Sawubona! and Molo!
Join us — the Yale Global Alumni Leadership Exchange – next June and July for an extraordinary journey to South Africa.
We visit South Africa when its universities are undergoing transformation – a time when many of the compromises reached in 1994 that ended apartheid are being reexamined – and a time when Yale is experiencing some of its own similar reexaminations. As ambassadors for Yale, our mission is to inspire other universities to broaden their alumni relations programs, to learn from them, and to strengthen their relationship with Yale as we do so. YaleGALE has traveled extensively: from Australia to Turkey, from Israel to Japan, from Europe to India – but nothing will have prepared you for the vibrancy of South Africa and its evolving culture.
Exceptional opportunities await! On this journey we
- participate in the Centenary Celebrations of Nelson Mandela’s university.
- continue our collaboration with U.S. Embassies abroad,
- conduct exchange programs with leading universities and with emerging ones.
You know about South African music and dancing. Both are infectious and you will be drawn in. You know about South Africa’s lions, impala, elephants, and giraffe on the great and small game reserves. You will be mesmerized by them all. You know about the poverty and luxury that co-exist. You will see that too, along with growing opportunities.
Buyelani eAfrika! Come back to Africa! It is where all humankind began – 3 million years ago, in the region of South Africa called “the Cradle of Humankind”. This vast UNESCO World Heritage Site, contains multiple excavations and caves. We will visit one of them, where some of the oldest hominid fossils have been found – and where exciting excavations continue.
Buyelani! Confront the history of apartheid – man’s atrocity to man. But taste the well-springs of a nation’s acts of reconciliation. These make redemption of the human spirit – and the promise of non-racial and post-colonial democratic progress – manifest. See what is possible! And what still must be done!
We visit the University of Johannesburg – both old and new at the same time. Formed just ten years ago from a merger of much older Afrikaans, English, and black universities, it is employing the latest approaches in alumni relations to create student and alumni loyalty, while building community among all its extended family.
We visit the University of Fort Hare to help celebrate their Centenary. Fort Hare is the first university in South Africa to grant a Bachelor of Arts to blacks. Their first graduate (Z. K. Matthews) went on to obtain a Masters from Yale. Historically, Fort Hare was the premier university in all of sub-Saharan Africa for blacks, educating Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Robert Mogabe, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, and Seretse Khama. Later Desmond Tutu served as university chaplain.
We visit Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, another new-old university, located in a major port on a game park.
We visit University of the Western Cape, founded in 1959 under the apartheid laws to serve only “coloured” people – and to which blacks were not originally admitted. It has its own, and distinct, history of transformation.
We visit the University of Cape Town, the most prominent university in all of Africa. Its graduate business school is a partner with Yale as part of the Global Network for Advanced Management consortium. Student protests last spring at UCT, and their “Down with Rhodes” movement, have not only led to South African universities questioning their pace of transformation, but also reverberated here with Yale’s reconsideration of the name of Calhoun College.
South Africa is also a gourmet’s delight. From barbeque (braai) to grilled game meat. From fine wine produced at renowned South African vineyards to some of the best restaurants in the world. South Africa is a melting pot of African, Dutch, Portuguese, and Cape Malay cuisine – as exciting to the palate as South African music is the ear.
We look forward to experiencing all of this together with you. The program begins on June 27, 2016 and returns on July 11. A full itinerary can be found by clicking here. The cost for the program is $4,940 per person, double occupancy. (A single supplement will be available at registration.) Extensions are available, their itinerary and pricing can be found by clicking here. Please complete your registration for the program by clicking here. Join this journey of discovery and sharing.
Come back with us!
Ben Slotznick ’70, Producer, YaleGALE in South Africa 2016
Kathy Edersheim ’87, Chairperson, YaleGALE
Senior Director, AYA