University of Cape Town, Regional Office Canada

Fall 2012

Dear Alumni

I once again bring you an update on news and events in the UCT realm. I trust you all had a wonderful summer, and have settled back down to the daily routine of work, school, and weekend chores.
This newsletter brings you an update on the 3rd most beautiful university in the world – yes, UCT! We can all agree with that award, some may even say it is THE most beautiful campus in the world, with the majestic Table Mountain range as its backdrop.

This summer Prof Alan Morris visited Toronto and gave a very interesting presentation on forensics in South Africa with illustrations from his book “Murdered and Missing”. The event was attended by alumni and friends, at Massey College (University of Toronto). Thanks to Prof Morris for sharing his insights with us!

Medical alumni from 1982 held a weekend reunion on Victoria Island, BC. and by the report that follows in this newsletter it was a great weekend.

UCT continues to shine on the international stage, with Engineering colleagues winning accolades, and drug discoveries at the forefront of medical research, not to mention our upward climb on international rankings.

I hope you enjoy reading the selection of articles in this newsletter. Article contributions from alumni are also welcomed. Why not use this winter to put pen to paper, or sort those old photographs for the Spring edition of the newsletter.

I wish you all the best in the coming winter months. Please don’t forget to update your details on our website in order to remain up to date on our calendar of events.

Kind regards

UCT Canada

UCT’s international reputation has been firmly cemented in two new rankings

The QS World University Rankings have placed UCT as the top university in Africa and number 154 in the world. In just two years we have climbed from spot number 161 to 154, and are amongst the top 200 universities in the world. UCT is ranked 7th in the top ten BRICS universities (universities from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa). Read more.

UCT Canada

African research identifies strong candidate for single-dose malaria cure

Compound discovered by UCT Drug Discovery Programme selected by MMV, Switzerland, for its potent activity against multiple points in parasite’s lifecycle.

Mrs Naledi Pandor, the Minister of Science & Technology, said: “This is a significant victory in the battle to alleviate the burden of disease in the subcontinent.” Congratulations to Professor Kelly Chibale and all involved. Read more.

UCT Canada

UCT gets the nod as 3rd most beautiful university

It was UCT’s mountain setting that clinched it the 3rd spot on the Telegraph’s list of most beautiful universities. Read more.

UCT Canada

Medical School Class of ‘82 30th Reunion

The Medical School Class of ’82 held their 30th Reunion this summer on Vancouver Island. Alumni Rob McCully and Charles Webb sent in their report of what seems like a fun-filled weekend for all who attended. [Read More]

UCT Scientists win top honours from American Concrete Institute

Earlier this year a team of UCT researchers scooped the prestigious 2012 Wason Medal for Materials Research from the American Concrete Institute. Congratulations to Prof Mark Alexander, Mike Otieno and Dr Hans Beushausen. Read more.

UCT Canada

Spotlight on Perinatal Mental Health Project @ UCT

One out of three women living in poverty in South Africa will suffer from a mental health problem related to her pregnancy. Read what the Perinatal Mental Health Project at UCT is doing to alleviate the situation. [Photography by Alexia Beckerling] [Read More]

UCT Canada

Down Memory Lane

Calling all alumni to continue submitting photographs of their early days on campus. [Read More]