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.
Report by UP's Prof Heyns considered in EU resolution - 05/03/2014
On 27 February 2014 the European Parliament adopted Resolution 2014/2567(RSP) on the use of armed drones wherein it notes its concerns on the deaths of thousands of civilians where drones have been used. The European Parliament’s resolution comes after the 2013 reports submitted to the UN General Assembly and Human Rights Council by among others, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Professor Christof Heyns, who is also the co-director of the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa from the Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria.
Research on the use of information and communication technologies - 27/02/2014
A pilot study was conducted by Prof Felicite Fairer-Wessels of the Tourism Management Division amongst selected non-profit visitor information centres (VIC) to determine whether the information managers have sufficient knowledge management capabilities in terms of tacit or explicit knowledge, the knowledge management information life cycle and knowledge management assets in terms of organisational processes.
Pinnacle of scholarly work celebrated with new monograph - 23/02/2014
UP celebrates the printed monograph as the pinnacle of scholarly work – a highly specialised work of scholarship that each academic is trained to dream of achieving.
This was the message that Prof Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria, conveyed at the recent launch of the book The Chemistry of Matter Waves by Prof Jan Boeyens, extraordinary professor at UP’s Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship.