The proposed name change for Rhodes University in Grahamstown was again in the spotlight this weekend as the Alumni Trust released findings of a recent survey.
The study was done to discover what former students’ views were regarding transformation at the university.
According to the study, 79% of former students who participated in the survey did not believe a name change was necessary for transformation while 73% said they were strongly against it, with 56% claiming they could not identify any benefit to changing the name of Rhodes University.
The move was triggered by the war on colonial and post-democracy statues that saw several statues vandalised and destroyed, while Rhodes University students also called for the 113-year-old institution’s name to be changed.
The participants of the survey include alumni who attended Rhodes from as far back as the 1950s, with 45% having attended in the new millennium.