What's Next?

23 February 2024

Orientation & RU120 Formation on Great Field.

Starting the year with a bang!
1 March 2024

RU Scholarship: Critical Reflections

Emeritus Professor Paul Maylam will give critical reflections on the Rhodes University scholarship. The lecture will focus on “The Intellectual History of Rhodes University.”

8 March 2024

Africa Europe Cluster of Research Excellence

The Africa-Europe Cluster of Research Excellence(CoRE) bring together disstiguished researchers from across Africa and Europe.

Time tested: The iconic RU Admin block

High spirits: Prof Sizwe Mabizela

About RU120

One Hundred and Twenty 
years of Excellence.

Reunite, reconnect, reimagine.

Rhodes University (RU) is planning a year-long celebration of its bidecacentennial anniversary in 2024. This is a moment for critical reflection and strategic re-imagination for growth and sustainability, drawing from our collective resolve and working with our stakeholders. Our IDP is the lodestar in this regard.

RU120 is about:
  • Amplifying our scholarly voice in social commentary and the public domain.
  • Showcasing academic, research and community engagement excellence.
  • Resource mobilisation
  • Infrastructure development and beautification.
  • Brand development and positioning

Taking a step back in time: Did you know that three decades ago, a gutsy, pragmatic group of Rhodes University academics created email in this country, opening the digital gateway between South Africa and the world? Settle in for an entertaining read about the resourceful tech wizards who achieved success on a minimal budget, with a lot of grit, and with a smattering of good luck.

Read the article

RU120 Faculty Logos

Showing our university in all its diversities. 😊👌

Rhodes University RU120 Project Faculty logos

Online Giving

One of the key strategic goals of RU120 is to fill the gap for to the so-called “missing middle.”

Thousands of students are unable to obtain their qualifications as they have unpaid fees due – and we want our esteemed Alumni to help fill the gap. Give n Gain is one of the ways to donate. For more info, email: ru120@ru.ac.za

RU120 Project Progress

Aug 2023 - Sept 2023
Stakeholders Consultations

The Vice Chancellorate, Steering Committee, University Community, Students Representative Council, Labour Unions, Middle Management, Deanery, Alumni network, Residences leadership.

Sept 2023 - In progress
Concept Development

First meeting of the leaders of the self-directing teams held, project planning, monitoring and reporting tool created, ongoing integration of strategic initiatives across the institution (celebrations by ILAM, Chemistry Department, JMS, Knockin'-on-Heavens-Door alumni group re-union, Law faculty...), steady stream of really great project ideas coming through ru120@ru.ac.za, Project symbol unveiled.

Intro-Project Cross
Reference & Consolidation
Intro-Project Cross Reference & Consolidation
Project Plan
Project Plan

Upcoming Events for 2024

Please keep in mind that all dates are subject to change.


Education Summit

27 – 28 January 2024

The Summit will be a ground-breaking, multi-stakeholder initiative. Taking place in Makhanda, it will involve key education stakeholders in reflecting on key educational gains and challenges of the past decade.

Orientation Festival

04 February 2024

RU120 is about human relations, life-long partnerships, and the creation of intergenerational dreams. The Orientation Cocktail will focus on expanding the alumni network and the unity of the Friends of Rhodes University. This fun and forward-thinking event will celebrate generations past, present, and future.
Event starts 17:30 until late.

Project Launch Activation

23 February 2024

The University community will assemble on the Great Field for an iconic drone picture formation in the form of RU120. The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sizwe Mabizela, will kick off the RU120  anniversary celebrations.

Doha debates

Date TBC

Rhodes University students will engage in a global debate of those who believe that the world can be a better place if we make room to listen to and understand all sides of an issue.

RU Scholarship: Critical Reflections

01 March 2024

Emeritus Professor Paul Maylam will give critical reflections on the Rhodes University scholarship. The lecture will focus on “The Intellectual History of Rhodes University.”

Africa Europe Cluster of Research Excellence

08 March 2024

The Africa-Europe Clusters of Research Excellence (CoRE) bring together distinguished researchers from across Africa and Europe. Rhodes University co-leads two CoRE and is a core partner on several others. Each CoRE addresses key global societal challenges.

Pan African Society of Musical Arts Education(PASMAE)

25 – 27 March 2024

The Conference theme is 120 years of Music Education.

Registrar's Division - Exhibit

March 2024

The Rhodes University Registrar’s Division will be setting up an exhibit of the division through the years – The exhibition will be displayed at Eden Grove.

Graduation Grand Ball

05 April 2023

Fun and celebration the RU way. The Graduation Ball will offer a night of good food, good music and great fun with graduates, their families, and visitors.

Orchestral ensemble performance

05 April 2024

This orchestral extravaganza will include the Nelson Mandela University Orchestra, Rhodes University Orchestra, and the Makhanda Community Orchestra.

Journalism Summit

 04 – 06 April 2024

The Journalism Summit will be an exposition of the role of journalism in the world today, as the cornerstone of democracy and human advancement. This will offer deep critical reflections on the state of journalism today, its contributions, and the challenges it faces in a fast-changing society.

Launch of the Nature-based solutions for African Climate Resilience Project

 22 April 2024

Aiming to enhance the capability of future professionals and environmental specialists and engineers through curriculum development. Click Here for the Article!

Vice-Chancellors’ dialogue

26 April 2024

Rhodes University, Nelson Mandela University, Walter Sisulu University, and the University of Fort Hare will participate in this inaugural debate on pressing social, economic, political and ethical concerns.

Hobson Hall kitchen renovations

Date TBC

Student life and experience, as seen through facilities and infrastructure development, will take centre stage during the RU120 project.

Department of Music & Musicology - Music Festival

 06 – 08 May 2024

The Department of Music and Musicology will be hosting a 2-day music festival.

Environmental Sustainability Colloquium

 20 & 21 May 2024

This two-day Colloquium will seek to bring together researchers from every faculty to share insights and ideas and shape a sustainable RU120 legacy.

Chemistry/Pharmacy building unveiling

Date TBC

This major infrastructure restoration project will culminate in the unveiling of a state-of-the-art teaching and learning, as well as a research and innovation-centred facility.

School Student leaders’ Summit

Date TBC

This Summit will bring together emerging leaders, such as prefects, from various high schools with a special focus on leadership development.

Opening of the Institute for Nanotechnology

Date TBC

Led by the multi-award-winning Distinguished Professor Tebello Nyokong, the unveiling of the Institute will be a global milestone in scientific innovation and cutting-edge scholarship.

Law Faculty Homecoming

28 – 30 June 2024

A special Law alumni homecoming and dinner will take place during the last weekend of the National Arts Festival.

ILAM 70th anniversary

Date TBC

A celebratory programme at one of the world’s great repositories of African music will include symposiums, exhibitions, and publications.

National Arts Festival community parade

June 2024

This joint street parade during the National Arts Festival will inject an even deeper sense of connection during the celebration.

Art Exhibition

June 2024

Past and present lecturers at the School of Fine Art will exhibit their work during the National Arts Festival.

HE Funding & Sustainability Colloquium

July / Aug TBC

Higher Education has become more dependent on public funding since the #FeesMustFall campaign in 2015. Join key stakeholders in discussions on the sustainability of this model and the way forward. 

Canterbury House upgrade to be completed

Date TBC

Student life and experience, as seen through facilities and infrastructure development, will take centre stage during the RU120 project.

Symposium: 30 years of democracy in SA – Where to from here?

Date TBC

The second president of the democratic Republic of South Africa, Mr Thabo Mbeki, is expected to headline this reflective occasion.

HonDoc Music Festival

07 September 2024

A prominent HonDoc is expected to headline a special music event in the week of the Convocation meeting.

90th Anniversary of the Rowing Club

12 – 14 September 2024

The RU Rowing club turns 90 in 2024. There will be a Virtual Rowing Regatta with Garthdee House (Aberdeen Scotland) and Alumni dinner to celebrate this event.


Date TBC

This event will be to honour Lifetime Achievers from various disciplines.

Orchestra performance

11 October 2024

A second orchestral extravaganza from various orchestras will end the year on a high note!

Sports Festival

Date TBC

This event will include the following Universities: UWC, UCT, CPUT, Sol Plaatjie, MNU, WSU, UFH, and Makhanda local teams.

Knocking-on-Heavens-Door homecoming

 22 – 24 November 2024

A weekend filled with activities for this group of Alumni who attended Rhodes University between 1965 and 1975.

Naming of the Great Field

 23 November 2024

The naming of the Great Field to “The Ally Weakley Great Field.” A sports Alumni Dinner will be held in the evening.


Documents & Resources

No. Name of Document Document Type Project Format Action
RU120 Project Charter
RU120 Main Project
RU120 Email Signature
RU120 Main Project
RU120 Main Project
Logo Development Concept
RU120 Main Project
Steering Commitee
RU120 Main Project
Branding Documents
Branding / Instructional
RU120 Main Project
Project Organogram
RU120 Main Project

Our Role Players

Meet the dynamic RU120 Project Team.

Sub-Projects Leaders

Meet the dynamic RU120 Project Team.

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