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“The worker and leader of the future will be dramatically different from previous generations.

There has to be a huge change. Sustainability will be a major focus as we go into the future.

We have to look at the broader notion of sustainability. We cannot use resources without assessing their impact on the planet.

To save our lives we have to save the planet. If we use resources paying little regard to sustainability, future generations will suffer.

Sustainability going forward will be the guiding principle for all businesses and human activity in general.”

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Explore the University of Pretoria Content Hub on to see how the university is engaging in critical research to uplift the African continent. Key features:


UP’s Prof Cheikh Mbow On the Practicalities Of Sustainability Research and Innovation In Africa

The Sustainability Research and Innovation Congress (SRI2021) is taking place for the first time in Brisbane (Australia) with the purpose of discussing what defines sustainability research and what it is comprised of as well as the optimal approach for achieving sustainability, given the play of complex and interconnected issues (food, water, health, governance, energy, etc.).

Addressing these questions under consumerist societies, increased species extinction due to the human footprint, rapid urbanisation and flow of resources, serious impacts of climate change; require ‘business as unusual’.

Trends in addressing sustainable development demonstrate an increasing interest in harnessing innovation beyond the technical and engineering realms to embrace more social considerations.


UP Co-hosts Lekgotla On Challenges and Gains Of Entrepreneurship Development In Higher Education 

The University of Pretoria (UP), Universities South Africa (USAf) and other stakeholders recently sat down with the Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) programme to discuss the challenges of business and start-up development in higher education, as well as the strides made thus far.

The discussion took place during the EDHE’s fifth annual national lekgotla, a four-day event that was hosted at UP’s Future Africa Institute and online, and saw academics, researchers and scholars from various fields deliberate on the theme ‘Entrepreneurship Against All Odds’. This year’s EDHE lekgotla aimed to facilitate the sharing of good practices, and emerging practices and initiatives in university entrepreneurship.


UP-led Project Launches Innovative Fellowship to Develop African Food Systems Researchers

With food insecurity being one of the leading challenges facing the African continent, the University of Pretoria (UP) is co-hosting a research project aimed at understanding African food systems better and identifying solutions to achieve zero hunger in Africa.

On 12 July 2021, the Food Systems Research Network for Africa (FSNet-Africa) fellowship officially began and 20 early-career researchers from six African countries joined their mentors from the UK and Africa in the first week of activities.

When designing the two-year fellowship, the FSNet-Africa team were aware that in order to have a meaningful impact and tackle the challenges within African food systems, they needed to come up with non-traditional ways of conducting their research.



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