SIAN 2015


Institution  Country
Czech Technical University in Prague CZECH REPUBLIC
Hochschule Konstanz GERMANY
Humboldt University GERMANY
Hunan University CHINA
Leipzig University GERMANY
Makerere University UGANDA
National Taiwan University TAIWAN
University of Antananarivo MADAGSCAR
University of Bath UK
University of Bologna ITALY
University of Dar Es Salaam TANZANIA
University of Ghana GHANA
University of Helsinki FINLAND
University of Lausanne SWITZERLAND
University of Nairobi KENYA
University of Namibia NAMIBIA
University of North Carolina at Charlotte USA
University of Stuttgart GERMANY
University of Zurich SWITZERLAND
Wageningen University THE NETHERLANDS



Stellenbosch celebrates international partnerships

​​​Representatives of 22 universities from 17 countries will be on campus this week attending the annual Stellenbosch International Academic Networks (SIAN) meeting. The event, hosted by the Postgraduate and International Office (PGIO), will see Stellenbosch University (SU) staff members and students engage with representatives from partner institutions focussing on internationalisation. 

A total of 30 visitors from as far as Switzerland, Czech Republic, the USA and Taiwan, including seven African countries will attend the meeting hosted from Tuesday 17 till Saturday 21 March 2015.

The weeklong gathering coincides with International Week celebrations taking place from Monday 16 to Thursday 19 March 2015.  Targeting SU students, SIAN participants will take part in an International Mobility Fair in the Neelsie Student Centre on Thursday 19 March. Here they will give SU students first-hand information on study opportunities at their respective institutions. 

Other activities lined up for the week, are workshops with PGIO staff members and colleagues from academic and administrative environments, discussing topics such as  the internationalisation of doctoral education, building networks in Africa and student leadership at SU.

SIAN delegates will also get an opportunity to explore Stellenbosch and the Western Cape with excursions to local wine farms, the Ukwanda Rural Clinical School on the Worcester Campus and a tour of the Cape Peninsula and V&A Waterfront.

The following partner institutions will take part in the SIAN meeting:University of Ghana, University of Antananarivo(Madagascar), University of Helsinki (Finland), Hochschule Konstanz (Germany) , University of Lausanne(Switzerland), University of Bath (UK), KU Leuven (Belgium), University of Stuttgart (Germany), University of Namibia, Wageningen University(the Netherlands), TU Chemnitz ( Germany), University of Nairobi(Kenya), University of North Carolina at Charlotte (USA), Czech Technical University in Prague (Czech Republic), University of Bologna(Italy), Makerere University (Uganda), University of Zurich (Switzerland), Leipzig University (Germany), Humboldt University(Germany), TU Chemnitz(Germany), National Taiwan University (Taiwan), Hunan University (China) and  University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania). 


17 – 21 March 2015

Tuesday 17 March 2015

Arrivals and transport from airport to guesthouses in Stellenbosch


Walking from guesthouses to campus


Campus Tour: meet on bridge above Library on campus

18:00 – 18:45

Welcome! Meet & Greet – Sasol Art Museum, Ryneveld Street

19:00 – 21:00

Traditional “braai” (BBQ) with PGIO staff


Shuttles to guesthouses

Wednesday 18 March 2015


Shuttles from guesthouses to Wallenberg Centre @ STIAS

08:30 – 09:15

PGIO update: Robert Kotzé

09:15 – 10:00

FRINDOC: The internationalisation of doctoral education: Dorothy Stevens

10:00 – 10:30

Research @ Stellenbosch: Dr Therina Theron & Maryke Hunter-Husselman



11:00 – 12:00

Building networks in Africa - Challenges and Opportunities:


Dr Christoff Pauw

12:00 - 14:00

Furthering student mobility and enhance internationalisation at Stellenbosch


University: Ben Nel, Jan Willem van der Westhuizen & Alecia Erasmus



14:00 – 14:30

Student mobility – Global citizens: Ben Nel and Alecia Erasmus

14:30 – 15:30

Student Leadership development at SU: Dr Leslie van Rooi


Group Photo & Refreshments


Own programme


Shuttles depart from guesthouses

19:00 – 22:00

Dinner at Solms Delta Wine Farm, Franschhoek


Shuttles to guesthouses

Thursday 19 March 2015


Shuttles from guesthouses to Neelsie Student Centre


Table set-up

09:00 – 15:00

International Student Mobility Fair, Neelsie Student Centre


Optional visit to Student Accommodation


Shuttles from Neelsie & Academia to tasting

16:00 -18:00

Bubbly and Nougat Tasting, The House of JC le Roux


Shuttles from JC le Roux to Academia Hall

18:30 – 21:00

International Food Evening, Academia Hall, Academia Residence


Shuttles from Academia Hall to guesthouses

Friday 20 March 2015



Shuttles from guesthouses to PGIO


Depart from PGIO

10:00 – 12:30

Visit to Ukwanda Rural Clinical School, Worcester Campus

13:00 – 15:30

Lunch at Opstal Restaurant, Worcester


Arrive back in Stellenbosch


Own arrangements

Saturday 21 March 2015


Shuttles from guesthouses to PGIO


Depart from PGIO, with luggage

09:00 – 16:00

Tour of Cape Peninsula and V&A Waterfront


Check in at City Lodge V&A Waterfront


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