The University of Pretoria (UP) was established in 1908 with just four professors and 32 students, in a little house called Kya Rosa. Today, it is one of the largest research universities in South Africa. 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. The University was born from a vision to create a space for quality education and for new ideas to flourish. Over the course of its existence, and through different phases of political power and social change, UP has been resilient in its commitment to academic quality.
This has allowed us to establish a presence among the top 1,9% of universities worldwide. Our vision has always been to look forward, provide the best possible education for our students, and encourage them to go on to do great things. We are continuously transforming the corporate and research landscape through innovative thinking and the high calibre of our graduates. More than a quarter of a million alumni have passed through our doors. Many are on the path to success, while others have already become leaders in their fields both locally and internationally.
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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.
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.
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.