Lively celebration of World Year of Statistics at UP
Posted on 10 Oct 2013
Who said statistics should be boring? Definitely no-one at the University of Pretoria (UP), it seems, considering the lively manner this field of study was celebrated at the University last week. A gala event in the Aula foyer, complete with an academic address given as a piano recital by Prof Michael Greenacre, an acclaimed statistician from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain, was held to celebrate the World Year of Statistics, a global initiative launched by the American Statistical Association (ASA).
Contributing to Tourism Month celebrations in the Eastern Cape
Department of Business Management
Posted on 09 Oct 2013
Various projects that can add value to the Eastern Capeís future sustainable tourism competitiveness, have already been undertaken at the University of Pretoria, including a project on scientific, academic, volunteer and education (SAVE) tourism and the strategic role of e-marketing to enhance rural tourism competitiveness.
Masterís dissertation takes top international award
Posted on 09 Oct 2013
Masterís student Marcus Melck of the Department of Historical and Heritage Studies was awarded a top international award by the jury of the African Studies Centre (ACS) at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. Melck was placed joint third with his thesis entitled ĎA history of the Afrikadeutschen of Kroondal, 1849Ė1959'.
This Africa Thesis Award is made annually to masterís theses that are completed on the basis of a study conducted on sub-Saharan Africa thematically related to sociogeographical, economic, political, juridical or anthropological issues or focusing on the humanities, such as history, religion and literature. The thesis has to reflect independent empirical research and must have been awarded with distinction (80% or higher, or a Dutch rating of at least an 8).
University of Pretoriaís Academic Hospital revamped
Posted on 04 Oct 2013
A psychiatric hospital, Weskoppies Hospital, which is also an academic hospital for the University of Pretoriaís Faculty of Health Sciences, has received a landscape facelift of major open spaces, such as garden areas and hospital ward courtyards. These upgrades, done by landscaping company Servest Multi Service Group, are meant to improve the social spaces with the aim of enhancing the psychological healing processes of the patients admitted to the hospital.
Outreach programmes to pave the way for a greener province
Posted on 03 Oct 2013
The Climate Innovation Centre (CIC) embarked on a series of inclusivity workshops to raise awareness of the green economy and the impact of climate change among marginalised communities. The first outreach programme was launched in partnership with the Business Clinic at the University of Pretoria, Mamelodi Campus on 12 September 2013.
The workshop was attended by 165 participants, amongst them Ms Ella Bella, the former Miss Earth and Ms Ashanti Mbanga, the current Ms Earth.
Irish Aid Gender Mainstreaming Training held at UP
Posted on 01 Oct 2013
The Gender Unit with funding from the Irish Aid hosted gender mainstreaming training from 16 - 20 September 2013 at the University of Pretoria. This training targets government officials, Irish Aid NGO partners and university staff and is designed to expose a key group of participants to the theory and practice of gender mainstreaming.
This yearís participants ranged from representatives of the Philippines, Tanzania and Ethiopia. Also included were participants from various NGOs in Zimbabwe and South Africa as well as representatives from the Department of Women, Children and Persons with Disabilities and the University of Pretoria.
Engineering student receives Eskom Chairmanís University Award
Posted on 30 Sep 2013
Marilize Everts received the University Award (Open Category) at the Eskom Chairmanís Awards for her outstanding achievement in Engineering. In the Open Category students from all universities and all disciplines are competing against each other.
After matriculating from HoŽrskool Waterkloof with nine distinctions, Marilize finished her degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Pretoria, maintaining an average of 89%.