SUNY Geneseo: Grahamstown - Rhodes University

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Rhodes University was founded in 1904.  It is one of the oldest universities in Africa, and has long been one of the finest universities in South Africa.South Africa lies at the foot of the great continent of Africa.  It is a diverse country with ... read more

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Rhodes University was founded in 1904.  It is one of the oldest universities in Africa, and has long been one of the finest universities in South Africa.

South Africa lies at the foot of the great continent of Africa.  It is a diverse country with a long and interesting history.  With a population of about 46 million, South Africa is one of the most populous as well as largest nations on the continent.  It is a middle-income, developing country with modern infrastructure and abundant natural resources, well-developed financial, legal, communications, energy, and transport sectors.  Its beauty is commented upon by every visitor.

Easter Cape Province, the region in which Rhodes University is located, is in the southeast of the country on the Indian Ocean.  It consists of rolling grasslands, The Great Karoo desert, extensive forests, mountain ranges, and fabulous beaches among the very best in the world.  Grahamstown, the home of Rhodes University, is set in rolling hills.  It is a cathedral town founded as a military outpost in 1812.  Situated about 45 miles from Port Elizabeth, Grahamstown is a peaceful town, home to one of South Africa's premier universities.

Rhodes owes its unique character among South African universities to a combination of factors, some historical, some geographical, some cultural and some architectural.  An important influence in this respect is the University's smallness, which, together with its residence system, allows unusually close contact between students and their lecturers, in surroundings that foster fellowship and learning.  Small classes mean more personal attention and encourage greater involvement of students in their work.  The end result is that successive generations of Rhodes graduates have had an influence on South African and world affairs out of all proportion to their small numbers.

Today Rhodes has just over 8000 students, with some fifty percent of them living in the University residences. Over 18% of the student body are international students. This number of overseas students enhances the cosmopolitan character of campus life.  At the same time, Rhodes could also be described as a most 'South African' university, drawing students from all the provinces of the country.

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