University of Cape Town, Regional Office Canada

Fall 2017

With the end of the year closing in, I bring you the Fall 2017 UCT Canadian Alumni newsletter. I hope you find something of interest in the articles presented. We go from formation of the Young Alumni
Group to reporting on Golden Graduation ceremonies - something for all ages.

I have also included information on the recent call in support of a vibrant future for UCT through the Distinguishing UCT Campaign - you can have an impact on the world-class research, innovation and community projects undertaken by UCT, for years to come. And of course, you can join alumni who continue to support bursaries in MBChB and postgraduate study through the Canadian UCT Alumni bursaries. I have included an insightful article by Prof Mamokgethi Phyakeng on the importance of postgraduate funding.

Without further ado, I send early good wishes for a pleasant festive season with family and friends, and a great 2018!


Di Stafford
Regional Director: Canada
Development & Alumni Department
University of Cape Town

Selection of new Vice-Chancellor and other updates

The UCT Council is in the process of appointing a new Vice-Chancellor to take over from Dr Max Price. His second five-year term ends on 30 June 2018. Follow the process, and catch up on other UCT updates. [Read More]

UCT Visitors to Canada

We were able to welcome two UCT visitors to Canada this summer, bringing first-hand news from campus. [Read More]

Distinguishing UCT

The Distinguishing UCT Campaign affects us all - it’s aim is to maintain the standard of excellence UCT is known for and provide for growth into the future, keeping UCT up there as the leading African university and contributing globally to research, innovation and education. Your UCT degree is globally recognised, let’s keep it that way!

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UCT’s GSB to represent Africa in UNDP partnership on impact investing

UCT is one of nine universities partnering in a UNDP program to develop a research agenda to better leverage private investment in financing its Sustainable Development Goals. The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship will lead the UCT initiative.

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Don’t overlook the importance of postgraduate support

South African postgraduate students are conducting research to address specific challenges, contributing significantly and practically to a growth in knowledge, economy and culture. And the reach is global as evidenced by their achievements.

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Young Alumni Group formed in Toronto

Young alumni in Toronto have recently come together to form the UCT Young Alumni Group. Their aim is to build a network of fellow young UCT alumni and business leaders, to help broaden their career opportunities and growth. Interested in joining?

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Graduation 2017 and Your Plans for Golden Graduation

Did you graduate more than 50 years ago? Consider attending a Golden Graduation ceremony on your next visit to Cape Town.

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