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Centre of Excellence in Food Security at UP and UWC officially launched
Martie Meyer
Posted on 24 Apr 2014

“Every South African must be able to develop their full potential and this can’t be done on an empty stomach. This is why this new Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Food Security is so unique – it must lead to interventions that will positively change people’s lives and combat food insecurity in our country.”

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Getting books to our learners by adopting African solutions
DUR
Posted on 23 Apr 2014

The biggest challenge facing South African readers is access to books. For everyday South Africans, loading digital texts onto smartphones or tablets isn't a viable solution. You might have heard the saying that we should use African solutions to solve African problems. In this piece, I write about three organisations — Paperight, Siyavula and Worldreader — that offer practical and context-relevant ways of getting books into the hands of South African learners.

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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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Hellmann Worldwide Logistics South Africa’s ‘#MoreWithLess’ shared value strategy empowers students at the University of Pretoria
Department of Business Management
Posted on 22 Apr 2014

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics South Africa joined forces with the Department of Business Management to invest in the 21st century ‘knowledge’ currency through their ‘#MoreWithLess’ shared value strategy. This investment is aimed at empowering ten BCom (Business Management) e-business students who presented highly innovative and creative social media initiatives with bursaries and internships for the next academic year at the University of Pretoria, thereby producing world-class graduates.

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Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu attends doctoral defence of first degree conferred jointly by UP and the Free University of Amsterdam
Faculty/Fakulteit
Posted on 22 Apr 2014

In celebration of the first degree conferred jointly by the University of Pretoria (UP) and the Free University of Amsterdam (VU), Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu attended the PhD defence of Jacob Meiring, a graduate from UP’s Faculty of Theology, at the VU in Amsterdam on 9 April 2014.

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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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