At the event, the Dean of EMS, Professor Kobus Visser, presented the faculty’s latest achievements, current projects and future plans to the appreciative audience of several generations of alumni.
Among others, Prof Visser highlighted the academic achievements of the faculty, including members who had received National Research Foundation (NRF) ratings and those awarded prestigious South Africa Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) chairs. He also outlined the current programmes offered and planned areas of development in line with the Strategic Growth 2017-2020 plan.
The keynote speech was delivered by EMS alumnus Anthony Julies, the Deputy Director-General for the Asset and Liability Management Division at National Treasury. Julies spoke about his journey and how the University helped him to achieve his goals.
Wasiem Rinquest, Faculty Manager for EMS, said the event was a resounding success and will be repeated in Gauteng and possibly extended to other provinces.
“The idea was to get alumni together and give them an indication of where we are as the faculty so that they can see how they can contribute and assist current students with scholarships and bursaries, and finding them placements at their workplaces.”
Rinquest says a highlight of the gathering was the opportunity for recent graduates to mix with those who had graduated as far back as the 1980s and 1990s, who were established in their fields. “It was an opportunity for them to connect and build their own networks in the Gauteng region,” he says.
The EMS alumni were encouraged to consider furthering their studies on campus and to assist in the development of the faculty and the University.
Alumni Relations Office Manager, Samantha Castle, says there are a number of EMS alumni in Gauteng in influential positions in sectors ranging from finance to human resources.
“The main purpose [of the gathering] was to create a space for them to benefit from these networks and also for the alumni to stay in touch with the University,” she says, adding that the Alumni Relations Office planned similar initiatives with other faculties.