University of Cape Town, Regional Office Canada

Spring 2016

This first eNewsletter of 2016 is chockablock with articles on activities on campus, alumni events, UCT’s place in the world. I hope there is something for everyone.

April was a busy month of connecting with alumni ‘out west’. It is always a highlight of my year as I get to meet regular and new attendees of our events. If you have any ideas for future events, please be sure to let me know. Be sure also to click the link to see the photos - space did not allow for posting of all the photos, and I will endeavour to send on specific photos to each alum photographed. If I miss sending you your pic, drop me a line.

UCT is still up there as the top ranked university in Africa, has just joined the International Alliance of Research Universities, and the International Academic Programmes Office celebrates its 20 years in existence. Our international links are stronger than ever.

As I write this summary, my eye is on the CBC News and pictures of the wildfire in Fort McMurray. My thoughts go out to all, especially alumni and fellow Saffas who have had to flee their homes. My thoughts are with you at this devastating time.

Di Stafford

Regional Director: International Operations, Canada
Development & Alumni Department
University of Cape Town

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Alumni Activities in April

April is a busy month as we come out of winter, and I get on the road to visit with alumni. Read more and see some great pics.

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100 UP Program supports Cape education

Mary and Geoff Burton spoke on the successes of the 100 UP education program during their recent visit to Canada. December 2014 saw the first cohort of the 100-UP students sit their matric. Each year results continue to be fantastic! Read more about this empowering program aimed at preparing high school learners for university admittance or follow the link provided to add your support.
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Alumni Braai in Mississauga

Alumni are invited to a braai on Saturday, July 23, 2016 in Mississauga to welcome Prof Bongani Mayosi and Prof Nonhlanhla Khumalo. Prof Mayosi will discuss his plans as incoming Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences in September. [Read More]

Another 1st for UCT, as it joins the IARU

UCT is the first African university to join the International Alliance of Research Universities at their 10th Anniversary. This on the heels of UCT once again being rated the top university on the African continent.
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Mothers’ Day Appeal for Perinatal Mental Health Project

One in about every 5 women in South Africa suffers from depression or anxiety during or after pregnancy. Mental health for the mother pre- and post- birth of a child is crucial to that child’s care in its early days. In poverty-stricken townships of South Africa access to mental health care is all but non-existent, and the Perinatal Mental Health Project is helping alleviate the situation. With Mother’s Day upon us in Canada, please consider adding your support to this program. [Read more about the fantastic strides this program has made.]


International Academic Programmes Office celebrates 20 years

UCT runs a very successful Semester Study Abroad Programme, receives requests for research partnerships at an unprecedented rate and continues to focus strategically on its rich tapestry of international collaborations. Take a look at the growth of IAPO over the past 20 years. [Read More]

Survey on public attitudes in South Africa

Rorisang Lekalake, Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Sciences Research (CSSR), reports on a recent survey on public attitudes in lead up to Freedom Day.
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“In Conversation with Albie Sachs”

At an event organised in partnership with the Canada-Southern Africa Chamber of Business, retired SA Constitutional Court Judge, Albie Sachs, sat down with Chamber Chair, Stephen Pincus, to discuss a myriad of subjects. Watch the video.
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Summer School

Catch up on Summer School lectures

UCT Summer School is well known as a public education program that offers a range of short courses, open to all regardless of educational qualifications. Follow these links to catch up on courses recently presented.
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Building Names Under Review

The names of five UCT buildings are under review. UCT wants your comments.
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