Eleven new Fellows were inducted into UCT’s prestigious College of Fellows this year at a ceremony and dinner held on Wednesday, 11 October.
In her welcome address, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Internationalisation, said that the evening was a celebration intended to “recognise academic staff whose distinguished work deserves special recognition”.
She went on to thank the new Fellows “for the work you do because it’s the work that you do that gives us a good name. It’s the work that you do that makes people look at us. It’s the work that you do that makes the world say that we are number one in Africa.”
Commenting on the “bumper crop” of new Fellows elected this year, Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price said, “These were not contested at all ... for every candidate the question was asked ‘How come we didn’t appoint them before?’ ”
Dr Price continued: “The research business of the university has continued to do incredibly well, and that’s thanks to all of you. To the Fellows and your colleagues, the distinguished scientists, the researchers, your students, your PhD students and your postdoc fellows, and your teams.”
The new UCT Fellows for 2017 are:
The evening also saw the presentation of the annual Young Researcher Awards, which honour the significant contributions that UCT’s young researchers have made to research in their particular fields. This year’s recipients were:
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