House Olympus is home to the male health science students of the University of Pretoria. It is situated on the top of the hill overlooking the whole medical campus. The proximity of class and the academic hospital is really convenient, especially after a long night behind your books or in The Crooked Surgeon (our clubhouse).
When you move into Olympus you will have your own room from your first year. Nine Olympians share a corridor, kitchen, bathroom and common living area. Each corridor in Olympus has its own unique identity where fellow students share not just the facilities, but their ideas, advice, interests and friendship.
At Olympus it has always been our approach to be competitive and to participate in all res’ activities with the focus on enjoying the experience. As all the Olympians face similar challenges in terms of their studies you find the residence a supportive and surprisingly relaxed environment. A true home from home.
Getting books to our learners by adopting African solutions - 23/04/2014
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.
UP Architecture graduate wins prestigious national award - 22/04/2014
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).
The world beyond 2015 - is higher education ready? - 17/04/2014
"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.