Faces of the RU120 legacy: Zola Mbinda shapes history at Rhodes University

Photo of Zola taken during the filming of the RU120 commercial video. Credit: HIVE

For many students at Rhodes University, Orientation Week was their first time being on campus. For Zola Mbinda, a History lecturer and PhD candidate at Rhodes University, however, university campuses were always home. From growing up on campus, to doing homework in lecture rooms, and eventually following in her mother’s footsteps by becoming a lecturer, […]

Faces of the RU120 legacy: Prof Pat Terry – the man who reached the world

Photo of Prof Pat Terry taken during the filming of the RU120 commercial video. Credit: HIVE

By The Division of Communication and Advancement In the 1980s, South Africa was cut off from the world politically, through sanctions, and technologically. Yet, from the small town of then Grahamstown, now Makhanda, a team of pioneers managed to send the country’s first email – and Professor Pat Terry, the man who reached the world through this […]

Seen in the wild: #RU120 goes national

RU120 advert displays on Gautrain screens

As Rhodes University celebrates a 120-year legacy of academic excellence through its #RU120 campaign, its next-generation institutional RU120 commercials have gone live on television, radio, billboards, and online – to name but a few. This commercial purposefully drew on the diversity of the University’s own staff and students to demonstrate the legacy in motion that […]

PRESS RELEASE: Celebrating local successes during RU120 Grad 2024

PRESS RELEASE Celebrating local successes during RU120 Grad 2024

Rhodes University is proud to announce the graduation of its Autumn 2024 class, a significant milestone marking the 120th anniversary of academic excellence and transformative education. Among the graduates, special recognition is given to the 60 students who have excelled through the University's collaborative efforts with GADRA Matric School and its Bridging Programme, aimed at […]

Exciting RU120 news; Our News24 Hub is now live!

Media24 RU120 Landing page

As Rhodes University celebrates the milestone of RU120 year, our marketing and communication efforts are being supported by key strategic support mechanisms. One of these is a partnership with Media24, one of the leading news brands in South Africa with an unparalleled digital reach. We proudly announce that our dedicated RU120 hub is now live […]


Prof Maylan

[Makhanda] Since its inception in 1904, Rhodes University has continually made significant strides in the realm of higher education, carving out a distinguished place for itself among academic institutions globally. Over the years, Rhodes University has evolved, reflecting changes in society, academia, and the broader global landscape, constantly adapting and growing to meet new challenges […]

Nanotech pioneer Prof Nyokong to receive sixth Honorary Doctorate

Rhodes University's Distinguished Professor Tebello Nyokong

Nanotech pioneer Prof Nyokong to receive sixth Honorary Doctorate “I am fortunate to get these awards while I am still alive. And my students – those who do the work – can celebrate with me.” – Prof Nyokong Rhodes University’s Distinguished Professor Tebello Nyokong is set to receive her sixth honorary Doctor of Science degree […]

Makhanda Education Summit: Paving the way for a new era in educational excellence

Attendees gather at the Makhanda Education Summit [PIC CREDIT] Carmen Visser

The Makhanda Education Summit, held at Rhodes University over the weekend, has resolved to build on the tremendous success already achieved in reshaping the city’s educational terrain. The Summit marked a pivotal moment in the city’s commitment to advance education for local youth. Delegates from the Early Childhood Development (ECD), Primary, and Secondary school sectors convened […]