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UP food scientist receives international award for leadership in his field
Louise de Bruin
Posted on 21 Aug 2014

Dr Patrick Njage of the Department of Food Science at UP and postdoctoral fellow of the Institute for Food, Nutrition and Well-being (IFNuW), was a recipient of the International Union of Food Science and Technology’s (IUFoST) Young Scientist Award for 2014. Alongside seven other outstanding young food scientists from across the world, Njage received the award at the IUFoST’s 17th World Congress of Food Science and Technology (World Food Congress), held in Montreal, Canada from 17 to 21 August.

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Huge teaching development grant for UP
Renee Conradie
Posted on 19 Aug 2014

The Department of Higher Education and Training has granted funding of R8 million for the development of higher education based on a project plan put forward by the University of Pretoria and the University of Cape Town. The University of Pretoria (UP) will be coordinating this development that will focus on the establishment of a collaborative open educational resource term bank (OERTB) for higher education.

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Research into SA’s unique ritual-liturgical landscape
Petronel Fourie
Posted on 19 Aug 2014

Prof Cas Wepener, a C2-graded researcher from the Department Practical Theology at UP, is researching South Africa’s ritual-liturgical landscape, which he describes as a fairly unique landscape that cannot really be equated with that of any other country. Ritual expressions of religion and spirituality in South Africa challenges the traditional theological discipline of Liturgical Studies that was born and raised in the West, thereby providing interesting research possibilities into this discipline.

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Prof De Jongh appointed as Adjunct Professor in Australia
Albert Luthuli Centre for Responsible Leadership
Posted on 18 Aug 2014

Professor Derick de Jongh, Director of the Albert Luthuli Centre for Responsible Leadership (ALCRL), was invited by the Asia Pacific Centre for Sustainable Enterprise(APCSE) at Griffith University in Australia as a visiting professor, after which he was also appointed as an Adjunct Professor at the institution.

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Two Tuks researchers awarded at WISA (Women in Science Awards)
DUR
Posted on 18 Aug 2014

Two women currently busy with their doctoral studies at the University of Pretoria won fellowships of R40 000 each at the 2014 “Women in Science Awards” of the Department of Science and Technology. The awards were presented at a gala event at the Hilton hotel in Johannesburg on Friday.

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UP curator participates in world-class art exhibition
DUR
Posted on 18 Aug 2014

Artist Daniel Rankadi Mosako, curator of the Edoardo Villa Museum and Collection based at the University of Pretoria, was selected to represent South Africa at the 2014 UNESCO Art Camp held from 17 to 21 July in the historical town of Ordino, Andorra where he joined 29 other fine art artists from various countries. Andorra is a small state located in the Pyrenean mountains in southwestern Europe.

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Prof Brenda Wingfield appointed as Acting Dean for Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
Martie Meyer
Posted on 18 Aug 2014

Prof Brenda Wingfield was appointed as the Acting Dean of the Faculty from 15 August 2014. She succeeds Prof Anton Ströh who served the Faculty as Dean for ten years. He is presently the Vice-Principal: Institutional Planning at the University.

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UP students get inspired at leadership programme in Washington DC
Ansa Heyl
Posted on 15 Aug 2014

The South Africa–Washington International Programme (SAWIP), the UP Chapter of which was launched earlier this year, has a vision of a South Africa with strong leaders who have a global perspective, who serve others with humility and integrity and in so doing inspire future generations to do the same. To achieve this goal, a diverse new generation of emerging South African leaders are inspired, developed and supported in multiple disciplines. A total of 18 students (15 from the Western Cape and three from UP) spent six weeks in Washington DC as part of this prestigious programme.

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Dr Forbes wins SACI award for educational spectrophotometer
Martie Meyer
Posted on 15 Aug 2014

Is it possible to pay a mere R600 instead of R30 000 for a spectrophotometer? This is indeed now possible thanks to the ingenuity of Dr Patricia Forbes from the Department of Chemistry who developed an educational spectrophotometer that can be built by students themselves from a kit for a fraction of the cost of an entry-level commercial instrument.

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Innovative technological intervention for mathematics under research and development
Petronel Fourie
Posted on 14 Aug 2014

A burning question in today’s education system is how to enhance the quality of Grades 10 to 12 mathematics teaching and learning. Prof Gerrit Stols of the Department of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education and a team of researchers are working on possible information, communication and technology (ICT) solutions such as the development of a mathematics information delivery hub, e-books, and apps to address that very problem.

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