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Rhodes Alumni Transformation Survey 2017:

August 1, 2017

Sustainability, social justice, local responsiveness and global competitiveness emerged as dominant themes at a 'productive' three-day multi-sectoral Rhodes University summit, which ended on Sunday afternoon. Learn more

Rhodes Alumni Transformation Survey 2017:

24 July 2017

A survey of 2,013 global Rhodes alumni demonstrates that no matter the race, age or gender: alumni are against a university name change. Rather, alumni overwhelmingly agree that transformation should focus on elevating classwork and fostering a culture of human and environmental concern.

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Supplemental to the Rhodes University Alumni Transformation Report, there are additional reports and research documents that can provide further context on how alumni view transformation efforts at Rhodes, and what they believe transformation should achieve in the coming years. Additional resources can be downloaded here »

Alumni say 'no' to renaming Rhodes

By Adrienne Carlisle

July 19, 2017

It was money that led the founders of Rhodes University to name the institution after Cecil John Rhodes – and money that will hinder changing the name.

This is according to historian Professor Paul Maylam, setting the scene for a debate at the university over the name change issue.

It cost Rand Afrikaans University some R50-million to change its name to the University of Johannesburg and it will cost much more to re-brand Rhodes University internationally and at home, it was argued at the debate.
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Rhodes Alumni Transformation Summit

07 July 2017

As part of the Rhodes Alumni Transformation Summit, Donovan Neale-May conducted an interview with Luzuko Jacobs, Director of Communications at Rhodes University, to better outline the purpose and agenda of the Summit. Full Summit details, including a list of attendees and a detailed agenda, are also available.

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The Alumni Transformation Summit Update

15 May 2017

The Alumni Transformation Summit will take place in July 2017, during which time the results of the Alumni Transformation Survey will be shared. The survey focuses on transformation at the university, including whether or not the university name should be changed. As part of this research, the alumni task force implemented a dual-pronged strategy. First, via a quantitative survey of alumni around the globe, and second, via deep-dive consultations with alumni at events, which have already taken place in Perth Australia, Namibia, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, and will continue to take place until the time of the summit.

Please download the Transformation Summit Project Plan for more details »

University is under financial strain

06 April 2017

A Toplist was sent out from the Vice-Chancellor's Office to our Rhodes University staff on April 5 explaining that the University is under financial strain due to the fact that over the past two years, the higher education sector in the country, generally, has been grappling with the serious impact of declining subsidies and a combination of other financial pressures. More »

Rhodes University Honours Outstanding Alumni

29 August 2016

Rhodes University honoured some of its illustrious alumni who were presented with the 2016 Distinguished and Emerging Old Rhodian Award at a luncheon that was hosted at the University on Saturday, 27 August 2016 in Grahamstown.

On the photo: Judge President of the Supreme Court of Appeals and Rhodes Chancellor, Lex Mpati, Nondumiso Hlope, Tanya Acone and Mbuso Mtshali. Not pictured were other awardees Sherman Bryce-Pease and Caroline Rowland.

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Transformation at Rhodes University: A Case Against a Name Change. By Dr. Gordon M. Cragg

The name Rhodes is known worldwide for outstanding education and scholarship. The Rhodes scholarship is, in fact, the most prestigious of all international scholarships. Yet Rhodes University is considering a name change, due to the flaws and political views of its late founder. Rhodes alumnus Gordon Cragg makes the case that to change the name will sever links to a name associated worldwide with world class excellence, and will demonstrate profound disrespect for the judgement, tolerance and wisdom of leaders such as the late President Mandela, honorary graduate of Rhodes University. Download "Transformation at Rhodes University and the Issue of the Name of Our Great Institution" (PDF) »

SA University, Unicef partner over HIV/Aids testing strip

A collaboration between the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and Rhodes University could revolutionise the manner in which diagnostic testing related to HIV/Aids is done in the field. Unicef's Global Innovation Centre has partnered with the Eastern Cape institution's Biotechnology Innovation Centre to develop a rapid, cost effective testing strip that will determine a patient's CD4 count in less than twenty minutes. Watch Video Read More »


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