When UCT alumnus David Barnes first lost his sense of smell, he had little idea of the life journey on which it would take him – culminating in his R25-million donation to the Neurosciences Initiative at UCT and Groote Schuur Hospital.
The future of the UCT Opera School looks very bright thanks to a big donation of US$500,000 made by international businessman and philanthropist Dr. Haruhisa Handa. The chairman and founder of the International Foundation for Arts and Culture joined University of Cape Town Vice-Chancellor Dr. Max Price and 200 invited guests at the launch of the IFAC-Handa UCT Opera Endowment Fund held on 28 January 2016 in Cape Town.
Law Dean Penelope Andrews expressed great delight at meeting the 2016 Law Endowment Scholarship Recipients.The group, mostly incoming students, but which included some second year students who were re-awarded their scholarships, reflected on their experience at the Law Faculty so far – which they found exciting and rewarding.
African higher education institutions aren't as fortunate as their American counterparts when it comes to monetary endowments from alumni. But when Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price broached the topic in a lecture in Nigeria last year, local business leader Chief Olu Akinkugbe took up the challenge.The result was a US$200 000 endowment, which has seen the launch of the Olu Akinkugbe Business Law in Africa Fellowship, an annual visiting fellowship of six to eight weeks.