Big dreams in small spaces vuyolwethu gqaleni shifts a few gears and she discovers her independence and adjusts to small-town university life. Page 4 A chance to succeed former fingo village pupil vuyile Sixaba chases after his dreams through a Ska bursary and the responsibilities that come with success. Page 5 Talented writers with open minds this year rhodes welcomed 10 de beers English Olympiad scholarship winners. Page 6 Lending a helping hand Students are switched on by being able to help their fellow campus dwellers through give 5. Page 7 Paying it forward fine art student matthias Chirombo has found a unique way of giving back to future rhodes students. Page 8

Academic track record

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Humanities research on the societal interface four mellon-funded research focus areas are part of a faculty programme to promote research and postgraduate development. Page 9 The seat of research rhodes has been awarded five prestigious new research chairs under the dSt/Nrf research Chair initiative. Page 12 Playing an active role in water education and research pooling our resources and skills to propose the establishment of the first african-based UNESCO Category One institute of water Education and research. Page 14 8 Rhodes soars to new height Commitment and groundbreaking work by rhodes academics have played no small part in bringing the largest portion of the Square kilometre array project home to South africa. Page 16


The future is theirs while the road to their degrees may not have been easy, these rhodes graduates have overcome certain odds. Page 18 Coming full circle having boycotted their graduations in the 80s for political reasons, in april these three graduates recently accepted the vice-Chancellor's invitation to take cap and gown. Page 19 Poised for postgraduate growth increased postgraduate research and supervision capacity is making rhodes a preferred choice for postgraduate study. Page 20 4 6 Their stars still shine Scholarships respectfully honour the bright lives of two promising graduates. Page 21 Follow their lead ... Our five honorary doctorates exemplify passion and commitment. Page 22 A new rank of distinction meet our first ever holders of the title distinguished professor. Page 24


Risky business marilyn ramplin's ascent of the corporate ladder stands on a strong base of sound financial sense. Page 25 The Ubunye Challenge Several rhodes alumni are giving early childhood development a sporting chance. Page 26

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