Staff and students at Stellenbosch University (SU) produced a record number of opinion editorials and feature articles as well regular columns for the print and electronic media in South Africa and further afield in 2017 – that we know of. A total of 190 opinion editorials and feature articles and 83 columns appeared in the popular media compared to the 183 and 69 in 2016. a frontrunner in research and a place of thought leadership.
Some articles were by new doctoral graduates making their PhDs accessible to a non-academic audience. Others were by established scientists sharing particular research findings with the public. There were also articles linked to national or international days. And there were opinion pieces about topical issues or current affairs.
The record number of articles and columns again confirms that SU is a place of thought leadership.
Our staff and students write academic articles for accredited journals and also perform very well when it comes to sharing their insights with the general public.
As an established research-intensive university and a frontrunner in research, SU has been maintaining the highest research output per capita of all universities in the country for several years. For this measure, the Department of Higher Education and Training looks at publication outputs (journal articles, books and chapters), as well as research master's degrees and doctorates.
This research excellence is being complemented by the University's strong presence in popular media thanks to contributions by SU staff members and students.
Click here for the list of popular media articles picked up by Corporate Communication, which facilitated the placement of many but not all of these contributions. It is quite possible that there were other articles as well. And this list also does not include regular blogs by SU academics.