Organization Type

Academic Institution


South Africa

The University of Pretoria (UP) is a multi-faculty research-intensive university that has remained among the top South African universities in research output and impact. UP is also the top producer of graduates in the country. With campuses in Pretoria and its surrounds and in the country’s economic hub, Johannesburg, UP is conveniently situated within close proximity to government departments and major research agencies. Its nine faculties and business school offer a diverse range of degrees, diplomas, and certificates, over 1 000 of which are postgraduate programs.

The vision is to be Africa’s leading research-intensive university, recognized internationally for its quality, relevance, and impact. Relying on over a century of experience and well-established facilities UP develops human capital and generates the knowledge and skills required to meet the many challenges of the world at large, within the context of a developing nation. With its identity firmly and proudly rooted in Africa, the University strives to develop the current and future potential of South Africa’s diverse population while remaining a recognized player in the global marketplace of knowledge production. The University’s commitment to equity and diversity is reflected in its changing student and staff profiles and is evident in UP’s multilingual student body and staff.

As one of South Africa’s oldest and most prestigious higher education institutions, the University of Pretoria produces sought-after graduates who are well-rounded citizens shaped by its holistic approach to education. This is enabled by a wide range of campus activities and student societies including sports, arts, and culture. It strives to teach its students to ‘make matter today’ by drawing on yesterday’s experiences and using today’s knowledge to improve tomorrow. University staff and students are sensitized that every action in the present shapes the future.