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African Universities Day 2014: Higher Education and Job Creation in Africa
Dr Kola Adeyemo
Posted on 12 Nov 2014

There are serious incongruities in the economic levels of life around the world. While a few individuals are wealthy, the great majority are poverty stricken and struggle to survive.

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Department of Informatics focusing on Mobile Empowerment
Department of Informatics
Posted on 11 Nov 2014

The Department of Informatics secured a partnership in MOSAIC2B – an EU FP7 Fire Project – in 2014. The objective of FIRE is to create a multidisciplinary research environment for investigating and experimentally validating highly innovative and revolutionary ideas for new networking and service paradigms.

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Bites and scars help researchers to unravel whale migrations
DUR
Posted on 07 Nov 2014

With the help of detailed studies of scarring patterns, researchers from the University of Pretoria’s (UP) Mammal Research Institute are unravelling the mysteries of humpback whale migrations and breeding areas of the west coast of Africa. Their recent paper (see details below) in the Journal of Mammology explains how they use these patterns on the bodies of humpback whales to determine migration routes between feeding grounds in the polar regions and warmer water breeding grounds.

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UP has a new NRF A1-rated researcher
DUR
Posted on 29 Oct 2014

Prof Yves van der Peer, the University of Pretoria’s most recent recipient of an A rating by the NRF, is a leading academic from the University of Ghent in Belgium and one of the world’s foremost bio-informaticians.

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University of Pretoria initiates a relationship with the University of Antwerp
DUR
Posted on 28 Oct 2014

Delegates from the Belgian University of Antwerp visited the University of Pretoria following the launch of the fifth edition of the Erasmus Mundus EUROSA programme in Durban.

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Bumper Year for the Southern Right Whale calves
DUR
Posted on 27 Oct 2014

The Mammal Research Institute of the University of Pretoria recently conducted the annual survey of the Southern Cape’s Right whale population in the coast between Nature’s Valley and Muizenberg, Western Cape.

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A drone is not a cop – UN rights expert concerned about technologies that depersonalise the use of force
United Nations News
Posted on 23 Oct 2014

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, UP's Prof Christof Heyns, has raised concern about the increasing use of technologies that depersonalise the use of force –including armed drones– not only on the battlefield, but also in domestic law enforcement.

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Centre for Natural Hazards relaunched - a new model
DUR
Posted on 23 Oct 2014

A new model of the University of Pretoria’s Centre for Natural Hazards in Africa (formerly known as Aon Benfield Natural Hazard Centre, Africa) was recently launched with the objective of accommodating the changes in its strategy

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Social Development Month (October)
Prof Antoinette Lombard
Posted on 22 Oct 2014

Pro-poor strategies such as social grants, the national school nutrition programme and the expanded Public Works Programme, amongst others, reflect a better understanding in that the most vulnerable are assisted to break the poverty trap.

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Walking the tightrope
DUR
Posted on 20 Oct 2014

Twenty first century organisations can be as large and powerful as countries, yet the communication and knowledge revolution has shrunk the planet and its people into a global village. These extremes of size and a shifting environment force organisations to walk a tightrope balancing people, planet and profit.

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