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UP Architecture graduate wins prestigious national award
Nico Botes
Posted on 22 Apr 2014

Heidi van Eeden, a University of Pretoria alumna, was announced as the overall winner of the 27th National Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year award. This is the seventh time that a U.P. student has won this prestigious award. Previous winners were Braam de Villiers (1994), Christiaan van Niekerk (2002), Gerald Schulz (2004), Cillié Malan (2005), Marinda Smalberger (2007) and Clifford Gouws (2012).

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Investment in the 21st century ‘knowledge’ currency to produce world-class graduates
Department of Business Management
Posted on 22 Apr 2014

Hellmann Logistics South Africa joined forces with the Department of Business Management to invest in the 21st century ‘knowledge’ currency to produce world-class graduates by awarding ten BCom (Business Management) students, with highly innovative and creative social media initiatives, with bursaries and internships for one academic year.

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First in-depth look at West Coast’s own Heaviside’s dolphins
DUR
Posted on 17 Apr 2014

All Heaviside’s dolphins found along southern Africa’s West Coast are related, and belong to one of two major populations. This is one of the findings of the first in-depth genetic study about this endemic dolphin species that is only found from Table Bay to southern Angola. The species may be sensitive to overharvesting by the hake fishing industry.

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UP ideally positioned to make a contribution
The Albert Luthuli Centre for Responsible Leadership
Posted on 17 Apr 2014

African universities have a major role to play in contributing to the continent’s transformation, and the University of Pretoria (UP) is ideally positioned to make such a contribution.

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The world beyond 2015 – is higher education ready?
Ansa Heyl
Posted on 17 Apr 2014

‘We are very good at communicating to a scholarly audience, but one of our challenges is how to transfer that information to a broader audience, in other words the general public. There is definitely room for us [universities] to do more of that.’ This was the response of Prof Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria (UP), to one of the questions posed by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) as part of a new international campaign.

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Tax specialist nominated for an Education Innovation Award
Department of Taxation
Posted on 15 Apr 2014

A senior lecturer in the Department of Taxation, Ms Theresa van Oordt, has been nominated for the Laureate Award for Education Innovation.

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Prof Tiaan de Jager gives an African perspective on environmental issues in Geneva
Faculty/Fakulteit
Posted on 15 Apr 2014

Prof Tiaan de Jager, Deputy Dean: Research in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Director of the University of Pretoria’s Centre for Sustainable Malaria Control, is an expert on the effect of the presence of pharmaceuticals in the environment in Africa. It was on account of this expertise that he was invited by the German Federal Government Environment Protection Agency and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) to address them on the effect of pharmaceuticals on the environment in Africa.

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Research Focus: Pharmaceutical Sales Representatives: Profit by non-financial motivators
Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences
Posted on 14 Apr 2014

“Often neglected non-financial motivators could prove highly effective in improving employee productivity,” Dr Melanie Wiese and Dr Ronel Coetzee of the University of Pretoria’s Department of Marketing Management conclude in an article in the Southern African Business Review.

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Economics PhD recipient appointed at the University of Chicago
Department of Economics
Posted on 10 Apr 2014

Dr Jacques Ngoie Kibambe, who received his MPhil (2005) and his PhD (2009) in Economics from the University of Pretoria, has recently been offered the opportunity to join the Becker-Friedman Institute at the University of Chicago, as a research fellow. During his two-year fellowship he will be researching household bargaining and its impact on educational attainment in South Africa.

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Exceptional graduation for the Faculty of Theology
Faculty/Fakulteit
Posted on 10 Apr 2014

The Faculty of Theology will, for the first time in its history, award a doctoral degree earned by virtue of publication at the graduation ceremony to be held on 25 April. A PhD degree will also be conferred on Solomzi Ferguson Sotobe, probably the oldest person ever to receive a doctorate from this Faculty.

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