Research underway on how mobile devices can support mathematics teachers
Posted on 26 Mar 2014
Prof Ronél Ferreira, Head of the Department of Educational Psychology in UP’s Faculty of Education, and Prof Gerrit Stols, senior lecturer in the Department of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, are part of an interuniversity team that received funding for a research project on the development of a Mathematics Information Delivery Hub (MIDHub) for Grade 10 to Grade 12 teachers.
UP Economics students awarded prestigious scholarships
Department of Economics
Posted on 20 Mar 2014
Two postgraduate students of the Department of Economics were awarded Economic Research Southern Africa (ERSA) scholarships. ERSA is a research programme which is being funded by the National Treasury of South Africa. What makes this achievement so remarkable is the fact that the University of Pretoria’s department, is the only Economics Department of SA universities of which two candidates received scholarships.
Research Focus: Three reasons to question Earnings Per Share
Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences
Posted on 19 Mar 2014
Prof Johannes de Wet, Associate Professor at the University of Pretoria, says analysts and other users of financial statements should be wary of the pitfalls of reported Earnings Per Share (EPS) performance. “A questionable over-emphasis on short term EPS performance has resulted in a distorted view of true performance,” he says in an article published in the international journal, "Corporate Ownership and Control".
Research identifies positive parenting as critical mediator in HIV positive families
Posted on 14 Mar 2014
New research done in the Faculty of Education shows that positive parenting by mothers who are HIV positive is a very important mediator in respect of children’s ability to cope with their mothers’ illness. The research results suggest that interventions for women living with HIV, and for their children, should not only address maternal psychological functioning (depression and coping), but that it should also focus on parenting and promoting a positive approach.
Aeronautical Engineers making a difference
Posted on 13 Mar 2014
In response to the much publicised problem of rhino poaching in the Kruger National Park, a team of students from the University of Pretoria and three partner universities are designing and building an unmanned fixed-wing aircraft equipped with intelligence gathering sensors, such as cameras with night vision, which will enable park rangers to pro-actively fight poaching.
Report by UP's Prof Heyns considered in EU resolution
Posted on 05 Mar 2014
On 27 February 2014 the European Parliament adopted Resolution 2014/2567(RSP) on the use of armed drones wherein it notes its concerns on the deaths of thousands of civilians where drones have been used. The European Parliament’s resolution comes after the 2013 reports submitted to the UN General Assembly and Human Rights Council by among others, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Professor Christof Heyns, who is also the co-director of the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa from the Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria.
Kumba Virtual Reality Centre for Mine Design
Posted on 05 Mar 2014
Another impressive ‘first in Africa’ project for the University of Pretoria: a virtual reality centre for Mining Design that will change the face of teaching. It is a dream that started late 2011, come true.