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
Manager of Alumni Relations at Rhodes University.
How is Rhodes handling and prioritizing the growing
number of financial aid requests from students?
- Sound academic performance
- Proven financial need
- Willingness to make a minimal financial commitment to the University to pay fees
- Mostly South African citizens
- Signing of the acknowledgement of debt in instances where the family is unable
to settle fees in full by the end of the academic year. This is done to ensure that
academically sound students are permitted to progress to the next academic
level so that the University is able to collect the funds once they have graduated
and secured permanent employment.
In addition to the above the University’s Isivivane Fund makes it possible for the
University to tap into new money predominantly from the government SETAs which was
not the case in the past. In the previous academic year R7.3 million was raised via
Isivivane from the various SETAs to assist 64 students with funding ranging from
R80,000 to full funding.
The Vice-Chancellor also provides a guarantee for students with strong academic
performance for them to be able to register. The guarantee is not in monetary terms but
rather a waiver for them to be able to register on the strength of their academic
performance. During the course of the academic year some of those students are able to
secure full funding through our fundraising efforts.
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