From the first internet protocol connection in SA, to producing some of the country’s greatest academics and journalists, Rhodes University has cemented itself as a place where leaders learn.

To celebrate 120 years of excellence, Rhodes University is honouring its rich academic history by launching RU120 - a year-long celebration of its status as one of the country’s top institutions of higher learning.

Explore the events below as the year unfolds...

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120 years of excellence – Rhodes University is celebrating in style

To celebrate its 120 years of excellence Rhodes University will be honouring its rich academic history while looking to the future on how they can advance higher education and research in South Africa.


Watch | Rhodes University Marks 120 Years of Academic and Cultural Milestones

This year, Rhodes University proudly commemorates a remarkable journey of 120 years. A beacon of knowledge in South Africa, the university has been instrumental in shaping the nation's academic and cultural landscape.

Watch | Rhodes University Journalism Summit charts future of media, honours legacy of John Tengo Jabavu

This year's Rhodes University Journalism Summit focused on various issues, including trauma and conflict, the laws that regulate journalism, journalism in a democracy, and the role artificial intelligence plays in journalism.

Explore the Events

Sports Festival

09 - 10 August 2024

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

Honours Doc Music Festival

07 September 2024

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

The Great Field Naming

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.

RU120 Highlights

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