Stellenbosch University is recognised internationally as one of the top research-intensive universities on the African continent. The University's vibrant research communities consists of approximately 10044 postgraduate students, 165 postdoctoral fellows and 891 academics. To find out more about postgraduate studies and research at Stellenbosch University, download the document below.
The process of renewal of an African University such as ours required a closer connection to the international development agenda. The United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) embody an international consensus of hope for a future in which new generations will thrive. Stellenbosch University has aligned itself with these goals. It has chosen five themes emerging from the MDGs as a basis for its strategic positioning. In this regard Stellenbosch University wishes to use its expertise in research, teaching and community interaction to:
Our response - the HOPE Project - is thus one which seeks to position the University at the leading edge of universities in South Africa, to respond to the critical challenges which face South Africa and the continent, and to secure the University’s place amongst the significant universities of the world.
The number of NRF-rated researchers, South African Research Chairs, and the national research Centres of Excellence based at Stellenbosch University attest to the exceptional academic leadership available in a stimulating and vibrant academic environment. We are building our good reputation and eminence as a university of excellence and relevance by providing a sustainable impetus for cutting-edge and significant research.