At its latest meeting, the Executive of the Alumni Advisory Board of the University of Cape Town noted the Heher Commission on Fees appointed by the President recently held hearings in Cape Town. The University of Cape Town, led by our Vice Chancellor, made submissions to the Commission on how the burden of costs of higher education could be distributed so that the burden of costs could be more equitably shared amongst the key stakeholders.
On the 6th June 2016 the Development and Alumni Department in association with the UCT Knowledge Co-Op, held a business luncheon at the Protea Hotel in Mowbray.
RICHARD WAKE, who has died aged 80, was an artist and teacher who enabled huge shifts in artistic practice in South Africa in the late 1960s and 1970s. Following a move to Germany in 1973 he continued to work prolifically into the 21st century producing permanent public works and influential exhibitions.
The UCT Alumni Advisory Board (AAB) supports the recent constructive call for all Capetonians who can, to offer to take in a student lodger. The UCT Off-Campus Student Accommodation Service (phone 021 650 4934) will be happy to assist.
On Thursday 28 January, under the backdrop of the majestic Table Mountain set within the magnificent Kirstenbosch Gardens against a perfect sky, Vice-Chancellor, Dr Max Price, announced the launch of the International Foundation for Arts and Culture (IFAC)- Handa UCT Opera Endowment Fund. IFAC is a non-profit organisation established by Dr Haruhisa Handa for the purposes of promoting the arts and social welfare activities through musical and arts-related events. Dr Handa, Chairman of IFAC, is a humanitarian, businessman, philanthropist and is himself a trained opera singer.
In 2015, the LEGO Foundation concluded a partnership with the Bertha Centre at the Graduate School of Business, to support the development of a social impact bond model, with a view to increasing focus on- and funding for ECD programmes in South Africa.
Last year, the chairperson of the Alumni Advisory Board, Ms. Dianna Yach, as well as the Head of Alumni Relations, Mr. Lungile Jacobs, hosted an alumni roadshow in five cities in the country, with the aim of introducing Ms. Yach as the AAB Chair, and discussing with alumni the very relevant topic of transformation at UCT.
The University of Cape Town's Drug Discovery and Development Centre (H3D) has officially opened its new world-class chemical laboratory, with the aim of boosting efforts to develop life-saving medicines. "The new medicinal chemistry laboratory is expected to attract significant Foreign Direct Investment as well as world-class partnerships and talent," said Professor Kelly Chibale, the Founder and Director of H3D.
H3D has become internationally recognized for its groundbreaking research into a single-dose cure for malaria.
On Saturday, 29 August 2015, UCT hosted the first South African screening of the Emmy award-winning documentary Ndiphilela Ukucula: I live to Sing at the Baxter Theatre.
UCT Alumna, Dr Khairunisa Parker, passed away at the Rondebosch Medical Centre on Sunday 12 July, after taking ill last week.
Parker, 81, was one of Cape Town's first Muslim female doctors. She lived and schooled in Salt River and enrolled for the medical degree in 1953 - an unusual step for a young woman at the time - graduating from UCT in 1959.
As the excitement of the June graduation ceremonies wears off, the energy of the student callers in the Weston Room at the Baxter Residence gives life to a quiet campus.
The UCT Phonathon is an important component of the UCT Development and Alumni Department's fundraising efforts. Over fifty student callers will be reaching out to more than 15, 000 alumni over the next four weeks.
A dreary, wet and cloudy lower campus provided a contrasting background for the excitement and enthusiasm permeating the “glass room” at the Graça Machel Residence Hall on the afternoon of Sunday 6 July.
The occasion was an event to mark the end of the 2014 Phonathon campaign, a month-long initiative that saw 41 students calling over 12,000 UCT alumni in an effort to reconnect with them, and to raise money for the University's strategic projects.