University of Cape Town, Regional Office Canada

Fall 2015

This Fall Newsletter contains a myriad of activities on the go at UCT that I hope will be of interest to UCT alumni living in Canada.

Of note are the number of collaborations between UCT and Canadian institutions, from the International Development Research Centre of Canada (IDRC) to the International AIDS Society Conference in Vancouver, to a visiting lectureship at the Memorial University of Newfoundland - not to mention Ikeys Tigers beating UBC in the World University Rugby Cup in Oxford. Even bird migrations come under the North-South spotlight.

As always, I hope you will consider lending your support to UCT and its initiatives - you can help make a difference in so many ways. [Read More]

As we wind down for Thanksgiving, I hope you will enjoy reading these articles. As always, feel free to contact me at should you have any queries.

Wishing you all a happy Thanksgiving with family and friends.

Di Stafford

Ikey Tigers don’t disappoint

It was an excited Ikeys Rugby team that departed Cape Town for London late in September to participate in the World Universities Rugby Cup in Oxford.

What was the outcome?

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Partnership to increase medical graduates

UCT and the SA Departments of Health and Higher Education & Training are working together to increase the number of medical graduates, at the same time benefitting communities in the Eden District of the Western Cape. [Read More]

Defend democracy at grass roots

Following his recent visit to Cape Town, where he delivered the TB Davie Memorial Lecture at UCT, American writer, lecturer and broadcaster Kenan Malik has written an opinion piece in which he reflects on the state of South Africa’s democracy. [Read More]

UCT Prof receives Newfoundland’s Visiting Leader Award in Rural Medicine and Health

During the month of October, Professor Steve Reid, Chair and Head of the Faculty of Health Sciences’ Directorate of Primary Healthcare, will be visiting the Memorial University of Newfoundland, St John’s, as the inaugural recipient of the Visiting Leader Award in Rural Medicine and Health. An exciting program of exchanges awaits.
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Bird migration

Bird migration and northern hemisphere climate change

This publication review examines briefly the findings of a study quantifying changes in migration phenology for a number of European bird species that migrate to South Africa for the summer months. The study’s postulations make interesting reading. [Read More]


Canada partners in violence reduction efforts in South Africa

The IDRC is supporting work on evaluating complex violence reduction interventions. Such interventions pose a wide variety of challenges which can range from negotiating relationships between partners with different goals to nurturing community engagement and buy-in to the process. Read about this work and more articles on the IDRC-supported projects.

UCT HIV/AIDS Research well represented in Vancouver

The Faculty of Health Sciences featured well at the recently concluded International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Vancouver. UCT abstracts covered a broad spectrum from how to administer treatment in a differentiated way, through adherence clubs, all the way to basic science and TB findings. Prof Linda-Gail Bekker is currently President-Elect of the Society, the third woman and first African woman to hold this position.
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GSB Team heads for Montreal

At the annual Indaba gala evening of the Canada-Southern Africa Chamber of Business, UCT was handed a cheque to support the Graduate School of Business MBA team attending the John Molson International MBA Competition to be held in Montreal in January 2016. [Read More]

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UCT Publications

The Canada Regional Office has a limited number of copies of latest UCT publications that may be of interest to alumni:
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UCT’s Strategic Initiatives

The UCT Development and Alumni Department recently launched its updated strategic initiatives goals in contribution to addressing South Africa’s development challenges. [Read More]