Digital Alumni Newsletter | Issue 4 | Summer 2018

On 2 April 1918 the status of Victoria College was elevated to that of the independent University of Stellenbosch. Over the next century, SU was to perform its higher education role within the challenging political, socio-economic, cultural and educational realities of the 20th century. In the first section of the book, Perspectives on 100 Years, seven authors trace this history from the University’s inception, through various challenges, including political and financial, to what it means to be a Matie in academia, sport and student life.

In the second section, the authors provide a glimpse of the academic activities over a century, as seen through the eyes of its ten faculties. “In these pages, authored by various members of the University’s academic community, you can follow the path of a university that grew from a handful of people settling at the foot of Stellenbosch Mountain, into a vibrant and cosmopolitan community of more than 30 000 students and 3 000 staff members, spread over five campuses of this world-class academic institution,” says Prof Hester Klopper, Vice-Chancellor: Strategy and Internationalisation.

“We have especially published this book to provide the previous, current and future generation of Maties with an overview of their alma mater and its activities over the past century. Not only is the book filled to the brim with facts and historical detail, but it is also richly and colourfully illustrated. It is definitely something to peruse with great enjoyment,” says Dr Barbara Pool, Senior Director: Strategic Initiatives. 

More details about the book format:



Section 1: Text printed on 120gsm Cartridge

Section 2: Text printed on 130gsm Matt Art


270mm deep x 205mm wide


536 full-colour pages plus endpapers


Standard edition:

Hardback and foil debossed. Available in English and Afrikaans. Standard price: R750 per book. Special offer to SU alumni: R600 per book. Only R500 per book for orders of 5 or more books (postage excluded).

Collector’s edition:

Bound in leather with raised bands and the title in silver foil. Only 100 each available in English and Afrikaans. Signed by the SU Rector with the name of the recipient calligraphied in the book. Price: R2 500 per book (postage excluded).

“We are looking forward to present the book to our alumni. Please use one of the options below to purchase your book. Enjoy the read!” says Dr Pool. 

Buy it here

  • The standard edition is available via the Centenary Office or at the Stellenbosch University shops in Dorp Street or in the Neelsie.
  • The collector’s edition is available via the Centenary Office only.
  • If the book must be posted or sent via courier, the cost will be added to the price of the book.
  • For more information or to order the book, please e-mail Carin Erasmus at

Banking Information

Method of payment at the Centenary Office: cash or electronic payment

SA payments:

Bank name: Standard Bank

Account name: SU deposit account

Current account number: 073006955

Branch code: 050610

Date account opened: 1999-11-19

Reference: R9805 – SURNAME INITIAL

  • Proof of payment:

International payments:

Bank name: First National Bank

Branch: Stellenbosch

Universal branch code: 250-655

Account number: 62107177083

Account type: Cheque Account


Reference: R9805 – SURNAME INITIAL

  • Proof of payment: