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Be a part of it. Celebrate the heritage.

Rhodes University (RU) will celebrate 120 years of academic excellence, research innovation, and foundational leadership building in 2024. A year-long program of events, celebrations, activities and reunions is in the works. For full list of activities, visit https://ru120.ru.ac.za/

We are keen to actively engage Old Rhodians from the USA and Canada in this milestone commemoration. Let us know if you would consider any of the following:

  • Attending the celebrations in 2024 to connect and socialize with old friends
  • Participating in virtual Zoom calls to receive updates and learn about funding needs
  • Giving time, expertise and introductions to further fundraising in North America
  • Contributing content or insights to our website (www.rhodesalumni.com)
  • Serving in a leadership capacity on the Rhodes University Trust (USA) board
  • Making a donation or bequest to help fund scholarships or projects

Contact Donovan Neale-May if you have an interest in actively engaging with our alma mater in North America and South Africa. If so, we’d like to organize an introductory call.

Be a Part of It. So Much to Celebrate.

Rhodes University 2024
May 2024
Mid-year Update from the Vice Chancellor Prof. Sizwe Mabizela
Extracts from Report to the Board of Governors, May 16, 2024.

"We remain true and faithful to our new vision, mission and our transformative purpose as a research intensive university in a country and world with manychallenges. Our commitment to fostering a better society and a better world is unwavering."
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May 2024

Ayesha Fakie Joins Rhodes University Trust (USA) as Head of International Fundraising.
Ayesha Fakie, will be responsible for strategic support for international fundraising. Her role is to facilitate the international fundraising value chain. This includes prospecting, segmentation, developing and customising content in various formats to support donor cultivation and engagement and driving funding proposals and appeals.
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A Rhodes University Student Debt Relief Fundraising Campaign

Despite the best efforts by the National Students Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) to provide students with financial assistance, student debt has exceeded R17 billion. Rhodes University students account for R321 million of this total. Student loans have been found to have long-lasting adverse effects on graduates' financial well-being, hindering their ability to save, invest, and contribute to the economy. "Unlocking Futures" is about a collective intervention to drive debt relief efforts at Rhodes University. More to follow on this new fundraising initiative Old Rhodians can support in 2024. Read more

Rhodes Alumni Trust
Mar 2024

Justine Mannering Joins Rhodes University Trust (USA)
Second-generation Rhodes University alumnus and seasoned investment banker and philanthropist Justine Mannering has joined the Rhodes University USA Trust Board and will work with the Board to oversee the fundraising activities for the landmark RU120 campaign in North America. Read more

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Rhodes University
New Institutional Development Plan for 2023 to 2028

Please support Rhodes University as it continues to be one of South Africa’s best-performing public higher education institutions in terms of student experience/success and research and community engagement. The new IDP is about engaging strategies for maintaining traditional areas of strength. Rhodes will continue to uphold its unique value proposition in general formative degree offerings and the research-teaching-community engagement nexus which enables our students to access powerful knowledge. Download

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