The alumni and stakeholder engagement took place on Thursday 27 July 2017 at the Westin New York Grand Central Hotel, New York. Prof Mandla Makhanya, Unisa Principal and Vice Chancellor and Mr David Farirai, the Director of Unisa Institutional Advancement hosted the event.
Over 75 alumni and stakeholders attended the Cocktail Function. The engagements are Unisa’s way of reaching out to individuals and organisations in order to form sustainable and mutually beneficial partnerships.
Mr Farirai shared with alumni and stakeholders the developments of the university and noted why a stakeholder engagement such as this event is important.
He stated that the alumni play a very important role in their association with Unisa. “We would like to connect and establish networks with our alumni, specifically in the US. We want you to get involved, be it as tutors or mentors or by giving your expertise and support, your involvement forms an integral part in the success of where the university will find itself in the next decade.” Mr Farirai further appealed to alumni to contribute in making Unisa the African University shaping futures in the service of humanity.
The university has registered the Unisa Fund, Inc. which is registered as a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization in line of the US not-for-profit laws. All donations in the US made through this entity are fully tax-deductible according to the extent of the US law.
To enable US based alumni to make secure online donations, the Unisa Fund Inc launched an online giving platform. This will enable alumni and other stakeholders to donate money or in kind towards any of the four priority programmes such as Student Access and Success, Plugged in Students, Creating the Next Generation of Academics and Advancing Research and Innovation. The system also allows alumni to update their personal details and to connect with other Unisans in America.
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