Centenary News

SU launches Centenary book and unveils exhibition

6 March 2018

On Thursday (1 March 2018), Stellenbosch University (SU) officially launched its Centenary publication, Stellenbosch University 100: 1918-2018, and unveiled the Centenary Exhibition at the University Archives on Stellenbosch Campus.

The book will be available in both English and Afrikaans, and contains 536 full-colour pages. The editors are Prof Albert Grundlingh (Part 1) and Mr Hans Oosthuizen (Part 2).

In Part 1, ‘Perspectives on 100 Years’, seven writers share their perspectives on SU’s history of 100 years, including the founding of the University, its political and financial history, and what it means to be a Matie as regards academics, sport and student life.

Part 2 of the book reflects on a century’s academic activity, seen through the perspectives of SU’s ten faculties. The writers come from various sectors of the academic community to give an overview of the University’s journey and how the small town of Stellenbosch has become a cosmopolitan community of over 30 000 students and 3 000 staff members.

At the launch of the Centenary publication, Prof Wim de Villiers, SU Rector and Vice-Chancellor, reflected on the milestone represented by this commemoration and on the hard work of those who had produced the raw material that provided the content for the book and the exhibition. “We are grateful for the hard work and sacrifices of so many people over the decades. That is what has brought SU to this point – a leading institution of higher education renowned for its academic excellence, determined in its pursuit to serve society in its entirety. The dedication of 100 years is reflected in the Centenary Exhibition and our Centenary book.”

Along with the book launch, an exhibition on the history of the University was also unveiled at the SU Archives. Presented as a collage on the walls, the exhibition consists of pictures dating back from 2018 to 1918.

“The SU Archives Centenary Exhibition is a commemoration of the people, buildings, events and growth of education in Stellenbosch that eventually produced the University that we have today,” said Prof de Villiers.

Centenary book

The Centenary book will be available in two versions: a standard hardcover version and a special collector’s edition, which will be leather bound, signed by the SU Rector and inscribed with the recipient’s name in calligraphy. Of the special collector’s edition only 100 copies each will be available in English and Afrikaans.

Only the Afrikaans edition of the Centenary book is available as yet. The English edition is to be published shortly and will be available from 16 April 2018.

For more information or to order a copy of the book, please send an e-mail to ccerasmus@sun.ac.za.

Photo by Stefan Els.

- By Rozanne Engel / Corporate Communication -