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Is SA business ready for the 21st century?
Prof Lorenzo Fioramonti
Posted on 22 Aug 2014

The Corporate Governance Index 2014, which my centre released last week in partnership with the Institute of Internal Auditors of South Africa, provides a worrying snapshot of the state of business performance in our country. The Index finds that the leadership skills, accountability and overall conduct of public and private corporations have worsened over the past year.

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UP food scientist receives international award for leadership in his field
Louise de Bruin
Posted on 21 Aug 2014

Dr Patrick Njage of the Department of Food Science at UP and postdoctoral fellow of the Institute for Food, Nutrition and Well-being (IFNuW), was a recipient of the International Union of Food Science and Technology’s (IUFoST) Young Scientist Award for 2014. Alongside seven other outstanding young food scientists from across the world, Njage received the award at the IUFoST’s 17th World Congress of Food Science and Technology (World Food Congress), held in Montreal, Canada from 17 to 21 August.

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Celebrating 15 years of music therapy training at UP
Andeline dos Santos & Carol Lotter
Posted on 21 Aug 2014

On Saturday 16 August the Music Therapy Unit of the Department of Music hosted a vibrant celebration to showcase the work of current students, past graduates and staff members. This event was held to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Music Therapy training at the University of Pretoria. The UP MMus (Music Therapy) training programme is the only master’s training programme of its kind on the African continent.

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UP PhD student receives prestigious award for best research in basic pharmacology
Ansa Heyl
Posted on 21 Aug 2014

Mr Werner Cordier, who is currently doing a PhD under the supervision of Prof Vanessa Steenkamp from the Department of Pharmacology at UP, was awarded the prestigious IPASA (Innovative Pharmaceutical Association of South Africa) award for best research in basic pharmacology for his research titled ‘An in vitro mechanistic evaluation of the hepatotoxic properties of Solanum aculeastrum’.

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UP wins first prize for best exhibition at Sasol Techno X
Rudi Horak
Posted on 21 Aug 2014

The University of Pretoria (UP) took first prize for the best exhibition in the University category at the annual Sasol Techno X career expo at the Sasol ChemCity Eco Industrial Park in Sasolburg in August. This year’s theme was ‘Today’s minds, tomorrow’s future’.

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Huge teaching development grant for UP
Renee Conradie
Posted on 19 Aug 2014

The Department of Higher Education and Training has granted funding of R8 million for the development of higher education based on a project plan put forward by the University of Pretoria and the University of Cape Town. The University of Pretoria (UP) will be coordinating this development that will focus on the establishment of a collaborative open educational resource term bank (OERTB) for higher education.

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Research into SA’s unique ritual-liturgical landscape
Petronel Fourie
Posted on 19 Aug 2014

Prof Cas Wepener, a C2-graded researcher from the Department Practical Theology at UP, is researching South Africa’s ritual-liturgical landscape, which he describes as a fairly unique landscape that cannot really be equated with that of any other country. Ritual expressions of religion and spirituality in South Africa challenges the traditional theological discipline of Liturgical Studies that was born and raised in the West, thereby providing interesting research possibilities into this discipline.

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Prof De Jongh appointed as Adjunct Professor in Australia
Albert Luthuli Centre for Responsible Leadership
Posted on 18 Aug 2014

Professor Derick de Jongh, Director of the Albert Luthuli Centre for Responsible Leadership (ALCRL), was invited by the Asia Pacific Centre for Sustainable Enterprise(APCSE) at Griffith University in Australia as a visiting professor, after which he was also appointed as an Adjunct Professor at the institution.

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Two Tuks researchers awarded at WISA (Women in Science Awards)
DUR
Posted on 18 Aug 2014

Two women currently busy with their doctoral studies at the University of Pretoria won fellowships of R40 000 each at the 2014 “Women in Science Awards” of the Department of Science and Technology. The awards were presented at a gala event at the Hilton hotel in Johannesburg on Friday.

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UP curator participates in world-class art exhibition
DUR
Posted on 18 Aug 2014

Artist Daniel Rankadi Mosako, curator of the Edoardo Villa Museum and Collection based at the University of Pretoria, was selected to represent South Africa at the 2014 UNESCO Art Camp held from 17 to 21 July in the historical town of Ordino, Andorra where he joined 29 other fine art artists from various countries. Andorra is a small state located in the Pyrenean mountains in southwestern Europe.

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