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Jurisprudence participates in the Feast of the Clowns
Isolde de Villiers
Posted on 27 Sep 2012

The Feast of the Clowns has been part of the City of Tshwane’s calendar since 2000. What started out as a small street festival, has now established itself as the only annual festival in the inner city combining celebration and social justice.

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One of South Africa’s 30 wonder women
Department of Human Resource Management
Posted on 26 Sep 2012

Prof Shirley Zinn, an extraordinary professor in the Department of Human Resource Management, has been designated as one of South Africa’s 30 wonder women by the Wits Business School Journal.

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UP initiates links with Engineering and Technology University in Nigeria
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 12 Nov 2013

Engineering and Technology was the main focus regarding the formalising of academic ties between the University of Pretoria (UP) and Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) in Nigeria. The formal relationship of the two institutions was sealed by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Pretoria’s Vice-Principal, Prof Tyrone Pretorius and the Vice-Chancellor of LAUTECH, Prof AS Gbadegesin.

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African University Day: whither the South African universities?
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 12 Nov 2013

The 12th of November is annually celebrated throughout the continent as African University Day. This follows the decision by the Organization of African Unity (OAU), now African Union (AU) in 1994 to inaugurate this day to sensitize people on the role of the African university in the economic and social development of Africa. This objective, especially the social development role of the African university, is important given the current context in which the unholy trinity of marketization, massification and managerialism are holding sway in our higher education systems.

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UP Prof awarded prestigious MRC Flagship Award
Health Sciences
Posted on 08 Nov 2013

Prof Michael Pepper, Director of the Institute for Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the Faculty of Health Sciences, was awarded one of the prestigious University Flagship Project research grants from the Medical Research Council (MRC). The Flagship Project grants are the largest medical research grants of the MRC and aim to allocate funding to support clinical research in South Africa. The grant will provide about R16 million over a period of three years.

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Conference hosted by Centre for Human Rights highlights challenges regarding the rights of persons with disabilities in Africa
Frans Viljoen
Posted on 07 Nov 2013

Speaking on the first day of a two-day conference on the effective implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo posed the question as to why this treaty has had so little traction in African countries.

McClain-Nhlapo, who previously served on the South African Human Rights Commission and currently works with USAid, noted that despite wide ratification of the CRPD in Africa, persons with disabilities remain among the most socio-economically excluded and deprived persons on this continent.

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UP Academic wins a Prestigious 2013 DTI Technology Award
Maryna Bekker
Posted on 07 Nov 2013

Prof Sunil Maharaj who holds the SENTECH Chair in Broadband Wireless Multimedia Communications (BWMC) in the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering was the winner of The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) THRIP Award in their Advanced Hi-Tech Research Category for his collaborative research work in wireless broadband communications.

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UP to affirm South Africa as a top tourist destination
Tourism Management Division
Posted on 05 Nov 2013

Leading academic in the field of national tourism destination competitiveness, Prof Geoffrey Crouch, of La Trobe University in Australia, recently visited UP to consult on the research project awarded to the Tourism Management Division by the National Department of Tourism. This project requires the research into South Africa’s tourism destination competitiveness.

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Synergy between biology and mathematics culminates in launch of new SARChl Chair
Martie Meyer
Posted on 04 Nov 2013

Although mathematics has long been intertwined with the biological sciences, an explosive synergy between biology and mathematics is happening. For the past few decades this has contributed greatly to the enrichment and extension of both fields. As JE Cohen, a mathematical biologist once said, ‘Mathematics is biology's next microscope, only better; biology is mathematics' next physics, only better.’

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The University of Pretoria builds partnerships in Romania
Posted on 01 Nov 2013

Prof Stephanie Burton, Vice-Principal for Research and Postgraduate Studies, recently led a UP delegation to visit universities and tertiary institutions in Romania. Included in the delegation was Prof Irma Eloff, Dean of Education, Prof Elsabé Loots, Dean of Economics and Management Sciences and Dr Yolanda Spies from the Faculty of Humanities. The delegation was accompanied by Mrs Venita Smit, Charge d'Affaires, from the SA Embassy in Bucharest, Romania.

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