New SU centre will support scholarship on the continent

New SU centre will support scholarship on the continent

Stellenbosch University welcomes the appointment of Prof Sarah Howie as director of the newly established Africa Centre for Scholarship (ACS). Prof Howie, who is the Deputy Chairperson of the board of the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) Board, will help drive SU initiatives to promote scholarship on the continent.


ADA hosts Joint Doctoral Supervision School with University of Nambia

In service of doctoral education on the continent. About 40 doctoral scholars gathered on the University of Namibia campus for a joint ADA/University of Namibia Doctoral School from 7-11 August 2017.

KU Leuven collaborates with ADA and SU for Summer School 2017

For the first time in 2017, four academics from the three doctoral schools at the renowned Belgium University, KU Leuven (KUL) will present at the ADA Summer School in January. The scholars from KUL’s Biomedical SciencesScience, Engineering & Technology and Humanities & Social Sciences doctoral schools have been invited to present workshops in their fields of expertise. This new collaboration comes after  Prof Danny Pieters, Vice Rector for International Policy at KUL visited Stellenbosch in 2015 to explore avenues of cooperation with SU.


KUL presenters, Prof Wim van Petegem (The Digital Scholar), Prof John Creemers (Science Communication) and Prof Przemko Tylzanowski (Biomedical Research Methodology) at the opening of week 2 of the 2017 Summer School. (Not Pictured: Prof Jan Paeshuyse, Project Management for Agri-Scientists).

ADA and University of Makerere Joint Doctoral School


The African Doctoral Academy recently successfully partnered with the University of Makerere to host a joint doctoral school in Uganda. Funded by the Carnegie grant, the ADA and Makerere University were able to host over 100 delegates from five Ugandan universities who attended the school with the goal of improving their research skillset.

Article Writing during the Doctorate: Barriers and Benefits

Dr Ruth Albertyn (Bio) presenter of the Doctoral School workshop, Writing and publishing an article during the course of the doctorate, shares some of her thoughts on the benefits of publishing an article while you are still busy with your PhD research, as well as dealing with some of the barriers many people face when trying to publish. 


African universities must collaborate on SDGs

African universities must collaborate on SDGs

An opinoin piece written by STellenbosch University VC and Rector, Prof Wim de Villiers. 

Originally Published on the The Conversation Africa and Stellenbosch Univeristy Website, 28 August 2015.

​By 2030, if the United Nations has its way, poverty will be history. Nobody will wake up or go to bed hungry. Cities and communities will be sustainable. Quality education will be a reality for all.

The Millennium Development Goals have been and gone. Now, with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) being unveiled the focus shifts to this new list of global priorities.

Higher education path will engineer innovation and prosperity in Africa - by SU DVC Eugene Cloete

AFRICA is undeniably "rising", as The Economist famously declared back in 2011. Yet the fruits of this boom have not reached the majority of our continent’s 1.1-billion people, who remain trapped in poverty. UNIVERSITY World News reported in 2013 that "there is broad agreement that Africa needs tens of thousands more PhDs, to renew an ageing professoriate and to staff rapidly expanding higher education, boost research and generate the high-level skills growing economies need".

Spotlight on African doctoral studies - Winter School 2015 kicks off

​Doctoral scholarship is a critical requirement for the advancement of higher education and research ― more so for the African continent. This message rang through discussions and talks at the 5th Annual Winter School presented by the African Doctoral Academy (ADA).
Speakers, including Prof Wim de Villiers, Rector and Vice-Chancellor, highlighted the importance of doctoral studies for inclusion in the global knowledge economy.
About 160 PhD students and researchers from institutions across South Africa and the continent, as well as lecturers and presenters from around the world attended​ the Winter School from 29 June to 10 July 2015. The two-week programme included workshops ranging from the key concepts in methodology, writing and publishing of articles during the course of the doctorate and becoming a university lecturer.

Research Statistics at Stellenbosch University.

Stellenbosch University (SU) is cementing its reputation as a world-class institution.For the third year in a row, the University has been included in two top international rankings – the QS World University Rankings and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

ADA Winter and Summer School dates: 2016

The tentative dates for the ADA Summer are 11 - 22 January and 27 June - 8 July 2016. 

ADA leads SA-YSSP policy seminar

The African Doctoral Academy (ADA) hosted 25 doctoral students for a week-long seminar on Research to Policy to Practiceduring the first week of January 2015. These young scholars, representing 20 nationalities, are part of the Southern African Young Scientists Summer Programme (SA-YSSP) – an initiative of the National Research Foundation (NRF, Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA In 2014, the ADA presented a similar policy seminar. Based on its success, the ADA was approached to present this second seminar.  

Carnegie Grant to ADA

The Carnegie Corporation of New York recently announced a grant of R10 million over the next two years to support the African Doctoral Academy (ADA) to become a truly African resource in capacity development, doctoral education and training in Africa. This grant builds on previous support by the Corporation to establish the ADA.


ADA hosts workshop in Maputo

The African Doctoral Academy (ADA) in partnership with RUFORUM, the NRF and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, hosted a workshop on Escalating PhD production in Agriculture and Life Sciences during July 2014 in Maputo.

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