The Alumni Relations Unit at the University of Pretoria (UP) recently hosted a year-end function for its TuksClub 60+, alumni over 60 years of age, at the High Performance Centre on Hillcrest Campus.
“It is exciting to host this event, which aims to strengthen our relationship with our 60-plus alumni,” said event organiser Henriette Minnaar. “Also, it shows our appreciation to those who have come before us and laid the foundation for this brilliant university – that is why we still maintain the relationship with them.”
President of TuksClub 60+ Louis Cloete – who graduated in 1960 with a diploma in Architecture and obtained a master’s in Town Planning as well as a master’s in Landscape Architecture – pointed out that it is important for alumni to support and carry UP’s name, the values of the university and to be its ambassadors.
Among the keynote speakers was UP Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Tawana Kupe, who said that the university produces high-quality graduates who make a huge impact on society.
“I believe that a university is not only about people studying and working there but also people who have graduated from there – that is what I call the broader university, the UP community,” said Prof Kupe. “Those are the people who create broader support networks; they are our ambassadors out there, and they are the evidence of what UP is like.”