University of Cape Town, Regional Office Canada
   

Spring 2014

Spring is upon us, and summer beckons – at last! And so it is time for me to once again reach out to our alumni to say Hi, and fill you in on happenings both with UCT alumni in Canada and further field.

I report on a number of events across Canada over the past few months, celebrating the 96th birthday in three cities, welcoming Dean Wim de Villiers, and raising funds for the Baxter Theatre Centre. Be sure to check out these articles and see the photos that have been posted. I really enjoyed my time visiting alumni across Canada – it is always great to meet new alumni, renew and grow friendships. It is also a great opportunity to meet face-to-face the many donors to the University of Cape Town and its students.

Be sure, also, not to miss the last 10 minutes of the Ikeys vs Pukke Varsity Cup match. It is a nail-biting finish – what a comeback!

After reading this Spring eNewsletter, should you need further information on anything – see our website at www.uctcanada.ca, or feel free to contact me directly [info@uctcanada.ca].

Should you wish to make a donation to the work of UCT, its activities, its projects, its outreach, or its students please follow the link to www.uctcanada.ca.

So, without further ado I wish you a pleasant Canadian summer.

Regards to all,

UCT Canada

Di Stafford
Regional Office : North America
Development & Alumni Department, UCT

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UCT CELEBRATES ITS BIRTHDAY ACROSS CANADA

Alumni across the globe celebrated UCT’s 96th birthday on 2nd April this year, and Canada was the one global destination that held the most celebrations. We drank a toast in Vancouver, we dined in Calgary, and a few alumni braved the wet weather in Toronto to reminisce and drink a toast to UCT. Read More and don’t miss the pics at the end. [Read More]

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CANADA-SOUTHERN AFRICA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TO SUPPORT GSB MBA TEAM

The GSB are gearing up for MBA participation in the John Molson MBA Case Competition 2015 in Montreal. The Canada-Southern Africa Chamber of Business have joined forces to support the team’s participation. [Read More]

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COLLABORATIONS BETWEEN UCT AND CANADA IN HEALTH SCIENCES

Dean Prof. Wim de Villiers paid a lightening visit to Vancouver in early May to meet with practitioners and players in the B.C. medical industry to discuss capacity building collaborations with the Faculty of Health Sciences.
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“MIES JULIE” :  A TALE OF TENSION AND DRAMA NOT FOR THE FAINT-HEARTED

The Yaël Farber/Baxter Theatre Centre’s production of Mies Julie recently completed its tour of Canada, with stops in Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto. This riveting, intense production was well received by theatre aficionados and played to full houses. In Vancouver the production linked in with the Vancouver South African Film Festival.

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THE BEST COMEBACK EVER!

We save the best till last - Ikey Tigers won the Varsity Cup this year with the “greatest comeback of all time in rugby”. These 10 minutes are nail-biting, and worth the watch! Five members of the team were recipients of the Invictus sports scholarships, made possible through a generous donation from an anonymous Canadian donor.

[Watch the video]

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CANADIAN ALUMNI BURSARY SUPPORT

Our thanks are extended to Canadian Alumni who support bursaries at UCT. Many alumni feel compelled to ‘give back’ for the excellent education they received at UCT by giving a helping hand to young students making their way in the world. Who are the recipients of the Canadian Alumni Postgraduate Scholarship, and the Canadian Alumni Bursary in MBChB?

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REUNION DATES - 2014

Are you considering a trip to South Africa this year? Maybe these reunion dates will help you decide … [Read More]

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF DR. JANE GOODALL

On 6th February 2014 chimpanzee researcher and activist Dr. Jane Goodall delivered the Vice-Chancellor’s Open lecture. Follow the link to see other videos on the Vice-Chancellor’s Open lectures.

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GROWING ‘PUBLIC GOOD’ PROFESSIONALS

What is the role of universities when it comes to equity and social justice? Universities can encourage this by educating and encouraging future professionals by embedding ‘public good’ work into core curricula, and building a culture of giving back.

UCT’s chapter of Engineers without Borders recently teamed up with NGO SEED to launch an organic gardening project in Mitchells Plain. This project encourages a culture of outdoor learning at schools.

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