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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
York Timbers funds multidisciplinary Chair in wood structural engineering at UP
Forestry company York Timbers, the largest solid wood processor in South Africa, has signed a funding agreement with the University of Pretoria (UP) to establish a Chair in data-driven wood structural engineering to promote a more sustainable built environment and the African bio-economy. This initiative will be based at... Read more
Hummingbirds drop body temperature to near freezing point
A University of Pretoria (UP) professor of zoology was part of a team that recently published a study that reveals that tiny hummingbirds living in the Andes Mountains in Peru drop their body temperature from 40°C to 3.3°C, near freezing point, to survive bitterly cold nights. “It is the... Read more
It’s time for a (trans)formation that liberates trans, gender-diverse, and all people
When JK Rowling suggested that transgender (hereafter trans1) women in bathrooms could pose a threat to cisgender (hereafter cis) women and that “many health professionals are concerned that young people struggling with their mental health are being shunted towards hormones and surgery when this may not be in their... Read more
How a ground-breaking communication tool helps get legal justice for abused women who can’t speak
With August being Women’s Month, campaigns are being launched across the media to raise awareness of violence against women. But women with disabilities often fall outside these initiatives – even though they are four to 10 times more susceptible to being victims of sexual and physical abuse. Ronel* is... Read more
UP’s SEMLI launches research study on returning to sport after COVID-19
A study on the effects of COVID-19 and other respiratory infections on athletes returning to training and competition is being launched by The Sport, Exercise Medicine and Lifestyle Institute (SEMLI) at the University of Pretoria (UP) in association with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Research Centre of South Africa.... Read more
Dr Mpho Tshivhase honoured with Institute of People Management’s CEO Award
University of Pretoria (UP) lecturer and trailblazer Dr Mpho Tshivhase has been awarded the CEO’s Award by the Institute of People Management (IPM) after making history as the first black woman to receive a doctorate in philosophy in South Africa in April 2018. The award, first introduced by the... Read more
Engineering student’s book wins award
Wits student, Musawenkosi Nyati’s has published an award-winning book, Mobile App Development. Musawenkosi Nyati, a second year civil engineering student received the recognition at the 2020 AfriCAN Authors Awards, which took place on 31 July 2020. The tech-savvy student says he published the book after receiving numerous questions from people... Read more
Dr Tebogo Mashifana- a role model for young women
​According to an online article published on Lead5050.com, ambitious women need female role models who have been successful in order for young girls to be motivated to reach success in life. The author said: “Female role models are important for ambitious women. If we can’t look up and see women... Read more
UP-supported start-up launches HIV self-testing platform
Aviro Health, a start-up supported by the University of Pretoria’s (UP) technology incubator and accelerator,TuksNovation, has launched a chatbot-based platform that offers people access to HIV self-testing resources, and the information they need to seek treatment and manage their condition during this unprecedented time. The platform, called Ithaka, is... Read more

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