UP has transformed into a dynamic university community of staff and students who come from a range of diverse backgrounds and cultures showcasing South African and global societies.
#UPHeritageMonth: Message from the Vice-Chancellor
- Heritage Month is a time to take stock of the most unique facet of our country’s history: that many diverse groups of people work together, live together and have a shared identity as South Africans, says Vice-Chancellor Professor Tawana Kupe.
‘Culture and nature are good for our health’ – LeadUP panel discusses how natural heritage influences social well-being
- History, heritage, culture, memory, social well-being and identity are inexorably linked and critical to developing the SA and Africa that we want, said UP Vice-Chancellor Prof Tawana Kupe at a recent LeadUP discussion.
UP and Afrobarometer to collaborate on boosting research skills among young African researchers
- UP is excited to announce the signing of an MOU with leading non-partisan research network Afrobarometer, a collaboration which will boost research and analysis skills among young African researchers.
UP architecture lecturer takes top spot in global abstract writing contest
- “Highlights like this motivate me to make a difference to our society & environment,” says UP lecturer Karen Botes.
‘Every field of study requires regular renewal, reinvention and new knowledge’ – UP law professor on curriculum transformation
- “We need to move from the single-story syndrome of the traditionally Western university to an institute that is inclusive of our dynamic, diverse society.” – UP Law Deputy Dean on UP’s Curriculum Transformation Drive.
‘We are unearthing the microverse, starting in city parks,’ says UP scientist Prof Makhalanyane
- UP’s Professor Thulani Makhalanyane is part of an international team of scientists that has mapped the microbiomes of public parks worldwide for the first time, and he hopes park managers will take note of the results.
SA is breaking more high-temperature records than expected
- A study by a PhD student at the University of Pretoria’s (UP) Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology reveals that South Africa is experiencing more maximum temperature records than expected and that this trend seems to be accelerating.
#UPGraduation2021: Master’s student overcomes stroke to graduate
- “I had no excuse. I had to get out of rehab and finish my dissertation,” says Denis Mitole, who suffered a stroke midway through writing his master’s thesis and who recently graduated in the face of overwhelming odds.
UP professor of law on children’s rights in the digital environment
- “The law is designed to catch adult perpetrators, but children are also engaging in illegal behaviour in the digital environment.” – UP’s Prof Anne Skelton on the complexity of children’s rights in the digital environment.
‘We cannot use technology in isolation’ – UP Faculty of Law hosts second lecture in series on online teaching and learning and finding a way forward post COVID-19
- “We cannot use technology in isolation; we have to have a consolidation phase where we actually speak and engage with our students,” said Dr Martha Bradley, a lecturer at UP’s Department of Public Law.
UP to confer 1 511 degrees in virtual graduation ceremonies this spring
- This spring, UP will confer 1 511 degrees in virtual ceremonies from 13 to 17 September 2021. Prof Kupe congratulated the graduates in a virtual ceremony and welcomed them to the UP community, which boasts over 300 000 alumni.
UP academic co-directs documentary on healthcare workers’ fight against COVID-19
- UP’s Prof Leonie Scholtz has co-directed a riveting film about healthcare workers’ battle against COVID-19. Catch ‘Fighting Every Day for Everyone’s Tomorrow: Zero to Zero’ on DStv Premium on M-Net (DStv Channel 101) on 4 October at 8:30pm.
#HeritageMonthUP: Javett-UP – creating ‘a community for different publics’
- The Javett Art Centre at UP is under new management, which is securing its status as one of the most dynamic art centres in Africa by partnering with leading arts festivals & other international stakeholders.
UP Plant Science student wins Grassland Society of Southern Africa Young Scientist Award
- UP student Annerine Myburgh’s winning presentation at the Grassland Society of Southern Africa Awards Congress was on her research confirming that grassland systems are incredibly rich at both species and family levels.
UP co-hosts #FoodTalks webinar on SA and Ghanaian food systems amid COVID-19
- “South Africa experiences inequality, unemployment and food insecurity in general, but the pandemic worsened all these factors,” said UP Development Studies lecturer Dr Marc Wegerif.
would not be a gold medallist if it was not for UP and TuksSport’ – Olympic swimmer Tatjana Schoenmaker
- UP alumna Tatjana Schoenmaker put South Africa on the map and on the medal table when she set a world record for the 200m breaststroke at the 2021 Tokyo Games, subsequently winning gold.
COVID-19 vaccine: A light in the darkness of the pandemic
- UP alumna Dr Amy Louise Collyer writes about the stressful cycle that has become the life of many healthcare workers as they fight to save the lives of their COVID-19 patients and challenge misinformation
Education-in-action: UP Robot Car Race goes online for first time
- The race was held online this year because the department realised that students were struggling with the lack of interaction with their peers and felt discouraged by lost opportunities.
UP successfully hosts second annual virtual #ChooseUP Day
- We hosted our second annual virtual #ChooseUP Day and it was a roaring success. Thousands of grade 12 students and their parents/guardians got to experience what they should expect when they #ChooseUP in the 2023 academic year.
Exxaro partners with UP in cutting-edge technology programme to drive safer, more sustainable mining
- Exxaro Resources and UP’s Mining Engineering Department have established the Exxaro Chair in Extended Reality Technology to address challenges in the mining industry and to identify the best available technologies for solutions.
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