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SU renewable energy research to benefit from large British funding projecthttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=7541SU renewable energy research to benefit from large British funding projectCorporate Communication<p>The African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Energy at Stellenbosch University (SU) is to benefit from large financial awards from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) made to universities forming part of ARUA. The programme is aimed at tackling global challenges such as disease, poverty, climate change, fragile states and food insecurity.</p><p>The awards being made through this research programme are a key part of UKRI's three-year partnership with ARUA, developed through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), to strengthen pan Africa-UK collaborations across all disciplines, mobilise excellence and build robust research ecosystems across Africa.</p><p><a href="https://arua.org.za/">ARUA</a>, launched in 2015, is a network of 16 research intensive African Universities from different countries and different historical backgrounds, with the common vision of enhancing research and graduate training in member universities through a number of channels, including the setting up of Centres of Excellence (CoEs) to be hosted by member universities.</p><p>SU's ARUA CoE in Energy will receive R12 million over a 2-year period. </p><p>Says Dr Neill Goosen of the SU Department of Process Engineering and Director of the ARUA CoE in Energy: "The ARUA CoE in Energy at Stellenbosch University is very pleased to receive this grant. It will allow the Centre to identify and engage talented early career African academics, and help to establish a multidisciplinary African community of collaborators around renewable energy issues. As Africa develops and requires increasing amounts of energy to power its economies and societies, renewable energy will become ever more important. Building a strong community of researchers in the field and encouraging collaboration between disciplines, will ensure that Africa can create the new knowledge required to build its renewable energy sector".</p><p>Adds Prof Wikus van Niekerk, Dean of the SU Faculty of Engineering: "The award is fitting recognition of the extensive expertise and research facilities at Stellenbosch University that will support the ARUA CoE in Energy. The ARUA CoE in Energy will be hosted in the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Study, arguably the most productive research centre focussing on renewable energy based at a university on the African continent."</p><p>The ARUA CoE in Energy aims to develop renewable energy solutions to address challenges related to African water and food supply systems.</p><p>One part of the project will be to strengthen young African researchers' capabilities through structured courses presented by SU's acclaimed African Doctoral Academy, while the other part will create the opportunity to tackle real world problems through collaborative research projects with SU's research partners. </p><p>Liaise with Dr Neill Goosen, Director of the ARUA CoE in Energy, at <a href="mailto:arua@sun.ac.za">arua@sun.ac.za</a>  ​</p>
Africa needs long-term strategy to beat COVID-19http://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=7430Africa needs long-term strategy to beat COVID-19Njeri Mwagiru<p>Africa remains vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic and will need a long-term strategy to beat it, writes Dr Njeri Mwagiru from the Institute for Futures Research in an opinion piece for <em>News24</em><strong> </strong>(13 June).<br></p><ul><li>Read the article below or click <a href="https://www.news24.com/fin24/Opinion/opinion-africa-has-a-track-record-of-endurance-it-should-not-be-beaten-by-covid-19-20200613"><strong class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0">here</strong></a> for the piece as published.</li></ul><p><strong>Njeri Mwagiru*</strong><br></p><p>Uncertainty, complexity and precipitous disruptions are defining features of our reality. The Covid-19 global health disaster magnifies this, and highlights challenges of decision-making and action, in rapidly changing, dynamic circumstances and contexts of crises.</p><p>There are valuable lessons and insights that may be gained alongside the grief and difficulties from the coronavirus pandemic. The crisis presents opportunities to reorder decision, policy and action priorities, and to re-imagine better futures in the recovery of affected systems.<br></p><p>For these opportunities to positively yield, however, intentional and purposeful alignment by governments, business and society, at community and individual levels, is required.<br></p><p>As a region, Africa is particularly vulnerable to disasters and situated in a precarious position when faced with crises. African countries generally have poor performance on human development index rankings, with high poverty rates, the lowest per capita incomes in the world, ravaging disease burdens, as well as multiple governance tribulations.<br></p><p>On the one hand, despite these hardships, the African region has demonstrated capacity to endure. On the other hand, it is vital that African countries improve their preparedness and resilience to withstand disaster shocks.<br></p><p><strong>Strategic foresight</strong></p><p>The value of strategic foresight to inform forward planning, relevant decision-making, and actions to circumvent as well as manage disasters, is a key learning point emerging from Covid19, with particular relevance for the African region. Strategic foresight applies various methods, tools and techniques to:</p><ul><li>give a long-range and wide scope of issue areas<br></li><li>track and analyse key drivers of trends and events</li><li>identify critical impact factors to monitor</li><li>trace volatile dynamics and uncertainties to signal disruptions</li></ul><p>The purpose of strategic foresight is to offer a sense-making lens in complex, volatile and ambiguous contexts to assist in:<br></p><ul><li>anticipating events and outcomes<br></li><li>highlighting multiple decision-making and action options and implications</li><li>defining short to long term priorities</li></ul><p>As a cross-cutting, high impact and rapidly shifting crisis, Covid-19 is underscoring the importance of understanding systemic complexities, navigating uncertainties and swiftly adapting to change. Further, as characteristic to disasters, fallout from the coronavirus pandemic has devastating systemic and severe impacts for the short to long term. The crisis is therefore also underscoring the importance of mapping multiple possible eventualities to anticipate a range of outcomes in present to future timeframes.</p><p><strong>Long-term investment</strong></p><p>Although during disasters critical issues demand committed attention immediately, attention to and investment for the long term is required to sustainably address and alleviate causal issues and trigger points of crises. As such, there is critical need to address the immediate risks presented by Covid-19 to mitigate against loss of life and destruction of livelihoods. Yet, it is also imperative to address the endemic issues that heighten risks and compound vulnerabilities, particularly within Africa.</p><p>Intentionally combining and complementing the urgency of emergency responses required for the pandemic, with a long-term strategic focus, can add sustainable value to the efforts demanded. Strategic foresight can facilitate necessary tactical responses in the short term, underpinned by visionary intentions for the long-term.<br></p><p>A strategic foresight viewpoint offers on the one hand, insights to guide decisions and actions to prepare for, and respond to events, disruptions and disasters in the short to long term. On the other hand, beyond exigencies of current risks and crises, a futures orientation promotes implementation of sustainable solutions, and enables innovative and creative thinking that can broaden mindsets, motivate shifts in behaviour, and facilitate reconfiguration of outmoded and defective approaches and models.<br></p><p><strong>Covid-19 is here to stay</strong></p><p>In addressing the Covid-19 pandemic in Africa, an immediate disaster response is required that protects against infections and mortality, as well as sustains livelihoods. Simultaneously, long-term responses are needed that translates the continent's capacity to endure, to a capacity to excel.</p><p>Covid-19 infections will continue until a vaccine is found and sufficiently distributed globally. Post-Covid-19 global recovery is projected to require a minimum of two years; predictably longer, compounded by other crisis issues, particularly a sharp global recession. The situation remains volatile with a lack of accurate data on infection spread combined with a lack of information on regional and contextual variations of how the virus will impact different geographical zones.<br></p><p>Uncertainty persists and may heighten as decision and policy makers, diverse actors and multiple interest groups consider the devastation of the global pandemic. The African continent remains extremely vulnerable. To respond effectively in the short term, and to build preparedness and resilience to disasters for the long term, addressing the miasma of multiple challenges facing Africa is critical.<br></p><p>As governments, businesses, communities, individuals mobilise to respond, recover and rebuild in a Covid-19 world, how can concerted efforts critically engage with long-term possibilities?<br></p><p>From a strategic foresight lens, building more disaster-proof futures requires navigating current uncertainties and complexities by applying long-term thinking, agile and forward planning, and functionally and strategically adapting. This may require re-evaluating and redirecting priorities, investments and value allocation, to cope and respond to disasters immediately, while simultaneously building better futures.<br></p><p>Carefully considering available options, implications and trade-offs for the short to long term is key and must underpin necessary decisions and actions to safeguard against exposure to critical vulnerabilities, while protecting, securing and building better futures for the continent and globally.<br></p><p><strong>*</strong><strong>Dr Njeri Mwagiru is a senior futurist at the Institute for Futures Research at the University of Stellenbosch Business School.</strong></p><p><br></p>
Dr Neill Goosen first full-time Director of ARUA Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Energyhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=7390Dr Neill Goosen first full-time Director of ARUA Centre of Excellence (CoE) in EnergyLiesel Koch<p style="box-sizing:border-box;color:#666666;font-family:arial, helvetica, verdana, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">The first full-time Director of the ARUA Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Energy, Dr Neill Goosen, started his term in January 2020. Dr Goosen says: “Stellenbosch University is part of the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) launched in 2015. The ARUA network consists of 16 research intensive African Universities from sub-Saharan Africa, and the network is mobilising to increase the quality and quantity of research done on the continent.<br></p><p style="box-sizing:border-box;color:#666666;font-family:arial, helvetica, verdana, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">“The ARUA CoE in Energy aims to be a multi- and interdisciplinary platform to foster collaboration at Stellenbosch University and with African partners around the theme of renewable energy, but also aims to link other Stellenbosch University (SU) researchers with possible collaborators in the ARUA network,” he added. “At the Centre we aim to investigate how to best integrate renewable energy into African food systems and value chains in order to address the large climate impact of agriculture, and to increase yields and reduce post-harvest losses of agricultural produce. The Centre will do collaborative research with various African partner universities (both ARUA and non-ARUA universities), and also act as a platform to bring together multidisciplinary teams to address some of the most difficult energy-related developmental problems in Africa.”</p><p style="box-sizing:border-box;color:#666666;font-family:arial, helvetica, verdana, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">Participating countries include South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Senegal, Uganda an Ethiopia.</p><p style="box-sizing:border-box;color:#666666;font-family:arial, helvetica, verdana, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">In order to facilitate research networks, ARUA identified thirteen research areas that are important for the future development of the continent, and awarded Centres of Excellence (CoE) in these fields to partner universities. In the Natural Sciences CoE’s are in Climate Change, Food Security, Non-Communicable Diseases, Materials Development and Nanotechnology, Water Conservation, Energy, and in the Humanities and Social Sciences the CoE’s are in Mobility and Migration, Poverty and Inequality, Unemployment and Skills Development, Notions of Identity, Good Governance, Post-Conflict Societies and Urbanisation and Habitable Cities.​ <a href="http://www.eng.sun.ac.za/news/dr-neill-goosen-first-full-time-director-of-arua-centre-of-excellence-coe-in-energy/">Continue reading...​</a><br></p><p><br></p>
Africa day 2020http://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=7382Africa day 2020A message from Prof Hester Klopper, DVC Strategy and Internationalisation. <p><span style="background-color:#ffffff;color:#333333;font-family:calibri, verdana, trebuchet, helvetica, arial, sans-serif, "helvetica neue";font-size:14px;">This year, Stellenbosch University (SU) will celebrate Africa Day on 25 May 2020, starting with a message from Prof Hester Klopper, DVC Strategy and Internationalisation.</span><br></p><p style="font-size:14px;color:#333333;font-family:calibri, verdana, trebuchet, helvetica, arial, sans-serif, "helvetica neue";background-color:#ffffff;"><br></p><p style="font-size:14px;color:#333333;font-family:calibri, verdana, trebuchet, helvetica, arial, sans-serif, "helvetica neue";background-color:#ffffff;"><strong>Africa Day 2020: Uniting Africa amid the COVID-19 pandemic</strong></p><p style="font-size:14px;color:#333333;font-family:calibri, verdana, trebuchet, helvetica, arial, sans-serif, "helvetica neue";background-color:#ffffff;">The year 2020, however, we face many challenges amid a global health pandemic that also provides opportunities for success and unity. For the past few months, the COVID-19 pandemic has kept countries across the globe in a prolonged lockdown in an endeavour to curb the spread of the virus and thereby saving human lives. Although the epicentre of the virus has mostly been centred around China, Europe and North America, many are holding their breath contemplating the anticipated impact on Africa. But, there is a sense of community and that Africa can unite in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic.<br></p><p style="font-size:14px;color:#333333;font-family:calibri, verdana, trebuchet, helvetica, arial, sans-serif, "helvetica neue";background-color:#ffffff;"></p><p style="font-size:14px;color:#333333;font-family:calibri, verdana, trebuchet, helvetica, arial, sans-serif, "helvetica neue";background-color:#ffffff;">The global response to COVID-19 has been unprecedented, with scientists from across the world contributing significantly to the body of evidence, international and national workgroups and structures to advise governments as they navigate uncharted waters. At Stellenbosch University (SU), the Division for Research Development has recorded more than 20 <a href="/english/Documents/2020/Corporate-Communication-03.pdf" target="_blank" style="color:#666666;"><span style="text-decoration-line:underline;">research initiatives specifically related to the COVID-19 pandemic</span></a>. Much of our research activities in the field of COVID-19 has specifically been collaborations with other African universities to respond to the challenges currently facing the continent – not only around health-related aspects but also around societal issues. In celebrating Africa Day, we would like to highlight a few of SU's research projects addressing the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa, but you can also <a href="/english/AfricaSU/covid-19/covid-19africaprojects" target="_blank" style="color:#666666;"><span style="text-decoration-line:underline;">read more about our research collaborations across the continent</span></a>. These are just some of the activities SU's academics are collaborating on with other partner institutions on the continent to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.</p><p style="font-size:14px;color:#333333;font-family:calibri, verdana, trebuchet, helvetica, arial, sans-serif, "helvetica neue";background-color:#ffffff;">The University's Centre for Complex Systems in Transition is undertaking a study where colleagues at both SU and the University of Botswana are collaborating to better understand the impact of COVID-19 on the education systems of both their universities. In the field of visual arts, we are exploring ways of investigating the online teaching experiences of educators during the lockdown at SU and the University of Ghana. SU's Division for Nephrology in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Science (FMHS) are collecting data on patients being treated for renal failure with chronic dialysis and transplantation and using the registry platform to capture data on COVID-19 in dialysis and transplant patients. Countries that are part of this initiative include South Africa, Ghana, Kenya, Zambia, Burundi and Botswana. Also, at the FHMS, the Division of Medical Virology is collaborating with the University of Yaounde 1 in Cameroon to better understand the role played by proinflammatory cytokines (the cytokine storm) and their involvement in downstream signalling pathways in COVID-19 disease. The measurement of these cytokines are crucial for a better understanding of the COVID-19 disease progression and for assessing immune and therapeutic responses.</p><p style="font-size:14px;color:#333333;font-family:calibri, verdana, trebuchet, helvetica, arial, sans-serif, "helvetica neue";background-color:#ffffff;">One of SU's academics, Prof Kathryn Chu, was a panellist on a webinar co-hosted by University of Global Health Equity (Rwanda), <a href="https://www.incisionetwork.org/" style="color:#666666;"><span style="text-decoration-line:underline;">InciSioN</span></a> and <a href="https://www.lifebox.org/" style="color:#666666;"><span style="text-decoration-line:underline;">Lifebox</span></a> to discuss and provide solutions to COVID-19-related disruptions to surgical and anaesthesia training in sub-Saharan Africa, and how this compares to the global climate. At SU's Centre for Evidence-based Health Care alone, a number of COVID-19 initiatives have started, such as the COVID-19 Evidence Network to Support Decision-making (COVID-END) to find and use the best evidence to support the evidence-demand and to help reduce duplication in and better coordination of the evidence syntheses, technology assessment and guidelines being produced. In addition, to better understand the impact of COVID-19 on health care systems across the continent, Prof Lillian Dudley participated in a webinar co-hosted by the Consortium for Global Health (CUGH) and AfreHealth.  </p><p style="font-size:14px;color:#333333;font-family:calibri, verdana, trebuchet, helvetica, arial, sans-serif, "helvetica neue";background-color:#ffffff;">At SU, we host the secretariats for various thematic partnership in collaboration with other African Universities. At the Centre for Collaboration in Africa, the secretariats of PeriPeri-U in Disaster Risk Reduction and the AUDA-NEPAD Southern African Network of Water Centres of Excellence (SANWATCE) are coordinating efforts whereby partners are contributing in various national, regional and continental activities specifically related to the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, the partners at Makerere University in Uganda have been a part of the development team of the Coronavirus Resource Centre, a website established to help advance the understanding of the virus, informing the public and briefing policymakers in order to guide response, improve care, and save lives in Uganda. At Bahir Dar University in Ethiopia, colleagues have been working closely with the federal government to provide technical support and advice, contributing to community mobilisation for COVID-19 prevention, treatment and recovery operations action plan, and regional Emergency Operation Centre. Similarly, colleagues at the University of Antananarivo, Madagascar, have been working closely with the Ministry of Disaster Risk Management and Ministry of Population, Social Protection and Women Promotion in the country to advise on strategies and raising awareness about COVID-19 in Madagascar.</p><p style="font-size:14px;color:#333333;font-family:calibri, verdana, trebuchet, helvetica, arial, sans-serif, "helvetica neue";background-color:#ffffff;">History will forever remember 2020 as the year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although it has had an unprecedented impact on societies across the globe and has in many ways altered life as we know it, the pandemic has provided Stellenbosch University and our partners across Africa with opportunities to be innovative, effect change and contribute through research collaboration towards what has become known as the “new normal". As we celebrate Africa Day amid the devastating impact of a pandemic, let us focus on how we as a continent can unite in finding solutions that serve the unique challenges of Africa and make a contribution to our beloved continent's sustainability and to society at large.</p><p style="font-size:14px;color:#333333;font-family:calibri, verdana, trebuchet, helvetica, arial, sans-serif, "helvetica neue";background-color:#ffffff;">As the father of our democracy, Nelson R. Mandela often stated … “It always seems impossible until it's done." Let's do this together!​</p><p style="font-size:14px;color:#333333;font-family:calibri, verdana, trebuchet, helvetica, arial, sans-serif, "helvetica neue";background-color:#ffffff;text-align:center;">​​​​​<br><br></p><p>Please do visit the Africa SU Platform for more details on our Africa initiatives: <a href="/english/AfricaSU/default" title="http://www.sun.ac.za/english/africasu/default" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener" tabindex="-1" style="font-family:"segoe ui", system-ui, "apple color emoji", "segoe ui emoji", sans-serif;font-size:14px;">http://www.sun.ac.za/english/AfricaSU/default</a><span style="font-family:"segoe ui", system-ui, "apple color emoji", "segoe ui emoji", sans-serif;font-size:14px;">​</span></p><p><br></p>
SU and Fort Hare make history through art collaborationhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=7159SU and Fort Hare make history through art collaborationCorporate Communication/Korporatiewe Kommunikasie [Rozanne Engel]<p>​​​<br></p><p>Stellenbosch University (SU) and the University of Fort Hare in the Eastern Cape have made history by collaborating on the <em>From the Vault</em> art exhibition, which is showcasing the two institutions' art collections built up over the past century.</p><p>For centuries art has played an integral role in transcending times, changing lives and moving people to action. The current <em>From the Vault</em> exhibition at the Stellenbosch University Museum not only aims to move people, but aims to transcend the past and map a new future for two universities that once stood at opposing ends during South Africa's segregated past.</p><p>The 130 artworks, spread over five rooms on three levels of the SU Museum, have never been seen together before.<br></p><p>​ <img alt="DSC_0109.JPG" src="/english/PublishingImages/Lists/dualnews/My%20Items%20View/DSC_0109.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:300px;" /> <img alt="DSC_0389.JPG" src="/english/PublishingImages/Lists/dualnews/My%20Items%20View/DSC_0389.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:300px;" /><br><br></p><p>According to curators Mike Tigere Mavura and Gcotyelwa Mashiqa, the <em>From the Vault</em> exhibition is an important demonstration on how art can be used to create new dialogues and show people how much we have in common, despite the binaries we create in society.</p><p>“In curating the exhibition, we had to reflect on the history of the two institutions, both over 100 years and their position, values and politics but more importantly how to use art, how to use art works from both collections to create a dialogue that transcends the past and maps a way for the future," says Mavura.</p><p>The <em>From the Vault</em> exhibition also forms part of the Stellenbosch Triennale, the brainchild of the Stellenbosch Outdoor Sculpture Trust, which aims to make Stellenbosch a primary destination of multi-disciplinary art in Africa. </p><p>Apart from the <em>From the Vault </em>exhibition, five other exhibitions will take place until 30 April 2020 as part of the Triennale in the Stellenbosch region.</p><p>According to Khanyisile Mbongwa, Chief Curator of the Stellenbosch Triennale, all the exhibitions aim to highlight African creativity and create new dialogues.</p><p>“Through the Triennale, we bring work from the continent to the southernmost tip as an intersection of time – where the past, present and future are in dialogue. African creatives confront us with what is possible for a renewal to happen utilising art as a lens, a course correction, a stimulus around curiosity and imagination."<br></p><p><img alt="DSC_0244.JPG" src="/english/PublishingImages/Lists/dualnews/My%20Items%20View/DSC_0244.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:300px;" /> <img alt="DSC_0355.JPG" src="/english/PublishingImages/Lists/dualnews/My%20Items%20View/DSC_0355.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:300px;" /><br><br></p><p>Rector and Vice-Chancellor at SU, Prof Wim de Villiers, also believes that through these art collaborations there is a renewal happening and a “meaningful partnership" that has transpired between SU and Fort Hare.</p><p>Speaking at the official launch of the <em>From the Vault</em> exhibition, De Villiers said it would have been easy to focus on the differences of the two universities, but instead this art exhibition “sought out the connections" and allowed the two universities to explore what they had in common.</p><p>“Our art collections built up over the decades reflect our different journeys. So, it would have been easy to do the obvious and focus on our differences. But the curators avoided that trap. Instead, they blurred the lines that divide, sought out the connections, and made us see that together, we are better."</p><p>At the launch, De Villiers' counterpart at Fort Hare, Prof Sakhela Buhlungu, explained that the exhibition had come about as a way for two of Africa's grand old universities to link their centenaries. Fort Hare turned 100 in 2016, and SU in 2018. “Art is doing what many feared to do in the past – bringing us together, putting us in dialogue with each other," he said.</p><p>For more information on the Stellenbosch Triennale and <em>From the Vault</em> exhibition, visit <a href="https://stellenboschtriennale.com/">https://stellenboschtriennale.com/</a>. <br><br></p><p><br> </p>
#WomenofSU: Stellenbosch University Internationalhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=6675#WomenofSU: Stellenbosch University InternationalStellenbosch Univesity International/ Amanda Tonga<p>​​“A woman's work is never done. To fulfil the enormous potential of Africa, women are central as change-makers." These are the words of Prof Sarah Howie, Director of the Africa Centre for Scholarship (ACS) at Stellenbosch University International. Prof Howie is one of multiple women at Stellenbosch University making a difference on the African continent through various programmes they are involved in.<br></p><p>As head of the ACS, Prof Howie helps implement programmes focusing on enhancing scholarship in Africa. In this role, she seeks to contribute to SU's strategic objective of networked and collaborative teaching and learning promoting the Joint Schools in Africa programme. Prof Sarah says the programme, which focuses on “developing and enhancing the scholarship of emerging scholars as well as those supervising them", has been conducted in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda and will expand to Rwanda and Nigeria later this year. She also highlights the work of the African Doctoral Academy, a flagship programme of the ACS, which celebrates 10 years of existence this year and has attracted more than 4 000 participants from all over Africa attending its Winter and Summer Doctoral Schools.</p><p>Prof Howie who has travelled the length and breadth of Africa, most recently visited Ethiopia for a joint doctoral school with Mekelle University. She says knowing that there is so much work to be done and that time is precious and limited is a huge driver being a change agent of the continent.</p><p>“The more I travel in Africa, the more fascinated I become with its possibilities and the more I admire the resilience and innovation of the people in Africa. As a continent, it is diverse, vibrant, dynamic and has untapped potential."</p><p>Drawing on the contribution of Howie and colleagues in the ACS, Norma Derby, Coordinator: Africa Mobility at SU International, also believes in the important message that Africa is capable of developing itself, creating a better future for its people and being a fully-fledged role-player on the international stage. As a team member of the Centre for Collaboration in Africa, she coordinates donor-funded projects awarding scholarships to African nationals to undertake masters and doctoral studies at SU and other universities on the continent.</p><p>“I am fortunate to see Africa emerging, Africans educating themselves, providing solutions to our own problems."</p><p>Pleased to be part of a team of women who are developing academic scholarship and offering opportunities to students at SU, Norma says women are shaping the course of history.</p><p>“I am proud to be living in an era where I am surrounded by female role models. We are standing on the shoulders of our mothers, aunts, grandmothers and so many other women who sacrificed so that we can rise. Let's make them proud and let us become the inspiration for the next generation."</p><p><strong>Promoting African initiatives at SU International. </strong>Back row, left to right: Corina du Toit, Programme Manager of the African Doctoral Academy and Norma Derby, Coordinator: Africa Mobility at SU International. Front row: Michelle Masango, Administrative Officer: Intra Africa Mobility and Prof Sarah Howie, Director: Africa Centre for Scholarship.<br></p>
USB’s Full-time MBA ranked Number 1 in Africahttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=6645USB’s Full-time MBA ranked Number 1 in AfricaUSB<p>The Full-time MBA programme of the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) has been ranked as the top programme in Africa in its category by Eduniversal, an international education rating agency with its head office in Paris, France.<br></p>The business school was also ranked the Best Universal business school with strong global influence. This follows on last year’s position as top excellent business school in South Africa. The rankings are the result of voting by deans of business schools around the world, based on a list of criteria. <a href="https://www.usb.ac.za/usb_news/usbs-full-time-mba-ranked-number-1-in-africa/">Read more...</a><p><br></p>
SU launches new School for Data Science and Computational Thinkinghttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=6581SU launches new School for Data Science and Computational ThinkingCorporate Communication / Korporatiewe Kommunikasie [Alec Basson]<p>​​Stellenbosch University (SU)'s new <a href="/english/data-science-and-computational-thinking/" style="text-decoration:underline;"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>School for Data Science and Computational Thinking</strong></span></a> was officially launched on Monday (29 July 2019) at a function at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study. Aiming to be a world-class institution for data science and computational thinking in and for Africa, the newly established School will work across SU's ten faculties with multi- and inter- and trans-disciplinary collaboration. It will also span the entire academic project, from under- and postgraduate training to research and specialist consultation.<br></p><p> </p><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-embedcode ms-rte-embedil ms-rtestate-notify"><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/CY11-GTDSJM" frameborder="0"></iframe> </div><p><br> </p><p>Speaking at the launch, SU Rector and Vice-Chancellor Prof Wim de Villiers described the School for Data Science and Computational Thinking as a game-changer in higher education, both in South Africa and beyond.<br></p><p>“Through our new School for Data Science and Computational Thinking, Stellenbosch University is ready to enhance South Africa's competitiveness in the Fourth Industrial Revolution."<br></p><p>“The School provides a single platform for collaboratively advancing knowledge in service of society – in an interdisciplinary way."<br></p><p>De Villiers said the world is changing fast, especially in terms of the gathering, sharing and exploitation of data and the new School is SU's stake in the unfolding future.  <br></p><p>He added that new School is a tangible expression of SU's new Vision and Strategic Framework in terms of which the institution strives to be relevant to the people of South Africa, continent and the rest of the world, and making meaningful contributions of the highest quality that will take humanity forward.<br></p><p>Echoing De Villiers' sentiments, Dr Wim Delva, Acting Director of the School for Data Science and Computational Thinking, said the entity will connect people in government, business and non-profit organisations as they seek to use big data to address the challenges South Africa faces as a country.<br></p><p>In addition to offering online programmes that are future-proof, the School will provide a roadmap to prospective students of what they can study in the field of data science, added Delva.<br></p><p>He invited various societal role-players to partner with the School, saying we need to work together in utilising big data to the benefit of all South Africans.<br></p><p>​In a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Abo2BycOAaI&feature=youtu.be" style="text-decoration:underline;"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>video message</strong></span></a>, Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology Blade Nzimande described the launch as a transformative and historic event for SU and higher education in South Africa. He said the government is particularly pleased that the School will offer distance and online tuition and help prepare students for a different and rapidly changing work environment.</p><p>“Our task as government and universities is to prepare our youth and adults for the skills of the future which include, among others, robotics, artificial intelligence, the internet of things, autonomous vehicles and 3D-printing."<br></p><p>“The new world of work will be a place where the discovery of useful knowledge from data will become integral to most of what students will do in future," added Nzimande.<br></p><ul><li>​Click <a href="/english/Documents/Rector%27s%20speeches/20190729%20-%20Wim%20de%20Villiers%20-%20Data%20Science%20(final%20draft).pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>here</strong></span></a> for the Rector's speech.</li><li>Click <a href="https://mg.co.za/article/2019-07-25-00-big-data-a-game-changer-for-universities" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0" style="text-decoration:underline;">here</strong></a> for the Rector's opinion piece on big data as a game-changer for higher education.</li><li>Click <a href="https://theconversation.com/how-data-science-in-and-for-africa-can-blaze-new-trails-120920" style="text-decoration:underline;"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>here</strong></span></a> for Dr Wim Delva's article on data science in Africa.</li></ul><p><strong>Photo</strong>: Dr Wim Delva,  Acting Director of the School for Data Science and Computational Thinking, speaking at the launch. <strong>Photo</strong><strong></strong><strong>grapher</strong>: Stefan Els</p><p> <br></p><p> </p><p><br> </p>
ADA celebrates ten years of excellencehttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=6523ADA celebrates ten years of excellenceMarie Proetzsch<p>​​​Ten years, 210 workshops, 4 526 participants and 53 nationalities – this has been the success of the Stellenbosch University (SU) African Doctoral Academy (ADA) in numbers. For the past decade, the ADA, which is situated in SU International's Africa Centre for Scholarship, has been promoting, developing and enhancing scholars and scholarship across the continent through its biannual doctoral schools hosted on SU's Stellenbosch campus. The two-week schools take place in January and June/July each year. <br></p><p>To celebrate a decade of doctoral education, this year's Winter School, running from 1 to 12 July, kicked off with a gala event. More than 150 guests were treated to an interactive keynote session, inspiring conversations and networking, and great birthday cake. <br></p><p><em><strong>​Inspiring keynote session</strong></em></p><p>Corina du Toit, ADA programme manager, opened proceedings with an overview of the ADA initiative and its rapid growth over the years. This was followed by a keynote address by Prof Jonathan Jansen, distinguished professor in SU's Faculty of Education. <br></p><p>Speaking on the quality of doctoral scholarship in South Africa and on the rest of the continent, Prof Jansen appealed to students to ask the right questions and be bold: “You get a degree, but that doesn't mean education," he said. “One thing you do as a researcher is to ask questions that nobody else seems to be asking. Make sure that the question is the right one; that it's powerful; that it can travel intellectually; that it has research importance and expectable magnificence. And make sure that the question has not been asked in this way by anyone on the planet before." Prof Jansen also urged students to maintain their “intellectual imagination" and continue reflecting critically on everything around them.  </p><p><em><strong>Double dose of success</strong></em></p><p>The 2019 summer and winter schools not only mark the tenth edition of these ADA events – they have also attracted the highest number of participants since inception. During this year's summer and winter events, delegates participated in 786 workshops, a long way from the inception years.  <br></p><p>With Africa one of the key focuses of SU's internationalisation strategy, it is encouraging to see that nearly half of this year's delegates are from African countries other than South Africa. Nigeria and Zimbabwe are particularly well represented. Moreover, 44% of delegates are working towards a PhD in the scarce-skills field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). And with the number of female participants this year surpassing their male counterparts, it is certain that the exceptional diversity of the group will ensure an even richer experience for delegates. <br></p><p><strong>Photo: Delegates attending the ADA Winter School</strong><br></p><p>Picture: Refiloe Nkhasi<br></p>
SU brings together continent's registrars and administratorshttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=6518SU brings together continent's registrars and administratorsAmanda Tongha<p>​Stellenbosch University (SU) is at the forefront of efforts to establish a continental body that will highlight issues such as student recruitment, admission, registration and curriculum management at African universities. <br></p><p>Registrars and administrators from 16 universities in ten African countries recently met on SU's Stellenbosch campus to take part in a capacity-building workshop co-hosted by SU and the Association of African Universities (AAU). The four-day workshop programme, which was facilitated by SU Registrar Dr Ronel Retief, covered topics such as student records management, examinations and timetabling, graduation, and professional development. Participants included vice-chancellors, registrars and senior administrators from universities in Zimbabwe, Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria, Mauritius, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and South Africa. <br></p><p>According to Dr Retief, the event – the first of its kind – “was a great opportunity for professional administrative support services environments to contribute to SU's vision, which has a strong focus on Africa. Some 14 SU colleagues participated in the workshop, mainly as presenters on the various topics". In her opinion, the greatest benefit for SU participants was to have had the opportunity not only to showcase their expertise and best practice, but also to learn from the interactions with fellow delegates. <br></p><p>At the workshop, Dr Retief and other delegates expressed a need for a formal forum for the continent's university registrars and administrators. “From SU's perspective, we will continue participating in AAU capacity development opportunities. We would also be happy to collaborate with the AAU to establish an African forum for university registrars and administrators." </p><ul><li>Th​e <a href="https://www.aau.org/">Association of African Universities</a> is the apex organisation and forum for consultation, exchange of information and cooperation among institutions of higher education in Africa. It represents the voice of African higher education on regional and international bodies, and supports networking in teaching, research, information exchange and dissemination.  <br></li></ul><div><p><strong>Photo caption:</strong> University registrars and administrators from across Africa attended a capacity-building workshop on SU's Stellenbosch campus from 25 to 28 June.<br></p></div>