Stellenbosch University

Pectora roborant cultus recti

South Africa

Stellenbosch University celebrated its 100th year in 2018

On 2 April 1918 Victoria College made way for the University of Stellenbosch (in 2000 Stellenbosch University) and four faculties (Science, Education, Arts and Social Sciences, and AgriSciences), 503 students and 40 lecturing staff officially started a new day as a fully-fledged University. Today SU is home to 10 faculties and a vibrant and cosmopolitan community of more than 31 000 students and 3000 staff members, spread over five campuses.
 

 

Stellenbosch University (SU) is home to an academic community of 29 000 students (including 4 000 foreign students from 100 countries) as well as 3 000 permanent staff members (including 1 000 academics) on five campuses.

The historical oak-lined university town amongst the Boland Mountains in the winelands of the Western Cape creates a unique campus atmosphere, which attracts local and foreign students and staff alike. On the main campus, paved walkways wind between campus buildings – some dating from previous centuries; others just a few years old. Architecture from various eras attests to the sound academic foundation and establishment of an institution of excellence. This, together with the scenic beauty of the area; state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly facilities and technology, as well as visionary thinking about the creation of a sustainable 21st-century institution, makes for the unique character of Stellenbosch University. This character makes Stellenbosch a wonderful place to find a job or start a career.

Academic excellence and innovation 

The University is amongst South Africa's leading tertiary institutions based on research output, student pass rates and rated scientists, and is recognised internationally as an academic institution of excellence. It boasts the highest weighted research output per full-time academic staff member of all South African universities and the second-highest number of scientists in South Africa who have been rated by the National Research Foundation (NRF). It also has the highest student success rate in the country.

SU is cementing its reputation as a world-class institution. According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, SU is one of the top 300 universities in the world, and among the top 20 in BRICS countries. It also features among the world's elite institutions in 10 of the 36 subjects featured in the QS World University Rankings by Subject for 2015. SU was also included in the 2014 CWTS Leiden Ranking, which measures the scientific performance of 750 major universities worldwide.​

With 18 research chairs under the NRF South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChi), the University is regarded as a leader in the fields of biomedical tuberculosis research and management, wine biotechnology, animal sciences and mathematical biosciences. Another SARChi chair, in the field of invasion biology, is shared between SU and the University of Venda. This constitutes but one of SU's many partnerships, both local and international. As preferred research partner, SU also participates in various international academic networks.

Academic innovation and student support promote student success

Stellenbosch University (SU) is committed to continued academic excellence and social relevance. This world class institution is helping to build a better society through its core functions, -  learning and teaching, research and innovation, and community interaction. Quality learning and teaching at SU make a crucial contribution to the achievement of strategic institutional objectives, including increasing student success; enhancing the University's knowledge-base; broadening the diversity of the staff and student corps; and systemic sustainability. Innovative teaching and learning programmes, as well as effective learning and study opportunities promote student success:  the end goal of the teaching and learning process, and also as an important goal of SU's HOPE Project.

Staff Development

Stellenbosch University (SU)​ commits itself to developing all staff members. By the same token, the University affirms its viewpoint that a sophisticated support service for staff and teaching development is crucial to a university that strives to compete at national and international levels and to make a meaningful contribution.  
SU’s Staff Development is an integral part of the University’s vision, mission, and long-term corporate and strategic plan and objectives. ​​​​​

Our Purpose

To strive towards attaining “Team Stellenbosch” which signifies a personnel corp that continuously feels part of the core business of  Stellenbosch University (SU). To experience work and life as meaningful and important, to enjoy recognition and be characterized by our positive involvement within the SU community.​

Our vision

To have a well balanced workforce who are able to function optimally in an enabling, caring and supportive work environment.

Mission

We strive to achieve our vision for Stellenbosch University through sustained transformation and, on our journey of discovery through academia in the service of our stakeholders, we have resolved to:

  • Create an academic community in which social justice and equal opportunities will lead to systemic sustainability
  • Investigate and innovatively implement appropriate and sustainable approaches to the development of Africa
  • Align our research with a wide-ranging spectrum of challenges facing the world, Africa, our country and the local community
  • Maintain student-centred and future-oriented learning and teaching that establish a passion for lifelong learning
  • Invest in the innovative scholarship and creative ability of all our people
  • Leverage the inherent power of diversity, and
  • Establish and extend synergistic networks in which our University is a dynamic partner.

 

 


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30 Sep 2019
31 Oct 2019

Stellenbosch university invites applications for Associate Professor in Agricultural Economics.   Duties Management of or within an academic department in conjunction with the Head of the Department; Participation in Faculty Management activities; Undergraduate and postg...

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South Africa


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Part time

04 Oct 2019
31 Oct 2019

Stellenbosch University Department of Process Engineering Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Project Title: Mathematical modelling of contaminants in surface waters within the context of urban wastewater profiling community wide diagnostics Scope of Research: A post-doctoral...

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South Africa


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07 Oct 2019
31 Oct 2019

Department of Mathematical Sciences    The Department of Mathematical Sciences is responsible for teaching and research in computer science, applied mathematics and mathematics at Stellenbosch University. The Computer Science Division aims to strengthen its existing research groups in mac...

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South Africa


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07 Oct 2019
25 Oct 2019

Main duties: Developing education students’ Geography teaching skills;  Developing and evaluating teaching and learning materials for Geography;  Participating in the development and assessment of teaching and learning opportunities (practical);  Research and publication in Geo...

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South Africa


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10 Oct 2019
23 Oct 2019

Stellenbosch University Central Analytical Facilities Senior Analyst / Analyst: Electron Microscopy (Ref. SAF/275/1019)   The Central Analytical Facility (CAF) at Stellenbosch University www.sun.ac.za/caf is a rather unique comprehensive core facility which employs appro...

Lecturer - Education Policy Studies

Stellenbosch University

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South Africa


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Full time

15 Oct 2019
31 Oct 2019

The Department of Education Policy Studies is a research-led department. Its activities are informed by the following strategic orientations: A strong alignment between the Department's research agenda and teaching and service priorities and the University's vision and strategic objectives;...

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South Africa


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Full time

15 Oct 2019
08 Nov 2019

Since its creation in 1954, The Bureau for Economic Research (BER) has built up a global reputation as one of South Africa’s foremost economic research institutions. The BER’'s research mainly comprises the conduct of business surveys and macroeconomic forecasting. The institute is part of Stellenbo...

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South Africa


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Full time

15 Oct 2019
31 Oct 2019

The Department of Education Policy Studies is a research-led department. Its activities are informed by the following strategic orientations: A strong alignment between the Department's research agenda and teaching and service priorities and the University's vision and strategic objectives;...

Location:

South Africa


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Full time

17 Oct 2019
25 Oct 2019

Fakulteit Opvoedkunde Departement Kurrikulumstudie   Senior Lektoraat / Lektoraat: Geskiedenisonderwys (Verw.OPV01/278/1019)    ------------------------------------------------------------------------   Faculty of Education Department of Curr...

Key staff:

​​​Rector & Vice-Chancellor: Prof Wim​ de Villiers

 

Chancellor: Dr Johann Rupert  ​

Awards:

According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, SU is one of the top 300 universities in the world, and among the top 20 in BRICS countries. It also features among the world's elite institutions in 10 of the 36 subjects featured in the QS World University Rankings by Subject for 2015. SU was also included in the 2014 CWTS Leiden Ranking, which measures the scientific performance of 750 major universities worldwide.​

Key facts:

SU has ten faculties: AgriSciences, Economic and Management Sciences, Medicine and Health Sciences, Engineering, Military Sciences, Arts and Social Sciences, Science, Education, Law and Theology.

The main campus in the picturesque university town of Stellenbosch in the heart of the Western Cape winelands is quite an attraction for students.

In 2016 a total of 30 854 students were enrolled at Stellenbosch University (SU) on the offical annual SU census date (June 2016). Of this total, 63% (19 582) of students were enrolled in undergraduate programmes, 33% (10 154) in postgraduate programmes and 4% (1 114) as occasional students (non-degree purposes).

In 2016, 61.3% of enrolled students were white, 18.3% African black, 17.6% coloured and 2.8% Indian. In terms of home language, 40.7% were Afrikaans and 46.1% English speaking, while 13.2% indicated other languages to be their home language.

The size of the permanently and fixed employed personnel corps in 2016, as on the official annual census date, was 3 370, comprising of 1 060 academic personnel (lecturers) and 2 310 non-academic personnel.