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Trans-disciplinary hub opens in ‘most innovative square mile in Africa’

The Future Africa campus—a pan-African, transdisciplinary research hub at the University of Pretoria’s Hillcrest campus—will help make the area “the most innovative square mile in Africa”, the university’s vice-chancellor said last week.

The campus aims to become a pan-African space for thinking, research and learning to tackle continental problems. “It’s a platform from which to make a difference,” Tawana Kupe told the campus launch on 29 March.   

He said the hub’s location is unique on the continent: To the east lie the headquarters of the Innovation Hub and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, to the west is UP’s experimental farm, and to the north UP’s new engineering building is going up.

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