Commerce staff meeting with VC – message from the Acting Dean of Commerce
10 November, 2015
Thanks to the many staff who attended and participated in the Faculty dialogue with the Vice Chancellor yesterday morning. Subsequently a number of staff have commented on the usefulness of this meeting. They now feel much better informed as they have gained a better understanding of the issues that management have been grappling with since the start of the student protests three weeks ago.
Many of you are probably aware of the events that unfolded at the emergency Senate meeting yesterday afternoon. Soon after the Senate meeting started a group of circa 150 UCT, CPUT and UWC students stormed the venue (Kramer LT2) and disrupted the meeting. Some of them surrounded the Vice Chancellor and started screaming at him. Water, water bottles and food were thrown at Senate members and members of the Executive.
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Business Unusual at the Faculty of Commerce
09 November, 2015
It is no longer “Business as Usual” at the Faculty of Commerce at the University of Cape Town since the historic #Feesmustfall campaign.
Interim Dean Prof Mike Wormald predicted that the #Rhodesmustfall incident was the biggest transformational challenge to UCT since the Archie Mafeje incident, and he was no doubt correct.
Much soul searching has now happened and the head of the Transformation Task Team, Prof Kanshu Rajaratnam as well as the head of the Transformation Committee, Prof Irwin Brown reflected on the significance of the Student Spring.
“It would be a big mistake to go back to Business as usual. We have to grab the opportunities to change the transformational culture in the faculty,” said Prof Rajaratnam.Prof Brown examined the trajectory of the Commerce Faculty towards transformation over recent years.
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Dr Price's views on the student protests
27 October, 2015
In a matter of days the terrain of higher education - within the universities and within government - has changed dramatically. The antecedents have been evident for some time, not least in the diminishing investments by government in higher education over the past five years, in tandem with the economic hardships endured by many students and their families. But it has been the courage and tenacity of the now national student movement that has focused all our minds so acutely on the problem. Their intervention has been a game changer ... and I salute them for that!
These past days have also drawn wider support for the students' demands for affordable higher education: from parents, alumni of various universities, and even supporters who live overseas and have made the effort to march in support of the protest in the country. It has produced a remarkable degree of civic mobilisation, and popular concern for the plight of students and the future of our universities.
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