year in review 2018 Paperturn - Page 6



WELCOME FROM THE
CHAIR OF COUNCIL
As chair of Council, together with my
colleagues, it has been a privilege to
help guide and provide oversight in
the working of the University of Cape
Town. This responsibility has given us
insights into the complex challenges
of higher education in contemporary
society.
It is a truism that any university that
seeks to be of value must recognise
that it is a microcosm of the society in
which it is located. Education cannot
operate in a vacuum; it must impact
society and, in turn, be impacted by
society. To be relevant in our world,
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research and teaching must address real
issues: poverty and inequality, safety
and security, education, gender and
family relationships, as well as the global
issues of climate change, physical and
mental health, migration and the rapid
adjustments technology is bringing into
our lives.
Modern research is about academics
working hand in hand with community
organisations to understand the people
whose lives they want to change. It is
far removed from the old cliché of the
ivory tower. Today’s researchers work
outside the tower, on the ground. They
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