As we write to you, the first semester and its exams are drawing to a close – with the last students writing today (Friday 15 June). Thankfully, exams have gone off smoothly and as scheduled. After exams, we will say farewell to our first-semester students and get ready to welcome those students arriving for the second semester.
We want to share with you some updates of what’s been happening on campus and in South Africa, as we wrap up the first semester and gear up for the second.
With best regards
The International Academic Programmes Office (IAPO) team
Water situation: Day Zero looking less and less likely
As we outlined in our previous newsletter, the good news is that Day Zero – used to indicate the day taps would be turned off for large areas of the city – has been delayed until next year and is likely not to happen at all. Cape Town is currently in its rainy season, which is providing relief from the drought, and at the same time, the City of Cape Town is delivering supplementary water sources: desalination plants are coming online and acquirers are being tapped. All of this adds to our water security and increases the likelihood that Day Zero will not happen at all.
International students that we have spoken to have not been severely inconvenienced by the water situation here and the necessary restrictions; many have described it as an informative experience.
New vice-chancellor for UCT
UCT has appointed Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, who is currently UCT’s deputy vice-chancellor: research and internationalisation, as the new vice-chancellor with effect from 1 July 2018. Professor Phakeng will take over from Dr Max Price, who has been UCT’s Vice-Chancellor since 2008.
We will send you a more thorough update about this when Professor Phakeng takes over next month.
During May, South Africa’s Minister for Higher Education and Training Naledi Pandor announced that more funding has been made available by her department for universities. Over the medium-term expenditure framework, the combined additional funding for the post-school system amounts to R67 billion and a funding increase of 30% for universities.
The department has made more funding available over the next three years for poor students (those whose parents earn less than ZAR350 000 per annum) entering university and colleges.
As an overview of the past year, 2017: A Year in Review highlights the university’s many achievements in teaching and research while presenting a snapshot of the excellence and robust debate that has come out of the institution. The publication covers events and programmes that speak to the changing face of the university and tells the stories of the people behind the breakthroughs in research, the innovations in teaching and the experience of studying at our university.
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