New Rhodents enter a tradition of excellence

Rhodes UniversityDespite being South Africa’s smallest university, Rhodes University boasts the highest number of Mandela-Rhodes scholars in the country – making up about 15% of students with the prestigious scholarship.

Out of 40 students awarded the scholarship from 500 applicants from around South Africa last year, six were Rhodes students, from seven who made the shortlist.

The university, which makes up less than 1% of the country’s student population, has built a century-old reputation of academic excellence, with knowledge as one of its cornerstone values.

As first-year orientation started at the Grahamstown university yesterday, students were already clear on what it meant to be a Rhodent – as Rhodes students are affectionately known – and what was expected of them.

-Zandile Mbabela

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