In remembrance: Adam Mabrouk Adan

07 April 2022

Dear colleagues and students

We write with heavy hearts to inform you of the passing of our student, Adam Mabrouk Adan (27), in a traffic accident on the weekend of 6 March 2022.

Mr Mabrouk, who lived in Nairobi, Kenya, started his Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Public Mental Health at the University of Cape Town in January 2021 and submitted his dissertation on 14 February 2022.

He was a hard-working, dedicated and driven student. His supervisors shared that it was a pleasure to oversee his work – he worked independently, always made sure that he met deadlines and used their feedback incredibly constructively.

His peers, colleagues and course convenor will remember him fondly as they mourn his loss. “We remember Mabrouk as a gentle, personable colleague who was passionate about research and poised to be a great asset to academia and his field. He inspired all of us to greater heights in our own work. We will miss him greatly as a person and as part of the MPhil (Public Mental Health) family,” they shared.

Mr Mabrouk was working on a research project in Kenya with his supervisor at Aga Khan University, Nairobi, and was noted for being a team player, working with colleagues on how to complete his MPhil without impacting on project activities. He had applied for, and would have been accepted, to do a PhD.

Mr Mabrouk was laid to rest on Saturday, 7 March 2022.

We extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues during this time of sorrow.


The UCT Executive

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