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Facts & Figures

Some time ago, a good percentage of Rhodes alumni in North America responded to an online survey we conducted to tap your perceptions of the university and where and how you might contribute to furthering the institution’s recognition and influence in this country. Here are some of the results:

  • 71 percent view their university days at Rhodes as extremely
    memorable and valuable
  • Alumni say the two top qualities that characterize Rhodes are its unique campus and community setting and the excellence of its academic standards and teaching
  • An impressive 83 percent of all respondents believe Rhodes is at least equal to or better than private colleges and universities in the U.S.
  • While 60 percent of Old Rhodians just don’t have time to help the university in the U.S., those that do are open to contacting other alumni (25 percent), making referrals and introductions (17.5 percent), or doing public relations (11.7 percent)
  • While 87 percent of Old Rhodians are satisfied with their professional position and lifestyle in the U.S., 52 percent would be interested in returning to, or retiring, in South Africa
  • An overwhelming 84 percent of Old Rhodians in the U.S. still strongly identify with South Africa or retain affinity and connections with the country
  • Interestingly, 82 percent of Old Rhodians believe their skills and knowledge would be useful and valuable to South Africa and nearly 52 percent would be interested in learning more about expatriate incentives to relocate back to South Africa



What people are saying on Social Media

Ian Edwards "This is the VERY, VERY, VERY, BEST NEWS of the year being the year of our Lord 2017. As Taki quite correctly stated, sanity has prevailed. As I mentioned previously, all students from the late sixties to the early seventies must have a feeling of exalutation at this wonderful news.”

Mary Todd Vianello "Absolutely wonderful news. I don't agree with what Rhodes did but those were the times. As long as we move on and include everyone."

David Alcock "I am very relieved about this. And I think common sense has prevailed. I am sure there are objections to what the man Cecil John Rhodes stands for but he was a man of his time and we can now enjoy his legacy and try and benefit some of those who have been disadvantaged in the past. Rhodes University has a good name - and I have heard only good things about the university in the UK; and the graduates who get employed prove their worth and make their way successfully in the world. I spent some of my best years at Rhodes University as a student and on the staff of the drama department, a time which formed my thinking and my abilities. I made life-long friends there. So all in all I think this is a good decision.”

Trevor Brodrick "Well done to the voices of reason. Those who are unhappy go elsewhere as we capitalists want to support our university financially and will not if the name changes.”

Camalita Naicker "FFS!! What a shameful decision by Rhodes University Council which has proven once again how uncommitted they are to transformation! I remember in my first year the name change was already being discussed and pushed for by Sasco, The article is false to claim that it was only brought up two years ago, there was always a concern by black students about this name. Now ten years, a whole movement calling for Rhodes to Fall, we are still here."

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