Community-based learning is a relative new field of learning. It is a form of experiential learning with the aim at accomplishment of tasks, which meets genuine human needs, as well as the execution of the tasks that serve as an educational and learning tool aimed at the acquisition of a number of important life skills by the students.
The Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and information Technology at the University of Pretoria implemented as from 2005 a new compulsory module, Community-Based Project (JCP), for all undergraduates. The eight-credit module is offered on an open-ended and project-orientated basis. The students attended compulsory orientation sessions and then submitted their projects in the form of a proposal for evaluation and approval. Only then students started with their fieldwork of at least 40 hours. After the students have done their fieldwork they report on their experiences and lessons learnt via a presentation and report in the form of a blog.
Integrated reporting yearbook 2013 released - 04/12/2013
The Albert Luthuli Centre for Responsible Leadership and its Integrated Reporting Team launched the Integrated reporting yearbook 2013 on 28 November. The same date also saw a celebration in honour of the first group of students to complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Integrated Reporting.
UP innovation offers hearing screening solution for children - 04/12/2013
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.
Season's greetings - 03/12/2013
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.
UP student takes top honours in SAIEE competition - 03/12/2013
The 2013 National Student Project Competition of the SAIEE (South African Institute of Electrical Engineers) was hosted by the University of Pretoria on 28 November. Top final-year students from South African universities and universities of technology took part in the competition.
Projects in this year’s competition covered a wide range including the designing and development of a prototype super-capacitor-powered campus bicycle, occluded body pose estimation, the development of a robotic demonstration platform for use in the research of intelligent transport systems, and the designing of a low-cost teleconferencing system based on the Raspberry Pi.
Forensic Anthropology book launched at the Faculty of Health Sciences - 27/11/2013
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.
Students contribute towards saving the rhino - 27/11/2013
Students of the Tourism Management Division hosted two Save the Rhino events. The first was an exhibition in the Merensky Library of the University of Pretoria in October where ceramic rhinos, painted by students and lecturers, were showcased. The second event was a silent auction of these rhino artworks.