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Prof Stephanie Burton marks a milestone as UP’s Vice-Principal of Research
Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Tawana Kupe recently hosted a farewell cocktail party at the Future Africa institute and campus to honour Professor Stephanie Burton – but do not for one minute think she is leaving the employ of the University of Pretoria. Far from it. Nor is she even... Read more
University of Pretoria (UP) scientists Professor Tahir Pillay and Professor Celia Abolnik were part of teams that won prizes in the annual Gauteng Accelerator Programme (GAP) Innovation Competition, run by the Innovation Hub and Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. The prizes were awarded in the Biosciences category. Prof Pillay,... Read more
Distinguished Visiting Professor Jarkko Saarinen awarded The Order of the White Rose of Finland
Professor Jarkko Saarinen, a Distinguished Visiting Professor within the School of Tourism and Hospitality (STH) at the University of Johannesburg (UJ), and a Professor of Geography, at the University of Oulu, Finland has been awarded with The Order of the White Rose of Finland, the prestigious honour granted for military as well... Read more
UP’s Faculty of Law celebrates youngest current UP professor
The Faculty of Law (UP Law) at the University of Pretoria (UP) recently announced the promotion of colleagues to higher academic rank. Among the successful candidates is UP law alumnus and scholar, Dr Joel Modiri, whose promotion to associate professor as from 1 January 2021 will also make him the... Read more
Towards herd immunity from Covid-19: Costing a vaccine strategy for South Africa
This article examines and estimates the financial implications of a vaccine strategy with a goal of achieving herd immunity. It takes account of the roll-out phases identified by the Department of Health and vaccine prices available in the public domain. It finds that such a programme is affordable and... Read more
Building Africa’s AI initiative
Considerations behind the largest and most complex undertaking of its kind in Africa’s history. In collaboration with academia, Cirrus is a private sector led initiative bringing together academia and industry for the establishment of a world class artificial intelligence (AI) research and application capability for Africa. Although launched in 2019, work on... Read more
UJs new School of Management set to elevate commercial professions in SA under the reign of Prof Adri Drotskie
The University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) new School of Management, within the College of Business and Economics (CBE), is set to elevate commerce professions in South Africa. The School, under the leadership of recognised business strategist, Professor Adri Drotskie, is combing the innovation strengths of the Department of Business Management, the Department of... Read more
UJ Arts & Culture wins Best Theatre Set Design at Naledi Theatre Awards
The UJ Arts & Culture division within the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA) won two awards at the 2020 Naledi Theatre Awards. The online event awarded creatives whose productions were staged in 2019. UJ Arts & Culture scooped awards for Best Theatre Set Design for their production, Metamorphosis staged in 2019 at... Read more
UP academics on how best to support dementia sufferers
By Adele May, PhD candidate at the University of Pretoria (UP), and Professor Shakila Dada of the Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication at UP. The thought of having our memories erased and being unable to recognise the people we cherish would elicit fear in most individuals. For adults... Read more
Four scenarios as  SA universities build a new normal post-COVID-19
A paper authored by University of Pretoria (UP) academics highlights four scenarios that could face SA universities as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to reverberate through every industry and sector nationally and globally. The paper is authored byDrGerald Wangenge-Ouma, Director of Institutional Planning at UP and Professor... Read more

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