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Learnership empowers Soweto youth
Gauteng has one of the highest number of young people who are not in employment, education or training. In 2020, amidst the pandemic and nationally increasing job insecurity, very few youth expected any opportunities to come their way, especially those who had not been economically active prior to this.... Read more
UP confers honorary doctorates on jazz legend Abdullah Ibrahim and ‘Generations’ creator Mfundi Vundla
The University of Pretoria’s (UP) Faculty of Humanities conferred honorary doctorates (honoris causa) on internationally renowned jazz musician Abdullah Ibrahim and playwright/ television producer Mfundi Vundla during a virtual ceremony on 3 May as part of its autumn 2021 graduation session. “The arts play a vital role in holding... Read more
Long jumper Cheswill Johnson leaps into the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games
Athletes around the world are pulling in their final straws to qualify for the 2021 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. This is no different for the University of Johannesburg (UJ) athletes like Cheswill Johnson. Johnson is the second UJ athlete to qualify for the Games after Yane van... Read more
UP part of global team that reveals behaviour of magnetic fields around black holes
The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration – which produced the first-ever image of a black hole and of which the University of Pretoria (UP) is an associate institute – has revealed a new view of the massive object at the centre of the M87 galaxy: what it looks like... Read more
UP named top design institution in Africa and Middle East
The Information Design division at the University of Pretoria’s (UP) School of the Arts has been ranked the number one design education institution in Africa and the Middle East by the Loeries. The ranking is based on the 2020 Loerie Awards, the winners of which were recently announced. The Loerie Awards and its... Read more
Dr Gina Chowa received prestigious research from University of North Carolina
Dr Gina Chowa, CSDA Research Associate has been named the Johnson-Howard-Adair Distinguished Professor of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Social Work. This endowed professorship recognises a leading scholar whose work is focused on the impact and influence of poverty on individuals, families... Read more
UP domestic leader in four subjects in 2021 QS World University Rankings
The University of Pretoria (UP) is the domestic leader in the fields of Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Mathematics, Accounting & Finance, and Theology, Divinity and Religious Studies. This is according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021. The rankings, which were released earlier this week, noted that... Read more
WITS and Biovac partner to develop skills to produce viral vectored vaccines in South Africa
Demonstrating that South Africa has the capability and the skills resources to tackle serious health problems, WITS University’s Antiviral Gene Therapy Research Unit, with WITS Enterprise acting on its behalf, has partnered with Cape Town based bio-pharmaceutical company Biovac to develop skills capacity to produceviral vectored vaccines in South... Read more
University of Pretoria partners with France-South Africa Cross-Acceleration Programme to benefit small businesses
The technology business incubator TuksNovation at the University of Pretoria (UP) has partnered with the Institut Mines-Télécom (IMT), a public institution dedicated to higher education, research and innovation in engineering and digital technology, and their business incubators in a Cross-Acceleration Exchange Programme. This programme between South Africa and France... Read more
University of Pretoria researchers receive prestigious grants for cutting-edge cancer research
Two University of Pretoria (UP) researchers are among nine researchers in South Africa who have received funding grants from the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) as part of the Strategic Health Innovation Partnerships (SHIP) programme. The grants are worth approximately R3 million each and are to be used... Read more

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