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Media Office
Posted on 15 Sep 2014

Professor Stella Nkomo, Deputy Dean for Research and Post-Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at the University of Pretoria, has been granted the NRF award ‘Champion of Research Capacity Development at South African Higher Education Institutions’ for 2014.
DUR
Posted on 11 Sep 2014

The School of Health Systems and Public Health at the University of Pretoria (UP), in association with Doctors Without Borders (MSF) will host a panel discussion Victims or Vectors? Ethics and Ebola
which will explore ethical considerations around the treatment and containment of the ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Media Office
Posted on 11 Sep 2014

Humans greet each other by name. Bottlenose dolphins do much the same - they just each whistle their own tune.
Media Office
Posted on 12 Aug 2014

Prof Cheryl de la Rey, the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria, welcomed the women who attended the national conference of the South African Chapter: International Association of Women in Justice (SAC IAWJ), held at the University of Pretoria over the weekend.
Media Office
Posted on 12 Aug 2014

The Albertina Sisulu Executive Leadership Programme in Health, in collaboration with the Department of Health, recently held a policy seminar at the University of Pretoria. The theme was ‘NHI for South Africa: Meeting the health care needs of the needy, poor and destitute’.
Media Office
Posted on 06 Aug 2014

Professor Don Cowan, Director of the Centre for Microbial Ecology and Genomics at the University of Pretoria, is one of the co-authors of an up-coming Nature Commentary on the future of Antarctic science, scheduled for publication on 7 August 2014.
Media Office
Posted on 07 Jul 2014

There is unexpectedly rich microbial life hidden in the soils of some of Earth’s most extreme desert landscapes.
Media Office
Posted on 04 Jul 2014

Four researchers from the University of Pretoria (UP) have emerged as overall winners in their respective categories at the NSTF-BHP Billiton Awards function held at Emperor’s Palace last night (3 July 2014).
Media Office
Posted on 03 Jul 2014

Whether searching for ways to treat serious diseases like cancer and tuberculosis (TB), or formulating new acne creams and toothpastes that fight gum disease, Prof Namrita Lall is convinced that solutions can be found in South Africa’s indigenous plants.
Media Office
Posted on 02 Jul 2014

Unique stem cell research facility at the University of Pretoria is a first for South African and will allow researchers to do pioneering clinical trials
Media Office
Posted on 30 Jun 2014

A new kind of divide is emerging in our school system – the divide between those with South African passports and those without them.
Media Office
Posted on 27 Jun 2014

Mention fungi and most people will think of mushrooms or mouldy cheese. For Prof Brenda Wingfield fungi are the stuff that genomics researchers’ dreams are made of, and her life’s work.
Media Office
Posted on 24 Jun 2014

Caves, darkness and the constant chattering of bats swooshing past her head – it’s all in a day’s work for Prof Wanda Markotter, who says she is “mesmerised” by these elusive creatures.
Prof Caroline Nicholson
Posted on 12 Jun 2014

As South Africa celebrates World day against child labour this June 12th, let South Africans not be complacent
Media Office
Posted on 12 Jun 2014

A researcher at the University of Pretoria (UP), – Professor Zander Myburg – was the lead investigator in a global project to unravel the genetic blueprint of Eucalyptus grandis, a species from a genus of fast-growing trees commonly known as gum trees (bloekoms in Afrikaans) in South Africa.
Media Office
Posted on 05 Jun 2014

Is it possible that a hearing screening test can be so quick and easy to do that even a toddler can perform it? Yes, it is, thanks to the hearScreen cell phone app that has been developed by audiologist Prof De Wet Swanepoel and his team from the University of Pretoria (UP).
Media Office
Posted on 26 May 2014

The University of Pretoria (UP) today formally marked its historic partnership with Absa (a wholly owned subsidiary of the Barclays Africa Group), a partnership in which the two institutions have played a joint role in furthering research and education within an African context over the past five decades.
Media Office
Posted on 23 May 2014

The contribution to society and to the accounting profession by Ms Futhi Mtoba, Chairperson of the Council of the University of Pretoria (UP), was acknowledged this morning when she received an honorary doctorate from the University of Limpopo (UL).
Media Office
Posted on 19 May 2014

Prof Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria, described last week’s official opening of a new dining hall facility, TuksMonate, as good news for the University. ‘This is a good-news story for the University of Pretoria, as … [it has brought to] fruition … a long process [to] which many people contributed,’ she said.
Media Office
Posted on 25 Apr 2014

The Chairperson of the African Union, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, delivered a public lecture on the role of research in African universities and how it can bring about development in the continent of Africa.
Media Office
Posted on 25 Apr 2014

Forensic anthropologist Dr Kyra Stull has developed a reliable tool that police, forensic pathologists and anthropologists can use to age and sex the remains of unidentified missing children. In the process, she has also compiled the world’s largest known sample of children’s long bone images.
Media Office
Posted on 25 Apr 2014

Two strains of the fowl adenovirus - which causes an acute and fatal disease in young chicks - are present in South African commercially farmed bird populations.
Media Office
Posted on 25 Apr 2014

Woven mats made from palm leaves might just be the thing to solve the soil erosion problem in many parts of South Africa – and could also mean the start of various local mat-weaving enterprises. This is the finding of Dr Garry Patterson, who is to receive his doctoral degree in soil science from the University of Pretoria (UP) for research he has done on the effective use of natural geotextiles to control soil erosion.
Media Office
Posted on 23 Apr 2014

Beef cattle farmers will be able to fine-tune their selection and breeding programmes even further thanks to the research efforts of veterinarian Dr Dietmar Holm of the University of Pretoria. He has introduced the use of ultrasound and new criteria to measure the pelvis area of heifers to optimise pre-breeding examination systems.
Media Office
Posted on 23 Apr 2014

Friday 25 April 2014 is World Malaria Day. To mark this annual event and demonstrate important developments in research and malaria education, the Centre for Sustainable Malaria Control at the University of Pretoria (UPCSMC) will host a Malaria Research Day:
Media Office
Posted on 23 Apr 2014

“Malaria is a very complex disease. Trying to stop it is like trying to hit thousands of tennis balls with a teaspoon.”
Media Office
Posted on 23 Apr 2014

Mosquitoes and parasites aren’t the only villains in the battle against malaria. A lack of education, especially in South Africa’s malaria endemic provinces, also does a lot of harm.
Media Office
Posted on 17 Apr 2014

All Heaviside’s dolphins found along southern Africa’s West Coast are related, and belong to one of two major populations. This is one of the findings of the first in-depth genetic study about this endemic dolphin species that is only found from Table Bay to southern Angola. The species may be sensitive to overharvesting by the hake fishing industry.
Media Office
Posted on 16 Apr 2014

Soil damage caused by 4x4 vehicles is underestimated: it is long-term damage – lasting between five and one thousand years – and mostly irreversible. Owing to this negative environmental impact, people should not be allowed to do off-road driving in protected areas. Strict legal measures should be applied to regulate the driving of 4x4 vehicles in such areas, while very sensitive areas such as wetlands should be classified as absolute no-go areas.
DUR
Posted on 11 Apr 2014

An ostrich can’t taste a thing. Or won’t easily choke, for that matter, because of a pocket in its tongue. These are among the interesting findings that Dr Martina Crole has made while investigating the upper digestive tract of the world’s largest bird.
DUR
Posted on 10 Apr 2014

Three bloodsucking hard tick species, commonly found in sub-Saharan Africa, are involved in the transmission of a debilitating livestock disease called lumpy skin disease to cattle herds across Africa.
DUR
Posted on 09 Apr 2014

One of the academic highlights at the University of Pretoria (UP) – the Autumn Graduation Ceremonies – is currently underway.
DUR
Posted on 09 Apr 2014

An indigenous grey-leaved shrub with clusters of tiny honey-scented flowers has given University of Pretoria researcher Dr Heino Heyman all the proof that he wanted: that nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)-based techniques can speed up the testing of various compounds to see which can be used at best to develop HIV medicines.
Media Office
Posted on 04 Apr 2014

The University of Pretoria’s Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof Cheryl de la Rey, launched the 2014 Woolly Winter Campaign by donating her first blanket at Tuks FM studios.
Media Office
Posted on 28 Mar 2014

The University of Pretoria (UP) will host a large gathering of vice-chancellors of African universities and specialist researchers for a conference on a range of development issues.
Media Office
Posted on 03 Mar 2014

On the eve of a third decade of democracy and the national elections, an increased sense of crisis is permeating South African society.

Media Office
Posted on 03 Mar 2014

The University of Pretoria is the first academic institution in South Africa to partner with The MasterCard Foundation to provide financial aid to academically talented students from different parts of the SADC region.
Media Office
Posted on 26 Feb 2014

Mr Toby Sutcliffe, Chief Executive Officer of the University of Pretoria’s High Performance Centre (hpc), announced the names of 57 athletes who had been selected for support towards the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games.
Media Office
Posted on 19 Feb 2014

According to the South African Audience Research Foundation (SAARF), Tuks FM has seen its audience grow by 15 000 listeners from December 2013 via the first Radio Audience Measurement Survey (RAMS) release of 2014.
Media Offoce
Posted on 19 Feb 2014

The University of Pretoria will be enabled to continue its pioneering research thanks to significant investment in cutting-edge scientific instrumentation, some of which has not been available before in South Africa or on the African continent.
Media Office
Posted on 13 Feb 2014

Professor Jonathan Jansen, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of the Free State, yesterday addressed a gathering to welcome 26 African students from all over the continent who are pursuing a master’s degree in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa at the University of Pretoria.
Media Office
Posted on 13 Feb 2014

Prof Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria, opened the 2014 academic year on 7 February. On the same occasion she led University staff in celebrating the 106th anniversary of the University’s inception on 10 February 1908.
Media Office
Posted on 13 Feb 2014

Two students from the University of Pretoria has been selected to participate in the next round of the country-wide FameLab-competition where young scientists are challenged to present their work in only three minutes in the most interesting and engaging way.
Media Office
Posted on 12 Feb 2014

Ignoring the social impact issues and information ethical concerns surrounding the e-toll system in Gauteng may have a serious impact on the eventual success of the project.
Media Office
Posted on 03 Feb 2014

The University of Pretoria has entered into a partnership with Titans Cricket, which was sealed by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, at SuperSport Park on 29 January 2014. The partnership will be of benefit to both institutions in terms of exchanging expertise in sports development and management.
Media Office
Posted on 28 Jan 2014

More than two dozen local and international researchers will join industry leaders in animal and human health this week to take a critical look at vaccines and vaccine development on the continent.
Media Office
Posted on 20 Jan 2014

The TuksAlumni Office at the University of Pretoria presented their annual tree planting ceremony on the Hatfield campus during the University’s Welcoming Day for first-year students on 18 January 2014.
Media release
Posted on 20 Jan 2014

The participants that excelled in the 3rd National Schools Moot Court Competition were invited to participate in the 2014 High School International Moot Court Competition at The Hague, Netherlands.
Media Office
Posted on 17 Jan 2014

The 2014 RAG Procession is bringing the community to the University this year. The entire RAG Procession and events will take place on the LC De Villiers Sport Campus of the University of Pretoria on Saturday 1 February
2014.
 
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