27 October 2003

With exams beginning today (October 27- 31), graduation is not far off. Monday Paper has begun the search for interesting graduation stories: original research (or researchers), new milestones and fresh landmarks in the academic sense. We will consider ideas that concern the prosaic or studious (novel research) or offbeat and quaint (your granny is graduating). It's the last chance of the year to show off your students or department in a bumper edition to mark graduation week. Please contact Helen Théron e-mail with your contact details and story leads.

Joscha Fischer, Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany, will be at the Leslie Social Sciences Lecture Theatre 2B on October 31 from 14h30 to 15h30 to deliver a talk: Can the UN Meet the Challenges of the 21st Century? The Need for German-South African Co-operation. The invitation has been issued by the Willy Brandt Chair at UCT and the Universities of the Western Cape and Stellenbosch, together with the German Consul General in Cape Town.

The Graduate School of Business (GSB) will host two top international speakers on October 30 as part of talks to be staged by Business & Arts South Africa (BASA) and the British Council of South Africa. Richard Busby and Stephen Lee will talk on private sector investment in arts and culture at the University of Pretoria's Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) in Johannesburg on October 29 and at the GSB on October 30. They will discuss opportunities for sponsorship of the arts - to the mutual benefit of businesses and the arts - based on their experience in the United Kingdom.

The Chair of Council, Tony Farr, will host a dinner for retiring staff on Wednesday, November 12, 2003, in the Smuts Dining Hall at 19h30 for 20h00. All staff are invited to attend this dinner to support the retirees. The cost of the three-course dinner, which includes a welcome cocktail, red/white wine, will be R80 per person. Contact Ursula Ross at 650-4436 or e-mail by October 31.

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