Justin Baring delighted to meet with students at University of Cape Town

Senzo Mgabhi, Prince Dube, Tafara Ngwenya , Chiamaka Amonye, Melody Mmesetse, Lerato Motsepe

Justin Baring, founder and co Trustee of The Julian Baring Scholarship (and UCT alumnus), was fortunate enough to meet in person the post graduate chemical engineering students that The JBSF is supporting this year and to discuss plans for the upcoming academic year.

The trip started with a briefing from Interim Vice Chancellor Dr. Daya Reddy who shared news of the recent developments at the University of Cape Town and plans for the future.

A copy of the book “Turning Rocks into Profits” was left as a gift to the yet-to-be-renovated Jagger library which is being refurbished following the terrible fire in 2021.

Along with other UCT alumni, Sarah Archer, who is the executive director of alumni and development, gave the group a tour of the magnificent UCT campus en route to the engineering and built environment building. The six students that are currently supported by The JBSF greeted the group and reintroduced themselves, describing the interesting and diverse Masters degrees they are undertaking.

We are incredibly proud of the achievements of all our students and it is remarkable to witness the ambition they all have to excel in their chosen fields. This ambition always includes a desire to improve the environment and communities affected by the mining operations they might go on to work for.

As they think about life post University, many of the companies that they would like to apply to should be able to access their and each of our past and present students CVs via LinkedIn. The theses / dissertations that the JBSF students have completed are truly remarkable and would be valuable to organisations in their field of expertise, globally.

The students shared some of their experiences of University life and praised the considerable support they have had from the University, especially around the admissions process and assistance they get as international students. The University’s registrar Emeritus – Hugh Amoore completed the tour by showing the group some of the historical buildings and the proposed location for future site developments.

Justin Baring said ”to meet our students face to face and witness first hand how they are progressing and maturing is a great honour for me. I am confident that they will all become leaders in their different fields of expertise. Thank you UCT for the opportunity.”