UCT News

From the Vice-Chancellor's desk

July 2014
Issue 01
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Dear friends, colleagues, students and staff

Fresh from hosting an enormously successful Africa Month, being crowned the Varsity Cup rugby champions and celebrating 20 years of Democracy with a memorable concert and commemorative event on our rugby fields, we are proud to congratulate the achievements of all of our June graduates. This June, we had a total of 1 508 graduates of which 110 were doctoral graduates. As many of our alumni have become leaders in their fields of expertise, we believe that our latest graduates will do the same.

UCT reached a critical milestone in its admissions policy for 2016 when it was ratified in principle by Council earlier this month. The adjusted policy is expected to help advance the university's redress and diversity goals.

I am pleased to introduce this first issue of UCT News. It is a regular publication that will keep you in touch with UCT's news and developments whether you are on campus or already out in the world making your mark.

You can download the feature stories to read offline by clicking 'View PDF' below, or share it with colleagues and friends by forwarding it to them and asking them to subscribe to our two e-newsletters: UCT News and Research at UCT.

Dr Max Price

Max Price
News and Views
Past Students

Campus Life

What is democracy?
A new Carnegie cohort
Women in agriculture
Inclusive Healthcare Innovation
freedom concert   Celebrating 20 years of freedom

The UCT community gathered on the Green Mile on Thursday, 22 May 2014, to celebrate twenty years of freedom in South Africa, and to commemorate the life and legacy of the nation's late great leader, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

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freedom concert   Ikey Tigers take home the 2014 FNB Varsity Cup

Rugby fans were left with an overwhelming sense of 'sjoe' as UCT claimed the 2014 FNB Varsity Cup trophy in surreal circumstances. The Ikey Tigers came back from eighteen points down to claim a 39-33 victory over NWU-Puk with a converted try in the dying seconds of the final at the Fanie du Toit Stadium in Potchefstroom.

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UCT spring   UCT Council approves 2016 admissions policy

The University of Cape Town Council voted on Saturday, 14 June 2014, to approve in principle a new admissions policy model that will incorporate race as one of several factors to be considered in assessing an applicant's historic disadvantage.

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SA money   UCT rejects SBux scheme

On 4 December 2013, the UCT Student Representative Council (SRC) was notified of the roll-out of a new sBux system by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). On 16 January 2014, the SRC rejected the sBux scheme in its entirety, followed up by a circular to all UCT students explaining the reasons for their decision.

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Professor Salim Abdool Karim   Perseverance and hard work always win out

Good science, hard work, dogged determination and perseverance led to the breakthrough that allows women to protect themselves from the HIV, proclaimed Professor Salim Abdool Karim upon receiving an honorary Doctor of Science in Medicine.

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News you may have missed   Upcoming events
urban migration   stars   Postgraduate Funding Roadshow
Plan around Africa's great urban migration with just two metrics   The endless expansion of space is not beyond science   Postgraduate Funding Roadshow for 2015: 23-30 July
Investing in social good   unequal education   Eco Film Festival
Social impact bonds can help government drive vital job creation   Unequal education: preparing students to deal with poverty and inequality   Zoobots Eco Film Festival 2014: 22 July - 7 August
celebrate africa   Bernie Fanaroff   NAOP
Celebrating Africa and our continental connectedness   Bring Nobel Prizes home to Africa: Dr Bernie Fanaroff challenges UCT's graduands   New Appointees Orientation Programme: 30 July - 20 August
SHAWCO community centre   Milumbe Haimbe   Social Equality
Low-cost computer training at SHAWCO community centres   African scholars and activists tackle rising homophobia on the continent   Social Equality conference: 15-17 August
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