One of South Africa’s leading research universities, the University of Pretoria has six campuses across the city. The main campus is located in Hatfield and incorporates numerous historic buildings including the Old Arts Building and the Old Merensky Library, both national monuments.
The university’s academic activities are multifaceted and the institution offers more than 1 800 academic programmes in two of official South African languages, namely Afrikaans and English. The university’s nine faculties comprise a total of 140 departments and 85 centres, institutes and bureaus, and include a business school – the Gordon Institute of Business Science, which is located in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg.
The university’s High Performance Centre was founded in 2002 and is utilised by national sports team preparing for major competitions. The Faculty of Veterinary Sciences on the Onderstepoort campus is the only faculty in South Africa to qualify veterinarians and veterinary nurses and enjoys a great international reputation. Health Sciences are taught at the Prinshof Campus while the Faculty of Education is located on the Groenkloof campus.
The university’s experimental farm conducts field experiments for the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, while the Witbank and Hammanskraal satellite campuses are used for community initiatives.
The university is the custodian of many treasures and the university’s impressive art collection includes works by South African artists and a host of international heavyweights. In the centre of the sprawling university campus are two small museums that are worth seeking out. At the Edoardo Villa House you will find 150 sculptures and reliefs by the Italian-born sculptor whose monumentally-sized steel sculptures can be found in various South African cities. Nearby is the Arts Building, which is the current home of the famous Mapungubwe gold rhino. Discovered in Limpopo in the 1930s, the rhino is a unique example of the delicate art of the gold-trading Kingdom of Mapungubwe, which reached its height during the mid-1200s AD. The rhino is joined in the small one-room exhibition hall by other beautiful solid gold items found at the site including bracelets and necklaces, a ceremonial bowl and a sceptre.