

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Prof De la Rey kick-starts the 2014 Woolly Winter Campaign
DUR
Posted on 03 Apr 2014

The University of Pretoria’s Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof Cheryl de la Rey, launched the 2014 Woolly Winter Campaign by donating her first blanket at Tuks FM studios. The campaign is the University’s annual blanket drive initiative aimed at supporting and bringing relief to those in dire need of warmth this winter.

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Launch of the Tuks Scholarship Fund
DUR
Posted on 03 Apr 2014


On behalf of the Student Representative Council (SRC) and the entire Student Body, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University, Prof Cheryl de la Rey and to all staff members who are contributing to the Tuks Scholarship Fund. The SRC receives requests for support from deserving but needy students on a daily basis. This impact negatively on their studies and will, ultimately, has an adverse effect on their academic success.

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Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe delivers a public lecture on the International Criminal Court
CHR
Posted on 02 Apr 2014

South Africa’s Deputy President, Mr Kgalema Motlanthe, delivered a public lecture at the Centre for Human Rights. The event was organised by the Centre for Human Rights to mark 15 years of the Master’s degree programme in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa.

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UP hosts astronomy colloquium
DUR
Posted on 27 Mar 2014

Dr Kartik Sheth, an astronomer at the US National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) based in Charlottesville, West Virginia, delivered a paper at the UP astronomy colloquium under the title ‘Reconstructing the mass assembly of galaxy disks over the last seven billion years with ALMA, HST and Spitzer’.

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Human Rights Day
DUR
Posted on 20 Mar 2014

Human Rights Day is an opportunity for reflection and celebration. All South Africans are free to vote in a legitimate process that is free of violence and intimidation.

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SA’s Transport System studied by Visiting Professor
DUR
Posted on 14 Mar 2014

Professor Kai Nagel is a visiting professor from Berlin, who is currently with the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Centre for Transport Development. He is a full professor in Transport Systems Planning and Transport Telematics at the Berlin Institute of Technology.

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Top international guest lecturer visits UP
DUR
Posted on 13 Mar 2014

The University’s Centre for Microbial Ecology and Genomics (CMEG), led by Professor Don Cowan, has played host to one of the world’s most renowned researchers in the field of microbial plant polysaccharide degradation and bioconversion of plant biomass.


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Making friends in the right places
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 10 Mar 2014

If you are a first-year law student that comes from a poor family, doesn’t own a cell phone and lives in a squatter camp very far from campus, you need some good friends.

Muxe Vureni realised this during UP’s orientation week when he made a very good friend on the Hatfield Campus: The Merensky Library.


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University of Pretoria hosts Setlogane Manchidi at its first alumni business breakfast for 2014
Edwin Naidu
Posted on 10 Mar 2014

Mr Setlogane Manchidi, Investec’s head of Corporate Social Investment (CSI) in South Africa, launched this year’s series of alumni business breakfast events organised by the Office of Alumni Relations on Friday, 7 March 2014. The topic of his presentation was “Why purpose should be central to corporate giving".

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University of Pretoria partners with The MasterCard Foundation in providing financial assistance to needy students
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 03 Mar 2014

The University of Pretoria is the first academic institution in South Africa to partner with The MasterCard Foundation to provide financial aid to academically talented students from different parts of the SADC region.

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UP’s High Performance Centre prepares athletes for Olympic Games
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 25 Feb 2014

Mr Toby Sutcliffe, Chief Executive Officer of the University of Pretoria’s High Performance Centre (hpc), announced the names of 57 athletes who had been selected for support towards the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games. Mr Sutcliffe said the hpc, in conjunction with TuksSport, had always been operational in promoting opportunities for athletes to perform at their highest standards, thereby promoting a winning culture.

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eduroam (education roaming)
ITS
Posted on 21 Feb 2014

ITS is pleased to announce that eduroam is operational on the UP Wireless network.
eduroam enables UP researchers, lecturers, staff and students to access the Internet in a secure manner, on any UP campus, or from the campuses of participating institutions worldwide.

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Don’t isolate Afrikaans in a chilly corner of the linguistic landscape in South Africa
Prof Andries Visagie
Posted on 20 Feb 2014

One on the surprise findings of 2011 census was that the number of mother tongue speakers of Afrikaans have increased by no less than 800 000 individuals since the previous census. Afrikaans seems to be thriving as the third largest mother tongue spoken in South Africa and as a popular language of communication in Namibia.

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Tuks FM records highest listenership figure in ten years
TuksFm
Posted on 19 Feb 2014

According to the South African Audience Research Foundation (SAARF), Tuks FM has seen its audience grow by 15 000 listeners from December 2013 via the first Radio Audience Measurement Survey (RAMS) release of 2014.

The current listenership figure of 66 000 listeners is the highest reported listenership for Tuks FM, using RAMS, for the past ten years.

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Massive boost for research equipment at UP
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 19 Feb 2014

The University of Pretoria will be enabled to continue its pioneering research thanks to significant investment in cutting-edge scientific instrumentation, some of which has not been available before in South Africa or on the African continent.

The University of Pretoria (UP) is set to acquire advanced research equipment to the value of more than R55 million during 2014 following the approval of six funding applications submitted to the National Research Foundation (NRF). The NRF will contribute just more than R37 million, while the rest of the funding will be contributed by the University.

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Prof De la Rey opens 2014 academic year
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 13 Feb 2014

Prof Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria, opened the 2014 academic year on 7 February. On the same occasion she led University staff in celebrating the 106th anniversary of the University’s inception on 10 February 1908.

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Professor Jonathan Jansen on true leadership
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 13 Feb 2014

Professor Jonathan Jansen, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of the Free State, addressed a gathering to welcome 26 African students from all over the continent who are pursuing a master’s degree in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa at the University of Pretoria. The master’s programme is presented by 13 African universities under the stewardship of the Centre for Human Rights (CHR), Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria. The event was attended by donors, members of the diplomatic corps, senior management of the University of Pretoria, students and members of the public.

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Two Tukkies through to FameLab semi-final at Scifest Africa
DUR
Posted on 12 Feb 2014

Two students from the University of Pretoria has been selected to participate in the next round of the country-wide FameLab-competition where young scientists are challenged to present their work in only three minutes in the most interesting and engaging way.

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Information Science researchers from University of Pretoria (UP) take critical look at ethical concerns and social impact of E-Toll
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 12 Feb 2014

Ignoring the social impact issues and information ethical concerns surrounding the e-toll system in Gauteng may have a serious impact on the eventual success of the project.

This was the finding of Ms Erin Hommes and Dr Marlene Holmner of the Department of Information Science at the University of Pretoria. The pair recently published a preliminary study where they objectively analyzed the Open Road Tolling system in the province by comparing it to similar international cases.

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UP enters into an agreement with Titans Cricket
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 03 Feb 2014

The University of Pretoria has entered into a partnership with Titans Cricket, which was sealed by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, at SuperSport Park on 29 January 2014. The partnership will be of benefit to both institutions in terms of exchanging expertise in sports development and management.

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Minister lauds international conference on human and animal vaccines at UP
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 03 Feb 2014

“It’s a cliché, but prevention is better than cure. Especially if there is no cure.”

With these words, Mr Derek Hanekom, the South African Minister of Science and Technology, highlighted the importance of research regarding vaccine development and production for humans and animals.


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Student Orientation Week at UP
Sanku Tsunk
Posted on 27 Jan 2014

Thousands of top achievers from across South Africa and the continent took their first steps in higher education as the University of Pretoria (UP) welcomed new students to the University’s orientation programme. The 2104 Orientation Week showcased opportunities to live, learn, socialise and lead at the University’s five different Pretoria campuses. All nine UP faculties also started their academic orientation programmes, which have been designed to help first-year students make the adjustment from high school to University successfully.

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New first years heart marketing
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 23 Jan 2014

The Department of Marketing Management in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences pulled out all the stops to officially welcome the new first year class of 2014. The eager, fresh-faced students had been treated to an orientation that, by anyone’s standards, topped the bar. What better way to welcome the first years than by a Tukkie alumna that is on the rise in the South African television and film industry?

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Trees planted to grow with new group of first-years.
DUR
Posted on 21 Jan 2014

Three more trees now grow on the University of Pretoria’s Hatfield campus after the annual Welcoming Day tree planting ceremony on Saturday.

Three lavender trees were planted during the ceremony hosted by the TuksAlumni Office.


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Welcome to all UP students
DUR
Posted on 15 Jan 2014

Welcome to the University of Pretoria (UP), a leading South African university. You have succeeded in being selected from the over 40 000 students who applied for admission to Tuks, as we are popularly known.



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UP Vice-Chancellor appointed to Talloires Network steering committee
DUR
Posted on 13 Jan 2014

The Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria, Prof Cheryl de la Rey, has been appointed as one of the three new members of the Steering Committee of the Talloires Network, an international association of institutions committed to strengthening the civic roles and social responsibilities of higher education.

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National Senior Certificate results
DUR
Posted on 03 Jan 2014

Hearty congratulations to all matriculants who have passed their National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations! To those of you who have obtained distinctions, well done!

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Tribute to Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
DUR
Posted on 13 Dec 2013

Our beloved Madiba, we thank you very much for what you did for us and for our country. Your struggle for justice, freedom and equality was an example, not only for all South Africans, but indeed for the whole world.

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Second group of clinical associates graduates from the University of Pretoria
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 12 Dec 2013

On 9 December 2013, 62 Bachelor of Clinical Medical Practice (BCMP) graduates from the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Health Sciences took part in their Declaration Ceremony. The graduates will now be deployed to the health services of the various provinces.

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Justice Johann van der Westhuizen, founding director of the centre for human rights receives an honorary doctorate from the University of Pretoria
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 12 Dec 2013

Justice Johann van der Westhuizen, judge of the Constitutional Court and founding director of the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, on 10 December 2013, International Human Rights Day, received an honorary doctorate from the University of Pretoria

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University of Pretoria honours the legacy of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 12 Dec 2013

The University of Pretoria joined the world in mourning the passing, on 5 December 2013, of the first democratically elected president of South Africa, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. On Wednesday, 11 December 2013, staff and students of the University attended a memorial service in the Musaion. Prof Wiseman Nkuhlu (Chancellor), Prof Cheryl de la Rey (Vice-Chancellor and Principal) and Mr Leo Haese (Chairperson of the Convocation) were also in attendance.

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Centre for Human Rights draws attention to women’s human rights in the shadow of Mandela’s passing
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 12 Dec 2013

In the context of a conference on women’s reproductive health rights to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (Women’s Rights Protocol) on 9 and 10 December, two prominent activists delivered inspiring words to conference participants and external guests.

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Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918 - 2013)
DUR
Posted on 06 Dec 2013

The Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria, Professor Cheryl de la Rey, on behalf of the University community, joins South Africa and the world in mourning the loss of Nelson Mandela.

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UP innovation offers hearing screening solution for children
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 04 Dec 2013

A revolutionary innovation that offers a cost-effective solution to the current barriers of school-based hearing screening, is the result of a recent collaboration between Prof. De Wet Swanepoel from the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Dr Herman Myburgh from the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering at the University of Pretoria.

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Season's greetings
DUR
Posted on 03 Dec 2013


Wishing you and your family love, peace, and joy this Holiday Season and in the New Year.


Ons wens u en u gesin liefde, vrede en vreugde toe gedurende die Feestyd en in die Nuwe Jaar.


Re lakaletša wena le balapa la gago lerato, khutšo le lethabo mo Sehleng se sa maikhutšo le mo Ngwageng wo moswa.

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Forensic Anthropology book launched at the Faculty of Health Sciences
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 27 Nov 2013

Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Gwen Ramokgopa, celebrated the launch of the latest edition of The Human Skeleton in Forensic Medicine authored by Prof Maryna Steyn, a physical anthropologist and the Director of Forensic Anthropology Research Centre, based at the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Health Sciences. She co-authored the book with Mehmet Yasar Iscan from the University of Istanbul, Turkey.

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Internship: Technical PeopleSoft application database administrator (12 month contract position)
Estie Steyl
Posted on 27 Nov 2013

Applications are invited for a Technical PeopleSoft Application Database Administrator Intern to join a team of specialists who are managing software environments on a technical level.

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University of Pretoria honours its partners against crime
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 26 Nov 2013

Crime-fighting in Hatfield is a team effort. To recognise this important fact and show appreciation towards their partners against crime, UP’s Department of Security Services honoured two members of the Visible Policing Unit at the South African Police Services’ (SAPS) Brooklyn station last week.

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ASSAf recognises outstanding meritorious service
Patricia Scholtz
Posted on 22 Nov 2013

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) has awarded Professor Robin Crewe the prestigious Gold Medal for Outstanding Meritorious Service at the launch of the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship at the University of Pretoria. It is only the second time the award that acknowledges exceptional service to the Academy, has been bestowed since its inception in 2008.

Crewe served as President of ASSAf from 2004 to 2012. During this time, the Academy grew from a small organisation to being a well-established Academy that enables the generation of evidence-based solutions to national problems.

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Burn Unit at UP’s Paediatric Department receives a facelift
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 15 Nov 2013

The newly refurbished Burns Unit, managed by the University of Pretoria’s Paediatric Department, was officially opened by Gauteng’s MEC for Health, Mr Hope Papo, and the Head of the University of Pretoria’s Division of Paediatric Surgery, Dr Ernst Muller.

The Unit accommodates approximately 130 burn patients per year who have been referred mainly from the Tshwane region and the Mpumalanga province.

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Sporting collaboration between the University of Pretoria and Jamaica
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 15 Nov 2013

The University of Pretoria has extended its cooperation with Jamaica to include the development of sport. This followed a visit to the University of Pretoria’s sports facilities, including the High Performance Centre (hpc), by the Jamaican Minister of Sport, the Honourable Ms Neita Headly, who was one of the delegates from around the world that attended the fourth World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Conference on 12 and 13 November 2013.

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UP initiates links with Engineering and Technology University in Nigeria
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 12 Nov 2013

Engineering and Technology was the main focus regarding the formalising of academic ties between the University of Pretoria (UP) and Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) in Nigeria. The formal relationship of the two institutions was sealed by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Pretoria’s Vice-Principal, Prof Tyrone Pretorius and the Vice-Chancellor of LAUTECH, Prof AS Gbadegesin.

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African University Day: whither the South African universities?
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 12 Nov 2013

The 12th of November is annually celebrated throughout the continent as African University Day. This follows the decision by the Organization of African Unity (OAU), now African Union (AU) in 1994 to inaugurate this day to sensitize people on the role of the African university in the economic and social development of Africa. This objective, especially the social development role of the African university, is important given the current context in which the unholy trinity of marketization, massification and managerialism are holding sway in our higher education systems.

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University of Pretoria launches its new Mining Industry Study Centre
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 01 Nov 2013

The critical shortage of engineers in South Africa cannot be solved only by increasing the intake of students into engineering programmes, but also by supporting their success. The University of Pretoria’s (UP) Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology (EBIT) – specifically the School of Engineering and the Graduate School of Technology Management – are committed to making a major contribution to the training of engineers in South Africa to increase the skills base available to the country and the region.

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Olympic medallists cook up a storm at UP’s High Performance Centre
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 01 Nov 2013

UP athletes, including the London 2012 Olympic medallists, ventured into another competition beyond the sports field by participating in a cooking competition. The athletes set the University of Pretoria’s High Performance Centre ablaze as they participated in a flame-grilled chicken braai competition.

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Nobel laureate recollects UP’s contribution to his scientific career
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 30 Oct 2013

A winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry started his academic career at the age of 15 at the University of Pretoria in Afrikaans. Much has been said about Prof Michael Levitt in the past three weeks since he was named joint winner of the prestigious international award, but nowhere has it been mentioned that there’s a small gap in the CV of the American-British-Isreali biophysicist and professor in structural biology at Stanford University in the United States.

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Marketing driven home by Porsche SA
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 30 Oct 2013

If marketing can be compared to the adhesive between an organisation and its customers, the work done by the public relations team of a prestigious company like Porsche SA is quick-drying superglue.
Last week, second-year marketing students had the opportunity to learn the nuts and bolts of Porsche’s marketing and branding strategy from Mr. Christo Kruger, Porsche’s Public Relations Manager.

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Unique group of scientists focus on animal and human health
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 29 Oct 2013

Of the more than 1 400 pathogens (micro-organisms that can cause disease) that affect humans, about 60% are zoonotic, indicating that the disease can be transmitted from wild and domestic animals to humans. On average, the emergence of new diseases occurs every eight months, of which more than 70% originate as animal diseases.



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University of Pretoria foster collaboration with GRULAC countries
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 28 Oct 2013

GRULAC (the acronym for Group of Embassies of Latin America and the Caribbean) attended a two-day conference at the University of Pretoria between 24 and 25 October 2013 with the objective of strengthening cooperation between the GRULAC diplomatic community and the University of Pretoria. The ten countries represented in the GRULAC conference were Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela.

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Informatics host successful project day
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 25 Oct 2013

Third year students in the Department of Informatics were involved in the successful exhibition of their third year projects to fellow students, staff members and interested industry partners. Students are expected to complete a business system with a full set of documentation to an industry partner. The exhibition was hosted in the Rautenbach hall on 23 October 2013.

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University of Pretoria academics interact with their French-speaking Belgian counterparts
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 24 Oct 2013

A delegation representing four universities in Belgium (Catholic University of Louvain, Université libre de Bruxelles/Free University of Brussels, University of Liège and University of Mons) interacted with University of Pretoria’s academics from various faculties. They were presented with some of the flagship projects currently running in the University of Pretoria’s faculties and the Institutional Research Themes (IRTs).

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International student at UP honoured for making impact in Africa
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 22 Oct 2013

By thinking out of the box and exploring the idea to place business and community development in a box, an international student at UP studying industrial engineering has made it to a list of young movers and shakers on the continent.

Hasan Darwis, a final-year student from Syria, was recently named one of the top 35 foreigners under the age of 35 who are making an impact in Africa. The list was compiled by the organisation Young People in International Affairs (YPIA) after nominations from all over the world were submitted.

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UP’s medical article scoops prestigious Ralph Kirsch Award
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 17 Oct 2013

The Head of the University of Pretoria’s Department of Nuclear Medicine, Prof Mike Sathekge, became the first recipient of the newly launched prestigious Ralph Kirsch Golden Pen Award during the Medical Research Day of the University of Cape Town (UCT). The award presented by Her Excellency, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, recognised Prof Sathekge’s article as the most cited article in three years (2010-2012) in the South African Medical Journal (SAMJ). SAMJ is ranked number one among peer-reviewed medical journals in Africa.

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Professor Sarah Howie appointed to the Education Ministerial task team
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 17 Oct 2013

Professor Sarah Howie, Director of the Centre for Evaluation and Assessment at the University of Pretoria, has been appointed by the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, to serve on the Ministerial Committee of Education to investigate the current promotion requirements and other related matters that impact on the standard of the National Senior Certificate. The Minister finalised the appointment of the members to the Committee in June 2013.



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HIV Awareness Campaign taken to a taxi rank in Hammanskraal
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 15 Oct 2013

The Department of Nursing Science partnered with various stakeholders, including the Department of Health and the University of Limpopo, to take a massive HIV/Aids awareness screening campaign to the Kopanong taxi rank in Hammanskraal. The main purpose was to reduce new HIV infections and to maintain an approach of zero tolerance towards new infections by encouraging people to have routine medical tests done and by educating them about maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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Helping dreams take flight: FOFA project 2013
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 14 Oct 2013

The Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) at the University of Pretoria, hosted the annual FOFA event from 9 to 13 September.
The FOFA project began in 2005 with the objective of empowering people in South Africa with severe communication difficulties ‘to fly’ — by assisting them to find their voice and participate in society so that they may become leaders in their communities, and thus fulfil their dreams.


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Capital Cities Project launched in conjunction with City of Tshwane
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 10 Oct 2013

The new Institutional Research Theme (IRT) Capital Cities Project was launched by the University of Pretoria’s Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof Cheryl de la Rey and Tshwane’s Executive Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa at the Pretoria City Hall on 8 October 2013. The project, subtitled ‘Space, Justice and Belonging’, aims to create a platform of coherent research on and intervention in the city, and will facilitate and coordinate interaction among role players that engage the City of Tshwane through their research and practice.

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Lively celebration of World Year of Statistics at UP
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 10 Oct 2013

Who said statistics should be boring? Definitely no-one at the University of Pretoria (UP), it seems, considering the lively manner this field of study was celebrated at the University last week. A gala event in the Aula foyer, complete with an academic address given as a piano recital by Prof Michael Greenacre, an acclaimed statistician from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain, was held to celebrate the World Year of Statistics, a global initiative launched by the American Statistical Association (ASA).

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University of Pretoria free Campus Heritage Tour pilot project
DUR
Posted on 08 Oct 2013

UP Campus Tours of the Department of Historical and Heritage Studies have embarked on a free tour of the Hatfield Campus under the theme ‘Know Your Campus Heritage’.

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Notice: Disruption of traffic at LC de Villiers, the experimental farm as well as the men’s residences
DUR
Posted on 07 Oct 2013

Due to routine road maintenance, traffic in the vicinity of LC de Villiers, the Experimental Farm and the Men’s Residences will be disrupted for the period 13 September to 11 November 2013.

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University of Pretoria’s Academic Hospital revamped
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 04 Oct 2013

A psychiatric hospital, Weskoppies Hospital, which is also an academic hospital for the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Health Sciences, has received a landscape facelift of major open spaces, such as garden areas and hospital ward courtyards. These upgrades, done by landscaping company Servest Multi Service Group, are meant to improve the social spaces with the aim of enhancing the psychological healing processes of the patients admitted to the hospital.

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Re-a-bua – Let's start talking
DUR
Posted on 04 Oct 2013

Following the roll-out of the Institutional Culture Survey in 2011 and subsequent feedback sessions held for staff and students during early 2012, the UP Journey for Change was developed. The UP Journey for Change is a framework designed to drive social transformation at the University.



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Tuks opinions: Preserving and Promoting Heritage at UP
Prof Karen Harris
Posted on 23 Sep 2013

September is heritage month. It is a month that includes the public holiday Heritage Day (24 September) that is embraced across the rainbow nation in both the public and private sector – albeit through official commemorative functions or unofficial braais. It is perceived as a day for nation-building where we celebrate who we are and what we cherish, while it is also promoted as a day for building bridges across our diverse society.


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UP-Tuks 1 are the 2013 Varsity Football Champions!!
Sanku Tsunke/Khathochelo Mbanda
Posted on 17 Sep 2013

UP-Tuks 1 has proved once again that they are the best student football team following their convincing win over NMMU’s Madibaz by 4-1, making them the first champions of the Varsity Football Challenge!
After 8 rounds of entertaining football competition, UP-Tuks 1 only lost to TUT by 4-1 in their Tshwane derby on the opening day of the competition but they recovered from their shaky start. They also played 1-1 draw against Madibaz.


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New service provider for medical emergencies
Office of the Registrar
Posted on 17 Sep 2013

The University of Pretoria (UP) has entered into an agreement with International Medical Services (IMS) to be the medical service provider for medical emergencies on all UP campuses as from September 2013 until further notice.



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Spring Day: LC De Villiers Sports Centre, 18 September 2013
Director: Security Services
Posted on 17 Sep 2013

Please adhere to the following guidelines aimed at facilitating orderly traffic flow and general safety:

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Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training unveils infrastructure expansions at University of Pretoria
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 12 Sep 2013

Prof Cheryl de la Rey, the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria, together with Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training Mduduzi Manana, turned the sod for the start of a number of construction projects to expand infrastructure at the University’s Faculties of Health Sciences and Veterinary Sciences. These infrastructure extensions were made possible by the grant from the Department of Higher Education and Training’s National Skills Fund, and will enable an increase of the student intake in both the above faculties.

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Opinion piece: September is Deaf Awareness Month in South Africa
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 12 Sep 2013

Helen Keller said deafness is a worse misfortune than blindness because blindness separates us from things whilst deafness separates us from people. Deafness is not a loss of life but the loss of access to life through the natural means of hearing as the key to communication.

Loss of hearing is classified across degrees of severity and across the frequencies (pitch) of the sounds humans can hear. Deafness commonly refers to the severe and profound degrees of hearing loss but any degree of loss is bound to cause some form of disability.

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University of Pretoria rated as one of world's top 500 universities
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 10 Sep 2013

The University of Pretoria (UP) is among the top 500 universities in the world and one of the big five in South Africa.

Academic peers globally consider UP to be among the top 310 institutions, delivering education and research while the job market places UP at number 311 in producing the best graduates.

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Students keep their health in check!
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 09 Sep 2013

Students gathered at the University of Pretoria’s clinic for screening tests of diseases as part of the health-awareness campaign by the University’s Student Health Department in collaboration with Mediclinic Muelmed.

Students, including staff, undertook screening tests for various health-risks such as blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar, also confirming their blood group. This event follows the initial major health awareness campaign held in March this year with an objective of heightening awareness on key student health risks that eventually affect students’ potential to achieve their academic goals.

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Road safety awareness on UP campuses
Director: Security Services
Posted on 09 Sep 2013

This department is receiving an increasing number of complaints about reckless and/or negligent driving on the various UP campuses.

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Africa Forum on Mining looks at research opportunities in Africa
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 09 Sep 2013

The challenges faced by the mining industry in all African countries can only be dealt with in a co-ordinated, structured approach with all stakeholders committed to finding solutions.

This was part of the message by Prof Ronny Webber-Youngman, Head of the Department of Mining Engineering at the University of Pretoria (UP), to academics and representatives of the South African mining industry at the start of the second and last day of the Africa Forum on Mining.

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PhD Education graduate investigates moral development of HIV/AIDS orphans
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 06 Sep 2013

Mr Momo Andrew Sekopane graduated with a PhD in Education at the University of Pretoria. His research focused on the moral development of adolescents orphaned by HIV/AIDS in child headed households. He holds a University Diploma in Higher Education, a Further Diploma in Environmental Education, and a BEd Degree in Personal and Professional Leadership from the University of Johannesburg – as well as a Master’s Degree in Philosophy from the University of Pretoria.

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Paraplegic student overcomes the odds
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 06 Sep 2013

Nathan Webb receives his BCom Business Management from the University of Pretoria – despite suffering an injury in his third year of studies which left him paraplegic.

After matriculating from Penryn College in 2009 in Nelspruit, Webb enrolled at the University of Pretoria in 2010. His life changed drastically in his third year after being involved in a car accident in January 2012, which left him permanently confined to a wheelchair. However, he resumed attending classes only a month later.

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Dedicated zoologist receives Honorary Doctorate in Science at the University of Pretoria
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 06 Sep 2013

Professor Tim Clutton-Brock is a leading behavioural ecologist whose research embraces the broad fields of behavioural ecology, evolutionary ecology and population ecology. He has been an Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria’s Mammal Research Institute for the last ten years and has conducted extensive individual-based field studies on red deer, soay sheep, Kalahari meerkats, banded mongooses and pied babblers .

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PhDs galore at Tuks
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 06 Sep 2013

Another successful academic chapter was concluded this week when a total of 2 744 graduates received their degrees and diplomas during the University of Pretoria’s Spring Graduation Ceremonies.

Apart from an honorary doctorate to Prof Timothy Clutton-Brock, the university awarded another 111 doctorates, 336 master’s and 1 152 honours degrees since Wednesday. The Spring Graduation Ceremonies are traditionally smaller than the annual graduations in autumn.


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South African Moshal Scholarship Event
Linda van Wyk
Posted on 06 Sep 2013

Mr Martin Moshal, founder of the Moshal Scholarship Fund recently addressed more than 200 students at the annual South African Moshal Scholarship Event. The University of Pretoria has ten students in this programme, eight of whom are Veterinary Science students. Ms Linda van Wyk, Deputy Director of Advancement and her guest, Mrs Melodie Wheeler, Deputy Director from the Client Service Centre were invited to a gala dinner to listen, and to meet the Moshal family. A representative of the 197 students on the Israel Scholarship Program also attended the event. It was part of a weekend where students attended various skills-development workshops and could also interact with Martin on a one-on-one basis.

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Tanzanian minister proud father of UP graduates
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 05 Sep 2013

“I wanted to educate my children in Africa, but I also wanted to send them to a world-class university. That is why they attended the University of Pretoria.”
This is the sentiments of Prof Jumanne Maghembe, Tanzanian Minister of Water, when he attended the first of the University’s Spring Graduation Ceremonies for 2013 on Wednesday. The minister and his wife proudly witnessed their son, Ngwaru Maghembe receive his doctorate (LLD) in Mercantile law. Another of their children, Ms Namvumo Maghembe, a UP graduate in International Relations, also attended.


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Clover Aardklop and the University of Pretoria involved in the community
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 05 Sep 2013

After the success of the 2011 and 2012 Gogola… Growth Through Knowledge projects, the Clover Aardklop National Arts Festival, AngloGold Ashanti and the Drama Department of the University of Pretoria once again collaborate to create participatory, applied theatre programmes for 2013.

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International Justice: Are courts helpful?
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 05 Sep 2013

Prof John Dugard is an Extraordinary Professor of International Law at the University of Pretoria, and an ad hoc Judge at the International Court of Justice. He delivered a lecture with special reference to the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court on the occasion marking the 100th Anniversary of the Peace Palace, home of the International Court of Justice:

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Deputy Minister of Health addresses researchers at UP’s Faculty Research Day
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 26 Aug 2013

The Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of Pretoria is an internationally competitive and locally relevant institution that is actively engaged in South Africa’s social development through its commitment to academic excellence and local impact through the various community engagement initiatives that the Faculty undertakes.

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Humanities Faculty Seminar: 'The Neuroscience of Erogenous Zones'
C Garnas
Posted on 22 Aug 2013

Presented by Oliver Turnbull, Professor and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning), Bangor University, UK



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Students Safety Awareness heightened at UP Campuses
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 19 Aug 2013

Safety and security of the students of the University of Pretoria was the major subject of contention at the University last week. Maintaining a safe environment for the students is one of the commitments of the University of Pretoria, and to attain that commitment, the University has to liaise with security agencies surrounding the campuses.

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UP student leaders learn from business guru
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 15 Aug 2013

Five student leaders from the University of Pretoria recently had the privilege to spend time with famous businessman, leader and author, Brand Pretorius.

Mr Pretorius has held numerous prominent leadership positions, including that of Managing Director and CEO of Toyota South Africa and the McCarthy group. His leadership is widely seen as having been instrumental in past success of both of these groups.

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Women encouraged to focus on research excellence
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 08 Aug 2013

In celebrating Women’s Day the University of Pretoria, as a leading research intensive institution, has played a critical role in developing knowledge in terms of research in South Africa and the rest of the continent, says the Deputy Dean for Research and Postgraduate Studies in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, Prof Stella Nkomo.

Because Africa is in the world’s spotlight and probably will be for many years to come, Prof Nkomo said there are challenges facing academic institutions to produce knowledge that can serve the African continent and also address the challenges. She said the first step in addressing this issue is to empower women in terms of research.

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UP women man microphones to celebrate Women's Month.
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 06 Aug 2013

Female academics from the University of Pretoria (UP) will be among the group of experts raising their opinions on current South African issues affecting women as part of a series of on-air panel discussions during Women’s Month.

This week, the programme Classic Business and Classic Government on the radio station Classic FM 102.7 will host a series of hour-long, live discussions entitled The Challenges and Progressions of Women in South Africa. Each evening from 18:30 a different group of females will move in behind the microphones to discuss women’s roles in areas such as business, politics and the media.

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UP becomes key partner in global food security initiative
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 06 Aug 2013

The University of Pretoria’s commitment to the fight against hunger was reaffirmed with the announcement of the University’s key involvement in a global food security initiative by the American government.

As part of Feed the Future – an initiative by the American federal government – UP and the Michigan State University (MSU) will use a grant from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to strengthen developing countries’ abilities to fight hunger through improved food policy.

UP’s Institute for Food, Nutrition and Wellbeing (IFNuW) will partner with MSU’s Food Security Group and the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, D.C., to form the new Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy.

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Collaborative ties between the University of Pretoria and the City of Tshwane strengthened
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 24 Jul 2013

Prof Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor and Principal at the University of Pretoria and the Executive Mayor of City of Tshwane, Mr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, have reinforced the ties between the two institutions by signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The collaborative ties have been revitalised with intent to promote intellectual capital collaboration and exchange between the two institutions.

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Prof Mosia welcomes Taiwanese delegation at University of Pretoria
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 24 Jul 2013

Students from the National Chengchi University, and also the Youth Ambassadors from the Taiwanese Republic of China (ROC), visited the University of Pretoria (UP) for a three-day cultural exchange programme with UP students. The delegation was led by Dr Yeng Cheng-Sheng of the National Chengchi University.

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University of Pretoria staff and students celebrate Mandela Day
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 22 Jul 2013

The University of Pretoria joined the world in celebrating the 95th birthday of former President Nelson Mandela, who sacrificed 67 years of his life fighting for the rights of humanity. His birthday, which falls on18 July, has been declared International Mandela Day by the United Nations. Millions of people around the world celebrated this day by volunteering 67 minutes of their time to help make the world a better place by doing something for others.

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Renowned University of Pretoria academic takes topics like Stem Cell Research and Gender Identity to the public arena
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 16 Jul 2013

We regularly see headlines in the media around stem cells, DNA and the human genome, as well as sexuality which might be considered ‘different’ – the list is long. Questions about the interplay between our genetic makeup and parental influence in defining who and what we are never seem to cease.

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Prof Cheryl de la Rey congratulates medical graduates trained in Cuba
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 05 Jul 2013

Prof Cheryl de la Rey, the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria, congratulated 62 medical doctors during their graduation ceremony held at the University. The Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, and the Deputy Minister, Dr Gwen Ramokgopa, were in attendance.

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UP medical students uplift communities in Pretoria area
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 02 Jul 2013

Medical students from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Pretoria are making a difference among the less privileged communities in Pretoria and surrounding areas through their society, Jeans and Jerseys (Project JJ). On 29 June the medical students donated books and launched a ‘readathon’ competition to a group of boys residing at Crossroads Boys Shelter at Salvokop, west of Pretoria.

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Philippines’ Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister outlines her country’s foreign policy
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 02 Jul 2013

Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister for International Economic Relations of the Philippines, Laura Q Del Rosario, delivered a lecture on her country’s foreign policy’s implications in Southern Africa. She addressed both the domestic and international diplomatic corps, as well as University of Pretoria staff.



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Three UP scientists among NSTF-BHP Billiton Awards 2013 winners
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 28 Jun 2013

Three distinguished UP scientists are among the winners of the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) Awards for 2013. The annual awards are hosted in partnership with BHP Billiton and the winners were announced during a ceremony on Thursday night.

Prof Robert Millar, Director of the Mammal Research Unit and the MRC Receptor Biology Unit received the lifetime achiever Award to an individual for an outstanding contribution to science, engineering, technology and innovation (SETI) over a lifetime.

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President of International Council for Science and Nobel Laureate presents seminar at University of Pretoria
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 26 Jun 2013

Prof Yuan Tseh Lee, famous Nobel Laureate and president of the International Council for Science (ICSU) drew a full house when he presented a seminar in the University’s Senate Hall on Tuesday night.

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Research on ‘Roll-your own’ cigarette smokers in SA indicates that they’re less confident to quit smoking
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 25 Jun 2013

The Head of Clinical Unit in the Department of Community Dentistry at the University of Pretoria, Prof Lekan Ayo-Yusuf, has conducted a research which highlighted the increase of roll-your own cigarette smoking in South Africa between 2007 and 2010. The increase is particularly in the lower socio-economic group, despite an aggregate decline in smoking prevalence in South Africa. The findings of the study suggest a need for a more intensive treatment intervention to increase self-efficacy to quit among roll-your-own cigarette smokers.

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Young woman born without nose gets new face with help of University of Pretoria and Mediclinic
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 24 Jun 2013

Medical history was made at Mediclinic Kloof in Pretoria on Saturday when a young woman who was born without a nose received extensive maxillo-facial surgery and a new nasal prosthesis. Ms Ennica Mahkge (19) suffers from congenital total arrhinia (to be born without a nose).

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Woolly Winter Campaign a success! Prof De la Rey and Tuks FM Crew hand over the blankets
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 24 Jun 2013

A group of elderly people at the Mamelodi Old Age Home received 200 blankets collected by staff and students at the University of Pretoria as part of their Woolly Winter Campaign headed by Tuks FM, with an endorsement by the University’s Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof Cheryl de la Rey.



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New Chair in Department of Mining Engineering to help save lives
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 18 Jun 2013

Research on a safer working environment in the hard-rock mining industry will henceforth be a very specific focus area at the University of Pretoria. This is the result of a donation of R4.7 million over 3 years by Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited (Harmony) to UP in order to establish a Chair in Rock Engineering and Numerical Modelling in the mining industry. The Harmony chair will be housed in the Department of Mining Engineering of the University’s Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology.

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Prof Robin Crewe receives Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship to continue research on the African Honeybee
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 06 Jun 2013

The Board of the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust this week announced Prof Robin Crewe as the recipient of the prestigious Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship Award for 2012. Prof Crewe, currently acting as Senior Vice-Principal at UP, is the thirteenth recipient of the Award since its inception and the first from UP.

“This very generous award provides us with an extraordinary opportunity to document the importance of understanding the biology of African honeybee populations to the conception of honeybee sociality globally and provide potential solutions to the threat of the loss of honeybee populations,” Prof Crewe said.

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UP’s architecture students change lives at informal settlements in Mamelodi
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 05 Jun 2013

Honours students of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Interior Architecture have joined forces in proposing interventions to uplift the lives of people at Alaska and Lusaka informal settlements in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria. The interventions are aimed at improving the informal settlements and will also meet the needs of the community through job creation, upliftment in terms of agriculture and creating recreational facilities.

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“Missing the Point of Multilingualism?”
Prof Stephan Mühr
Posted on 04 Jun 2013

Multilingualism is a widespread phenomenon occurring in numerous societies throughout the world, including South Africa. However, attitudes towards first and second languages are problematic in South Africa. In this context, the envisaged multilingual policy is addressing an urgent, valid and realistic target for national education.

It seems logical to assume that sociocultural cohesion in South Africa would benefit greatly if its overall population were fluent in at least three of its 11 official languages. A policy objective to that effect seems feasible for South Africa, given the considerable body of international research that has taken a favourable view of the prospects for successful educational implementation of multilingual policy that is mother-tongue referenced.

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Department of Social Work and Criminology participates in Child Protection Week 2013
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 04 Jun 2013

South Africa’s children face serious challenges to their well-being, with alarming levels of child abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence against children. They are further exposed to harmful conditions related to HIV and Aids, unemployment, poverty, and poor living environments. This poses serious threats to children’s healthy development, well-being and human rights.

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Former African presidents to speak in the Aula on Wednesday, 5 June 2013
DUR
Posted on 03 Jun 2013

The Round Table is a programme of the African Presidential Centre at Boston University, to be hosted in the Aula in conjunction with the University of Pretoria.

Former President Thabo Mbeki and more than nine other former African presidents, including Raila Odinga, Pedro Pires, Joaquim Chissano, Ali Hassan Mwinyi, Rupiah Banda, Karl Auguste Offmann, Amani Abed Karume, Frederick Tluway Sumaye and Nicephore Dieudonne Soglo, will act as discussants on the topic '2K63: The future of democracy in Africa'.

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UP’s Daspoort Clinic launches community-based healthcare
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 31 May 2013

The University of Pretoria has launched a Community Oriented Primary Care (COPC) initiative at its Daspoort Clinic in Claremont, west of Pretoria. The launch coincided with the début of the book titled, Community oriented primary care L2: Primary health, written by Prof Tessa Marcus (PhD) of the Department of Family Medicine.

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AmaTuks lauded for brilliant performance in the first Absa Premiership season
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 28 May 2013

The University of Pretoria’s Football Club, affectionately known as AmaTuks, has always been under the spotlight. The journey since its promotion to the elite Absa Premiership has been enthralling and interesting for many South Africans. The team have outdone themselves and exceeded many expectations – at the end of the first season, AmaTuks is in the top eight of the Premier Soccer League (PSL).

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University of Pretoria establishes ties with Tbilisi State University in Georgia
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 27 May 2013

The University of Pretoria has formalised collaboration with Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University situated in Georgia, a sovereign state at the border of Europe and Asia. The Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria, Prof Cheryl de la Rey, signed a memorandum of understanding with her counterpart, Alexander Kvitashvili.

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Africa Day: A call for a more supranational AU (to better protect human rights on the continent)
Frans Viljoen
Posted on 24 May 2013

The celebration of Africa Day this year marks 50 years since the elusive quest for African unity formally started on 25 May 1963, the day on which the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) was inaugurated. Despite the acceleration of integration that came with the transformation of the OAU into the African Union (AU), the AU remains poised between two contradictory imperatives: the strengthening of continental institutions and reinforcing national sovereignty.

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Two new UP buildings honoured in national property awards
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 22 May 2013

The development of infrastructure at the University of Pretoria (UP) is first class. This was confirmed once again when two of the new buildings on the Hatfield Campus walked away with prestigious South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA) Innovative Excellence Awards.

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Open Day was a success!
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 21 May 2013

I am pleased to inform you that I received many messages conveying positive feedback on the UP Open Day 2013. I was especially pleased about comments that the UP team of staff, students and volunteers was especially helpful and friendly.

My heartfelt appreciation to all who contributed to a positive experience for parents, prospective students, families, school principals and teachers. I encourage you to keep up the good work. Open Day is an important event for the University for attracting good students, and for broadly enhancing the reputation and status of the University.

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Open Day 2013: School learners encouraged to choose University of Pretoria
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 20 May 2013

‘Making a choice to enrol at a university, and deciding which university to attend are the most important decisions any young person can make in their lifetime. Therefore, make a good decision: choose the University of Pretoria.’

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TuksGolf Training Centre officially opened at the University of Pretoria
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 17 May 2013

The University of Pretoria prides itself on its publicly recognised achievements pertaining to its various sporting fraternities. These achievements can be attributed to the University’s sporting facilities, which are of the highest quality among South African universities. To add to its quality achievements, the University of Pretoria, through TuksSport and the High Performance Centre (hpc), has now officially opened a golf training centre.

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Prof Themba Mosia appointed as Vice-Principal: Student Affairs
DUR
Posted on 16 May 2013

Dear Colleagues

I am pleased to announce that Professor N Themba Mosia has been appointed as Vice-Principal: Student Affairs at the University of Pretoria. Prof Mosia will join the University on 1 July 2013. His portfolio will focus on all aspects of the quality of student life, aimed at providing students with a value-added holistic experience of student life in all its facets. The Departments of Student Affairs and of Residence Affairs and Accommodation will report to him.

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South African law professor to report to the United Nations on Lethal Robots
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 16 May 2013

South African human rights law professor, Christof Heyns, will submit a widely anticipated report on Lethal Autonomous Robots (LARs) to the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council on 29 May 2013.

Prof Heyns, from the University of Pretoria (UP), was appointed as UN Special Rapporteur on extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary executions in 2010. During last year, he conducted worldwide research on the question whether states should be allowed to use LARs - weapons that, once deployed, can use lethal force without further human intervention - during war, or peace.

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Local politicians, international experts and prominent thought-leaders to rethink governance processes
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 15 May 2013

Clr Kgosientso Ramokgopa, Executive Mayor of Tshwane, international academics and activists such as Susan George as well as prominent local voices like Prince Mashele, Mzuqisi Qobo and Andries Bezuidenhout are to take part in a week-long think tank on governance at the University of Pretoria (UP).

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Prof De la Rey calls for a ‘bigger and better’ Woolly Winter Campaign in 2013
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 14 May 2013

Speaking on TuksFM’s Bang Bang Breakfast Show, the University of Pretoria’s Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof Cheryl de la Rey, announced that the second Woolly Winter Campaign will be launched earlier in a bid to make it ‘bigger and better’ than the previous year’s effort.

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South Africa has achieved liberation, but no equality yet – Reverend Jesse Jackson
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 30 Apr 2013

The struggle for equality in South Africa is not yet over, says renowned American civil rights activist, Reverend Jesse Jackson.
He warned the country not to celebrate the downfall of apartheid prematurely as it still has deep layers which need to be addressed.


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Academics honoured at the University of Pretoria
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 26 Apr 2013

The University of Pretoria paid tribute to its academics from various fields of study for their outstanding research endeavours. Thirty researchers were acknowledged for their commitment to quality education and research at this year’s Academic Achievers Awards held on 24 April 2013.

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Malaria deaths show downturn
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 25 Apr 2013

South Africa has made considerable progress in malaria control in the past decade, says Prof Tiaan de Jager, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Malaria Control at the University of Pretoria (UP). He spoke on the eve of World Malaria Day (25 April) and said South Africa plans to eradicate the spread of malaria within the country’s borders by 2018. This will, however, take hard work, time and above all, money.


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The World Marks Immunisation Week 21-28 April 2013
Dr Mphelekedzeni Mulaudzi
Posted on 24 Apr 2013

This week is World Immunisation Week (WIW), which is an annual event from 20-28 April 2013. It is a globally recognised initiative by the World Health Organization (WHO) which aims to raise awareness of the significance of immunisation. It is also referred to as ‘Vaccination to the society’. This year’s WIW theme is “Protect your world by getting vaccinated. Don’t fall ill from diseases that can be prevented. Immunisation saves lives”.

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Keeping South Africa’s immunisation effort on track
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 19 Apr 2013

The University of Pretoria’s Department of Virology will mark World Immunisation Week with an awareness-raising lecture on preventing influenza. This intervention comes as China battles to contain a new influenza strain – H7N9 – which has claimed a number of lives. The university aims to influence its staff to take precautions against the most common flu viruses by getting vaccinated at the start of the winter months.


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TuksFM showcases the best in SA campus radio at 2013 MTN Radio Awards
Loutjie van der Merwe
Posted on 17 Apr 2013

Tuks FM attended the 2013 MTN Radio Awards presented at a Gala Banquet at the Sandton Convention Centre on Saturday, 13 April. The station walked away with seven awards including the prestigious Campus Station of the Year award for the second consecutive year. This year’s awards programme, the fourth edition of this South African radio industry celebration, attracted well over 1 000 entries, pushing up entries by 52 percent, from the number of entries received in 2012.


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Prof Sathekge elected president of international society for nuclear medicine
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 12 Apr 2013

The Head of The Department of Nuclear Medicine at the University of Pretoria, Prof Mike Sathekge, was unanimously elected as the fifth president of the International Society of Radiolabelled Blood Elements (ISORBE) following the society’s 16th congress, hosted by the University from 21–22 March 2013. During the congress, attended by nuclear medicine specialists from 14 countries, 15 international speakers addressed the delegates on a wide range of topics.

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Olympic Gold Medallist receives honours degree from UP
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 12 Apr 2013

“It was a great challenge.”

This is how Matthew Brittain described his schedule last year when he was preparing for his participation in the 2012 London Olympic Games while simultaneously working to obtain his honours degree in Economics at the University of Pretoria (UP).

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UP awards honorary doctorate to Prof Sampie Terreblanche
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 10 Apr 2013

The University of Pretoria has awarded an honorary doctorate (DCom, honoris causa) to Prof Sampie Terreblanche during the Universitys Autumn Graduation Ceremonies. Although he could not attend the graduations due to ill health, his honorary doctorate was received by his daughter, Christelle Terreblanche, on his behalf. ‘Prof Sampie Terreblanche has made a lifelong contribution to the economic discipline in South Africa and played a major role in improving our understanding of the political economy and economic history of our country,’ explains Prof Niek Schoeman, from the Department of Economics in the Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences at the University of Pretoria

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UP receives a collection of books to enhance theology and science debates
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 09 Apr 2013

The University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Theology has received a collection of 224 books from the International Society for Science and Religion (ISSR) Library Project in Cambridge (UK). The books will contribute to debates and research in the fields of science and religion in the Faculty.

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Research projects by master of environment graduates
Jimmy Masombuka
Posted on 09 Apr 2013

You are kindly requested to participate in a series of research projects by master of environment graduates from the University of Melbourne, Australia. Below you can find links to three separate surveys by Ms. Goli Habibi, Mr. Alberto Garza and Ms. Alison Stoakley, each including its own draw to win ZAR 800:

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Triplet medical doctors graduate from the University of Pretoria
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 09 Apr 2013

Triplet sisters Elana, Carla and Marli van Heerden graduated together as medical practitioners at the University of Pretoria’s autumn graduation ceremonies.

The sisters were born in Pretoria and matriculated from Helpmekaar College in Johannesburg in 2006. Each of the sisters obtained seven distinctions. In 2007 they registered for the Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBChB) programme at the University of Pretoria.

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UP awards honorary doctorate of literature to Prof Njabulo Simakahle Ndebele
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 04 Apr 2013

Prof Njabulo Simakahle Ndebele added to his impressive list of honorary doctorates and awards this week when he received a Doctor Literatum (honoris causa) from the University of Pretoria (UP).

The accomplished author and academic was inaugurated as Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in November last year. A glance at his curriculum vitae explains the reasons for UP’s Faculty of Humanities bestowing its highest accolade upon Ndebele.


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Portuguese language and teacher training at University of Pretoria
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 26 Mar 2013

Of the top ten principal mother tongues in the world, Portuguese ranks fifth and is of considerable strategic importance to South Africa, especially due to the proximity of Lusophone countries like Mozambique and Angola and a strong relationship with Brazil. In addition, Portuguese is one of the official languages of SADC, the African Union, the European Union and the United Nations.

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World Social Work Day celebrated at the University of Pretoria
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 26 Mar 2013

Students and staff from the Department of Social Work and Criminology celebrated World Social Work Day on 19 March. This follows the launch of the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development at the United Nations Social Work Day in 2012 where social workers committed themselves to supporting, influencing and enabling structures and systems that positively address the root cause of oppression and inequality, and to create a more socially just and fair world.

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Tuks responds to Varsity Cup dispute
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 20 Mar 2013

The reports in Media24 regarding Tuks and the Varsity Cup dispute concern a single player. The University of Pretoria (UP) would like to state the facts about the matter in order to properly inform the public. Press releases explaining the situation that were issued by Tuks over the past weekend were, unfortunately, not published by the media.

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Social workers promote social and economic equality
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 19 Mar 2013

Social workers stand central in the 2030 Vision of the National Development Plan (NDP) to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality. Having adopted a developmental social welfare policy in 1997, social work has renewed its commitment to social justice and human rights. Yet, more deliberate action is required by social workers to confront structural issues that keep vulnerable groups socially and economically excluded. More success stories of social workers in standing up against injustices and embracing social inclusiveness must be told and be heard in order to be recognised as significant contributors to integrated social and economic development.

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University of Pretoria and partners launch a book
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 19 Mar 2013

Drug resistance is one of the main challenges confronting HIV and TB programmes in Africa. Facing these challenges requires an understanding of how drug resistance develops, as well as up-to-date knowledge of how to diagnose and manage drug resistance in HIV and TB patients. It is against this background that the University of Pretoria, in collaboration with the University of KwaZulu-Natal, the Medical Research Council (MRC), the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of South Africa, and the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies have launched HIV and TB drug resistance and clinical management case book.

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Eskom’s big conundrum
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 18 Mar 2013

Pretoria, 18 March 2013. With state-owned electricity provider Eskom scrambling to resolve the problems besetting its Medupi Power Station and running a multi-million rand campaign urging South Africans to save energy, the question being asked is whether energy surplus may not be a reality in 2030.

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TUKS reacts to Varsity Cup dispute
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 17 Mar 2013

The University of Pretoria (UP) wishes to state its position regarding the dispute declared by Varsity Cup and provide further clarification in response to press reports over the past few days, including a press statement from Varsity Cup itself.

Dispute resolution proceedings between FNB Varsity Cup and the Rugby Club of UP took place on 12 and 14 March. The dispute related to an issue about whether a number of players in the UP team qualify as bona fide players for purposes of the Varsity Cup as well as the Young Guns competition.

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The world marks Glaucoma Week
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 12 Mar 2013

World Glaucoma Week takes place from 10 to 16 March 2013 and it is a time that we, as eye healthcare workers globally, commit to raise awareness and demystify this condition, often referred to as a ‘silent thief’ of sight. Indeed, it creeps in like a thief and ‘snatches away’ sight silently and painlessly.

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of irreversible blindness in the world.

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Health and well-being of UP students in the spotlight
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 07 Mar 2013

The University’s Piazza at the Student Centre was abuzz with students as they took their time to attend to the most neglected part of their being, which is health. Students participated and undertook screening tests for various health risks such as blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar, also confirming their blood group. They responded to an Open Day on Student Health and Wellness organised by the Department of Student Affairs.

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Will you be on the ball come 15 March?
DUR
Posted on 05 Mar 2013

The UP Corporate Wellness Programme Mini-Olympics on 15 March are for all Tuks staff, whatever your size, shape, research achievements – or gender! We'd love to see lots of women on the field, whether it be for the soccer, volleyball or fun relay race that tests your brain as much as your brawn.


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University of Pretoria conducts lifestyle research for diabetic patients
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 01 Mar 2013

The University of Pretoria’s Department of Internal Medicine at Kalafong Hospital has embarked on a study to evaluate the impact of a lifestyle intervention on diabetic patients. The Department oversees the Diabetes Clinic and its research. This study endeavours to promote a healthy lifestyle among diabetic patients who are already receiving treatment at the clinic. A further aim is to reach out to others in the community who are affected by this chronic condition.

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TuksRAG crowns its Queen for 2013
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 26 Feb 2013

TuksRAG, in association with the Department of Student Affairs, crowned the 2013 TuksRAG Queen in the Aula last week. Dassie Persuad-van der Westhuizen, an architecture student in her second year, won the title while Jenni de Bruin, an actuarial student in her second year and Busi Ntisa, a second-year BA Law student were crowned first and second princesses respectively.

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UP Corporate Wellness Programme Mini-Olympics
DUR
Posted on 22 Feb 2013

Dear colleague

Will you be on the ball on 15 March?

As we all know, our University of Pretoria students enjoyed incredible success at the London Olympics last year – now it's your turn!



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International Mother Language Day - Why do we celebrate mother language?
Dr Nkidi Phatudi
Posted on 21 Feb 2013

The 21st of February is a significant day for the languages of the world. This day is celebrated throughout the world as International Mother Language Day. The day dates back to 1999, when UNESCO’s General Conference launched it to promote linguistic and cultural diversity. Languages of the world are disappearing at an alarming rate, reducing the rich tapestry of cultural diversity. Researchers have shown that one’s mother language also known as mother tongue, is a key to attaining quality education, preserving cultural heritage and indigenous knowledge and developing self-identity and awareness. Indigenous languages, however, remain an endangered species.

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Attitudes to African languages biggest hindrance to growth
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 20 Feb 2013

African languages will continue to decline unless they are seen to be important in providing access to economic opportunities. This is the view of Professor Emeritus Vic Webb, head of Linguistics at the University of Pretoria (UP), speaking on International Mother Language Day (Thursday 21 February).

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Let’s create a better learning community this year – Prof Cheryl de la Rey
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 19 Feb 2013

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Pretoria, Prof Cheryl de la Rey, officially opened the 2013 academic year and also led University staff in celebrating the institution’s 105th anniversary. She delivered a ‘State of the University Address’ mirroring the previous day’s State of the Nation Address by President Jacob Zuma.

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Mamelodi Campus Science Reading Room selected as one of the seven leading centres in the world
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 11 Feb 2013

The Mae Jemison US Science Reading Room at the University of Pretoria’s Mamelodi Campus has been selected as one of seven “Model American Spaces” in the world through a project conducted by the Smithsonian Institution on behalf of the United States State Department. The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex with 19 museums, nine research centres, and more than 140 affiliated museums around the world.

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Tuks RAG procession 2013
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 11 Feb 2013

Most students have returned for the start of the University of Pretoria’s 2013 academic year and, as is true to tradition, the Tuks RAG Procession was a highlight of the new year.

Thousands of students and their colourful floats brought the streets of Hatfield to a standstill on Saturday, 9 February. The theme for this year’s RAG Procession was Childhood memories and everything from Ronald McDonald, dragons and spaceships completed the new route over a total distance of 5,8 km.

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New department of Marketing Management is 'On the Move'
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 07 Feb 2013

Melinda Bam, Miss South Africa 2011, was one. So was Olympic Gold medallist John Smith and new 94.7 Highveld DJ, Alex Caige. Not to mention advertising executives and CEOs – all were successful students in Marketing Management at the University of Pretoria (UP).

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Bestmed Tuks Race
Jimmy Masombuka
Posted on 04 Feb 2013

The Bestmed Tuks Race will take place on 16 February 2013 as part of the initiative of the University of Pretoria to promote wellness within the Bestmed system. We would like to encourage staff and students to participate in this event.

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Welcoming Day 2013
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 30 Jan 2013

More than 10 000 first year students accompanied by family and friends flocked to the University campuses on Saturday 26 January for UP’s annual Welcoming Day. The Welcoming Day programme on the Hatfield Campus included the Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof Cheryl de la Rey’s welcoming speech in the Amphitheatre which was packed to capacity for all three sessions. Proceedings in the Amphitheatre were relayed to the Musaion auditorium which accommodated the overflow of attendees.

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Tuks crowned kings of USSA Football National Club Championships
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 23 Jan 2013

The University of Pretoria men’s student team has won the 2012 University Sport South Africa Football National Club Championships, held from 3 to 7 December at the University of the Western Cape. This is Tuks’ third championship win in ten years, following their previous victories in 2003 and 2004.

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The University of Pretoria releases radical international results on South Africa’s education system: PIRLS 2011
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 13 Dec 2012

The Director of the Centre for Evaluation and Assessment at the University of Pretoria, Prof Sarah Howie, released the results of the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS 2011), which is one of the largest international reading literacy assessments of its kind. South Africa participated in PIRLS 2011 along with 48 other countries and 9 benchmarking participants.

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Jacaranda children’s choir wins gold in Poland
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 13 Dec 2012

The University of Pretoria Jacaranda Children’s Choir (JCC) won gold with its score of 91% at the third Krakow International Advent and Christmas Festival in Poland on Saturday, 8 December 2012.

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Project Day: Department of Informatics
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 13 Dec 2012

On 19 October 2012 the Department of Informatics hosted another Project Day for its final year BCom (Informatics) students. Fifteen groups formed part of the exhibition, held in the Sanlam Auditorium.

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UP Pudding Potjies
DUR
Posted on 06 Dec 2012

UP’s Spring Day 2012 recipe book has just arrived from the printer. It is a beautiful book with celebratory red accents in the layout. Each recipe is published in both Afrikaans and English and photos of UP personnel participating in sports and having fun appear throughout. This ring-bound publication consists of 52 full-colour pages containing recipes, photos, cooking quotes and background information on some of the recipes.

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Will robots ever replace humans? - Japanese experts visit the University of Pretoria
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 27 Nov 2012

Prof Hiroshi Ishiguro, Director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at Osaka University in Japan and leader in the development of the Geminoid series of humanoid androids, presented a public lecture at the University of Pretoria on 21 November 2012.

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Deputy President Motlanthe applauds the University of Pretoria for its good governance commitment
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 20 Nov 2012

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe addressed the fifth Annual School of Public Management and Administration (SPMA) Conference held at the University of Pretoria on 16 November 2012. He shared his thoughts on the all-important question of 'effective governance', especially in context of the South African post-apartheid landscape.

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Six University of Pretoria alumni receive Laureate Awards
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 20 Nov 2012

Deputy Judge President of the North Gauteng High Court, Judge Willem van der Merwe, well-known Afrikaans writer Prof Antjie Krog, and MS Maureen Manyama-Motome, the Acting CEO of SAFCOL, were among six alumni of the University of Pretoria presented with Laureate Awards by the University on Friday, 16 November 2012.

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University of Pretoria and Fordham University collaborate in international humanitarian assistance programme
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 20 Nov 2012

The University of Pretoria continues to enhance and sustain its academic ties with Fordham University. In partnership with the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs at Fordham University, it is currently hosting the International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (IDHA) programme, which is being presented as a professional development conference at the Hammanskraal Campus from 5–30 November 2012.

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University of Pretoria to open Africa's first Virtual Reality Centre for the mining industry
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 15 Nov 2012

The University of Pretoria (UP) will become the first university in Africa to offer a Virtual Reality (VR) Centre for the mining industry, allowing students and mine employees to safely train on safety and related issues in a simulated mining environment.

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UP students revamp Pretoria local prisons
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 13 Nov 2012

Criminology honours students at the University of Pretoria made a difference by engaging in a community engagement project that involved revamping some of the sections at two Pretoria local correctional facilities. The project is essential for them to complete their module (Criminology and the Criminal Justice System (KRM710)).

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UP Deputy Dean elected as President of the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 05 Nov 2012

Prof Gerhard Lindeque, Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Head of the Department for Obstetrics and Gynaecology; and Chairperson of the School of Medicine at the University of Pretoria (UP) can now also add the title of President of the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa (CMSA) to his resumé.

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ASSAf recognises academics from the University of Pretoria
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 01 Nov 2012

Profs Christof Heyns and Robert Millar were recently inaugurated as members of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), and a medal of excellence was awarded to Prof Kobus Eloff.

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University of Pretoria Chancellor appointed as a trustee to the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Foundation
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 29 Oct 2012

The Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria, Prof Cheryl de la Rey, has congratulated the University’s Chancellor, Prof Nkuhlu, on his appointment as a Trustee of the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Foundation.

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University of Pretoria launches Institutional Research Theme for Genomics
Corporate Communication and Marketing
Posted on 25 Oct 2012

What was formerly science fiction is fast becoming reality at the University of Pretoria (UP) as more than 80 researchers explore how deeper genetic knowledge can be used for early detection of cancer, to fight disease-carrying organisms, and to address some of the world’s other pressing social, environmental and economic challenges.

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Appointment of Vice-Pprincipal, Vice-Principal: Teaching and Learning and StudentAaffairs, and Executive Director: Institutional planning
Department of University Relations
Posted on 19 Oct 2012

As you know, vacancies on the Executive were advertised during the second half of 2012 for the posts of Vice-Principal, Vice-Principal: Teaching and Learning and Student Affairs, and Executive Director: Institutional Planning.

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UP's marketing campaigns praised
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 18 Oct 2012

“The Tuks Campus Board Game is a truly unique and inventive information and marketing strategy. The team from the University of Pretoria is to be highly commended.” This was the opinion of a team of judges at this year’s Marketing, Advancement and Communication in Education (MACE) Awards ceremony that was held in Cape Town last week

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French Day at the University of Pretoria: Lessons to be learnt from the French government regarding South Africa’s new NHI concept
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 03 Oct 2012

Representatives of the French government and the French Embassy in South Africa, including its government agencies, attended the recent French Day celebrated by the University of Pretoria. This is a regular event held at South African universities to strengthen and expand the academic ties that exist between France and South Africa.

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Congratulations to AmaTuks!
Khathochelo Mbanda
Posted on 01 Oct 2012

AmaTuks travelled to Cape Town on Saturday, 29 September 2012 to face Ajax Cape Town (The Urban Warriors) at the Cape Town Stadium. A goal by Mame Niang and four goals by Aubrey Ngoma saw AmaTuks get their first big win in the Premier League.

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The University of Pretoria's Vision 20/20 Eye Clinic receives a donation
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 01 Oct 2012

The University of Pretoria's Vision 20/20 Clinic, based at the Pretoria West Hospital, has received a cheque for R195 000 from the PPS Insurance Company. The money will be used to purchase the ophthalmic examination equipment required to diagnose eye deficiencies such as cataracts.

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Unique training for urology health professionals developed at the University of Pretoria
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 20 Sep 2012

The Department of Nursing Science at the University of Pretoria and the Urology Hospital, Pretoria, concluded an agreement on 17 September 2012 to develop and present unique training courses to healthcare professionals responsible for patients requiring urology related healthcare. The Programme in Urology Nursing for Health Professionals and the Urology Workshop courses will be presented through Continuing Education at University of Pretoria Trust (CE at UP).

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Prof Bob Millar receives an A2 rating at the NRF Awards
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 19 Sep 2012

The Director of the Mammal Research Institute at the University of Pretoria, Prof Robert Millar was among 22 leading South African researchers who received A-ratings which are at the apex of the ratings awarded by the National Research Foundation (NRF). The A-ratings are awarded to researchers who have been recognised by their peers as leading international scholars in their field based on the high quality and impact of their recent research output.

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Launch of University of Pretoria's new Energy Research Initiative
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 14 Sep 2012

The University of Pretoria launched its new Institutional Research Theme on Energy (IRT on Energy) on Thursday, 13 September 2012. This exciting new research initiative will coordinate research conducted in the faculties of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology, and Natural and Agricultural Sciences. It will focus on topics that are relevant to South Africa's future energy security.

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The Spring Day 2012 Potjie Competition winners
Jimmy Masombuka
Posted on 14 Sep 2012

UP Spring Day 2012 mainly focused on the Potjie Competition, where staff showed off their cooking skills and special recipes.



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UP celebrated Spring Day 2012 in style.
Jimmy Masombuka
Posted on 13 Sep 2012

UP staff participated in various activities including a fun run/walk.

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Spring Graduation Ceremonies at the University of Pretoria
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 07 Sep 2012

Ms Khatija Ahmed Surty, wife of Enver Surty, Deputy Minister of Basic Education, was among the graduates at the University of Pretoria’s Spring Graduation ceremonies. An honorary doctorate was also awarded to Carol Diane Lee, a prominent educationist from the United States of America, by Prof Wiseman Nkuhlu, Chancellor of the University of Pretoria.

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New programme to develop reporting skills launched at the University of Pretoria
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 04 Sep 2012

The Albert Luthuli Centre for Responsible Leadership at the University of Pretoria launched the Postgraduate Diploma in Integrated Reporting today. The Diploma is the first (globally) formal academic programme in integrated reporting. The launch of the Diploma took place at the PwC Business School in Johannesburg, coinciding with the release of a Corporate Reporting Survey conducted by PwC.

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International Conference on Convergence and Conflicts of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law in Military Operations
Corporate Communication & Marketing / Korporatiewe Kommunikasie & Bemarking
Posted on 31 Aug 2012

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is committed to the protection of South Africa and its citizens, and is proud of the role its armed forces have played in peacekeeping operations in countries emerging from conflict.

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University of Pretoria celebrates Tuks 2012 Olympic Athletes' achievements
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 27 Aug 2012

The team of 32 athletes, coaches and Tuks staff members who took part in this year's Olympics in London were lauded for their achievements at a ceremony attended by the Vice Chancellor and Principal at the University of Pretoria, Prof Cheryl de la Rey, who was joined by the Deputy Minister of Sports and Recreation, Gert Oosthuizen.

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Minister of Health promotes the benefits of National Health Insurance at the University of Pretoria
Sanku Tsuke
Posted on 22 Aug 2012

The Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, visited the University of Pretoria as part of his campaign to explain the importance and relevance of the Government's new health plan: the National Health Insurance (NHI). The aim of the NHI is to make South Africa's healthcare system accessible to everyone, including the poorest segment of the population.

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British Knight and design guru receives honorary doctorate from the University of Pretoria
Corporate Communication & Marketing/Korporatiewe Kommunikasie & Bemarking
Posted on 21 Aug 2012

The University of Pretoria today, 21 August 2012, conferred an honorary doctorate on the British architect and design guru, Sir Terence Conran.

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Message from the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria
University Relations
Posted on 02 Aug 2012

The Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria, Prof Cheryl De la Rey, is very proud of the Olympic Gold Medal won earlier today by Matthew Brittain, Lawrence Ndlovu, John Smith and James Thompson in their rowing event.

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Embassy of Azerbaijan initiates links with University of Pretoria
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 01 Aug 2012

The Embassy of Azerbaijan in South Africa has donated a collection of books to the University of Pretoria's Department of Library Services in order to provide more information on the Republic of Azerbaijan.

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University of Pretoria celebrates Mandela Day
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 01 Aug 2012

More than 20 staff members and students of the University of Pretoria celebrated Mandela Day by taking part in a refurbishment project at a Mamelodi school, where they painted 12 classrooms.

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University of Pretoria participates in Google Apps Supporting Programs
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 25 Jul 2012

The University of Pretoria has participated in the Google Apps Supporting Programs for South African Universities through the launch of a new e-mail solution, powered by Google.

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MAKE EVERY DAY A MANDELA DAY
University Relations
Posted on 24 Jul 2012

The University of Pretoria is committed to participation in the annual Mandela Day project. Some activities already happened, but others are yet to come - get involved!

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University of Pretoria PhD students receive L’Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science Award (FWIS) in Sub-Saharan Africa
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 23 Jul 2012

Oluwasola Mary Fasan and Gerda Fourie are among 10 inspiring women scientists from Sub-Saharan Africa who have been honoured for their work in the scientific fields by being awarded fellowships of US$20 000 (R164,173) towards their studies. Both Oluwasola and Gerda are PhD students at the University of Pretoria, studying computer science and microbiology respectively.

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Keith Bothongo Foundation recently handed over laptops to six bursary beneficiaries
Linda van Wyk
Posted on 20 Jul 2012

Mr Keith Bothongo from the Keith Bothongo Foundation recently handed over laptops to six bursary beneficiaries at his offices in Fourways, Johannesburg.

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The new Director of Research, Dr Carol Nonkwelo
Corporate Communication and Marketing
Posted on 18 Jul 2012

We are delighted to welcome the new Director of Research, Dr Carol Nonkwelo, to the University of Pretoria. Dr Nonkwelo took up her position as the Director of the Department of Research and Innovation Support at the beginning of July.

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University of Pretoria and Steve Biko Academic Hospital uncover a breakthrough for liver cancer patients
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 20 Jun 2012

The Department of Nuclear Medicine at the University of Pretoria, based at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital, is the first in South Africa to introduce a new special procedure of removing cancerous tumours on a liver without surgical operation.

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The University of Pretoria opens a research facility for Civil Engineering
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 15 Jun 2012

The Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria, Prof Cheryl de la Rey, opened a new Geotechnical Centrifuge Laboratory in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Pretoria, which will be used to carry out model studies of geotechnical problems in the field of civil engineering.

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University of Pretoria honours opera legend Mimi Coertse
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 14 Jun 2012

The legendary opera singer Mimi Coertse turned 80 on Tuesday and the University of Pretoria (UP) rolled out the red carpet to pay tribute to this great lady and the role she has played in discovering, nurturing and moulding music talent in South Africa.

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University of Pretoria and Sasol Mining establish a Safety, Health and Environment research chair for the mining industry
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 07 Jun 2012

The University of Pretoria (UP) is establishing a Chair in Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) in the Department of Mining Engineering, in the Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology. As a new focus area for the University, the aim of this Chair, which was inaugurated last night, will be to advance research and teaching in the field of SHE, specific to the mining industry.

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Student Exchange Programme between UP and Fordham University
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 04 Jun 2012

The University of Pretoria recently celebrated the launch of the Ubuntu Student Exchange Programme offered as a joint venture with Fordham University and the Jesuit Institute South Africa.

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University of Pretoria launches a new mobile application
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 01 Jun 2012

The University of Pretoria has officially launched a new comprehensive mobile application, "UP Mobile", which will help students to stay connected to the University from wherever they are – on or off campus.

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University of Pretoria launches Institute for Food, Nutrition and Well-being
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 30 May 2012

Just more than a week after G8 leaders had renewed their shared commitment to global food security through the New Alliance for Food Nutrition, the largest group of food researchers anywhere in the world launched a collaborative platform at the University of Pretoria (UP) with the same goal in mind.

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Open Day for prospective students at the University of Pretoria
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 24 May 2012

Learners from various high schools in and around Pretoria had the opportunity to visit the University of Pretoria’s campuses on its Open Day held on 19 May 2012.

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University of Pretoria celebrates International Nurses Day
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 15 May 2012

On 11 May 2012, the Department of Nursing Science of the University of Pretoria celebrated the annual International Nurses Day, as well as the inauguration of selected members into the prestigious Africa Honor Society for Nurses.

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Professor Cheryl de la Rey honoured by Rhodes University for her contribution to social change in the country
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 14 May 2012

Debating the nature and role of psychology in South Africa’s higher education institutions and society in general, Prof Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria, called for a new approach to the discipline which would be better suited to addressing the problems experienced by millions of South Africans.

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A minister from South Sudan becomes a student of the University of Pretoria
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 11 May 2012

The Minister of Agriculture and Forestry from the Central Equatorial State (CES) in the Government of South Sudan, Honourable Minister Michael Roberto Kenyi Legge, has enrolled for a PhD in Food Security at the University of Pretoria and the object of his proposed study will be to evaluate the impact of food and agricultural policies on household food security and nutrition in his state (CES).

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University of Pretoria collaborates with the Department of Communications
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 03 May 2012

The Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria (UP), Prof Cheryl de la Rey, has officially formalised the University’s collaboration with the Department of Communications (DoC). This follows the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement with the Director-General of the Department of Communications (DoC), Ms Rosey Sekese, in December 2011.

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Miss South Africa, provincial education leader and 81-year-old British Knight receive degrees from the University of Pretoria
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 24 Apr 2012

Thousands of proud University of Pretoria (UP) graduates were honoured during the past two weeks when they received their degrees during the Autumn Graduation Ceremonies held in the Rembrandt Hall at the LC de Villiers Sports Campus.

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New space for teaching and learning opened at the University of Pretoria
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 23 Apr 2012

A new lecture hall complex, the Thuto Building, which will add about 2 400 seats to the lecturing facilities at the University of Pretoria has been officially opened by the University’s Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof Cheryl de la Rey.

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MEC for Education receives postgraduate qualification from University of Pretoria
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 20 Apr 2012

The MEC for Education in Mpumalanga, Ms Reginah Mhaule, was among the thousands of proud graduates taking part in the autumn graduation ceremonies this week.

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Tuks FM the king of campus radio at MTN Radio Awards
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 19 Apr 2012

Tuks FM 107.2 rocks!

This fact was officially confirmed over the weekend when the campus broadcaster of the University of Pretoria (UP) almost made a clean sweep at the annual MTN Radio Awards. During the award ceremony held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, the energetic Tuks FM team heard that they’ve won seven awards as a campus radio station, one of which was the coveted title of Campus Station of the Year 2012.

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Appointment of a new dean in the Faculty of Humanities
Corporate Comminication and Marketing
Posted on 17 Apr 2012

The University is pleased to announce the appointment of Prof Norman Duncan as Dean of the Faculty of Humanities for a term of four years commencing on 1 May 2012.

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Minister of Health launches Forensic Toxicology Programme at the University of Pretoria
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 11 Apr 2012

The Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, has pledged to significantly improve the turnaround time of forensic toxicology results by adding a new forensic chemistry laboratory to the already existing services in South Africa.

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The University of Pretoria celebrates World Social Work Day
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 23 Mar 2012

The University of Pretoria has joined other committed societies all over the world in celebrating World Social Work day on 20 March 2012 by responding to a call by more than 3 000 delegates who attended a conference held in Hong Kong in 2010 to launch the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development.

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Appointment of a new director: Student Affairs
Corporate Communication and Marketing
Posted on 20 Mar 2012

It gives the University great pleasure to announce the appointment of Dr Matete Madiba as Director of the Department of Student Affairs commencing 1 April 2012. Dr Madiba has been employed by the University of Pretoria as Deputy Director in the Department for Education Innovation since July 2008.

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Third year Informatics students set for the world
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 19 Mar 2012

Third-year Informatics students at the University of Pretoria recently had the privilege of interacting with Mr Jonas Bogoshi, the Chief Executive Officer of Gijima - one of South Africa’s leading IT company.

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TuksRag Queen crowned
Corporate Communication and Marketing
Posted on 28 Feb 2012

TuksRag is proud to announce the outcome of the 2012 TuksRag Queen Crowning Event, which took place in the Rembrandt Hall on Thursday, 23 February 2012.

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Seven African women receive scholarships for advanced study
Corporate Communication and Marketing
Posted on 28 Feb 2012

Seven African women received top honours and scholarship awards, thanks to the Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund (MMMF). The scholarships will enable the awardees to pursue or continue advanced studies at master’s and doctoral levels at the University of Pretoria and the University of Cape Town.

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Tributes to one of South Africa's finest doctors: Dr John "Oupa" Moche
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 06 Feb 2012

Family members and friends including representatives of the country’s medical fraternity gathered at the University of Pretoria’s Groenkloof Campus to pay homage to the well-respected University of Pretoria academic, Dr John Moche, who was gunned down during a hijacking in Pretoria on 27 January 2012.

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Request for expressions of interest for consultant services
Corlia van Heerden
Posted on 06 Feb 2012

The Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, has received financing from the World Bank towards the cost of IDF Grant TF 090558: Enhancing Access to Legal Information and intends to apply part of the aforesaid funds for the services of an African legal sources consultant. These services include, but are not limited to, sourcing, purchasing and collecting legal texts from various African countries as identified by the Faculty from time to time.

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University of Pretoria welcomes first-year students
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 01 Feb 2012

More than 8 000 newly registered students and their families attended the University’s Welcoming Day on Saturday, 28 January 2012 and were welcomed by the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria, Prof Cheryl de la Rey.

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New home for Plant Sciences
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 20 Jan 2012

The Vice-Chancellor and Principal at the University of Pretoria officially opened a new complex–the Plant Sciences Complex – which houses diverse departments and institutes in the plant science field. The opening of the complex coincided with a launch of the SAFCOL Forestry Chair by the organisation’s acting Chief Executive, Ms Maureen Manyama-Matome.

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UP Professor receives Prestigious African Union Award
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 15 Dec 2011

The African Union (AU) today named Professor Etheresia (Resia) Pretorius from the Department of Physiology of the Faculty of Health Sciences as the Southern Region winner in the category Basic Science, Technology and Innovation.

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Advocate George Bizos received an honorary doctorate at the University's LLM graduations
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 14 Dec 2011

In celebrating international Human Rights Day, the University of Pretoria bestowed an honorary doctorate on a distinguished human rights law activist, Advocate George Bizos, during the graduation of 30 students from 17 African countries, who completed the degree LLM Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa.

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University of Pretoria introduces a new generation of health professionals in South Africa
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 12 Dec 2011

The University of Pretoria has produced a new group of 44 Bachelor of Clinical Medical Practice (BCMP) students at the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Health Sciences. The Gauteng MEC for Health and Social Development, Ms Ntombi Mekgwe, addressed the graduates on behalf of the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, at their Declaration Ceremony.

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Dedicated personnel of the Department Security Services and Stakeholders recognised
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 28 Nov 2011

The Department of Security Services recognised the relationship it has with its various stakeholders, such as the Brooklyn SAPS, City of Tshwane and City Improvement District (CID), and also with its own employees who were awarded merit awards because of service excellence and long service.

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University of Pretoria opens integrated Malaria Research Centre
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 21 Nov 2011

The University of Pretoria (UP) today officially established itself as a national leader in the fight against malaria with the launch of its new Centre for Sustainable Malaria Control.

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The official opening of the Leadership and Training Centre and Research Commons
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 16 Nov 2011

The Department of Library Services at the University of Pretoria officially opened the Leadership and Training Centre and Research Commons in the Merensky II Library, situated at the University’s Hatfield Campus. This is a dedicated advanced research space for postgraduate students at masters and doctoral level as well as for researchers and academic staff at the University of Pretoria.

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University of Pretoria’s students launch their first Community Newspaper
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 11 Nov 2011

A new and the first newspaper produced by the second year Journalism students at the University of Pretoria, The Mamelodi Voice, was launched in Mamelodi by the Minister in the Presidency, Minister Trevor Manuel.

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How to make South Africa work better: Moeletsi Mbeki
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 31 Oct 2011

A political economist, Moeletsi Mbeki, a younger brother of former South African President Thabo Mbeki and son of former ANC leader Govan Mbeki, visited the University of Pretoria's Groenkloof Campus where he delivered an absorbing public lecture to an audience of students, academics, politicians, journalists, business people and members of the diplomatic corps.

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Informatics Third-year Project Day
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 26 Oct 2011

Innovation and creativity were on display during the 2011 Project Day held by the third-year Informatics students at the IT Building on Thursday last week. Twelve groups of students presented their final projects to fellow students, industry representatives, parents and other interested persons.

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Launch of the TuksSport Adopt-an-Athlete Scholarship Fund
Wynand Claassen
Posted on 18 Oct 2011

The TuksSport Adopt-an-Athlete Scholarship Fund was launched at a gala function in the Hockey Clubhouse on Thursday 6 October. The purpose of the programme is to raise funds for all the sports clubs at the University of Pretoria to assist needy sports stars with bursaries.

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President Zuma delivers public lecture at the University of Pretoria
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 14 Oct 2011

The President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Dr Jacob Zuma, addressed the staff, students and members of the Diplomatic Corps and other invited guests on aspects of South Africa's Foreign Policy. The address formed part of the Africa Dialogue lecture series, a platform that encourages engagement between students, academics and leaders of society. The public lecture was facilitated by the Department of Political Science and the newly established Centre for Mediation in Africa.

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Campus Fitness Trails
Jimmy Masombuka
Posted on 11 Oct 2011

The attached photo gallery bears witness to the official launch which took place on the Hatfield Campus on 4 October 2011.

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Embassy of Japan shares its national heritage with the University of Pretoria
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 10 Oct 2011

As part of celebrating the legacy project of the 2010 Japan-South Africa Centenary Celebrations, the Embassy of Japan donated 10 cherry blossom trees to the University of Pretoria's Hatfield Campus.

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UP's professors recognised for their research
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 10 Oct 2011

Two University of Pretoria scientists, Prof Amanda Minnaar and Prof Dave Berger, won the first and second prize respectively at the ESASTAP (European-South African Science and Technology Advancement Programme) awards.

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Growing food in an old coal bunker:University of Pretoria graduate's green vision scoops sustainability award
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 28 Sep 2011

Sustainability in architecture reaches far beyond the application of materials. This was proven in the work of Calayde Davey, whose master's dissertation in architecture at the University of Pretoria was awarded the first prize in the Africa and Middle East Region's Holcim Next Generation Award for post-graduate students.

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Opening of the Orange Cruyff Court at the Mamelodi Campus
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 26 Sep 2011

On 22 September 2011, the Orange Cruyff Court at the University of Pretoria's Mamelodi Campus was launched by the Ambassador for the Kingdom of the Netherlands, His Excellency Mr André Haspels. The government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Royal Netherlands Football Association donated the Cruyff Court to the University of Pretoria as part of their 2010 FIFA World Cup Legacy Project.

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World Peace Day celebrated at Sci-Enza
Posted on 22 Sep 2011

Thanks to an old Japanese legend, a thousand paper cranes descended on the Sci-Enza Science Centre at UP's Hatfield Campus on World Peace Day on Wednesday, 21 September.

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UP wins Diamond Award at Pretoria/Tshwane Municipal District Leaders and Achievers Awards ceremony
Posted on 16 Sep 2011

The University of Pretoria was recently awarded the Diamond Award by PMR.Africa during the Pretoria/Tshwane Municipal District Leaders and Achievers Awards ceremony held at the Sheraton Hotel in Pretoria.



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Sci-Enza wins at Sasol Techno X 2011
Marissa Greeff
Posted on 13 Sep 2011

Sci-Enza's science show won first prize in the Best Wow Show category at the Sasol Techno X 2011. The University was also named second in the category Best Exhibition by an Educational Institution.

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Sandra Prinsloo presented with Chancellor's Medal at Spring Graduation ceremony
Corporate Communication and Marketing
Posted on 12 Sep 2011

South Africa's well-known stage, film and television actress, Sandra Prinsloo, was presented with the Chancellor's Medal at the Spring Graduation ceremony held on Thursday, 8 September at the University of Pretoria.

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CH2 and the UP Symphony Orchestra in Concert
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 07 Sep 2011

CH2 recently returned from the USA where they won the Classic/Flamenco Category in one of the biggest guitar competitions in the world, the 2011 Yamaha 6 Strings Theory Guitar Competition. The duo, Corneille Hutten-Burger and Leon Gropp, will join forces with the only large scale symphony orchestra in Pretoria, the University of Pretoria Symphony Orchestra. The evening promises to mesmerize and seduce with the sultry sounds of spicy Latin, and sensual classical guitar expertly blended with the power and finesse synonymous with an orchestra.

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UP students named runners-up in the national Trader's Trophy competition
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 06 Sep 2011

A third-year BEng Electronic Engineering student and a BCom (Honours) Financial Management Sciences student received second and third place in the Trader's Trophy competition held at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) on 19 August 2011. Mokgethwa Tshwane and Charles Hayward were named the respective runners-up to Melinda Jonker, a student from the University of the Free State, who won the competition.

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Spring Day functions cancelled
CC&M
Posted on 06 Sep 2011

In light of the moratorium on the issuing of liquor licenses, which was issued by the Gauteng MEC for Economic Development and took effect on 8 August 2011, the University has been unable to secure temporary liquor licenses for the Spring Day functions of 7 September 2011.

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University of Pretoria opens new Engineering Building and parkade
Posted on 29 Aug 2011

The new Engineering 3 Building on the University of Pretoria's Hatfield Campus is 'taxpayers' money put to very good use', according to Minister Blade Nzimande.

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Public Lecture on Quality Education for all
Posted on 26 Aug 2011

Quality Education for All-South Africa's Quest for the 'Holy Grail', was the subject of discussion at UP Expert Lecture Series presented by UP's Director for the Centre for Evaluation and Assessment (CEA) in the Faculty of Education, Prof Sarah Howie. The public lecture presented the latest information about the status of providing education for everyone in South Africa as well as on the latest quality indicators in education. Prof Howie presented her perspectives on the challenges that South Africa faces regarding the quality of education and some recommendations on how these could be managed.

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Three UP professors scoop top science awards
Posted on 23 Aug 2011

Prof Jolanda Roux from UP's Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) and Prof Namrita Lall, an associate professor in the Department of Plant Science (Medicinal Plant Science), have won the top Women in Science awards. Prof Fhumulani Mulaudzi, the head of UP's Nursing Science, was named a runner-up to Prof Lall.

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Faculty celebrates opening of Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA)
Posted on 15 Aug 2011

The Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria (UP) celebrated the official opening of the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA) on 1 and 2 August 2011. This celebration coincided with a three-day conference on "African Constitutionalism: Present Challenges and Prospects for the Future". The Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, Mr Andries Nel, officially opened the ICLA and the conference on 1 August. The keynote address at the opening function was delivered by Professor Emeritus Yash Ghai from the University of Hong Kong and former chairperson of the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission. On the evening of 2 August, Ms Naledi Pandor, Minister of Science and Technology, delivered an address during a dinner at the ICLA.



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Park-and-ride facility provides relief for limited parking on and around campus
Posted on 15 Aug 2011

The University of Pretoria has to manage a large volume of commuters travelling to the Hatfield Campus on a daily basis. The University's park and ride facility provides a solution to the problem of finding parking on and around the Campus during office hours. This service-which is free of charge-offers staff members and students peace of mind because they can park their cars in a secure environment at the LC de Villiers Sports Centre. From there they can travel by shuttle to the Hatfield Campus.

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Suggestion of Nazi photographic pose not aligned with the University Of Pretoria's institutional values
Posted on 01 Aug 2011

The University of Pretoria (UP) is aware of an earlier suggestion made by student DJs of TuksFM to create a new social media photo craze by posing like a Nazi. This suggestion, made on the spur of the moment by inexperienced trainee radio DJs, was posted on the Bang-Bang Breakfast page, the Internet blog of the TuksFM morning radio programme. The blog entry was posted in the context of individuals being photographed in all sorts of bizarre poses, such as the social media crazes of so-called planking and owling.

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TuksRes scoops up award in the United States
Posted on 29 Jul 2011

It's official: The University of Pretoria (UP) is handling its residence affairs in a world-class manner and has the award to prove it.

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The University of Pretoria celebrates Mandela Day
Posted on 26 Jul 2011

The University of Pretoria and the community of Mamelodi celebrated Mandela Day by hosting a 67 minute clean-up campaign in the area surrounding the University's Mamelodi Campus.

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UP doctoral student wins prestigious fellowship for Information Technology research.
Posted on 01 Jul 2011

Talented University of Pretoria (UP) doctoral student, Ms Madeleine Bihina Bella, was one of the select few who received a prestigious 2011 L'Oréal-UNESCO Regional Fellowship for Women in Science in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Minister from Sudan visits the University of Pretoria
Posted on 28 Jun 2011

The University of Pretoria's Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof Cheryl de la Rey, hosted the Republic of Sudan's Minister of Animal Resources and Fisheries, His Excellency Dr Fisal Hassan Ibrahim, and his delegates during their visit to the University.

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UP's Director of Library Services elected to represent South Africa and Africa in global cooperative.
Posted on 24 Jun 2011

An international panel that reviewed the University of Pretoria's (UP) Library earlier this year in its report described it as a national leader, innovator and resource of national importance. It is therefore quite apt that Mr Robert Moropa, the man at the helm of UP's Department of Library Services, was the only African to be elected as an alternate delegate representing the Online Computer Library Centre (OCLC) Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Regional Council which is one of three sub-regions comprising the Global Council of the OCLC for the period 2011 - 2014.The OCLC is a well-respected international cooperative that serves libraries and advocates on their behalf. A total of 175 university, governmental and public libraries in South Africa are members of the OCLC.



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UP's Centre for Human Rights to host the Pretoria Civil Society consultation on UN Human Rights Treaty Reform
Posted on 22 Jun 2011

The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, together with the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa, is hosting a consultation of civil society organisations from around the world, to reflect on the strengthening of the UN human rights treaty bodies.

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UP donates blankets to Jacaranda 94.2's Winter Warmer campaign
Posted on 15 Jun 2011

Following the appeal made by UP's Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof Cheryl de la Rey, to donate blankets for the needy and homeless to use during this chilly winter, students and staff members from various departments responded by giving 1 297 blankets and a R10 000 donation to be used for purchasing blankets. The call was made to support Jacaranda 94.2's Winter Warmer campaign.

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University of Pretoria receives grant to develop agricultural economics
Posted on 10 Jun 2011

A new grant to the University of Pretoria will allow UP to build long-term expertise in agricultural economics alongside partner universities in Africa. The $4 475 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to UP's Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development will be for the period of June 2011 to 30 December 2016.

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Blanket Appeal
Prof C de la Rey
Posted on 03 Jun 2011

The appeals from various quarters for donations of blankets to assist the less privileged in fending off the cold winter weather have been advertised widely.

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Wits honours UP's Prof John Skinner
Posted on 31 May 2011

The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) has bestowed its highest academic honour - DSc Honoris Causa - on the University of Pretoria's Prof John Skinner in recognition of his huge contribution to South African and international science in the fields of zoology and mammalogy. The citation noted that "no one has done more to bring zoology to the attention of the South African community, whether it be game farmers, agricultural extension officers, or the visitor to a national park, or to bring South African mammalogy to the attention of the international research community".

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Prof Majozi wins NSTF-BHP Billiton Award
Posted on 31 May 2011

Prof Thokozani Majozi of the Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Science, received the NSTF-BHP Billiton Award for his research and its outputs at the awards gala dinner that took place on Thursday, 26 May 2011.

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International Year of Chemistry Celebrations: The University of Pretoria hosted the 11th International Conference on Frontiers of Polymers and Advanced Materials (ICFPAM).
Posted on 31 May 2011

The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) has declared 2011 as the International Year of Chemistry (IYC 2011). The IYC 2011 commemorates the achievements of chemistry and its contributions to humankind, including how chemists and other scientists work to protect the environment, develop lifesaving new medicines and create cleaner, greener and more sustainable sources of energy, as well as design new materials for cars, buildings, electronics as products, medical implants and a host of other products.

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UP and Pretoria Central Prison hosted concert for offenders.
Posted on 31 May 2011

UP's Department of Community of Engagement and the Pretoria Central Prison hosted a theatrical production called "The Stormy Weather", at the prison's hall on Friday, 27 May 2011.

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UP Professor receives the Queen's Award for her contribution to forestry
Posted on 26 May 2011

The Commonwealth Forestry Association has bestowed Prof Jolanda Roux with the Queen's Award for her contribution to forestry. The award, which recognises the achievements and supports the future work of an outstanding mid-career forester, comprises a certificate, a cash prize and a travel grant.

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Open day for prospective students at the University of Pretoria
Posted on 24 May 2011

Learners from various high schools in and around Pretoria, and even as far as Limpopo Province, had the opportunity to visit the University of Pretoria's campuses on its Open Day held on 21 May 2011.

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Eucalyptus tree genome deciphered
Posted on 12 May 2011

The key to the survival of forestry in South Africa as well as many new possibilities for renewable bioproducts like biofuels and biopolymers may now be available with the click of a mouse.

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Southern Africa University Leaders on building Academic Mobility in SADC Regions
Posted on 11 May 2011

Southern African Regional Universities Association (SARUA), in partnership with the University of Pretoria (UP), hosted a leadership dialogue event on 'Building Regional Higher Education Capacity through Academic Mobility in SADC'. The Minister of Higher Education, Dr Blade Nzimande, gave a keynote address at the event's gala dinner.

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University of Pretoria partners with Netcare
Posted on 03 May 2011

The University of Pretoria (UP) has formed an official partnership with Netcare Hospitals (Pty) Ltd, by signing a Memorandum of Understanding between them.

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University of Pretoria honours Exceptional Achievers
Posted on 03 May 2011

The University of Pretoria (UP) honoured its academic achievers and researchers to recognise their commitment to quality education and research. The awards were presented to more than 60 researchers in four categories: Chancellor's Award in the Category Research, Exceptional Academic Achievers, Exceptional Young Researchers and the NRF-rated Researchers. The event was attended by the Chief Executive Officer of South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (NECSA) Dr Rob Adam, who delivered a keynote address.

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University of Pretoria supports appointment of its Senior Vice-Principal as Administrator of University of Zululand
Posted on 15 Apr 2011

The Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande's decision to appoint Prof Chris de Beer, Senior Vice-Principal of the University of Pretoria (UP) as Administrator of the University of Zululand enjoys the full support of UP.

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UP academics nominated for NSTF Awards
Posted on 15 Apr 2011

Four of the University of Pretoria's academics and the University's Faculty of Veterinary Science have been named as finalists in this year's National Science and Technology Foundation (NSTF) Awards.

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CC&M wins silver at 15th PRISA PRISM Awards
Posted on 14 Apr 2011

The University of Pretoria was the proud recipient of a SILVER AWARD for their UP SPRING DAY CAMPAIGN in the category: Internal Communications at the PRISA PRISM Awards Ceremony in Cape Town. This was the highest accolade awarded in the category with Absa Bank and Liberty Group each receiving a bronze. Other entries in this category came from the City of Cape Town and Media24.

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Minister Naledi Pandor opens International Tribology Conference at the University of Pretoria (UP)
Posted on 13 Apr 2011

The Minister of Science and Technology, Ms Naledi Pandor, opened the 10th International Tribology Conference, Tribology 2011, at the UP Conference Centre last week. The Vice-Chancellor and Principal of UP, Prof Cheryl de la Rey, welcomed the Minister and thanked her for the foresight that she had shown while serving in her previous portfolio, by investing money in education. The benefits are visible in the new Engineering Building on the UP Campus, currently nearing completion.

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UP's batman shows bats' huge benefit to us agriculture
Posted on 06 Apr 2011

Declines of bat populations in the United States caused by a new wildlife disease and fatalities at industrial-scale wind turbines could lead to substantial economic losses on American farms, according to an analysis published in the latest edition of Science.

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University of Pretoria supports Maths and Science high school learners in Mamelodi
Posted on 30 Mar 2011

The University of Pretoria has formally launched its two programmes named the After School Maths and Science, and the Teacher Mentorship programmes. The two programmes have been offered to the high school learners and teachers of Mamelodi and its surrounding areas since 2008.

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Japanese Embassy donates to the University of Pretoria's Vision 20/20 Eye Clinic
Posted on 30 Mar 2011

The University of Pretoria's Vision 20/20 Clinic based at the Pretoria West Hospital, has acquired an Ophthalmic Examination Equipment which will be used to identify eye deficiencies like cataract. The machine is valued at more than R420 000 and was bought with a donation made by the Japanese Embassy.

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2011 Academic Year: Opening Speech
Posted on 17 Mar 2011

The speech of Vice-Chancellor and Principal of University of Pretoria, Professor Cheryl de la Rey.

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Principal shares her insight on International Women's Day
Posted on 14 Mar 2011

UP's Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof Cheryl de la Rey, was the guest speaker at last week's 100th celebration of International Women's Day.

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University of Pretoria and Gijima sign sponsorship agreement
Posted on 11 Mar 2011

The University of Pretoria's Department of Informatics continued its successful relationship with Gijima Holdings (Pty) Ltd this week with the signing of a renewed sponsorship agreement.

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New TuksRag Queen is crowned
Posted on 25 Feb 2011

Petroné Snyman was crowned the 2011 TuksRag Queen at the Rag Queen Debutants competition held at the University of Pretoria yesterday. The 19-year-old Snyman hails from Edenvale in Johannesburg and is a second year student in BSc Actuarial and Financial Mathematics at the University of Pretoria.

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Oral and Dental hospital officially opens at the University of Pretoria
Posted on 22 Feb 2011

The University of Pretoria's Vice-Chancellor and Principal Prof Cheryl de la Rey and Gauteng MEC for Health and Social Development Ms Ntombi Mekgwe, officially opened the new wing of the UP's Oral and Dental Hospital on 17 February 2011.

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Library Refurbishment and Renovations - December 2010 to March 2011
Posted on 16 Feb 2011

The UP Library Services has undertaken a R20m refurbishment and renovation project of several physical services at the Merensky Library on the Hatfield campus.

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First-year BCom Accounting Sciences student won a brand new Hyundai i-10
Posted on 15 Feb 2011

Ms Thembekile Daisy Nhlabathi, a first-year BCom Accounting Sciences student, won a brand new Hyundai i-10.



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Park and Ride commuter service for staff and students
Posted on 15 Feb 2011

The facility is available for use to staff and students. Security guards will be on duty to facilitate parking. Staff and students must show a valid staff/student card on request. The Park-and-Ride facility is free of charge. A timetable and route indicator will be visible in each bus, Campus News Daily and ClickUp.


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UP Vice-Chancellor and Principal received membership and colours of Tuks Road Runners Club.
Posted on 14 Feb 2011

UP Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof Cheryl de la Rey, this morning received membership and colours of Tuks Road Runners Club. Prof Vollie Spies, chair of the club did the hand-over.

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Tuks Rag procession engulfs eastern Pretoria
Posted on 14 Feb 2011

The streets of Pretoria were buzzing with about 7 000 students who were parading and flaunting their colourful floats during the main RAG procession on Saturday 12 February 2011. The event also drew lots of community members who were giving out donations to excited students. At the final judging, this year's float competition was won by the men's residence Olympus and the women's residence Erica. Their float's theme was about the discovery of electricity.

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The University of Pretoria and Hyundai to reward dedicated first-year students
Posted on 11 Feb 2011

The University of Pretoria (UP) and Hyundai will on Monday, 14 February 2011, reward one new first-year student with a brand new car for his or her dedication during UP's new academic orientation programme.

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New Tukkie plants a new Jacket-Plum tree
Posted on 31 Jan 2011

The TuksAlumni Office at the University of Pretoria presented their annual tree planting ceremony on the Hatfield campus during the University's Welcoming Day for first-year students on 29 January 2011.

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Education legend donates to the University of Pretoria
Posted on 20 Jan 2011

The celebrated alumnus, Ms Elizabeth Steijn, has bequeathed R7 m to the University of Pretoria to be used for the awarding of bursaries to students who are financially needy or academically deserving, as well as to support the Centre for Contextual Ministry. The Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof Cheryl de la Rey, met with the relatives of Ms Steijn on 19 January 2011 to acknowledge the donation.

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DST supports Southern African Human Genome initiative
Posted on 08 Dec 2010

The Southern African Human Genome Programme (SAHGP) has recently been successful in securing seed-funding from the Department of Science and Technology (DST) to kick-start the work of this ground-breaking national initiative. It will involve collaboration between scientists at education institutions, science councils, government and industry.

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The second World Human Rights Moot Court
Posted on 11 Nov 2010

The second World Human Rights Moot Court Competition is set to be held on 8 and 9 December 2010.

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UP won two awards at the MACE Conference on 10 to 12 October 2010
Posted on 25 Oct 2010

MACE stands for Marketing, Advancement and Communication in Education and it recognises outstanding performance among marketing and communication practitioners in higher.

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UP's Sentech Chair wins the DTI 2010 Awards
Posted on 14 Oct 2010

The DTI 2010 Awards was won by the University of Pretoria's Sentech Chair in Broadband Wireless Multimedia Communications (BWMC), which is based within UP's Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering .

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19th African Human Rights Moot Court Competition, Cotonou, Benin
Posted on 14 Oct 2010

Every year the African Human Rights Moot Court Competition is organised by the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria in partnership with another law faculty on the continent. In 2010, the competition was co-organised by the Centre and the Université d?Abomey-Calavi, Benin and was held in Cotonou from 4 to 9 October. The overall winners of the 19th African Human Rights Moot Competition were the Université de Cocody (Côte d'Ivoire), University of Namibia (Namibia), and Rhodes University (South Africa). They all argued for the respondent.


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UP Student wins first prize in the Carl Zeiss Nano Image Contest
Posted on 13 Oct 2010

A PhD Chemical Engineering student at the University of Pretoria, Heinrich Badenhorst, was awarded the first prize of the international Carl Zeiss Nano Image contest, in the category of Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). The contest had three categories (Scanning Electron Microscopy; Helium Ion Microscopy and the Transmission Electron Microscopy), which had 120 entries from scientists and engineers at different institutions globally.

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Jazz Piano Recital
Posted on 12 Oct 2010

You are cordially invited to a Jazz Piano recital (with bass, drums,
guitar and vocals) by Maxine Roberts on 17 October 2010 at 15:00, in
the Musaion Theatre, University of Pretoria. Free entrance.


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Prominent and provocative public figures to debate media freedom, academic freedom and South African identity at Tuks
Posted on 07 Oct 2010

On Tuesday 5 October, the University of Pretoria (UP), in conjunction with the Mail&Guardian newspaper, launched its Public Conversations: 2010 series with the debate: "Are Media Restrictions Necessary?" The debate was held at 17:30 in the Sanlam Auditorium in the Conference Centre on UP's Hatfield Campus. Dennis Davis, the renowned judge and public intellectual, joined a panel consisting of Zizi Kodwa, President Jacob Zuma's spokesperson, Joe Thloloe, the Press Ombudsman and Nic Dawes, editor of the Mail&Guardian. The discussion was chaired by Prof Christof Heyns, Dean of the School of Law at the UP.

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University of Pretoria scoops the PMR.Africa award
Posted on 07 Oct 2010

The University of Pretoria has been awarded the Golden Award (second overall) by the PMR.Africa Company during the Pretoria/Tshwane Municipal District Leaders and Achievers Awards held yesterday (05-10-2010) at the Pretoria Country Club. The award came as a result of a research process whereby companies and institutions are rated based on respondents'perceptions with a strong focus on evaluating and measuring customer service and satisfaction.

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University of Pretoria's Centre for Human Rights participates at the 19th African Human Rights Moot Court Competition
Posted on 05 Oct 2010

The University of Pretoria's Centre for Human rights each year organises the African Human Rights Moot Court Competition in partnership with a faculty of law at different universities in Africa. The aim of the moot is to foster a generation of African lawyers who are knowledgeable and competent to submit cases to and present arguments before the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights.

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Election of University of Pretoria's new student parliament finalised
Posted on 27 Sep 2010

Election results for the University of Pretoria's (UP) new Student Parliament were announced this morning. This follows yesterday's declaration that the election, held on 16 September 2010, was free and fair.

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University of Pretoria offers training on policing and law in Somalia
Posted on 22 Sep 2010

The University of Pretoria's Centre for Human Rights held a training course on policing and international law for 12 members of the Somali Police Advisory Committee (PAC), which is supported by the United Nations Development Programme. The committee is based in the part of Somalia?s capital city Mogadishu that is controlled by the transitional government.


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The Second Annual Public Lecture of the Community of Mandela-Rhodes Scholars, hosted at the University of Pretoria
Posted on 21 Sep 2010

The Community of Mandela-Rhodes Scholars (CMRS) was formed in 2008 as a non-profit alumni association of the Mandela-Rhodes Scholarship recipients to effectively organise their collective knowledge, skills and talents to make a meaningful contribution in areas of leadership, education, entrepreneurship and reconciliation in Africa. The CMRS is a scholar-driven initiative that is functionally independent from the Mandela-Rhodes Foundation (the MRF).

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Prof Sue Nicolson honoured for her contribution in Zoology
Posted on 23 Aug 2010

The Zoological Society of South Africa has awarded a gold medal to Professor Sue Nicolson, Head of Department of Zoology and Entomology at the University of Pretoria, for her outstanding contribution in zoology.

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Forced removal of begging women and children off city streets
Posted on 17 Aug 2010

The Department of Social Work and Criminology at the University of Pretoria distances itself fully from the unprofessional and forceful manner in which children on the street have been removed from their parents, as witnessed on the SABC news on Friday, 13 August 2010, and in articles and photos published in newspapers of 14 and 15 August 2010. There is no justification for the extreme levels of trauma that both the children and their parents were exposed to.

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Prof Jerry Mojalefa delivered his inaugural address
Posted on 13 Aug 2010

Prof Jerry Mojalefa, Head of the Department of African Languages, University of Pretoria, delivered his inaugural address on 3 August 2010. The title was Depiction of Johannes Mokgwadi's divinatory poems.

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UP Faculty of Law participating in two global projects of Oxford University Press
Posted on 12 Aug 2010

The Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria is proud to announce that its newly established Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (IICA), will in future oversee the African reporting for the Oxford Constitutions Online project

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National Science Week 2010 celebrated at the University of Pretoria with the unveiling of the mounted Mirage F1-Cz aircraft
Posted on 03 Aug 2010

National Science Week, an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), aims to excite the South African youth about science and encourage them to follow careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.



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Centre's LLM alumnus elected by the African Union to continental children's rights body
Posted on 29 Jul 2010

Benyam Dawit Mezmur, a 2005 graduate of the Master of Laws degree (LLM) in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa at the University of Pretoria's Centre for Human Rights Centre, was elected a member of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights of the Child at the African Union (AU) meeting currently under way in Kampala, Uganda.


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UP lecturer awarded Commonwealth Scholarship
Posted on 26 Jul 2010

The University of Pretoria's lecturer from the Department of Economics, Annari de Waal, has been awarded a Commonwealth split-site scholarship which will be tenable at the University of Cambridge.

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Tuks Rag receives Nelson Mandela award!
Posted on 22 Jul 2010

Herewith our congratulations to the Tuks Rag team on obtaining the Nelson Mandela Freedom of the City Award, on 20 July 2010, at the Pretoria City Hall during a gala event.

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Law Society recognises improving law students' writing skills as pro bono work
Posted on 29 Jun 2010

In what Prof Christof Heyns, Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria, describes as a very significant step, the Law Society of the Northern Provinces has agreed to recognise attorneys' contribution to improving law students' writing skills at the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria as pro bono work.

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United Nations Human Rights Council appoints Dean of Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria as Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions
Posted on 25 Jun 2010

The highest body of the United Nations dealing with human rights, the Human Rights Council, closed its fourteenth regular session on 18 June 2010 by appointing Christof Heyns, Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, as Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.

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Bursaries offered to Mpumalanga scholars to study at University of Pretoria
Posted on 25 Jun 2010

The University of Pretoria offers a three year's Bachelor degree in Clinical Medical Practice (BCMP), and the scholars in Mpumalanga province are urged to register for a course and also apply for a bursary offered by the province's Department of Health. Successful students will resume their studies in 2011.

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The School of Dentistry has acquired a cone-beam computerised tomography scanner
Posted on 04 Jun 2010

The University of Pretoria is the first institution in South Africa to acquire a Cone Beam Computerised Tomography - Vatech CBCT. The scanner has recently been introduced in UP's School of Dentistry and will be used for producing diagnostic imaging techniques in medicine and dentistry such as x-rays and ultrasound.

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Former coach of Tuks wrestling not to return to University
Posted on 04 Jun 2010

Former coach of Tuks Wrestling, Dries van Heerden, will not in future re-assume any of his previous duties at the University of Pretoria. Contrary to media reports that Van Heerden will join TuksSport again in his capacity as coach he will have no ties with the university.

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Open day for prospective students at the University of Pretoria
Posted on 19 May 2010

Learners from various high schools in and around Pretoria, and even as far as Limpopo Province, had the opportunity to visit the University of Pretoria?s campuses on its Open Day held on 15 May 2010.

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University of Pretoria and UNESCO partner in an Information Literacy training initiative at Zithobeni
Posted on 13 May 2010

The Department of Informatics and the Department of Information Science from the University of Pretoria will engage in a special UNESCO-funded Information Literacy training initiative at Kgoro Primary School, at the Zithobeni township in Bronkhorstspruit, east of Pretoria.

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2010 World Cup fever hits Tukkies!
Posted on 12 May 2010

The Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria, Prof Cheryl de la Rey, and the Argentine ambassador Mr Carlos Sersale De Cerisano were among the staff and the students celebrating a 30-day countdown to the kick-off of the FIFA Soccer World Cup

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Are you ready for the 30-day countdown?
Posted on 10 May 2010

You are reminded to join UP staff and students in celebrating the 30-day countdown to the kick-off of the FIFA Soccer World Cup tomorrow, Tuesday 11 May.

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Mexican Exhibition
Posted on 10 May 2010

UP presents Mexican Exhibition

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NSTF honours University of Pretoria’s Scientists
Posted on 06 May 2010

The University of Pretoria’s scientists, Proff Pat Eriksson and Debra Meyer, were among the scientists who received the National Scientific and Technology Forum (NSTF) Awards presented by the Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor.

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller
Posted on 03 May 2010

The Drama Department of the University of Pretoria is staging THE CRUCIBLE again. This is due to popular demand, after a highly successful run in 2009.

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UP’s scientist among five women in science awarded a fellowship in Sub-Saharan Africa
Posted on 03 May 2010

Kgaogelo Amanda Maswanganye is among five women awarded a fellowship worth $20 000 (R 144 840) by the inaugural L’Oréal and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Regional Fellowships for Women in Science in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Fellowship is an effort to contribute to its continued investment in women in science.

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Twin sisters receive Engineering Degrees
Posted on 28 Apr 2010

Beautiful and brainy twin sisters Talia and Tercia da Silva (22) from Haenertsburg in Limpopo Province were among the hundreds of engineering students who received their BEng degrees during the University of Pretoria’s (UP) graduation ceremony on 23 April. The sisters were not only awarded their degrees cum laude, but they were also among the top five students in the Department of Civil Engineering.

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Installation of new Vice-Chancellor and Principal
Posted on 16 Apr 2010

“The University of Pretoria (UP) has gained an exceptional academic and leader in the higher education sector,” says Dr Blade Nzimande, the Minister of Higher Education and Training. “We are confident that the University of Pretoria will grow and thrive under her leadership.”



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Official opening of Forensic Anthropology Research Centre
Posted on 15 Apr 2010

The opening of the Forensic Anthropology Research Centre (FARC) at the University of Pretoria was followed by a workshop on Forensic Archaeology presented by a guest lecture, Prof Steven Nawrocki, from the University of Indianapolis.

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Report of the Ministerial Committee on Transformation and Social Cohesion and the Elimination of Discrimination in Public Higher Education Institutions
Posted on 14 Apr 2010

In June 2009 the Minister of Higher Education and Training released a report, issued by a Committee chaired by Prof Crain Soudien, which was appointed by Minister Naledi Pandor in March 2008.


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University of Pretoria and South African Weather Service strengthen their relationship
Posted on 29 Mar 2010

After about 40 years of working together, the University of Pretoria and the South African Weather Service (SAWS) has formally strengthened their collaborative ties by signing a Memorandum of Understanding. UP’s Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof Cheryl de la Rey and the SAWS’ Chief Executive Officer Dr Linda Makuleni, have signed this historical agreement.

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Geology student solid as a rock
Posted on 18 Mar 2010

An honours project by a Geology student from the University of Pretoria, Mmathapelo Selomane (24) resulted in her winning the best student award conferred on her by the South African Institute for Engineering and Environmental Geologists (SAIEG).

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CE @ UP adopts three promising athletes
Posted on 15 Mar 2010

The lives of three talented young athletes have been significantly changed by their involvement with the TuksSport Academy and a contribution by CE at UP towards their development.

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International Women's Day
Posted on 10 Mar 2010

The Institute for Women and Gender Studies at the University of Pretoria had a panel discussion in celebration of International Women's Day on 08 March 2010.

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From a novice to a talented pianist
Posted on 09 Mar 2010

Bachelor of Education student at the University of Pretoria, Muzi Nhlengethwa, did not know how to play any musical instrument but his talent was discovered and within three years he has developed into a brilliant pianist. He, however appeals to the public to keep his passion for the piano alive by funding his piano practice for next year, when he will be doing his Honours Degree of Bachelor of Education in Music.

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Renowned financial expert visits University of Pretoria
Posted on 08 Mar 2010

As part of its celebration of achieving 90 years of existence, The Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences of the University of Pretoria (UP) will have a financial workshop on risks and the impact thereof on financial institutions. It will be presented by a financial expert Dr Andries Terblanché.

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Free eye tests to mark Third World Glaucoma Week
Posted on 08 Mar 2010

The Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Pretoria will be conducting free eye tests for glaucoma, in partnership with the following hospitals: Steve Biko Academic; Kalafong; Tshwane District; Pretoria West and Bronkhorstspruit. The eye tests will be conducted from 08h00 until 14h00 10 March 2010 at various hospitals.

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Breyten Breytenbach visits University of Pretoria
Posted on 08 Mar 2010

The Department of Afrikaans at the University of Pretoria hosted Breyten Breytenbach, a well known poet, writer and a painter for an open discussion with students. The discussion took place at the University’s Musaion building on 05 March 2010.

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Faculty of Education hosts Thailand representatives
Posted on 08 Mar 2010

The Faculty of Education of the University of Pretoria hosted more than 50 delegates from the Thailand Ministry of Education on 05 March 2010. The purpose for the visit by Thai delegates was to exchange ideas on the best practices regarding education and to share information on the welfare management of professionals in the education sector.


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Training with Support to Small Entrepreneurs Guarantees Success
Posted on 25 Feb 2010

Continuing Education at University of Pretoria has donated operational equipments to six up and coming entrepreneurs as part of an Enterprise Development Initiative, which aims to support Small Medium and Micro Enterprise’s to enhance their businesses and enrich the community.

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University of Pretoria’ Student Wins Budget Speech Competition
Posted on 25 Feb 2010

Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan congratulated the undergraduate student from the University of Pretoria, Ntuthuko Tsokodibane, on his R 30 000 prize he won from the Budget speech competition. The 37th annual budget speech was held at a gala event sponsored by Nedbank and Old Mutual in Cape Town.

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Eduloan Award a Laptop to Best Student at Campus
Posted on 24 Feb 2010

What appeared to be a wish for 19 year old Olorato Gadinabokao, was turned into a reality when she was awarded a new Hewlett Packard laptop sponsored by Eduloan, at a ceremony hosted by the Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Cheryl de la Rey.

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Faculty of Theology Gets New Faculty Dean
Posted on 23 Feb 2010

The Deputy-Dean in the Faculty of Theology, Professor Johan Buitendag has been appointed as the new Faculty Dean at the University of Pretoria.

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University of Pretoria to Hold HIV/Aids Indaba
Posted on 23 Feb 2010

The Centre for the Study of AIDS and the Institute for Women and Gender Studies will hold a two-day conference at the University of Pretoria. Among the guest speakers will be Professor Sue Kippax from the University of New South Wales and Dr Fraser McNeil from London School of Economics.

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Legal Activists’ Pledge to the Fight Against HIV/AIDS in Africa
Posted on 23 Feb 2010

University of Pretoria’s Professor of Human Rights Law, Professor Michelo Hansungule, was among legal activists who attended a two-day training workshop of the Forum for Activists against HIV/AIDS, which coincided with a launch of the Universal Access for Women and Girls in Kigali, Rwanda.

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Children Needed for Clinical Trials of a New Vaccine
Posted on 19 Feb 2010

University of Pretoria’s Paediatrics and Child Health Department is currently conducting clinical trials of a new nasal vaccine -MEDI 534- and children are needed to take part in this study.

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UP’s Mammal Research Institute Held International Workshop on Mark-Recapture Techniques
Posted on 19 Feb 2010

The workshop is attended by about 35 Wildlife biologists from various parts of the world, residing in South Africa and it is presented by Dr Trent L. McDonald from West Inc, USA. Dr McDonald is a leading researcher, author and practitioner of mark-recapture theory applied to populations of wild animals.

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Valentine’s Day Celebrated with a Bit of Wine Tasting
Posted on 15 Feb 2010

Annual TuksAlumni Food and Wine Guild’s Valentines Dinner was held last Friday 12-02-2010, at the University of Pretoria. Among the guests at Friday’s dinner was the Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Cheryl de la Rey.

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Opening of 2010 Academic Year
Posted on 08 Feb 2010

The new Vice-Chancellor and Principal at the University of Pretoria, Professor Cheryl de la Rey has officially opened the 2010 academic year and has shared her vision with the students and staff at different campuses of the UP.

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World Expert in Language Rights Gives a Lecture at University of Pretoria
Posted on 08 Feb 2010

Professor Fernand de Varennes will visit the University of Pretoria to deliver a public lecture on the topic: “An outsider’s Examination of Language Rights in South Africa: All are equal, but some are more equal than others?”

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Tuks Rag Endorses Environmental Preservation
Posted on 02 Feb 2010

The streets of Pretoria were buzzing with about 7 000 students who were parading and flaunting their colourful floats during the main RAG procession on Saturday 30 January 2010.

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Prof Eriksson is congratulated by the South African President Jacob Zuma
Posted on 02 Feb 2010

Prof Eriksson at the Continental African Union Scientific Awards

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New Tugs Rag Queen Crowned
Posted on 29 Jan 2010

Azel van Zyl has won the 2010 University of Pretoria Rag Quuen pageant. Twenty-one year old van Zyl hails from Nelspruit in Mpumalanga and she is a fourth year Bachelor of Law student at the university of Pretoria. The beauty pageant took place on Thursday evening (28 January 2010) in the Aula – at the Hatfield campus of the University of Pretoria.

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Pan African Human Rights Programme Enters Second Decade
Posted on 28 Jan 2010

Officially welcoming thirty students from 19 African countries starting their studies in human rights and democratisation in Africa at the centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria on 22 January 2010, Justice Yvonne Mokgoro challenged them to ensure that national and regional institutions become effective vehicles for change on the continent.

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New Science Facility Celebrated First Birthday
Posted on 28 Jan 2010

The Mae Jemison US Science Reading Room will tomorrow celebrate its first year of existence since it was publicly opened to students and school learners at the University of Pretoria’s Mamelodi Campus on 26 January 2009. This science facility was established and launched as a partnership between the United States Embassy and the University of Pretoria.

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Tuks Rag Week Hits Off in Hatfield
Posted on 28 Jan 2010

The RAG Week is an annual event held at the University of Pretoria whereby students raise funds by parading their creativities in a colourful manner. There will be three different student-driven charity events taking place on 28, 29 and 30 January 2010 at University of Pretoria, and all of them have a pre-determined goal of actively participating in fundraising and helping out community service projects.

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UP first-year engineering students show they can innovate
Posted on 25 Jan 2010

It was already exam time when more than 800 first-year engineering students, dressed in their finest, filled the Rautenbach Hall at the University of Pretoria to capacity. The occasion? The final round of the first-year engineering students’ Innovation Competition, which is held every year.

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Comparative and International Law Expert Delivers a Public Lecture at UP’s Faculty of Law
Posted on 21 Jan 2010

Prof. Rüdiger Wolfrum will visit the Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria (UP) on 26 and 27 January 2010. During this time he will deliver a public lecture on the topic: “Comparative Constitutional Analysis and Cultural Differences – Assessing the Approach of the South African Constitutional Court”.

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UP’s Scientist Bags $US 100 000 from the African Union Scientific Awards Programme
Posted on 21 Jan 2010

Professor Pat Eriksson has won the Continental African Union Scientific Award (one of two awarded) comprising a medal and a certificate and $US 100 000 in the 2009 African Union Scientific Awards Programme. He was a candidate in the category of Physical and Earth Sciences. On 31 January 2010, he will be attending an award ceremony during the AU’s Summit Assembly of the Heads of State and Government in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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Prof de la Rey and Diego Maradona
Posted on 19 Jan 2010

Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria Prof Cheryl de la Rey sharing a lighter moment with football legend and current Argentinian national soccer head coach Diego Maradona. Maradona yesterday visited University of Pretoria's High Performance Centre as well as the grounds.


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Nobel Laureate Delivers a Lecture at University of Pretoria
Posted on 19 Jan 2010

A Swiss physical chemist, Professor Richard Robert Ernst will deliver a lecture at the University of Pretoria. He is an emeritus professor at ETH Zurich and his lecture will be on “Fascinating Insights in Chemistry, Biology and Medicine by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance”.

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University of Pretoria Welcomed First Year Students
Posted on 18 Jan 2010

More than 8 000 newly registered students and their families attended the University of Pretoria’s Welcoming Day on Saturday, 16 January 2010. The students and their parents were welcomed by the new Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof Cheryl de La Rey.

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First World Human Rights Moot Court Competition held at the University of Pretoria on 9 December 2009
Posted on 14 Dec 2009

World Human Rights Moot Court: The United Nations celebrations of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 this year included the staging of the first World Human Rights Moot Court Competition, organised with the support of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, at the University of Pretoria in South Africa.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Judge Navi Pillay was the presiding judge at the moot.


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World Human Rights Day, 10 December 2009
Posted on 03 Dec 2009

Faculty of Law at University of Pretoria to Host First World Human Rights Moot Court With United Nations.

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City Of Tshwane And University of Pretoria Join Hands to Develop a 20-Year Economic Development Strategy for Tshwane
Posted on 02 Dec 2009

Dr Gwen Ramakgopa, Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane and Prof Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria,today (2 December 2009) signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at the design and implementation of a comprehensive strategy to develop Tshwane into a leading international capital city of excellence that stimulates growth and empowers communities.

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Nursing Education Boosted by Additional R29 Million
Posted on 17 Nov 2009

Academic nursing has received a further boost of R29 million through a grant by the ELMA South Africa Foundation (ELMA) which announced its support today of the University-based Nursing Education South Africa (UNEDSA).

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MACE Award
Posted on 13 Nov 2009

Corporate Communication and Marketing won at MACE conference

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UP Hosts Outgoing Justices of Constitutional Court
Posted on 10 Nov 2009

The Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria was honoured to host a prestige lecture on which occasion the outgoing Justices of the Constitutional Court, Chief Justice Pius Langa and Justices Yvonne Mokgoro, Kate O’Regan and Albie Sachs reflected on their experiences as members of the Constitutional Court.

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Composition by UP Lecturer to Represent SA in Commonwealth Pianorama
Posted on 10 Nov 2009

Celebrated and internationally renowned composer and University of Pretoria lecturer, Dr Alexander Johnson, is to represent South Africa in the world’s first Commonwealth Pianorama, which is linked to the Commonwealth People’s Forum and the Commonwealth Heads of Government meetings (CHOGM), and which will take place in Trinidad and Tobago this November.

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UP Appointed the First Professorial Chair in Philosophy and Psychiatry Outside Of Europe
Posted on 10 Nov 2009

Supported by the International Network of Philosophy and Psychiatry (INPP) and the World Psychiatric Association’s (WPA) Section for the Philosophy and History of Psychiatry, Professor Werdie van Staden has recenlty been appointed by the University of Pretoria as the First Professorial Chair in Philosophy & Psychiatry outside of Europe.

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Latest UP Research Report now available.
Posted on 27 Oct 2009

Dr Cheryl de la Rey, newly appointed Vice Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria, officially received a first copy of the latest UP Research Report, which is now available on the web.

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Professor Thanyani Mariba says goodbye.
Posted on 27 Oct 2009

The University of Pretoria paid a special tribute and a fond farewell to Professor Thanyani Mariba who served two terms as Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences.

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Edward Kennedy Memorial Lecture Series
Posted on 20 Oct 2009

The Embassy of the United States of America, in partnership with the University of Pretoria, is proud to announce the inaugural event of the Edward Kennedy Memorial Lecture Series.

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Tukslaw Mooting Hat-Trick
Posted on 14 Oct 2009

On 9 October 2009, four teams from the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Law competed in the University of the Free State First Year Moot Court Competition in Bloemfontein, with two teams competing in English and Afrikaans respectively.

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University of Pretoria Scientists Unravel Sequence of Notorious Tree Killing Fungus
Posted on 14 Oct 2009

Scientists at the University of Pretoria have produced the full genome sequence of the tree killing fungus, Fusarium circinatum, renewing hope that the global destruction that it wreaks in commercial pine plantations may be stemmed in years to come.

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University of Pretoria’s Law Students’ Team Excels at International Competition
Posted on 13 Oct 2009

Two students from the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Law have won the Ambassador's Round trophy of the 28th John Marshall Law School International Moot Court Competition in Information Technology and Privacy Law, held in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

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Disadvantaged kids from Cape Flats revel in exposure to historical wonders of SA
Posted on 13 Oct 2009

The University of Pretoria treated 62 disadvantaged primary school children from the Cape Flats, most of whom have never travelled beyond the confines of their home district, to an experience of a lifetime that included visits to the Cradle of Mankind, Freedom Park, the Voortrekker Monument and the Apartheid Museum.

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Science Couple at University of Pretoria Wins Major Awards
Posted on 01 Oct 2009

Professor Brenda Wingfield of the University of Pretoria has been honoured by the African Union (AU) for scientific achievements that contributed to socio-economic development in Africa, while her equally astute husband Prof Mike Wingfield, a biotech expert at the university, received a top award from the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (GDARD).

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Lecture and Photographic Exhibition by Roger Ballen
Posted on 30 Sep 2009

The University of Pretoria is exhibiting a photographic exhibition entitled Boarding House by the well-known American-born photographer Roger Ballen in the Merensky Library on the UP Hatfield Campus, Level 3 from 22 September until 31 October 2009.

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HERS-SA Presentation
Posted on 23 Sep 2009

The presentation was done in Cape Town by the Director of Corporate Communication and Marketing, Elizabeth Pretorius, on 16 September 2009.

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International Stem Cell Awareness Day Focuses on its Importance to Humanity.
Posted on 23 Sep 2009

Scientists throughout the world will celebrate the second annual International Stem Cell Awareness Day on Wednesday September 23, reaching out to leaders and the public at large to champion the stem cell cause and its importance to humanity.

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UP Academics Contribute Meaningfully to King III Report
Posted on 14 Sep 2009

The University of Pretoria’s outstanding reputation in the fields of business ethics and responsible leadership resulted in three of its academics’ close involvement in the drafting of the recently released King III Report on Governance for South Africa.

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Truly Global Capital Markets are Becoming a Reality
Posted on 11 Sep 2009

Truly global financial reporting standards and genuinely global capital markets may be a reality much sooner than is generally expected, says Professor Mary Barth, former member of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and Professor of Accounting at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

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Information on a Protest March: Friday 4 September 2009
Posted on 03 Sep 2009

The Management of the University of Pretoria has been informed that a group of political student organisations under the banner of the UP Student Front would like to engage in a protest march to the Hatfield Campus on Friday, 4 September 2009. The Tshwane Metropolitan Police Services granted permission for the march.

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Tuks say goodbye to Executive Director Johan Nel
Posted on 03 Sep 2009

Executive Director Johan Nel, is leaving UP after 12 years of commendable service.

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Women’s Day at Tukkies
Posted on 28 Aug 2009

Women and Entrepreneurship were the theme of a highly enjoyable Women’s Day celebration that was held in the Atrium of the Postgraduate Centre at the University of Pretoria’s Hatfield Campus on Saturday 15 August 2009.

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UP Alumni a Hugo Kauder Finalist
Posted on 28 Aug 2009

Cobus du Toit, an alumni of the University of Pretoria, is one of the finalists in the 5th International Hugo Kauder Competition for flute, oboe and clarinet, which will take place in New Haven in Colorado in the USA on 11 September 2009. Ten woodwind players including flutists, clarinetists and oboists under the age of 35 of various nationalities have been selected to perform in front of a distinguished live jury.

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Flowers for a champion
Posted on 26 Aug 2009

The University of Pretoria on Wednesday, 26 August, officially congratulated new 800m world champion Caster Semenya, a student at the university, at a function hosted by acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal Prof Chris de Beer. It was her first day back on campus.

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UP Improves Safety and Security Surveillance on Campus
Posted on 26 Aug 2009

The University of Pretoria today unveiled a new Operational Management Centre, featuring advanced electronic surveillance equipment, which will significantly contribute to improved safety for some 46 000 students, staff and visitors entering the university premises every day.

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Spring Day
Posted on 25 Aug 2009

To all students and lecturers:

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Virtual expert
Posted on 21 Aug 2009

Now is the time to improve our skills in technology, by "training at your desk".

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Applications for Bursaries and Loans: 2010
Posted on 14 Aug 2009

Applications for bursaries and loans offered by the University of Pretoria close 31 October 2009.

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Through the Eyes of a Child
Posted on 12 Aug 2009

A production by students of the Music Department.

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Swine Flu Prevention
Posted on 12 Aug 2009

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Swine Flu Updates SA
Posted on 12 Aug 2009

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More than 300 leading economists to visit RSA
Posted on 11 Aug 2009

The University of Pretoria (UP) will host 300 leading international economists who will explore a raft of public policy and development issues at the 65th congress of the International Institute of Public Finance (IIPF), taking place at the Cape Town Convention Centre from 13-16 August.

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Give the gift of life- August is National Organ & Tissue Donor Month
Posted on 07 Aug 2009

With advances in medical technology, patients with diseases of the major organs such as the heart, liver, kidney and pancreas are not facing a death sentence. An organ transplant can ensure that such patients can still live long and fulfilled lives. However, modern technology has advanced to such an extent that it is not just organs that can be transplanted, but tissue as well. Unfortunately, the demand for human tissue transplants currently far outweighs the supply, and new human tissue donors are constantly sought.

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UP and partners launch Skills Development Initiative
Posted on 07 Aug 2009

The University of Pretoria, Vodacom, Sierra Wireless and its partners have launched a skills development initiative with the introduction of smart wireless machine-to-machine (M2M ) technology from Sierra Wireless.

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Naledi – Where stars are made
Posted on 05 Aug 2009

The University of Pretoria opened yet another residence for full-time students in Pretoria East on 4 August 2009.

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Mouth and Throat Cancer Screening 4-6 August 2009
Posted on 31 Jul 2009

Free mouth and throat cancer screening will take place from 4 to 6 August at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital. This is a joint effort by the Departments of Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgery, Oral Pathology and Oral Medicine of the University of Pretoria.

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Forum: HIV/AIDS Conspiracy Suspicions and the Health Care System in Zimbabwe
Posted on 29 Jul 2009

Pretoria – HIV/AIDS Conspiracy Suspicions and the Health Care System in Zimbabwe are the subjects of a discussion by visiting anthropologist Dr Alexander Rödlach at the Centre for the Study of AIDS at the University of Pretoria this week.

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Invitation to attend Egyptian Cultural Week
Posted on 29 Jul 2009

The Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt HE Dr Mohamed Zayed
& Mrs Suzan Tawfik are honoured to invite you to:


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Students Card requirement
Posted on 27 Jul 2009

ID documents will be required for the issuing of Student Cards
(with immediate effect)


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University of Pretoria appoints new Vice-Chancellor and Principal
Posted on 27 Jul 2009

The University of Pretoria is pleased to announce that, at an extraordinary meeting held on Monday, 27 July 2009, the University Council resolved to appoint Dr Cheryl de la Rey as the University’s new Vice-Chancellor and Principal. This follows the resignation of Prof Calie Pistorius in March this year. The exact date on which Dr de la Rey will assume duty in her new position is still to be agreed with her.

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UP and Argentinian MoU
Posted on 24 Jul 2009

The University of Pretoria and the National Institute for Agricultural Technologies (INTA) of the Argentine Republic signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Pretoria on 16 July 2009 during a visit by Argentinian agriculture researchers to South Africa in July this year.

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Week of milestones in appointment process of new Tuks VC
Posted on 16 Jul 2009

On Wednesday, 15 July, candidates short listed for the position of Vice-Chancellor and Principal at the University of Pretoria were given the opportunity to address a joint meeting of the University Council, Senate and the Institutional Forum.

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Staff and Students: Trouble Finding Parking?
Posted on 16 Jul 2009

On request of staff and students making use of the Park-and-Ride Facility from LC de Villiers to Main Campus, the first bus will now depart from LC de Villiers at 06:45 and not at 07:00. The schedule changes as follows:


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Your career might need a boost!
Posted on 16 Jul 2009

Continuing Education at University of Pretoria (CE at UP)

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UP student injured in lift
Posted on 15 Jul 2009

The University of Pretoria regrets the incident yesterday when a student of the University was injured when she fell approximately 2m down a lift shaft.

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Input received for interviews
Posted on 14 Jul 2009

The request for inputs with regard to questions to be addressed by candidates for the position of Vice-Chancellor and Principal in their presentations to the joint meeting of Council, Senate and the Institutional Forum on Wednesday, 15 July 2009, which was issued to all staff members and students during May 2009, refers.



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Staff and students: trouble finding parking?
Posted on 09 Jul 2009

Effective 13 July 2009, the following adjustments to the University of Pretoria’s Park-and Ride facility will be implemented

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Invitation to an information session regarding the new Engineering/Parkade Project
Posted on 08 Jul 2009

By this time you are most probably aware of the major construction activities taking place behind the Aula on the Hatfield campus. These activities have necessitated the closure of a part of the Circle Road and the loss of parking behind the Aula and CEFIM.



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University of Pretoria and South Korea’s Sogang University strike a partnership on Students Exchange Programmes
Posted on 26 Jun 2009

The University of Pretoria and South Korean-based Sogang University have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to start a partnership involving a student exchange program.


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Urgent call for applications for the University of Pretoria Undergraduate Student Exchange Programme
Posted on 25 Jun 2009

Applications for the University of Pretoria Undergraduate Student Exchange Programme during 2010 are now available.



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University of Pretoria and the Modjadji Dynasty collaborate on research project into rainmaking customs
Posted on 25 Jun 2009

The University of Pretoria (UP) has joined hands with the Balobedu community to start a research project in the form of drama productions aimed at collecting and recording traditional mythologies, stories and traditional customs surrounding rainmaking associated with the Queen Modjadji Dynasties.

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Centenary Building officially opened
Posted on 24 Jun 2009

The Centenary Building was officially opened on Wednesday, 17 June 2009. The Centenary Plaque was unveiled by the outgoing Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof Calie Pistorius.

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ICERI2009 Announcement in Institutional Website
Posted on 12 Jun 2009

The International Association for Technology, Education and Development (IATED) would like to invite you to take part in the Annual Edition of International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI 2009) that will be held in Madrid (Spain) on the 16th, 17th and 18th of November, 2009.

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University of Pretoria to hand over its firearms to the SAPS
Posted on 11 Jun 2009

The University of Pretoria’s Department of Security Services will hand over 34 firearms to the Brooklyn Police Station tomorrow (Friday 12 June 2009).

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Short course in Personal Branding:
Posted on 03 Jun 2009

The key to launch a successful career

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University of Pretoria to host a Visual Culture Conference
Posted on 02 Jun 2009

The University of Pretoria’s Department of Visual Arts will next month host the 25th Annual Conference of the South African Association of Visual Arts Historians (SAVAH).

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Temporary Closure of University Road
Posted on 27 May 2009

The extent of construction activities in and around University Road has necessitated the closure of the road between Lynnwood Road and Burnett Street for the period 1 June 2009 to 30 September 2009.

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Changeover to One-Way Streets in Hatfield: 6 June 2009
Posted on 27 May 2009

Traffic congestion and developments in Hatfield have been observed thoroughly and after a comprehensive traffic study a decision has been made to convert specific streets to one-way streets.

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University of Pretoria’s senior management thank AmaTuks and supporters for participating in the Nedbank Cup
Posted on 27 May 2009

On behalf of the University, I would like to take this opportunity to thank AmaTuks and the team’s supporters for carrying the flag of the university high during their three-month participation in the Nedbank Cup.

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University of Pretoria’s senior management sends a well-wishing message to AmaTuks
Posted on 21 May 2009

On behalf of the University, I would like to take this opportunity to wish AmaTuks well in their match against Moroka Swallows in the final game of the Nedbank Cup that takes place this Saturday (23 May 2009).

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Urgent Notice for International Students
Posted on 07 May 2009

All international students are once again urged to please carry their passports, with a valid permit included (Study Permit/Asylum Permit/Refugee Permit/Diplomatic Passport), on their person at all times.

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Logistical Implications of the Engineering/Parkade Project
Posted on 05 May 2009

You may be aware that the University Council has approved a major facility expansion project for the School of Engineering as well as the construction of a parking garage for approximately 1000 cars. The combined structure will be situated on the location of the current parking area behind the Aula.

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The Department of Corporate Communication and Marketing recently launched a competition
Posted on 05 Dec 2008

The Department of Corporate Communication and Marketing recently launched a competition in which UP personnel could choose a design for the mugs to be ordered by the Centenary Shop.

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UP Marketing scoops 5 national awards
Vicky Mogotsi
Posted on 22 Oct 2008

At the recent national MACE (previously Unitech) Excellence Awards, the University of Pretoria's marketing teams won five awards.

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