Newly appointed Director of the Centre for Extra-Mural Studies, MedeÃ© Rall, believes the challenge of her new position will be to broaden the community audience that comes into contact with the department's programmes.
According to Rall, previously Co-ordinator of Publications at Iziko Museums of Cape Town, this challenge is made easier by the existing solid foundations in the department.
Rall said: "My previous work involved making the Museum more accessible to the public. My aim here will be to make our programmes accessible to a more diverse public by building on what already exists. There are many exciting possibilities for extra-mural provision and I look forward to putting energy into developing new initiatives.
"This department is very well organised, with a strong and committed team, outstanding networks and many good systems in place. It's a wonderful opportunity to work in this sort of environment and I'm thrilled to be here," she added.
Rall's long association with UCT began in the 1980's when she read for a BA degree and a Diploma for Educators of Adults at the University. In 1993, as Public Relations Officer for the former South African Museum, Rall was responsible for initiating a collaborative project between UCT and the Museum, which led to the Summer School programme being held there. Two years ago she was again instrumental in setting up an innovative Winter School programme.
Now as Director of the very Centre she studied at (previously known as the Department of Adult Education and Extra-Mural Studies), Rall will be involved in curriculum design as well as research into adult education.
"My interest lies in adult and lifelong learning and my research will focus in the first instance on literacy and learning in a heritage context," she said.
Rall enthused: "I have been made to feel very welcome at UCT and in a way it feels like I have come home."