University of Cape Town, Regional Office Canada

Spring 2013

For many of us in Canada, green tips are just peeking through the earth, and the trees are about to bud. This sees a time of renewed vitality and coming out of ‘hibernation’. It is also a time for me to reach out once again to alumni across Canada with greetings and best wishes for the season ahead of us.

This newsletter highlights many of UCT’s achievements over the past few months, and hopefully sheds light on the high standing of UCT, its staff, its students and its graduates. We celebrated a great occasion in New York last month as we raised our glass to the Centenary of the Faculty of Health Sciences. Those who were there said the trip was worthwhile just to hear Stuart Saunders recap on his days as Dean of the Faculty, and hear the inspiring presentation by young graduate, Dr Vuyane Mhlomi. It was also an opportunity to hear from Max Price and incoming Dean of the Faculty, Wim de Villiers.

It is interesting to note how UCT staff are collaborating with academics in Canada, and I hope you will enjoy reading about their work, and perhaps consider joining forces to support some of the projects and calls for support presented here.

Wishing you all a great Spring and Summer.


UCT Canada

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USA and Canadian Alumni celebrate a proud legacy at New York gala event

If you missed the gala event in March to celebrate the centenary of the Faculty of Health Sciences, click through to read all about it. [Read More]

UCT’s response to South Africa’s development challenges

UCT is committed to engaged, policy-relevant research and teaching, and is looking at new ways for students to become directly involved in socially-responsive learning. [Read More]

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GSB MBA Team compete in Montreal

UCT’s Graduate School of Business competed in January this year in The John Molson MBA International Case Competition in Montreal. Follow their rise above the rest as they do us proud. Read more.

UCT Canada

Postgraduate Geomatics Scholarship

Prof Mike Barry calls for support of Postgraduate Geomatics Scholarship at UCT, his alma mater [Read More]

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Make UCT Alumni in Canada Linkedin Group work for you

Are you a member of LinkedIn? If so we urge you go join the ‘UCT Alumni in Canada’ group. We want to use this as an important alumni networking tool, and ask alumni to post articles of interest. This also includes job postings that would be relevant to alumni. Stay in tune with events and activities by joining the UCT Alumni in Canada Linked-In group.

L’Oreal-UNESCO recognise exceptional UCT women

Three of UCT’s best feature in a display of posters in Paris recently on the 15th anniversary of the L’Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science Awards. Read more.

Commerce Faculty to visit Alberta to collaborate on green campus initiatives

As part of a Worldwide University Network grant, Prof Jean-Paul van Belle, Director of the Centre for IT and National Development, will be visiting Edmonton in October to contribute to an exciting research collaboration into green campus initiatives. The award of the WUN grant attests to UCT’s position as an active participant on the global stage. [Read More]

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IDRC Canada supports UCT study

International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada, is supporting a UCT study to avert the time bomb of unemployed youth through a three-year pan-African study, being conducted in the Faculty of Commerce’s Development Unit for New Enterprise (DUNE). Read more.

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Spotlight on SHAWCO

Greer Blizzard recently took over as Fundraising, Marketing and PR Manager at SHAWCO. She has her work cut out for her maintaining the good, solid brand that is SHAWCO. She aims to highlight both on and off campus SHAWCO’s many achievements as the largest student-run organisation in South Africa.

Over the years SHAWCO has invested in a number of revenue-generating opportunities to make it more self-sustaining. Read more about these initiatives, SHAWCO’s achievements and plans for the future.