Campus News Bites 18 September 2017

UP participates in intervarsity beer brewing competition

Sixteen tertiary institutions, including UP, participated in the 10th annual SAB Intervarsity Beer Brewing competition.

The competition was first held in 2006. According to the SAB, the competition was started “as a means of encouraging responsible beer appreciation amongst students and to introduce prospective SAB employees to the business. In addition to this, (the) SAB uses the initiative to help create a beer culture in South Africa”.

In this year’s competition, UP achieved first place in the “No. 3 Fransen Street Best Speciality Beer” category for “Cloudy with a chance of Ginger”. UP also achieved third place in the “Carling Black Label Best Lager” category for “Dark Deer”.

The University of Witwatersrand was crowned the overall winners of the competition for their beverage “Big Petr Pils”.


UP graduates more likely to find work

According to QS Graduate Employability Survey, UP was ranked in the 97th position globally. In this survey, 21 000 institutions were surveyed from across the world.

QS recently introduced a new ranking system called Graduate Employability. The new system takes a look at five factors such as graduate employment, alumni outcomes and employer reputation.

For employer reputation, UP was ranked in the 272nd position.

UP Vice-Principal for Institutional Planning, Prof Anton Ströh, was quoted on UP’s website saying, “UP’s ranking reflects the emphasis placed by the University on enhancing employability. We currently offer a Work Readiness and Entrepreneurship (WREn) programme, which aligns student competencies with the needs of employers and society and encourages entrepreneurship, as well as a Ready for Work Programme with free professional online development packages.”


Compiled by: Henri Uys

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