University of Cape Town, Regional Office Canada

Spring 2011

It is with pleasure that I bring you a selection of news items from Canadian alumni and the University of Cape Town.

Of special note is our congratulations Michael Hayden on his receiving the Order of Canada, and the prestigious Gairdner Wightman Award for global leadership for his research into Huntington’s disease.

A further note of congratulations to Henry and Marcia Blumberg who were awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Medal from VC Max Price recently, for their unstinting support of UCT in many ways over the past thirty years.

I hope you will find the articles in this Spring newsletter interesting and that they instill a touch of nostalgia for those ‘carefree’ campus days.

NB: Please take note of the Alumni event planned for Vancouver on 19th May - RSVP as soon as possible.

Regards to all,
Di Stafford

UCT Canada

Ikey Tigers are Varsity Cup champions

Champions at last!

Yes, it was touch and go and it took a few years longer than it should have done, but UCT’s Ikey Tigers were finally crowned Varsity Cup champions.

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UCT Canada

Top Awards for Michael Hayden

In January this year, alumnus Dr Michael Hayden, was named to the Order of Canada. Hot on the heels of this award came the announcement that Michael was to receive the 2011 Gairdner Wightman Award for global leadership for his research into Huntington’s disease. [Read More]

UCT Canada

Henry and Marcia Blumberg awarded Vice-Chancellor’s Medal

Henry and Marcia Blumberg were honoured recently in Toronto with an award of the Vice-Chancellor’s Medal for their unstinting support of UCT over the years. [Read More]

Spring Donor Report

Our sincere thanks to all alumni who responded to the recent Alumni Appeal. Executive Director of Development & Alumni, Jim McNamara, presents statistics on funds raised over the past year. [Read More]

UCT Canada

GSB best-value MBA surges up international ranking

The UCT Graduate School of Business’ (GSB) full-time MBA programme has moved up 29 places to 60th place in the latest Financial Times (FT) of London’s Global MBA Top 100 Ranking, released on Monday, 31 January 2011.

Read full article.

UCT Canada

Annual Alumni meet-up in Vancouver, 19 May 2011

Join us again for another successful alumni meet-up when we get together at the Arbutus Club on 19 May 2011.

More info.

On any given Wednesday at UCT

In order to stay connected to students, friends and alumni UCT maintains a Facebook page. They recently posted a very interesting video.

“On any given Wednesday at 13:00 a group of UCT students gather outside the Arts Block on Upper Campus to entertain each other and onlookers with their intelligent rhymes to beats created on the spot. On the streets this form of rapping is called cyphering … defined as a rap or flow but not in a battle.”

Cyphers at UCT

Ladysmith Black Mambazo Touched our Hearts, and Johnny Clegg Rocked the House

Three alumni events were held recently in Ontario on the occasion of great South African performers visiting Canada [Read More]

UCT Canada

Smuts Hall Alumni Association

Smuts Hall would like to keep in touch with all Smutsmen who have resided at the hall at some point since opening its doors in 1928. Update your details to receive information regarding the Smuts Hall Alumni association and events.