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The Vice-Chancellor's Report 2013: Responding to core social challenges
By Dr Saleem Badat

Saleem Badat As a University our work is informed by the reality that, despite some economic and social gains, post-1994 South Africa remains one of the world's most unequal societies. The divisions of race, class, gender and geography and the privileges and disadvantage associated with these are still all too evident – including in the town in which Rhodes University is located. An understanding of these core social challenges informs our overall social and educational goals and objectives.. Read More...

Interview with Dr Saleem Badat

Dr Saleem Badat is the vice-chancellor of Rhodes University. He gives from his own pocket so that more young people can get a tertiary education.

In 1999, he was the first CEO of the Council on Higher Education, which advises the South African minister of education on higher education policy issues. His passion for education, particularly at tertiary level, was forged during a decade at the University of the Western Cape and he has built on that throughout his life. Read More...

Announcement of Rhodes University Chancellor

Following an extensive process of nominations and deliberations, and with the approval of the University Council, it is a great pleasure to announce the Honourable Justice Lex Mpati as the new Chancellor of Rhodes University.

Judge Mpati is President of the Supreme Court of Appeal, a post he has held since 2008 when he became the first Rhodes Law alumnus to be so appointed. As such, he is the third most senior judicial person in South Africa (after the Chief Justice and Deputy Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court). He was elevated to the Bench in 1997, and has been a Judge of Appeal since 2000. Read More...

Rhodes Vice Chancellor To Air Views On South Africa During Sabbatical In USA

Dr. Saleem Badat, the Vice Chancellor of Rhodes University and a recognized authority on higher education policy issues in South Africa, is visiting the USA from June through to September 2012. Based at the University of California in Berkeley, he will spend a short sabbatical completing his latest book The Forgotten People: Political Banishments under Apartheid. Dr. Badat will also spend time in Los Angeles, Seattle, New York and Toronto, Canada. Read about Dr.Badat views on the following topics:


"First and foremost, I wish to congratulate you, our new graduates, on your tremendous achievement. To be awarded a degree, diploma or certificate from Rhodes University entails dedicated endeavour. When you joined us you were told that at Rhodes learning and education is a partnership of mutual commitment to the pursuit of knowledge and understanding, to the development of expertise and skills, and to the embrace of appropriate values and attitudes."
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Rhodes University: Board of Trustees Update for 2011.

It appears to have been an exceptionally busy year for our alma mater. This report is an update that was prepared for our recent Trustee meeting by Vice Chancellor, Saleem Badat. You will see from this that our University continues to grow both in pure numbers as well as stature. Download full text

Millions to be spent at Rhodes: Rhodes University had Exciting Plans for 2012.

In an hour-long briefing, Rhodes vice-chancellor Dr Saleem Badat yesterday revealed South Africa's smallest university would again be punching well above its weight after raising millions for new academic and infrastructure projects. Badat said 2012 would be a "big year" for the humanities department at Rhodes. Badat explained that: The university had been awarded a R12.5-million renewable grant from a "wonderful alumnus" for a centre on leadership and ethics in humanities which would "cultivate and promote the idea of service and leadership" Read More...(PDF)

Vice-Chancellor's Report: Rhodes: 2010 and Beyond

In the annual Vice-Chancellor’s report, Dr Saleem Badat shares the University’s recent achievements and its vision for 2010 and the years ahead

Our students have returned from the summer holidays and the campus is once again abuzz with their energy, chatter and laughter. Our returners are joined by some 1,600 new first years, excited and impressed by what they see around them – welcoming and friendly staff, lovely old buildings, impressive facilities, comfortable residences, picturesque gardens and lawns and a quaint town. Read More...(PDF)

The Vice-Chancellor's Graduation Address 2009

In his graduation address the Vice-Chancellor recognised the tremendous achievements of the graduates and spoke about the challenges ahead in these "interesting times" as well as the Global Crisis.  He reminded graduates of their responsibilities as graduates of a very special and distinctive university. A university that deservedly commands an enviable academic reputation; a university that seeks to be an institution 'Where leaders learn', a university that seeks to be true to its motto: 'Vis, Virtus, Veritas - 'Strength, Virtue, Truth'. Full Speach

Vice-Chancellor's Report: Rhodes: 2008/2009 and Beyond

Another year has passed and this issue of Rhodos is an opportunity to share Rhodes’ recent and intended future development with alumni, staff, students and supporters of the University.

Rhodes is committed to proactively shaping its future in accordance with its understanding of the institutional vision and goals of a university. This is in contrast to simply being carried by current and popular notions of higher education which, while perhaps well-meaning, could denude universities of their core values, purposes and roles. Read More...(PDF)

Vice-Chancellor's Report 2008
New Foundations for the Future by Dr Saleem Badat

The past year at Rhodes has been evenful in many respects and this issue of Rhodos is a welcome opportunity to reflect on recent developments and also to share the emerging trajectory of Rhodes in the coming years.

Overall, the building blocks to reinvent ourselves in critical areas have begun to be put in place so as to ensure that in the decades to come Rhodes will not only remain a distinctive and pre-eminent University, but also one that discharges constitutional obligations and engages with socio-economic challenges. The changes have occured and are in train are a necessary condition of securing a dynamic and sustainable future for the University. Read More...(PDF)

The Future Direction of Rhodes University by Saleem Badat, Vice Chancellor

The University has spent the better part of the last year reviewing its goals, structures and future strategies. This period of introspection has tested our role and anticipated contribution in both a national and local context and has resulted in greater clarity in terms of important issues such as size and shape, the infrastructural needs required to support this future size and shape, as well as the challenges and opportunities which will affect our ability to reach our goals. Read More...

A Further Open Circular to the Alumni of Rhodes University regarding the new City Press article of 25 November 2007

Dear Old Rhodians

Some of you will have noted the new article ‘Rhodes university lecturer in racism row insists she was fired’ carried on page 2 of the City press of 25 November 2007. Below is a further letter to the Editor of the City Press.

I am issuing is as a further circular as I am not certain that the City Press will necessarily carry it although a request will be made.

The new article reinforces my view that an apology is due to Rhodes University and a separate letter to that effect will be sent to the City Press. In this letter, I indicate that the University hopes that the City Press ‘will gracefully acknowledge the failure of your reporter to verify basic and essential facts and to contact the University for comment and that this matter can be resolved without the necessity of any recourse to the Press Ombudsman’. Read More... (PDF)

Open Circular to Alumni of Rhodes University Regarding City Press Article ‘University Race Row Heats Up’
22 November 2007

Dear Old Rhodians

Some of our alumni have rightly expressed consternation at the recent article in the City Press (19 November 2007) titled ‘University race row heats up’.

I have requested of the City Press the opportunity to reply to the allegations and claims made in the article, and I trust that such an opportunity will be provided.

Notwithstanding this, it is necessary to speak directly to our alumni regarding the claims made in the article. Read More... (PDF)

27 September 2006
The Vice-Chancellor's Inauguration

Dr Saleem Badat was officially inaugurated as the new Vice- Chancellor and Principal of Rhodes University on 27 September 2006. Present at this event was the Department of Education Minister, Naledi Pandor, Western Cape Premier, Ebrahim Rasool, Grahamstown mayor His Worship Phumelelo Kate, Rhodes University Chancellor, Professor Jakes Gerwel, a number of Vice- Chancellors from other universities, Rhodes University staff members and students.

Dr Badat expressed his commitment to Rhodes University and outlined his vision to meet the challenges of Higher Education in South Africa. He also launched the Jakes Gerwel Rhodes University Scholarship Fund, which will provide financial assistance to five needy students of the Eastern Cape per year. Dr Badat himself will contribute R200 000 per annum - taken directly from his salary package - to the Fund. Read the full story »


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