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Brooklyn Downtown Star

Charter school principal explains educational approach

Jul 28, 2020

Entering his second year as the middle school principal at Academy of the City Charter School, St. Claire Adriaan has worked to create a sense of community at the Woodside institution. Read more

Rhodes University News

Rhodes University welcomes first group of returning students since COVID-19 lockdown

Jul 6, 2020

Specialist training for staff, strict protocols including daily screening, physical distancing, hand hygiene and mask-wearing, are in place as the university this week welcomes back on campus the first cohort of students who have been identified in line with the criteria set out by the Department of Higher Education & Training (DHET) Read more

Grocotts Mail

Half a century of change at Grocott’s Mail – 1970 to 2020

Jun 15, 2020

In the third fifty years of Grocott’s Mail, from 1970 to 2020, the newspaper has undergone profound changes in almost every aspect of its existence. Readers from the 1970s could never have imagined that news media in general, and newspapers in particular, would change so much. Read more

Express

Cecil Rhodes statue: Who was Cecil Rhodes? Oxford University faces calls to remove statue

Jun 17, 2020

Earlier this month, Black Lives Matter protesters pulled down a statue of slave trader Edward Colston and dumped it into the River Avon in Bristol. The move has sparked discussion on whether other statues should still stand on their pedestals. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announced a commission to examine the future of landmarks around the capital, including murals, street art, street names and statues. Read more

Rhodes University News

Eastern Cape researchers discover new snake species

Jun 06, 2020

Earlier this month, Black Lives Matter protesters pulled down a statue of slave trader Edward Colston and dumped it into the River Avon in Bristol. The move has sparked discussion on whether other statues should still stand on their pedestals. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announced a commission to examine the future of landmarks around the capital, including murals, street art, street names and statues. Read more

Sunday World

Thirteen of SA’s universities ranked among the best in the world

Jun 14, 2020

Thirteen of South Africa’s 26 public universities made it into the top 2000 best universities in the world, according to the latest Center for World University Rankings’ (CWUR) list for 2020/21. However, there was no room for historically black universities in the list. Read more

Grocotts Mail

Rhodes University urges support for COVID-19 Relief Fund

Apr 17, 2020

Rhodes University has turned to its alumni, business and members of the public for help to mobilise resources to ensure successful completion of the 2020 academic year. With the forced closure of the campus and cessation of all contact teaching and learning, a shortage of online learning facilities and connectivity has emerged as a serious threat for many of the university students and some of its teaching staff. Read more

Rhodes University News

Rhodes University produces much-needed hand sanitiser for the province

Mar 20, 2020

In the wake of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19), where hand washing is one of the ways to avoid contracting the virus, South Africa is currently experiencing a nationwide shortage of hand sanitiser. In response to this dire need, a team of Rhodes University scientists has set up a lab to produce hand sanitiser. Read more

USNews.com

Rhodes University scored best on regional research reputation in this 2020 ranking by U.S. News & World Report. Rhodes was ranked #9 in South Africa, #23 in Africa and #893 among global universities. It also receives recognition for high pass rates.

Mar 9, 2020

Thirteen indicators were used to calculate this institution's overall Best Global Universities rank. Here is a breakdown of how this institution ranked relative to other schools for each indicator. Read more

Rhodes University News
Rhodes University Highlights

Mar 9, 2020

Located in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, Rhodes is a small university which enjoys the distinction of having among the best undergraduate pass and graduation rates in South Africa, outstanding postgraduate success rates, and the best research output per academic staff member. Read more

BusinessTech

These are the best subjects to study at South Africa’s top universities in 2020

Mar 05, 2020

The latest edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject has been released, featuring 12 South African universities with courses that are among the top 600 in the world. Read more

Grocotts Mail

New DVC for Rhodes University

Mar 04, 2020

Dr Mabokang Monnapula-Mapesela is Rhodes University’s new Deputy Vice Chancellor (DVC): Academic and Student Affairs. The first black woman in this position, she succeeds Dr Chrissie Boughey who retired at the end of June following 20 years of service to Rhodes University. Boughey had served as DVC: Academic and Student Affairs since 2014. Read more

Sowetan Live

Bridal couple ask for donations instead of gifts to help settle Rhodes University student debt

Oct 14, 2019

Rhodes University alumni James Rycroft and Toni Parsons have donated cash they raised in lieu of gifts from their wedding to the Eastern Cape institution to help settle outstanding student debt. Read more

Rhodes University News
Dr. Mabizela and the Human Resources Division
INTRODUCING RHODES NEW CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Jan 15, 2020

Mr. Kamlesh Riga has been appointed to the positon of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Rhodes University with effect from 01 January 2020.

With the retirement of the Executive Director: Infrastructure, Operations and Finance, Dr L‘Ange the executive management structure was reviewed and a decision was made to reinstate the Registrar: Finance and Operations post and rename it Chief Financial Officer. Mr Riga is a qualified Chartered Accountant and also holds a Masters’ Degree in Domestic and International Tax. He has held various senior management and executive roles in both the Public and Private Sectors and has served on the Executive Council, the Council and the Audit and Risk Committee for 10 years at the Nelson Mandela University. Read more

Rhodes University News
Dr. Mabizela and the Human Resources Division
INTRODUCING RHODES NEW CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Jan 15, 2020

Mr. Kamlesh Riga has been appointed to the positon of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Rhodes University with effect from 01 January 2020.

With the retirement of the Executive Director: Infrastructure, Operations and Finance, Dr L‘Ange the executive management structure was reviewed and a decision was made to reinstate the Registrar: Finance and Operations post and rename it Chief Financial Officer. Mr Riga is a qualified Chartered Accountant and also holds a Masters’ Degree in Domestic and International Tax. He has held various senior management and executive roles in both the Public and Private Sectors and has served on the Executive Council, the Council and the Audit and Risk Committee for 10 years at the Nelson Mandela University. Read more

Maverick Citizen
Residents hail high court order dissolving Makana Municipal Council
Jan 15, 2020

The Makhanda High Court made legal history on Tuesday by ordering the Makana Municipal Council to be dissolved. The court ruled that its ongoing failure to provide services to the residents of Makhanda was unconstitutional. Read more

Penn State News
Distinguished professor of ichthyology making 50th trip to Africa to study fish
Jan 09, 2020

When Jay Stauffer made his first trip to Lake Malawi in 1983, just before joining the faculty in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, he never dreamed that the trip would be the genesis of his career focus and that it would yield valuable partnerships for the University. Read more

Rhodes University News
Rhodes University welcomes new staff members
Nov 21, 2019

Rhodes University’s leadership welcomed the newest group of staff members to the University on 13 November. The event provided a space for new and established staff members to meet and get to know one another. Read more

Rhodes University News
Postgraduate achievements more than double in 2019
Nov 11, 2019

The annual Postgraduate Student Cocktail function took place on 7 November 2019 in honour of 77 outstanding postgraduate students at Rhodes University. Read more

Rhodes University News
Rhodes University Honours Three Of Its Most Distinguished Alumni
Sept 4, 2019

Rhodes University’s 2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards Luncheon was presided over by the Old Rhodian Union (ORU) Vice-President, Professor James Gambiza, who introduced each of the awardees.The University honours Old Rhodians who have achieved excellence in their careers and who, through their individual actions and achievements, have enhanced the reputation of the University. The Award is specifically intended to acknowledge alumni as role models and, in essence, is the greater family of Rhodes University awarding one of their own.In absentia were awardees Prof Roger Brooke, Ms Johanna Mukoki, Judge Kathleen Satchwell and Mr William Smith. Read more

Rhodes University News
PNEW DVC FOR RHODES UNIVERSITY
Aug 21, 2019

Rhodes University’s Centre for Postgraduate Studies (CPGS) has added a €950 000 EU-funded project to its stable of successful postgraduate support initiatives. Read more

Business Insider SA
Here’s how much South African universities are getting from the state per student, from R79,000 at Rhodes to R37,000 at Walter Sisulu
Aug 14, 2019

South African universities will receive subsidies ranging from R647,000 per student to R21,000 per student from the national purse this year. That huge range includes startup and specialist institutions, which receive much higher per-head funding, at the top end, and the gigantic distance-learning University of South Africa (Unisa) at the bottom end. Read more

Grocott’s Mail
PNEW DVC FOR RHODES UNIVERSITY
July 1, 2019

The Makhanda-based institution is this year celebrating a new record of 30 PhD degrees for the faculty of humanities. A total of 2, 321 graduates will be capped at the Rhodes University’s ongoing three-day 2019 graduation ceremony at the vast campus in Makhanda, formerly Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape province. Read more

The Citizen
PhDs galore at Rhodes University’s three-day graduation ceremony
Apr 4, 2019

South African universities will receive subsidies ranging from R647,000 per student to R21,000 per student from the national purse this year. That huge range includes startup and specialist institutions, which receive much higher per-head funding, at the top end, and the gigantic distance-learning University of South Africa (Unisa) at the bottom end. Read more

Rhodes University Newsletter
Orientation, Graduation and the call for the Distinguished Alumni Awards
May 2019

In this issue, we include Orientation, Graduation and the call for the Distinguished Alumni Awards. These awards acknowledge alumni role-models in their professional accomplishments, services to society and support of the University. Please fill in the nomination form and access our website for further information.

Rhodes University
Professor Nyokong awarded fourth honorary doctorate
March 29 2019

Rhodes University’s Distinguished Professor Tebello Nyokong will be receiving her fourth honorary doctorate in June, this time from her alma mater Western University where she completed her PhD in Chemistry. Read More »

Rhodes University
Rhodes University publishes study on brain injury in contact sports
March 28 2019

Rhodes University researchers published a study in the South African Journal of Psychology last month, based on the doctoral research of former Rhodes Psychology student Dr Diana Zoccola, confirming other studies that demonstrate persistent brain injury effects in association with long-term participation in a contact sport. Read More »

Rhodes University
Rhodes University honours five of Africa’s best
March 07 2019

Five remarkable individuals will be honoured with Honorary Doctorates by Rhodes University during its 2019 annual graduation ceremonies between 11 and 13 April. Read More »

Rhodes University
Two Rhodians named among most influential young South Africans
February 19 2019

Associate Head of Rhodes University's Creative Writing Programme Dr Hleze Kunju, and alumna Lefatshe Moagi, have both been named as finalists for Avance Media’s prestigious 100 Most Influential Young South Africans in the Personal Development and Academia category. Read More »

Rhodes University
Global Challenge Research Fund partnership for Rhodes University
January 24 2019

Rhodes University is pleased to announce its role as key partner in a major global research programme to influence ocean health and integrated ocean governance for equitable and inclusive sustainability. Read More »

Rhodes University
Rhodes University and Giyani sign research partnership
July 23 2018

Giyani Metals Corporation has signed a research collaboration program with Rhodes University, South Africa, regarding battery-grade manganese within the Company’s flagship Kanye manganese project in Botswana. Read More »

Rhodes University
Fifty Rhodes University students receive R5.8 million from BANKSET
August 8 2018

The Banking Sector Education and Training Authority (BANKSETA) has donated nearly R5.8 million to assist 50 Rhodes University commerce and science students with full tuition for 2018. Read More »

Rhodes University
The Year-End Update For Rhodes North American Alumni
Dec.3, 2018

This year sees the 114th Anniversary of our alma mater. When we enrolled as students at Rhodes, all those many years ago, we established a lifetime association with, and a special community, at Rhodes University. Read More »

Rhodes University
Media Advertising Campaign
September 2018

We have recently embarked on a media advertising campaign that includes radio (SAfm, 702, CapeTalk), television (eNCA) and print (Sawubona).
Some of you may have heard or seen the adverts already, but for those of you who haven't, you can find them on
the Google drive »

Rhodes University
Ways of Giving Survey
September 2018

We are always looking for ways to make our systems easier and more user-friendly. Whether you have financially-supported Rhodes in the past or not, please take a moment to complete the short survey. Please click on the link below to begin.
If you are unable to access the survey through the link, copy and paste the URL into your web browser. This survey will take you less than 5 minutes to complete. https://survey.ru.ac.za/index.php/388437?lang=en

Rhodes University
Call for nominations: Distinguished Alumni Awards
October 2018

The closing date for the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards nominations is 1 October 2018. These awards acknowledge alumni role-models in their professional accomplishments, personal successes, service to society, and support of the University. The nomination form can be downloaded and emailed to alumni@ru.ac.za. For any queries, Tel: +27(0)46 60 38887.

Rhodes University
Rhodes University welcomes Zethu Mkhize, the first Harassment and Discrimination Manager
September 2018

Rhodes University has appointed Dr Zethu Mkhize as its first-ever Harassment and Discrimination Manager in the Directorate for Equity and Institutional Transformation. The highly qualified Dr Mkhize started in her new role at the University last week.
Her responsibility includes transformation, advocacy and awareness-raising in respect of harassment, discrimination, sexual assault and violence. She is in charge of the coordination of all complaints and the development and monitoring of related policies, programmes and training. Read More »

Yiba
Bright young Rhodes chemistry student awarded famed Fulbright scholarship
July 2018

Zweli Hlatshwayo has been awarded the Fulbright Foreign Student Scholarship to study the Chemistry PhD programme at Ohio State University as of August 2018 with full funding. Read More »

Grocott's Mail
Rhodes mourns Khensani Maseko
August 2018

On Monday morning 6 August, Rhodes University students and staff gathered in their numbers outside the Drama Department, otherwise known as Purple Square. This followed a call the previous night by the university’s Student Representative Council (SRC) for an academic shutdown following the tragic death of student Khensani Maseko. Maseko reportedly committed suicide in her Johannesburg home on Friday, 3 August. Read More »

Mail&Guardian
Rhodes must stop treating rapists like victims
August 2018

For Rhodes University, there is another dimension to the difficult problem of undoing rape culture — a deep distrust that has developed between parts of the university community, particularly since relations broke down during the 2016 protests and subsequent police interventions. What we need is a truth and reconciliation process that will end the enmity and make it possible to build a lasting solution. Read More »

African Arguments
The shocking absence of Global South scholars in international journals
July 2018

Analysis of four leading journals found that less than 3% of articles were by writers in the Global South. Read More »

Yiba
Rhodes University Law Faculty alumnus receives prestigious Fulbright Scholarship
July 2018

The Rhodes University Faculty of Law has the pleasure of celebrating the award of the US Fulbright Foreign Student Program Scholarship to its alumnus and former Andrew W Mellon Lecturer, Mr Tladi Marumo. Read More »

Grocott's Mail
Rhodes role in game-changing SKA
July 2018

The 64 MeerKAT radio antennae situated in the Northern Cape have produced an astounding image of the centre of our Milky Way galaxy due in no small part to the expertise and servers made available by Rhodes University. Read More »

The Daily Vox
The Return Of Rhodes University’s Minimal Initial Payment Sparks Outrage
January 2018

Rhodes University students were unhappy after the university announced the return of the Minimum Initial Payment (MIP) or Initial Fee Payment (IFP) for 2018. Prior to registration, students are required to pay an initial payment, which is approximately between 35% and 50% of the cost of their tuition and residence. Read More »

Yiba
Rhodes creating pathways to success for Grahamstown learners
January 2018

Rhodes University in partnership with Gadra Education kicked off the 4th year of the 20-day High Impact Supplementary School earlier this month to ensure that matric learners from under-performing local schools who failed or performed poorly in Matric have another shot at furthering their education. Read More »

Yiba
Rhodes affiliated scholars pen pertinent body of work to acclaim
January 2018

Rhodes University’s post-doctoral fellow Dr Laura Alfers (NALSU/ISER) and Dr Francie Lund (RU Honorary doctorate holder), along with their colleague Rachel Moussié, contributed a critically acclaimed research-based article on ‘The human right to social security’. The article appears in the latest edition of the prestigious International Social Security Review. Read More »

Times Live
Successful student-run biotechnology empire creates jobs
January 2018

Students make money in many ways, but a student-run business venture as successful as this is unheard of.

Masters students in Rhodes University’s Biotechnology department, Charles Faul and Lucas Lӧtter, founded Akili Labs. It was started to create job opportunities in biotechnology and produces nootropic supplements and medical prototypes. Read More »

SableNetwork
RHODES' VETERAN PARASITE WARRIOR CHAMPIONS AFRICA SPECIFIC SOLUTIONS AT AMERICA'S LEADING PUBLIC HEALTH INSTITUTE
January 2018

At 87 years of age, South African-trained Clive Shiff is surely one of the most experienced full-time researchers and lecturers in America’s entire health sector, and has successfully championed an environmental, Africa-specific model for the west’s response to parasitic diseases in the continent of his birth. Read More »

 

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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