HGA Alumni Week
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Dear Alumni,

We’d like to advise you of the special alumni reunion being held from Wednesday 6 September to Saturday 9 September 2017 for your alumni year.

For the 2017 Alumni Week we will honour the special anniversary years of: 10 (2007), 15 (2002), 20 (1997), 25 (1992), 30 (1987), 35 (1982), 40 (1977), 45 (1972) and 50 (1967) years since graduating. The invitation is, however, open to all Health Sciences graduates.

Our programme for the reunion is designed to offer you a comprehensive exposure to the Faculty’s developments in teaching and research, as well as engagement with international and local experts, along with networking and connection with your Alma Mater.

Very kindest regards
Dr Paul Davis, President
Health Graduates’ Association

Programme of events

Wednesday 6 September - Faculty Teaching and Learning Symposium

Faculty Teaching and Learning Symposium

The faculty teaching and learning symposium takes place this year under the theme Fit4Purpose: making assessment matter. Poster and  oral presentations will be made by members of the Faculty. The keynote address will be given by Scientific Director of the School of Health Professionals Education of the University of Maastricht, Professor Cees van der Vleuten

Draft programme: 

  • 0800 – 0830 Registration 
  • 0830 – 0845 Welcome and opening Introduction of key speaker Prof M Veller: Prof L Green-Thompson
  • 0845 – 0930 Plenary Prof C van der Vleuten
  • 0930 – 0945 Discussion/questions  
  • 0945 – 1015 TEA  
  • 1015 – 1230 Other speakers/concurrent sessions  
  • 1230 – 1320 LUNCH  
  • 1320 – 1400 Panel discussion: Talking heads: Newly appointed HODs
  • 1400 – 1515 Concurrent session  
  • 1515 – 1530 TEA  
  • 1530 – 1600 Closing session Prof F Cilliers

School of Public Health, Resource Centre. 08h00 to 16h00 

Thursday 7 September - Faculty of Health Sciences Alumni Symposium

A Symposium for Alumni to present talks or papers around their research, current occupation or interest and passions.

School of Public Health, Resource Centre. 09h00 to 16h00

Draft programme

  • 11h00 – 11h30: Health Graduates Association: A Health Check: Paul Davis, Chair: Health Graduates Association
  • 11h30 – 12h00: What is Decolonisation? Prof Lionel Green- Thompson, Assistant Dean: Teaching and Learning
  • 12h00-12h30: Help build the interdisciplinary research community. Prof Maria Papathanasopoulos, Assistant Dean: Research and Postgraduate Affairs
  • 12h30 – 13h00: Technology and Health Sciences. Dr Solomon Assefa, Research Director IBM Africa
  • 13h00-4h00: Lunch Break 
  • 14h00-16h20: Alumni Sessions: Track 1: Academic & Research Focus & Track 2: Passions & Interests: Alumni presentations: 7 sessions of 20 mins
  • 16h20- 16h45: Closing remarks, Prof. Martin Veller, Dean: Health Sciences
  • 17h00-17h30: Move to Adler Museum for AJ Orenstein Lecture
Thursday 7 September - Annual Memorial AJ Orenstein Lecture

Speaker: Professor Glenda Gray, Wits Alum, President and CEO of Medical Research Council and Time 100 Most Influential Person 2017

Topic: The intersection of health systems development and social justice

Adler Museum, 17h00 for 17h30


Friday 8 September Class Catch Ups and Campus Tours

Class Catch Ups 09h00 to 12h00

Enjoy a catch up with class mates at a venue on Campus. 


Health Science Campus Tours

Visit the Museums - Adler Museum of Medicine, Huntarian / Anatomy Museum: 09h00 to 10h30

Visit the Faculty - Nelson Mandela Hospital, Simulation Lab and E-Zone : 10h30 to 12h00

Lunch Recommendation: Café Fino at the Origins Centre

Main Campus Visits

Visits to the spectacular Wits Art Museum, the Origins Centre and the Evolutionary Studies Institute and Centre of Excellence (formerly Bernard Price Institute for Palaeontological Research: 14hoo to 16h30

Saturday 9 September - Trip to the Cradle of Humankind

Entrance: 09h30 to 12h00.

We meet at the Sterkfontein and Environs.  Dr Dominic Stratford, the Co-ordinator of Research at Sterkfontein will lead the tour.

We will access the Wits Research Site, a World Heritage Site, not accessible to the general public, to sees sensitive fossil material that Wits researchers are still working on, with some of the items dating back three and a half million years.

Cost: R80 pp by electronic payment please to:

  • ACCOUNT NUMBER: 62150130426
  • BRANCH CODE: 255005

Lunch Recommendation: Sterkfontein Restaurant

Saturday 9 September - Alumni Gala Dinner

The Alumni Dinner is the opportunity to re-connect with classmates and network with Alumni.

Join us for great food and evening of reminiscences and revelry with your Alma Mata at the Wits Club.

Cost: R650 pp with payment via  electronic payment to:

  • ACCOUNT NUMBER: 62150130426
  • BRANCH CODE: 255005

WITS Club, 19h00 for 19h30.

Thursday 7 September - MBBCH Class of 1967 Dinner

50 Years since graduating from Wits

Sponsored Sandra and Stephen N. Joffe MBBCh (1967)

Join the Class of 1967 Dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel

  • Date: Thursday 7th September
  • Time: 7:30pm  

RSVP or information: Stephen Joffe at stephen@sjoffe.com