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Stellenbosch University's vision of becoming Africa's leading research-intensive university with a global impact is underlined by its strong desire to advance African scholarship and the sharing of knowledge and expertise on the continent.

There are numerous Centres and Institutes at SU with a specific focus on activities in other African Countries, and here, we highlight just two such centres.

First, the Africa Centre for Scholarship (ACS) plays a strategic role in achieving the institutional goal of positioning SU scholarship on the African continent by promoting SU scholarship elsewhere in Africa, developing and enhancing emerging scholars and scholarship from SU and the rest of Africa, and coordinating research within SU International on internationalisation and global engagement.

The African Doctoral Academy, housed at the ACS, provides high-level training and support to current and prospective doctoral students across Africa, as well as accredited training to doctoral supervisors.  Each year, the ADA offers courses and workshops in theory, research methodology and scholarship. It also offers courses to academic staff on supervision, the management of postgraduate studies and research management.

The ACS also accommodates the Southern African Systems Analysis Centre (SASAC), a joint initiative with three other South African universities that aims to strengthen systems analysis capacity in South Africa.

Secondly, the Institute for Futures Research (IFR) focusses on developing and advancing excellence in Africa requires good planning and thinking about the future. The IFR is a research institution uniquely positioned to assist decision-makers and strategic planners in initiating and managing medium to long-term change. Futures thinking is inextricably linked to strategic planning and strategic management and can therefore assist to illuminate the ways in which policy, strategies and actions can promote desirable futures and help prevent those we consider undesirable.

​​​SU's IFR's African Futures delivers the most recent thinking on the possible and desirable futures of the African continent and is therefore an inextricable part of Africa's path to success.


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​Africa Centre for Scholarship ​

The purpose of the ACS, which also houses the African Doctoral Academy (ADA) and the Southern African Systems Analysis Centre (SASAC), is to develop scholarship on the African continent. The Centre also coordinates research within SU International on internationalisation and global engagement. ​

Institute for Futures Research – African Futures​.​​

The Institute for Futures Research ​delivers the most recent thinking on the possible and desirable futures of the African continent and is therefore an inextricable part of Africa's path to success.