Research excellence

At the forefront of Stellenbosch University’s research excellence and global engagement are seven Centres of Excellence (CoEs) of which four are national chairs established by the National Department of Science and Technology (DST).The CoEs are physical or virtual centres of research that concentrate existing research excellence and capacity and resources to enable researchers to collaborate across disciplines and institutions on long-term projects that are locally relevant and internationally competitive in order to enhance the pursuit of research excellence and capacity development.

The DST CoEs at Stellenbosch University are the Centre for Invasion Biology (CIB); the Centre for Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis (SACEMA); the Centre for Biomedical TB Research (CBTBR) and the Centre for Scientometrics and Science Policy. The other three national centres include the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies (CRES); the AU/NEPAD Networks of Water Centres of Excellence and the National Institute for Theoretical Physics (NIThep).

The university was awarded five new Research Chairs in 2015 through the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) of the National Research Foundation (NRF), funded by the DST. The research chairs hosted by Stellenbosch University are positioned strategically around specific research areas where Stellenbosch University is seen as a leader in the field and where existing resources and capacity exist for a focused knowledge and human resource intervention.

Read about our research activities here