What Are Some Interesting Facts About the University of Pretoria?


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The University of Pretoria is a South African university that, as of 2015, has seven campuses, a hospital and other member sites. The school offers several hundred academic programs in Afrikaans and English within its nine faculties and business school.

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The school's faculties include the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology, Faculty of Health Sciences and Faculty of Humanities. Additional faculties are the Faculty of Law, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Faculty of Veterinary Science and Gordon Institute of Business Science.

Students can pursue undergraduate, postgraduate and nondegree short courses at the university in fields ranging from economics to theology. A number of research institutes connect to the university, such as the Centre for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Environmental Chemical Pollution and Health Research Unit and Stable Isotope Laboratory. The university also has a library that includes a collection of E-resources and journals.

Founded in 1908, the University of Pretoria was originally called the Pretoria Centre of the Transvaal University College. The school received its current name in 1930. Developments since then include the creation of an online Web portal, MyTuks, where students, staff and faculty can connect online.

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