Consular Corps Visit to Stellenbosch – 28 October 2019

Brief report of the event: 

Stellenbosch University hosted 23 Consular delegates from 15 countries on Monday, 28 October on the main campus in Stellenbosch. This event was hosted at the Adam Small Theatre in Stellenbosch and the programme entailed Prof Wim de Villiers’ overview of Stellenbosch University Vision and Strategy for 2040. Mr Robert Kotze, Senior Director of Stellenbosch University International, provided the cohort with an in-depth outline of the new Internationalisation Policy which Stellenbosch University had recently adopted.  This was followed by, Prof Wim Delva who introduced the recently launched School for Data Science and Computational Thinking, serving as the director for this new establishment which will serve and collaborate with all faculties throughout Stellenbosch University. The ARUA Centre for Excellence in Energy were present as well, with Director Dr Neil Goosen who shared their vision and ongoing projects for possible cooperation in this regard. A glimpse of the established Alumni International Hubs was shared by Ms Karen Bruns, Senior Director of Development and Alumni Relations.

The annual gathering is important to Stellenbosch University in building sustainable relationships with the Consulates and keeping the former up to date with regards to new developments and current affairs at the University.

The Adam Small Theatre Complex at Stellenbosch University (SU) was officially opened at a renaming ceremony on the Stellenbosch campus on Friday 23 November 2018. The University's renovated and expanded theatre complex was renamed after the late Adam Small, an award-winning poet and playwright. This name change forms part of a process of visual redress and renewal of public spaces, symbols, buildings and facilities at SU. Small received an honorary doctorate from SU in 2015.

“The Adam Small Theatre complex is a multifunctional facility named after Adam Small to recognise him as one of our greatest thinkers and authors, to right some of the wrongs done to him and other victims of apartheid, and to heal the wounds of the past in order to bring together again those torn asunder by what Adam Small himself called an 'evil system'," said Prof Wim de Villiers.

 

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