Alumni chapters are defined as affinity-based groups of alumni. Each chapter is unique in the activities and events offered to members, and they provide the opportunity to network, volunteer, and fundraise based on the collective interests of the group.
These chapters also continue the relationship between alumni and their alma mater, create opportunities for ongoing mutual support, and facilitate the expansion of valuable professional networks. Membership of these clubs is open to all alumni according to the guidelines in the constitution of each club. Membership fees are payable as stipulated by the particular club committee annually.
UP alumni chapters in South Africa have been running for many years, and we highlighted a few below to provide some inspiration and ideas for the type of chapter you might like to run.
Vice-Chancellor's Distinguished Merit Award Alumni Chapter (VAC)
The Vice-Chancellor's Distinguished Merit Award (VCDMA) is a prestigious award given to students based on excellence. Receiving the VCDMA is a privilege that comes with financial support and a range of networking and leadership opportunities.
The VAC is the alumni body for VCDMA recipients. We strive to provide members with opportunities and guidance in becoming individuals of excellence while promoting social and professional interaction to effect lasting change in our society.
Chapter Chairperson: Lizé Lourens
Graduate Management and Technology Chapter
Launched in 2019, the Graduate Management and Technology Chapter was formed to motivate graduates to use their qualifications effectively, whether to become an entrepreneur or a better manager within their organisation.
Chapter Coordinator: Ola Paton
The Phahama UP Alumni Chapter (previously known as OuTuks Alumni) was established in 2015. Phahama means “rise”. The aim of the chapter is to provide bursary and mentorship support to previously disadvantaged students at UP, and serve as UP brand ambassadors.
Chapter Chairperson: Ronny Mkhwanazi
Mining Alumni Society (MASUP)
The Mining Alumni Society at the University of Pretoria (MASUP) is one of the longest-running chapters. Founded in 1977, its main aim is to provide mining students with financial support, job opportunities in the industry, and mentorship for junior members.
Chapter President: Riaan Gilfillan
TuksClub60+ Alumni Chapter
This club, established in 1999 and initially known as the Oud-studente Bond (Chapter for Former Students) is for alumni who are 60 years or older. It hosts monthly lunches at which interesting talks are presented. It also runs a very popular annual visit to the Kruger National Park.
Chapter Chairperson: Mr Tonie Viljoen