Stellenbosch University defines internationalisation as:
An institutional commitment to intentionally and comprehensively integrate an international, intercultural and global dimension into the purpose, functions and programmes for all SU students and staff in order to advance the quality and impact of learning and teaching, research and innovation, in meaningful service of society.
Defining internationalisation as comprehensive implies that it is an institutional imperative influencing all facets
of the University. This comprehensive institutional imperative can be captured by using eight dimensions, while
recognising that these dimensions may be inter-related and that aspects within one dimension (may) relate
to another or others (multi-layered). These eight dimensions are used as a guiding framework for the
The 4th dimension is the engagement dimension. The engagement dimension refers to bi-lateral and multi-lateral partners or consortia in various
geographical areas. Also important is stakeholder engagement with international education
organisations and with government, industry and business on international, national and local level.
Engagement includes building and maintenaning relationships.