Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert

Institute For Student Leadership Development
Instituut vir Studenteleierskapontwikkeling

The FVZS Institute was officially launched in March 2011 as one of the HOPE projects of Stellenbosch University. Through its program offering the Institute creates various platforms through which students and young people in general can expand their learning experiences and leadership skills. As such the FVZS Institute pays homage to a great (South) African leader, critical thinker, thought leader and son of Stellenbosch University, the late Dr Frederik van Zyl Slabbert.

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These are our focus areas for 2016 – 2020

Leadership, Active Citizenship & Social Responsibility

We celebrate an African perspective of leadership rooted in innovation, facilitating the practical application of information in the spheres of leadership development and social justice.

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Democracy, Justice & Human Rights

We provide inclusive spaces for students to reimagine and recreate an environment for justice, and human rights. We aim to capture the global and local personal context encouraging a boldness to address current critical issues on our continent and specifically higher education.

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Critical Engagement, Innovation & Inclusivity

We position conversations on transformation, decolonization, and multi-culturalism as part of a collegial vision and realize the development of a critical intelligence is crucial in confronting the structures of oppression, and discrimination.

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Repositioning us as a New African University

Repositioning SU as a new African university, locally relevant and globally competitive. We actively support the vision of a decolonised higher education sector remaining committed to enhancing the graduate attributes of our students.

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At the core of what we do, we are committed to staying engaged with an ever-changing South African and global context. Through our offerings, we strive to remain relevant, critical and encourage collaboration and partnerships locally, across Africa and beyond.

We believe in remaining future focused and innovative in our approach, understanding the need to be a significant role-player in creating inclusive spaces for dialogue on hope and reconciliation, justice, activism, and decolonisation.

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021 808 2310

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fvzs@sun.ac.za