Stellenbosch University (SU) was officially established on 2 April 1918 with the adoption of ‘De Universiteit van Stellenbosch-wet’ (Act 13 of 1916). Therefore, 2018 marked the year that SU celebrated 100 years as a fully-fledged university. Starting out with four faculties: Arts, Science, Education and Agriculture (currently Arts and Social Sciences, Science, Education and AgriSciences), 503 students and 40 lecturing staff on 2 April 1918, SU today is home to 10 faculties, a vibrant and cosmopolitan community of more than 35 000 students and 3 500 staff members, spread over five campuses.
In commemoration of our Centenary in 2018, we celebrated great achievements and groundbreaking discoveries. We saluted the more than 250 000 alumni and students, academics and lecturers, researchers and professional and administrative support staff, as well as our management and governance structures who have helped to mould this institution and cement its reputation as a world-class academic institution.
Our Centenary year was also the final year of the Institutional Intent and Strategy framework, with 2019 marking the first year of our Strategic Framework 2019 – 2024.