Voices of reason, dignity, and inclusivity: Rhodes University Graduation 2024 to celebrate developmental gains

Rhodes University confirms the recipients of its annual Honorary Doctoral degrees for 2024, set to be conferred between Wednesday, 03 April 2024 and Friday, 05 April 2024.

[RU120] Celebrating 120 years with two new research collaborations at Rhodes University

Rhodes University’s RU120 celebrations furthered its impact through the launch of two new ARUA/The Guild Africa-Europe Clusters of Research Excellence (CoREs), which took place on 08 March 2024.

Navigating South Africa's land reform with Judge and Visiting Professor Nambitha Dambuza

In a rare spotlight on South Africa's ongoing struggle with land reform, Rhodes University’s Law Faculty, as part of the University’s 120th-anniversary celebrations, hosted a public lecture in collaboration with the Black Lawyers Association student charter.

[RU120] Justine Mannering joins Rhodes University Trust (USA) and will lead RU120 fundraising efforts

Second-generation Rhodes University alumnus and seasoned investment banker and philanthropist Justine Mannering has joined the Rhodes University USA Trust Board and will work with the Board to oversee the fundraising activities for the landmark RU120 campaign in North America.

[RU120] Tracing a complex history and strides toward transformation

Since its inception in 1904, Rhodes University has continually made significant strides in the realm of higher education, carving out a distinguished place for itself among academic institutions globally. Over the years, Rhodes University has evolved, reflecting changes in society, academia, and the broader global landscape, constantly adapting and growing to meet new challenges and opportunities.

[RU120] Calls to address challenges facing higher education sector in South Africa

Universities in South Africa are facing a challenging balancing act, having to do more, with fewer resources. That’s according to Professor Paul Maylam, who says while access to higher education for students is critical, questions also need to be asked about the viability of taking on large numbers of students, many of whom fail to complete their studies.

[RU120] Jubilation, song and dance as the RU community unites in a historic formation

At precisely 15h30 on 23 February, 2024, a historic anniversary drone picture was taken as the bright African summer sun smiled down on hundreds of gleeful and cheering students and staff members huddled at the Great Field in a spectacular RU120 formation.

Professor Magadla honoured with academic mentorship excellence award

In a remarkable achievement, Professor Siphokazi Magadla from the Department of Political and International Studies at Rhodes University, has been awarded the inaugural Helen Milner Award. This accolade was presented by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) on 31 January 2024 at its Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa (NextGen) and African Peacebuilding Network (APN) Writing and Dissemination Workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and marks a significant recognition of Professor Magadla's dedication and contribution to the field of peace, security, and development in Africa.

Visionary paths unfold at annual Law Faculty Opening

On 22 February 2024, Rhodes University's Law Faculty officially began its academic year with a its annual Faculty Opening evening. The event welcomed students, faculty members, and a notable guest, marking the occasion as a significant moment in the faculty’s annual calendar.

The rise of the Nine Tenths Mentoring Programme

Despite inclement weather, the spirit of achievement and community shone brightly at the Nine Tenths Student Mentoring Programme's celebration on 22 February 2024. In partnership with GADRA Education, this celebratory event honoured a record-breaking number of 50 programme alumni first-year students registering at Rhodes University in 2024.

Romesa's resilience leads to tertiary education triumph

Romesa Muhammad's story is a vivid testament to resilience and hope, set against the rugged beauty of the Eastern Cape's wilderness, where her journey began. Born into a close-knit family in the serene expanse of Kwantu Game Reserve, Romesa was the elder of two siblings who thrived under the nurturing care of her mother and stepfather. Despite their modest means, her family's unwavering support was her beacon of strength, illuminating the path towards her dreams. However, as Romesa grew, so did the financial challenges that threatened to dim her aspirations for higher education.

Where Science meets Art: Unveiling the power in different ways of storytelling

In the wake of contemporary digitalisation, the launch of the science and art exhibition by the NRF-SAIAB IMIsEE Project, in collaboration with the Rhodes University Department of Music and Musicology, took the Makhanda community by storm in bridging the gap between community-engaged research, science, music, and art. The Sound Postcard Exhibition Launch promotes digital methods and tools for collaborative research in Humanities.

Decoding the Legacy: Well-known historian Paul Maylam delves into Rhodes University's 120-year intellectual odyssey

Accomplished historian, Emeritus Professor Paul Maylam, author of six books and co-editor of a seventh, will on 1 March 2024 give a seminal lecture on the intellectual history of Rhodes University as part of the university’s 120th anniversary celebrations.

When RATT met PARROT – a peculiar pulsar

The motion of the planets through the night sky has captivated humanity since prehistoric times. The Great Saturn-Jupiter Conjunction of 2020 was particularly special. This remarkable astronomical event, which brought these two gas giants closer together than they had been for nearly four centuries, offered an enticing spectacle for stargazers worldwide. Professional astronomers, with telescopes capable of seeing well beyond the relative “backyard” of our solar system, also couldn’t resist the temptation to look.

Shining bright: How Lilitha Masizana's journey from Sinenjongo High to Rhodes University lights up the path for aspiring scholars

In the heart of Dunoon’s Ekupholeni informal settlement, a story of remarkable determination and academic excellence unfolds, emblematic of the indomitable spirit of youth. Lilitha Masizana, a recent matriculant from Sinenjongo High School, has emerged as a top achiever amidst challenging circumstances and set a precedent for aspiring scholars nationwide. Her journey from a one-room shack, shared with her mother and younger brother, to securing a place at one of the country’s prestigious universities is a testament to her resilience and hard work.

[RU120] Pioneering Educational Excellence: a blueprint for South Africa's future

In pursuing knowledge, pioneers often draw inspiration from the Chinese proverb that it's better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. There is no doubt that darkness surrounds us as a society – inequality, poverty, crime, ignorance and prejudice – to name but a few. However, instead of retreating to defeat, all it takes is a moment of awareness, reflection, and resolve to light a candle in the midst of the darkness. Lighting a candle forces us to focus on the sphere in which our influence lies. Its flicker and gentle glow are signs of hope and warmth.

Rhodes University's bold leap with male warden at the helm of a female residence

The appointment of a male House Warden for Robert Sobukwe Residence, a female residence, at Rhodes University is a decision that may seem unconventional to some, considering the dysfunctional stereotypes that permeate university residences and halls across the globe. However, this choice reflects a progressive step towards gender neutrality and inclusivity, challenging the narratives associated with leadership roles in academic institutions. It underscores the importance of capability over gender, promoting a culture where leadership qualities are not confined to or defined by one's gender.

Nanotech pioneer Prof Nyokong to receive sixth Honorary Doctorate

Rhodes University's Distinguished Professor Tebello Nyokong is set to receive her sixth honorary Doctor of Science degree later this year, this time from Imperial College in London.

[RU120] Makhanda Education Summit: Paving the way for a new era in educational excellence

The Makhanda Education Summit, held at Rhodes University over the weekend, has resolved to build on the tremendous success already achieved in reshaping the city’s educational terrain.

Rhodes University Lecturer & MA Coordinator honoured with esteemed Carnegie Corporation of New York Recognition Award

Rhodes University proudly spotlights the ground-breaking work of one of its lecturers, Dr Chikezie E. Uzuegbunam, whose research on Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Africa has garnered international recognition. Funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, this journey began with a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Cape Town and has now reached an inspiring milestone at the 2023 African Studies Association (ASA) Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

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