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Host: University of Pretoria

The University of Pretoria, commonly known as UP, is a world-class African research intensive university founded in 1908. We are a diverse and dynamic university community comprising students from all parts of South Africa and an increasing number of international students. As a leading research intensive university, the University of Pretoria is proud of its academic excellence and the contributions of its researchers to finding solutions to local and global challenges. If you are an independent thinker who is eager to discover and create new knowledge that will help make a difference in your community and in the world, then UP is a place where you can excel.

UP students are fondly known as Tukkies, and as a Tukkie, your academic career and future job prospects are important to us. A UP degree is sought after in the job market because employers and industry experts know that they can rely on the quality of University of Pretoria graduates. Our degrees are internationally recognised and are structured similarly to those of the world’s great universities. Each year a growing number of students who graduated from UP, having been well prepared, go on to make an impact in industry, in government and the public sector as well as in nongovernmental organisations.

The University fosters a holistic approach to education. Our academic activities are enriched by meaningful community engagement and collaboration with other institutions, government and industry and we encourage all our students to participate in at least one of the very many arts, cultural and sporting activities offered by the University.

The university has 120 academic departments and offers 1 213 study programmes, 230 degrees, certificates and diplomas, 166 undergraduate programmes and 1 047 postgraduate programmes, with more than 35 sporting codes. It has awarded more than 365 500 qualifications, while it has produced more than 267 000 alumni, many of whom hold high profile positions in business and in society.

It is producing high quality graduates who are equipped to succeed in a rapidly changing world. According to the QS World University Rankings 2018, it is now among the top 2% of ranked institutions.

The QS World University Rankings rate the top tertiary institutions around the world against several indicators, including academic reputation, employer reputation, the number of citations per faculty, the student-to-faculty ratio, and the number of international faculty and students.

The University also features in the top 40 universities in the BRICS region and the top three in South Africa, according to the QS University World Rankings 2018.

The Engineering School at UP is only one of two Engineering Schools in South Africa to be in the recent 2018 QS Ranking for the Top 400 in Engineering and Technology in the world among over 26,000 universities. Furthermore, according to the January 2018 Web of Science- Essential Science Indicators (ESI), Engineering at UP is ranked in the Top 1% in the world in terms of research outputs and number of citations and is number one in South Africa.

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