Upcoming Events for 2024

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.

eNCA elections town hall debate

 21 April 2024

eNCA, led by Masego Rahlaga, will host a LIVE town hall debate on the upcoming elections. The purpose is to foster informed discourse on issues pivotal to our nation’s progress – from corruption, to crime, to service delivery. Five Rhodes University experts will participate as panellists.

Date: 21 April 2024
Time: 17H30 – 19H00 (1hour 30 minutes)
The Box: Drama Department (Rhodes University)
Arrival Time: From 16H00

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!
Public Lecture: Advocate Vusi Pikoli

09 May 2024

Democracy in South African : Venue Albany Museum, event to hosted by the School of Journalism and Media Studies & Makhanda Legends

Affinity Event - VC Lunch with Alumni

09 May 2024

All Alumni through the years that reside in the Ndlambe area are invited to a luncheon hosted by the VC.

Soweto String Quartet

 12 May 2024

The Department of Music & Musicology will be hosting this event in collaboration with VG, Makana Community Orchestra, Greame College, Kingswood College, St Andrews College, DSG, Access Music Project & Mzansi Philharmonic Orchestra (Community Collaboration)

RUCE Conference

14 -16 May 2024

“Community Engagement And The Trajectory Of Community-University-Society Relationship: Past, Present And Future Possibilities”

Post Graduate Funding Fair

 17 May 2024

Rhodes University in collaboration with Nelson Mandela University invites Honours, Masters & Doctroral students to a funding fair “Pathway to Postgraduate Education through Funding”

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.

Vice-Chancellors’ dialogue

Date TBC

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.

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.

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.

Priority Projects Breakfast

21 June 2024

Hosting of Funders and potential Funders for breakfast

ILAM 70th anniversary

21 June 2024

 Halala! ILAM’s 70th Birthday Celebration Concert

19h30 – 21h30 Venue Thomas Pringle – Monument
Art Exhibition

24 June 2024

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

NAF Old Rhodian Festival Cocktail

27 June 2024

Hosted by the Alumni Division.

USSA Rugby

01 – 05 July

This event will include the Men’s 15 rugby as well as the Women’s 10 rugby side

HECU 11 Conference (Hosted by CHERTL & CPGS)

03 – 05 July

Higher Education Close-Up is a peer-reviewed biennial international conference focused on in-depth research into higher education.

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School Student leaders' Summit

06 – 07 July

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

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.

Sports Festival

09 – 10 August

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

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.

Orchestra performance

11 October 2024

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

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.

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.


Date TBC

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