University of Pretoria
The University of Pretoria (UP) is one of Africa’s top universities and the largest contact university in South Africa. We produce socially impactful research to find solutions for the world’s most pressing issues.
Being one of the largest research universities in South Africa means that we work on finding solutions to problems faced by society. We attract students from around the world who want to work and study at our excellent facilities with our world-class researchers.
UP has nine Faculties that enrol undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS).
The nine Faculties are:
- Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences
- Faculty of Education
- Faculty of Engineering, Build Environment and Information Technology
- Faculty of Health Sciences
- Faculty of Humanities
- Faculty of Law
- Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
- Faculty of Theology and Region
- Faculty of Veterinary Science
World First and First in Africa
UP researchers conduct innovative cutting-edge research that is responsive to national and global needs. UP is at the forefront of tertiary education and collaborates with world-class partners to ensure continued excellence in research, teaching and learning. The university makes use of state-of-the-art technologies in research, teaching and service delivery.
Some of the outstanding achievements of UP are given below:
- A team at the Faculty of Health Sciences performed the world’s first middle-ear transplant using 3-D printed bones
- A lioness gave birth to two cubs conceived via non-surgical artificial insemination, the first in the world. Thanks to a team of researchers from the Mammal Research Institute and Faculty of Veterinary Science
- UP researchers were part of the international team that used a global network of antennas to make the first image of black hole.
- UP is the first university in Africa to collaborate with initiatives for science , innovation , Territories , and economy and the Montpellier University of Excellence (I-SITE MUSE)
- UP has the first client service robot known to be in use in any university in Africa.
- UP has the first Library MakerSpace in South Africa, a creative laboratory where people with ideas can get together with people who have the technical ability to make those ideas become a reality.
Teaching and Learning
We have a high quality of teaching and learning in the classroom, online and in communities. We have support in place for our students to graduate on time as well-rounded, responsible citizens who are fully prepared for the world beyond university. Our degrees are locally accredited and internationally recognised. We have agreements in place with the relevant legal accreditation bodies around the world, which means that, with UP behind your name, your qualification will always be recognised.
We pride ourselves on encouraging innovation by ensuring that UP innovators’ inventions are well patent by the Technology Transfer Office (TTO). The TTO has been involved in the creation of more than ten start-up companies, which employ more than 200 people, the majority of whom are UP graduates.
Make Today Matter. Study at UP.
This is who we are, what we do, and why we’re passionate about making a difference to make today, and every day, matter.
Student services & facilities
Postgraduate student support
We know that postgraduate studies by research or coursework can be overwhelming; we therefore provide holistic academic, administrative and financial support to our postgraduate students in order to enable them to complete their studies successfully and timeously. Through the FlyHigher@UP programme, the Graduate Support Hub runs comprehensive research capacity strengthening activities in collaboration with the Department of Library Services, Faculties and supervisors. The support offered to students covers the full postgraduate life-cycle, from recruitment to graduation.
UP has residence accommodation available at most of its campuses. Should you need to apply for a place to stay at a UP residence, you must do so when you apply to study at UP. Remember that the demand for UP residence accommodation exceeds the space available, so please note that even if you are admitted to study a programme, you may not get a space at residence. If you are given a space at a residence, you need to pay a levy to secure your space.
Accommodation is only provided for one year and you need to re-apply for the following year. A good academic average does help your chances of getting and keeping a space at a UP residence. If the residence that you choose is full, you will be placed on a waiting list for another residence which will be ranked according to academic merit and date of application. Even if you are given space at a residence on another campus, there are buses which shuttle students between campuses. If you are placed in a UP residence, it gives you a closer sense of connection to the University and is your home away from home where you can live and learn with your friends.
There are friendly staff on hand to look after your well-being and assist you if you experience difficulties or need medical or emotional support. At UP residences, food is provided by external suppliers and students can buy affordable meals for themselves. Our residences are equipped with Wi-Fi that is free for students to use. Undergraduate students have to be studying a full-time programme to be able to apply and must be under the age of 24.
In addition to UP’s residences, there are agreements in place with some private, accredited accommodation providers to which you can apply separately. There are many restaurants, cafeterias and coffee shops around our campuses which cater to a wide variety of tastes and preferences.
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