Philanthropy makes the world go round

26 May 2002

Tough talk: (left) Vice Chancellor Professor Njabulo Ndebele with Frank Ferrary at a recent meeting between UCT and the Synergos Institute.

UCT recently hosted a visit by the Synergos Institute, a non-profit organisation based in New York in the United States that travels around the world looking for possible poverty-fighting projects in which to invest.

For its visit to UCT, the Institute brought along a group of about 20 philanthropists from one of its many programmes, the Global Philanthropists Circle, which is a coterie of family-based philanthropists. While on campus, the tour was addressed by Vice-Chancellor, Professor Njabulo Ndebele, on the state of higher education in the country, and later met with student leaders.

The visitors also requested some "socialising" time during which they wanted to hold some informal chats with executives, administrators and students.

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