UP partners up with Mamelodi Sundowns
On 8 March, the two institutions announced a partnership with the aim of enhancing football and developing it through science, technology, and scientific research.
According to UP, the partners will work over the next five years to develop and improve the game of football by sharing their experience and creating educational facilities for up-and-coming players. Some Sundowns teams, as well as their sport science and medical professionals, will collaborate with UP’s sport science and medical service providers, such as the UP High Performance Centre (HPC) and the Sport, Exercise Medicine and Lifestyle Institute (SEMLI), to develop their services for players across their structures.
UP partners with the France-South Africa Cross- Acceleration Programme to benefit small businesses
This collaboration between South Africa and France would allow technology start-ups to test and verify their business models and solutions in the global market, allowing them to gain market access and form alliances. According to the UP website, UP Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Tawana Kupe, is excited about the opportunities that this partnership will provide. “This cross-collaborative exchange programme between TuksNovation and IMT will bring much-needed opportunities to allow the growth and development of local businesses. Most importantly, it will expose our entrepreneurs to a larger international market, thus showcasing to France and the world that South Africa – and by extension Africa – is open for business. We are also delighted to see the partnership between UP and IMT going from strength to strength.”
The French Ambassador, Aurélien Lechevallier, said “this programme represents a new step in [coming together] of French and South African innovation ecosystems and demonstrates the opportunities for cooperation between our two countries. It will support the internationalisation of research-based young innovative companies; an important condition for their growth and development.”
UP is SA’s best in these fields
QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 has ranked UP as the best in South Africa in the fields of Electrical and Electronic engineering, Mathematics, Accounting and Finance, and Theology, Divinity and Religious Studies. According to the UP website, the rankings show that UP was able to improve its ranking with Accounting and Finance ranking in the 101-150 band, Education ranking in the 201- 250 band, and Law ranking in the 151-200 band.
According to the rankings, UP’s best area is still Social Sciences and Management
Elon Musk’s aptitude test score from UP remerge
On 3 March, Elon Musk’s mother, Maye Musk, posted on Twitter that she remembers a time when 17-year-old Elon Musk walked away with A+ results from the University of Pretoria. The aptitude test results show that Musk received an A+ for programming and operating. “If I remember correctly, they had to retest you because they had never seen such a high score. No wonder you are such a brilliant engineer. #ProudMom”, captioned Maye Musk. The tweet with a picture of the results from 1989 has gained over 162 000 likes, with the tweet making news headlines.