Campus News Bites 13 March 2017

Faculty of Theology celebrates centenary

UP’s Faculty of Theology held an event celebrating its centenary on Monday, 6 March. The faculty’s centenary message was that of an open gate, symbolising the invitation for those who are seeking to enter. “The original wooden gates of the University are symbollically fixed in an open position, never again to be closed, confessing to past exclusions and signifying our orientation towards the future,” stated the event’s programme.

At the end of the ceremony, a plaque was unveiled at the Theology Building by UP Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Cheryl de la Rey, during the Reinstating of the Gates Ceremony and Academic Opening of the Faculty in celebration of 100 years of academic excellence.


TuksLaw Moot best in South Africa

On 25 February, UP Faculty of Law’s TuksLaw Moot team beat University of the Witwatersrand in the final round of the South African leg of the 58th Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Competition. The event, hosted at White and Case LLP International Law Firm offices, saw UP win all categories of the competition – best memorials, best oralist and best overall team. UP will represent South Africa at the international rounds of the competition which will take place in April this year on Capitol Hill in Washington DC.


UP’s EMS faculty tops the 2017 QS World University Rankings

On 8 March, the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject were published. UP was ranked first in South Africa for Accounting and Finance, placing UP in the top 4% of all institutions ranked in the subject. UP came second in South Africa in the ranking for Economics and Econometrics, placing UP in the top 6% for all participating institutions. Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences Prof Elsabé Loots was quoted on the UP website saying “These rankings are a testament to the effort put in by the faculty to ensure that the programmes offered remain globally relevant and that our graduates can confidently compete in the job market.”


UP student receives scholarship to study in Amsterdam

UP Masters student in Old Testament Studies, Tshepiso Mashele was awarded a scholarship to study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. According to the UP website, Mashele’s research focuses on prophetic literature combined with trauma theory. The scholarship covers travel and living expenses and provides for supervision by professors.


Olympus holds Around the World social

On 9 March, Olympus residence held their annual “Around the World” social at Die Windpomp, north of Pretoria. According to the Olympus Internal Culture HK Jaco Potgieter, their theme, “Netflix and Punch” was chosen because “movies and series [have] become such a big part of any young person” and included over a dozen punch your social media marketing partner

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