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11 Apr 2019
1:36 pm

PhDs galore at Rhodes University’s three-day graduation ceremony


The Makhanda-based institution is this year celebrating a new record of 30 PhD degrees for the faculty of humanities.

Rhodes University in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape. Picture: Smith

A total of 2, 321 graduates will be capped at the Rhodes University’s ongoing three-day 2019 graduation ceremony at the vast campus in Makhanda, formerly Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape province.

This year, the respected university is churning out 89 PhD graduates, which include a 77-year-old botanist Yvette Van Wijk, who will be getting her PhD in Botany.

The Makhanda-based institution is this year celebrating a new record of 30 PhD degrees for the faculty of humanities, up from the previous record of 26 achieved last year.

University spokesperson Velisile Bukula told African News Agency (ANA) that the faculty of science has produced 38 PhD graduates, the faculty of commerce has three, the faculty of education having 16 PhDs, and the faculty of pharmacy has produced 2 graduates.

“61% of the graduating students are women and over 19% of the graduates are international students,” said Bukula.

Rhodes University is the smallest university in South Africa and enjoys the best undergraduate pass and graduation rates of any South African university.

“The university also has the best research outputs per academic staff member in the country,” said Bukula.

“The university takes pride in its motto, ‘Where Leaders Learn’, and producing graduates who are knowledgeable intellectuals, skilled professionals, and critical, caring and compassionate citizens who can contribute to economic and social development and an equitable, just, and democratic society.”

Established in 1904, Rhodes University is the Eastern Cape province’s oldest university. The institution of higher education with a proud record of academic excellence was founded as Rhodes University College, named after arch-imperialist and white supremacist Cecil John Rhodes – due to a grant from his trust.

Celebrated mathematician Dr Sizwe Mabizela is the vice-chancellor of Rhodes University.

– African News Agency

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