2010 was the 50th Anniversary year of the Fitztitute. The core
raison d’ętre of the Fitztitute continues to be a centre of
excellent research and scholarship.
Today, the Fitztitute is the only institution of its kind in the
southern hemisphere. It is arguably the most active of its kind
in the world, in terms of its programmes of both research and
education. It has produced more than 250 MSc and PhD students
from 40 countries, 23 being in Africa. In recognition of its
past achievements and future potential, in 2004 the Fitztitute
was awarded the prestigious status of being one of only six
National Centres of Excellence in Science and Technology –
an award made by the South African Department of Science and
Technology and the National Research Foundation.
Students are an integral part of any research activity and
contribute directly to the country’s intellectual capital and
problem-solving capacity. To coincide with our 50th anniversary
we are developing a Facebook group with the aim of encouraging
an ongoing reunion facility for FitzPatrick Institute graduates.
This will hopefully act as a virtual reunion template and a
point of access to the whereabouts of Institute alumni. We also
invite all alumni to make sure that their paths since graduating
at the Fitztitute are entered into our database and to ensure
that this information is kept up to date. Please encourage
others to do the same.
Please bookmark this page for future reference and submit any
queries or suggestions to
Rob Little or
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submissions to Rob Little or Hilary Buchanan at
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