April graduation and other updates

10 April 2019 | Campus Announcement

Dear students and colleagues

This campus announcement aims to inform members of the University of Cape Town community about:

1. April graduation

The University of Cape Town (UCT) will honour over 5 000 students during 14 graduation ceremonies taking place from Wednesday, 10 April, until Thursday, 18 April 2019. During the 14 ceremonies – expected to be attended by about 14 000 people – 70 doctoral degrees and 383 master’s degrees will be conferred. An honorary doctorate in engineering will be awarded to Professor David Roger Jones Owen on Saturday, 13 April 2019. Among the speakers at the various ceremonies will be Judy Sikuza, deputy executive director of the Mandela Rhodes Foundation; Nkazi Sokhulu, co-founder and CEO of Yalu Financial Services; Sam Paddock, co-founder of GetSmarter and GetWine; and UCT engineering alumnus Mavo Solomon.

Due to the possibility of load-shedding across the country, there may be interruptions to the live-streaming of the April graduation ceremonies. Contingency plans have been put in place to minimise possible interruptions to the graduation coverage. If the power does go out and live-streaming is halted, the video recording of all ceremonies is safeguarded against power outages and the videos will be available for viewing shortly after each ceremony. The graduation videos will be uploaded to the Graduation April 2019 feature page on the UCT News website as they become available.

In addition to the daily ceremony videos, the Graduation April 2019 page will be updated each day with stories of inspirational graduates, graduation news articles and photo essays, and videos highlighting the graduation speakers, all in celebration of the achievements of our students.

2. Report on UCT Council meeting of 30 March

The UCT Council met on Saturday, 30 March 2019, and made several key decisions. These included approving the UCT enrolment plan for the period 2020 to 2025 and adopting the Transformation Report for 2018.

3. Updating the UCT events calendar

The UCT events calendar is available to promote events that are hosted by the university, or in partnership with the university; feature UCT speakers; have been organised by UCT staff; and will be held at the university or a UCT-nominated venue. In order for the wider university community to be informed of all events, please submit your event details well in advance to the UCT events calendar. To avoid scheduling conflicts, please check the UCT events calendar when planning your event.

4. Responding to a changing research landscape

Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Internationalisation Professor Kevin Naidoo was appointed in the context of a national research-funding crisis. Professor Naidoo was given the task of consulting with the research community to develop a plan of action to ensure that UCT’s researchers continue on their path of research excellence despite the major shifts in the research-funding landscape. In a recent DVC Desk, he reflected on the consultative process he undertook with the research community over the past four months and shared the plan of action he drafted.

5. RADC call for new funding proposals

UCT’s Residence Academic Development Committee (RADC) is calling for new funding proposals for the Living and Learning programmes. The RADC is grounded in a collaboration protocol between residences and faculties. The purpose of the Living and Learning programmes is to further establish a way of bridging the gap between faculties and residences to foster student success and provide a quality academic experience to students living in residence. For further information, please contact Tatenda Gundani, GNDTAT001@myuct.ac.za.


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