Nestled among picturesque mountains in the heart of the Cape Winelands, Stellenbosch University (SU) offers a stimulating academic environment, a vibrant student life and a preferred sporting and cultural destination.
With origins dating back to 1866, the institution acquired university status in 1918 and now is recognised as one of the top research-intensive universities on the African continent. The University has the highest research output per academic staff member in the country, as well as one of the highest percentages of postgraduate students. In addition, it has South Africaís second highest number of researchers rated by the NRF, with the highest number for the human sciences.
The University has taken the bold step of aligning its research, academic and community engagement initiatives with five key international development themes: eradication of poverty and related conditions; promoting human dignity and health; promoting democracy and human rights; promoting peace and security; and promoting a sustainable environment and a competitive industry.
Giving shape to this ambitious endeavour is a strategic initiative according to which the University will harness its academic strengths and research excellence to solve some of the most pressing challenges facing the country and the Continent. This is in addition to ongoing internal objectives such as an even higher academic success rate and improved accessibility for disadvantaged students to create a more diverse student population.