Pectora roborant cultus recti
Stellenbosch University is home to an academic community of some 28,000 students (including more than 3,000 foreign students) as well as just under 3,000 permanent staff members (including 939 academic staff) on five different 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
Stellenbosch University (SU) is among 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. This is confirmed by two world university rankings after SU was included in the Times Higher Education and QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) world rankings in 2012, for the second consecutive year. In 2011 the University was also listed on the Leiden rankings, and in 2012 SU was named the leading African University by the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities which ranks universities according to their web presence.
SU also boasts the second-highest number of scientists in South Africa who have been ranked by the National Research Foundation (NRF) – 306 in 2012. 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.
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.
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.
To have a well balanced workforce who are able to function optimally in an enabling, caring and supportive work environment.
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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Rector & Vice-Chancellor: Prof Wim de Villiers
Chancellor: Dr Johann Rupert
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.
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