year in review 2018 Paperturn - Page 4

The University of Cape Town has
always been on a par with the finest
universities in the world. It is a highly
respected institution and the highestranked university in Africa. We are
proud of our history and reputation,
and we must continue to build on our
strengths to stay ahead in our rapidly
changing world.
2018 was a year of leadership
transition at the university. I would
like to thank
Dr Max Price for his decade of
commitment and service as vicechancellor, and I wish Vice-Chancellor
Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng
strength as she forges ahead in her
new role.
We made a deliberate decision
to select a forward-thinking leader
for our institution. Vice-Chancellor
Phakeng understands that we must
continually innovate and reimagine
ourselves as a stellar institution,
equipping our students to meet the
demands of the future.
As she has said, “What got us here
today may not get us where we want
to be tomorrow.”
Professor Phakeng is ushering UCT
into a new chapter, urging all of us to
respect and value the diverse fabric
of South African society. She knows
that to remain competitive, UCT
needs to embrace transformation
wholeheartedly and within every
aspect of our institution. She is
creating platforms where African
scholars can thrive and multiply,
and where they can nurture the


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