University of Cape Town, Regional Office Canada

Spring 2018

Dear Alumni

This newsletter brings with it a welcome to Spring - let’s hope we’re in for a great Summer.

The past few months have been busy in the UCT Canada office and on campus. The University has made a choice of new Vice-Chancellor,they are preparing for their Golden Graduation Ceremony with alumni from across the globe, and Reunions (Smuts Hall, and Health Sciences). Read on to see what’s up on Campus.

I am sure many of you are wondering about the announcement of free education - I have included a pertinent article that explains it all. Needless to say, your continued support is still vital and put to good use to support those who fall outside the funding levels - those we call the ‘missing middle’. UCT will continue to source funding for these deserving and financially needy students.

If you feel compelled to support any of the projects listed, please follow this link to make a tax effective donation.

I usually make a trip out West in April/May of each year, but have decided to postpone to later in the year due to some potential exciting visitors on the cards. More on this nearer the time.

I hope you enjoy this eNewsletter, as you take a rest from planting out your garden and dusting off the BBQ.



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


UCT appoints a new Vice-Chancellor

UCT has made its decision on its new Vice-Chancellor. [Read More]

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Is free higher education enough?

Many donors have questioned whether they should continue their support of bursaries. The answer is a very loud Yes! Please. Here is the lowdown on student support, as UCT explains it.
[Read More]

Did you know?

UCT has 33% of South Africa’s A-rated researchers, international leaders in their fields, and 18% of government-funded research Chairs, funded by the Department of Science & Technology and the National Research Foundation. Find out more stats about your alma mater. [Read More]

Students in Distress Fund Helps

Graduations are celebrations. Nkululeko Dlamini made it - but not without its stresses. Read how faculty ‘distress funds’ are making a difference.

Read more.

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SHAWCO undertakes 750 km for Health

SHAWCO is having a busy year in celebrating its 75th Anniversary. On 3 May, 2018 SHAWCO Health launched their 750 kms for Health from the UCT Medical Campus. [Read More]

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Dates to Note

There are a number of celebrations and reunions taking place this year. Read on to see Who, Where, When and Why. [Read More]

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UCT tackles Africa’s paediatric deficit

The density of paediatricians practicing in African countries ranges between 0.03 and 0.8 per 100,000 of the population, compared with Canadian figures of 7.5 per 100,000. Read how UCT is meeting this challenge head-on. [Read More]

Max Price supports postgraduate scholarship

Max Price and Prof Deborah Posel have both committed themselves to the vision of growing the next generation of academics. [Read More]

Perinatal Mental Health project releases Annual Report

With the release of its latest Annual Report, the Perinatal Mental Health Project introduces some changes. [Read More]

The Distinguishing UCT Campaign has $100Million goal

A strong endowment is a permanent source of funding that will enhance UCT’s ability to work towards its vision and mission, and remain a global player. The three campaign goals will provide for growth into the future, securing financial aid for talented individuals, and ensuring diversity in the academic, staff and student body. [Read More]