University of Cape Town, Regional Office Canada

Spring 2012

I once again bring you news from UCT and alumni in Canada. Spring is upon us, and many of us are planning summer activities and vacations.

Winter is behind us, and as I look back I see a time that was really quite busy on the alumni front. October saw us awarding the VC Medal to Jack Diamond and Michael Hayden in a gala cocktail event in Toronto, attended by many of Jack and Michael’s friends and associates together with fellow alumni. Earlier on this year Max Price paid a visit to the west coast dining with alumni in Vancouver and in Calgary.

I am sure most of you would have received the alumni appeal for Obz Square – more on our progress with the campaign in this newsletter – we are well on our way to naming a room for UCT Alumni in Canada. The campaign will run again this year, so you still have a chance to join forces to create a long term impact on future students.

I wish all friends and alumni across Canada safe passage wherever you might be travelling this summer, and those staying closer to home – a pleasant, sunny summer!

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

UCT Canada

Missing and Murdered in Toronto

Meet Alan G. Morris, Professor of Human Biology, University of Cape Town, as he describes his fascinating work along the pathway into forensics via the fields of anthropology and anatomy through his newly published popular book “Missing and Murdered”.

Tuesday 26 June 2012, 6pm for 7pm, Massey College, Toronto.

See full invitation.

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UCT Alumni in Canada closer to naming a room in the Obz Square Residence

We are a third of the way towards the target of $15 000 to place a plaque above a doorway in Obz Square reading “This room donated by UCT Alumni in Canada”. [Read More]

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UCT Alumna selected as one of five Canadian Chairs in Science & Engineering

UCT Alumni, Dr Tamara Franz-Odendaal was recently named the only Atlantic NSERC Chair for Women in Science & Engineering. [Read More]

Prof Kelly Chibale leads the way in Drug Discovery in Africa

Prof Kelly Chibale was recently awarded the Alan Pifer Award for his work on drug discovery in Africa within UCT’s Drug Discovery & Development Centre, in particular potential drugs for malaria and tuberculosis. [Read More]

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Vice-Chancellor Max Price pays a visit to the west coast

On his annual trip to North America, Max Price stopped off to meet with Alumni in both Vancouver and in Calgary. [Read More]

Crack negotiators in Copenhagen

In December last year a team of UCT law students showed their skills in Copenhagen when they surpassed rivals from Yale University and Singapore and the hosts, Denmark’s University of Copenhagen, at the internationally competitive 2011 Copenhagen Competition.

They have become the first team from Africa to win the event. [Read More]

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Planning students working with communities in Franschoek

First year masters students in city and regional planning and landscape architecture are working with the community of Langrug, Franschoek to begin researcingh ways to improve living conditions in the informal settlement.

The project forms part of the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics basic planning skills in situ upgrade course, introducing future planners and designers to the physical, social, economic, environmental and political circumstances that inform the current social structure [Read More]

New PhD in Microfranchising

The Townships Project (Canada) partners with the GSB and sees the establishment of a Microfranchising PhD [Read More]