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New findings made through a fresh research approach to parables
Petronel Fourie
Posted on 19 Jun 2014

Through his research of the parables in the setting of the historical Jesus (27-30 CE), Prof Ernest van Eck, a lecturer in UPís Department of New Testament Studies with a C3 NRF-rating, aims to make a difference in the postmodern society. Prof Van Eck feels strongly about social justice and his research is centered around it.

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A first ever in South Africa
Department of Auditing
Posted on 18 Jun 2014

The first DCom degree in Internal Auditing in South Africa will be awarded to Mr Houdini Fourie in UPís Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences. Mr Fourie recently delivered his oral defence of his doctoral degree.

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The chicken or the egg?
Myan Subrayan
Posted on 17 Jun 2014

According to Associate Professor Robyn Alders, Principal Research Fellow in the University of Sydneyís Faculty of Veterinary Science, we can have them both Ė that is for consumption!

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TuksCricket preparations for World Finals are well under way
Blanche Conradie
Posted on 17 Jun 2014

With just more than four weeks to go before TuksCricket leave for the Red Bull Campus Cricket World Finals, preparations are well under way to ensure that Tuks give their best at this world cup cricket tournament for universities in England next month.

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UP team wins SA national finals of the Microsoft Imagine Cup by fighting aliens
Ansa Heyl
Posted on 12 Jun 2014

A team of four multimedia students from the University of Pretoria, who call themselves the Super Sea Dragons, won the SA national finals of the Microsoft Imagine Cup. The group developed a game called Orbit, a 2D game set in space in which players assume the role of Atlas, an astronaut who navigates and explores systems of tiny planets, fighting aliens to save humanity.

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Manís best friend gives more than loyalty and love
Louise de Bruin
Posted on 12 Jun 2014

Manís canine companion is set to unravel the mystery of human disease through a study about to commence at UPís Faculty of Veterinary Science. Prof Andrew Leisewitz is embarking on a study of canine diseases which will hopefully lead to a better understanding of human diseases such as malaria and multiple sclerosis and possibly yield more effective treatments. Using animal models to learn more about these human diseases, Leisewitzís two research areas are a tick-borne disease and a viral disease, namely canine babesiosis and canine distemper.

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Re-a-bua dialogue sessions Ė celebrating diversity and creating unity at UP
Ansa Heyl
Posted on 11 Jun 2014

In September 2013, the Department of Human Capital and Transformation embarked on an exciting initiative to get staff and students talking about issues related to the creation of an inclusive and enabling environment at UP.

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Building a bridge between the ancient past and the present
Petronel Fourie
Posted on 10 Jun 2014

Prof Kobus Kok, a lecturer in UPís Department of New-Testament Studies, is one of the first New Testament academics in the world to bring the Dialogical Self Theory in line with the construction of early Christian identity. Through his latest research, he is building a bridge between the past and the present by reading the ancient texts through a socio-scientific lens in order to illustrate the ancient worldís relevance for today.

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UP Graduates chosen for cross-continental management programme
Department of Economics
Posted on 10 Jun 2014

Two graduates of the Department of Economics, Mashuping Liphoko and Mpho Tsebe, have been chosen to join the amazing 3Continent Master of Science in Global Management (3CMGM) programme. This is the second consecutive year in which UP graduates have been selected for this highly acclaimed program.

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High-performance research leads to high-performance individuals
Louise de Bruin
Posted on 09 Jun 2014

Imagine a top rugby player knew the exact reason why he had not been selected for the team and why his position had been given to another player. What if schools in resource-constrained communities could really become facilities used optimally for social change? In a day and age where power and competition are what motivate achievement, solutions for improvement would be greatly beneficial. Prof Peet du Toit of the Department of Physiology has devised methods to evaluate performance and applications to improve education methods. These indicators are based on a holistic approach to research, testing an array of variables to give a thorough indication of an individualís true level of performance and development.

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