Philosophy
Welcome to Stellenbosch University

 

 

Jonathan Jansen appointed at Stellenbosch Universityhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5215Jonathan Jansen appointed at Stellenbosch UniversityCorporate Communications / Korporatiewe Kommunikasie<p>​​The public intellectual and former vice-chancellor of the University of the Free State, Prof Jonathan Jansen, has accepted a position at Stellenbosch University (SU).</p><p>Jansen (61), an A-rated scientist with the National Research Foundation, will take up the position of distinguished professor in the Faculty of Education, where he will be teaching and conducting research on school governance, management, leadership and policy. He will also serve as a mentor to postgraduate students. </p><p>Announcing the appointment, Prof Wim de Villiers, SU Rector and Vice-Chancellor, said the institution would greatly benefit from Jansen's expertise as foremost author, thought leader and education specialist. “Prof Jansen is arguably one of the leading pedagogues of our time, but also the proverbial voice in the wilderness, addressing not only the state of the nation, but – equally important – the state of education in our beloved country." </p><p>Prof Nico Koopman, Vice-Rector: Social Impact, Transformation and Personnel, added: “Prof Jansen is a scholar at heart. We are confident that his research expertise will have a meaningful social impact on all levels of the education system in South Africa."  </p><p>Equally pleased at the prospect of welcoming Prof Jansen to SU's Faculty of Education, Prof Yusef Waghid, acting dean of the Faculty, said: “Prof Jansen's appointment offers tremendous opportunities for colleagues to engage with him in deliberative, responsible and courageous conversations – dialogues relating to what a university is and ought to do. I am optimistic that Prof Jansen's intellectual voice and passion for education will have a positive impact on the scholarly work with which the Faculty is associated. This is another opportunity to enhance our quest for our quest for a meaningful and just schooling system" </p><p>Commented Jansen: “I am very excited about this opportunity to work at one of the best universities on the continent and with some of the leading educational researchers in the field. I do hope to make a small contribution with my colleagues to making research count in the transformation of schools and in preparing the next generation of scholars."</p><p>Jansen, a recipient of three honorary doctorates and a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in 2016/17, will take up the position at SU as from 1 November.​<br><br></p><p><strong>MORE ABOUT PROF JONATHAN JANSEN</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Jonathan Jansen is a senior professor formerly associated with the University of the Free State, South Africa. Apart from having served as a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in 2016/17, he is also the president of both the South African Institute of Race Relations and the South African Academy of Science.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">He started his career as a biology teacher in the Cape after he had completed his science degree at the University of the Western Cape. He went on to obtain an MS degree from Cornell University and a PhD from Stanford. Jansen also holds honorary doctorates from the University of Edinburgh, the University of Vermont and Cleveland State University. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In 2013, he was awarded the Lifetime Achiever Award for Africa at the Education Africa Global Awards in New York, as well as the University of California's Spendlove Award for his contribution to tolerance, democracy and human rights. The next year, he won the Nayef Al Rodhan Prize from the British Academy for the Social Sciences and Humanities<em> </em>for his book <em>Knowledge in the Blood</em> (published by Stanford University Press).  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">More recent publications by Jansen include <em>Leading for Change</em> (Routledge, 2016), <em>As by fire: the end of the South African university</em> (Tafelberg, 2017), <em>Interracial intimacies on campuses</em> (Bookstorm, 2017) and <em>Song for Sarah</em> (Bookstorm, 2017). Products of his pen to appear in 2018 include <em>Inequality in South African schools</em> (with Nic Spaull, published by Springer), <em>Politics of Curriculum</em> (as editor) and <em>Now that I know</em>, a book on South African families who were separated by the racial laws of the 1950s.<br></p><p><br></p>
Tribute to Sampie Terreblanche: legendary economist, much loved lecturer & critical voice http://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5441Tribute to Sampie Terreblanche: legendary economist, much loved lecturer & critical voice Corporate Communication / Korporatiewe Kommunikasie <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:6pt 0cm;line-height:normal;"><span style="color:#444444;">“It is with great sadness that I express Stellenbosch University’s deepest condolences to the family of Prof Sampie Terreblanche,” said Prof Wim de Villiers, Rector and Vice-Chancellor of Stellenbosch University. “We honour him as a legendary political economist; much loved inspirational lecturer for thousands of our students, and one of Stellenbosch University’s critical voices.”</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:6pt 0cm;line-height:normal;"><span style="color:#444444;">Prof Sampie Terreblanche received an honorary doctorate from Stellenbosch University (SU) on 10 December 2015.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:6pt 0cm;line-height:normal;"><span style="color:#444444;">Prof Terreblanche's academic career at SU spanned half of the 90-year existence of its Economic and Management Sciences (EMS) Faculty. He was honoured for "his outstanding contributions as profound analyst of socio-economic systems and his fearless advocacy for the end of apartheid." Through the years, he had a lasting impact on many an economics student at SU.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:6pt 0cm;line-height:normal;"><span style="color:#444444;">Terreblanche enjoys legendary status at Stellenbosch University. With the very same flaming passion with which he has influenced local and international thought on the social-economic system, he unlocked his discipline for his students.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:6pt 0cm;line-height:normal;"><span style="color:#444444;">He has made outstanding contributions as profound observer and analyst of Western socio-economic systems, as inspiring lecturer and as a leading author. Not only do many prominent economists ascribe their success to this innovative thinker, but many alumni in careers outside economics owe their critical thinking skills to this beloved professor with the distinctively vibrant lecturing style.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:6pt 0cm;line-height:normal;"><span style="color:#444444;">His emphasis on social amelioration for the broader community serves as a running theme in his scholarly work. As a member of the then Commission of Enquiry into Matters Relating to the Coloured Population Group (1973–1976) – the Erika Theron Commission – he became deeply affected by the problem of structural poverty. This became a constant influence on his views of South Africa's political economy, manifesting in a number of his publications, which include 12 books and over 30 articles and book chapters. Even academic colleagues of dissenting views acknowledge the outstanding quality of his work.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:6pt 0cm;line-height:normal;"><span style="color:#444444;">His contribution to political transformation was aimed at social improvement for the majority. His insights have remained influential post-1994, and his <em>A history of Inequality in South Africa, 1652–2002</em> in particular has become a significant reference for contemporary South African economic and social analysis.</span></p>
​Maties Gymnasium makes it easy to join​http://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=3940​Maties Gymnasium makes it easy to join​Maties Sport<p>​You don't want to stand in a queue to register at the gym? You forgot your access card at home? You don't want to sign up for a two-year contract?</p><p>With an online registration process, biometric access system and flexible membership options these excuses won't fly at the Maties Gymnasium.</p><p>The gymnasium recently launched its new website (<a href="http://matiesgym.co.za/">http://matiesgym.co.za/</a>) and it is now possible to fill out the registration form online. Just follow the "Join us" link and complete the form when and where it is convenient for you.</p><p>After you've registered you need to go to the gymnasium to activate your biometric access. This is a one-time process and will give you access to the gymnasium's facilities with your fingerprint. </p><p>You won't have to repeat the process whenever you renew or reactivate your membership. Renewal and reactivation will also be online in the near future. This means less hassle and more training time for you.</p><p>The Maties Gymnasium offers world-class facilities and services – not only to professional athletes and sportsmen and sportswomen, but also to students, SU staff and the rest of the public. </p><p>"Any student, SU staff member or member of the broader public can join us at very competitive fees and flexible options," says Francois Kotzé, Head: Fitness and Wellness at the gym.</p><p>According to Francois, Maties Gymnasium boasts a wide variety of equipment and, to make it even more attractive, students and SU staff can join at special tariffs. The discount for students is 15% while university staff members pay 25% less. Members of Maties sport clubs receive a discount of 20%. The duration of the contract is also flexible and can vary from as short as one month to 12 months. </p><p>Find all the necessary information about registration, classes, timetables, prices, etc. at <a href="http://matiesgym.co.za/">http://matiesgym.co.za/</a></p>
Dr Leslie van Rooi appointed as Senior Director: Social Impact and Transformationhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=4978Dr Leslie van Rooi appointed as Senior Director: Social Impact and TransformationKorporatiewe Kommunikasie / Corporate Communication<p>Dr Leslie van Rooi, Head of the Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert Institute for Student Leadership (FVZS Institute) at Stellenbosch University (SU), was recently appointed as Senior Director: Social Impact and Transformation. He will assume his duties on 1 July.  </p><p>Van Rooi will have the overall responsibility for the SU Museum, the SU Woordfees, the Social Impact Division, and the Transformation Office. His portfolio also involves support to the Vice-Rector: Social Impact, Transformation and Personnel, Prof Nico Koopman.</p><p>In addition, Van Rooi will be responsible for implementing the SU Social Impact Strategic Plan, including an institutional transformation plan, Among other things, this will involve establishing strategic internal and external partnerships to achieve the goals provided under these plans, measuring and strengthening SU's progress and impact relating to transformation and social impact, and preparing SU for continuous renewal.</p><p>Koopman says Van Rooi is well-equipped to shoulder these responsibilities: "We are very grateful that a person of his calibre will be holding this important position. This position, which was previously that of Senior Director: Community Interaction, now operates within the new social impact and transformation framework. Dr Van Rooi has sound expertise and experience of these themes. We are excited that he will be serving the University's aspirations of being a transformative institution that will have a transforming impact on society."</p><p>Van Rooi held the position of Head of the FVZS Institute, situated in the Student Matters Division, for eight years. "This made it possible for me to liaise with students at SU and young people all over South Africa at various levels. At this level, Social Impact and Transformation – also by teaching and learning, and in practice, for example in our residences – created concrete opportunities for students to think innovatively about our institution and their role in society."</p><p>Although SU has made progress with transformation at many levels, Van Rooi believes there are still many challenges ahead. "Our relevance to and impact on society as a whole are still restricted to a certain extent in that we still do not fully appreciate the value and impact of transformation at various levels. </p><p>"I think my portfolio has an important role to play here. The activities of the divisions that are part of my responsibility can jointly and in partnership with other SU environments be the driving force for current and innovative initiatives. For this reason, I believe the SU Woordfees – including WOW, Buya! and the University choir – and the SU Museum, similarly to other SU entities, are excellent vehicles for radical social impact in various fields, and could be extended even further." <br></p><p>​</p>
Legendary Matie academic Professor Sampie Terreblanche dieshttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5440Legendary Matie academic Professor Sampie Terreblanche diesRonel Beukes<p>Legendary Matie academic and political economist Professor Sampie Terreblanche (84) passed away on Saturday following a battle with brain cancer.</p><p>The name of Professor Sampie Terreblanche has become synonymous with the history of the Department of Economics at Stellenbosch University. When he retired in 2011, Prof Sampie concluded an uninterrupted career of 54 years as lecturer in economics. </p><p>Resigning from the then National Party in 1987, he became a fierce critic of it. As founder member of the then Democratic Party, he became this party's first economic adviser. He wrote several books, including <em>History of Inequality in South Africa, 1652 - 2002</em>, and other publications, and served on various national bodies, which allowed him to be involved in policy making.</p><p>He also received many accolades for his lifelong contribution to economics as study field and for the leading role he played in a deepened understanding of the political economy and of South Africa's economic history. This includes an honorary degree from SU.</p><p>On a <a href="http://www.profsampieterreblanche.online/438632352"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-6-5">website dedicated to Prof Sampie</span></a>, his daughter, Christelle Terreblanche, said, "His progression from an Afrikaner nationalist, to an advocate of its demise, to an ANC supporter, to a fierce critic of the ruling party was certainly spectacular and often dramatic.</p><p>"But each step in his fifty years as public intellectual and political economist was preceded by deep soul-searching and intense discussions with his close friends and family about how to best serve the common good.</p><p>"Sampie may ultimately be remembered for his fearlessness in speaking truth to power, and a public intellectual who constantly reminded apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa of the injustice inherent in economic inequality."</p>
Registration and welcoming – what you need to knowhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5374Registration and welcoming – what you need to knowCorporate Communication / Korporatiewe Kommunikasie<p>Important information regarding registration, student fees and financial assistance at Stellenbosch University is now available to all <strong>first-time entering </strong>and <strong>continuing</strong> students. </p><p><strong>IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR </strong><strong>FIRST-TIME ENTERING STUDENTS</strong><strong>:</strong></p><ul><li>Welcoming programme: see <a href="/welcome">www.sun.ac.za/welcome</a> or click <a href="http://bit.ly/Newcomers2018">here</a> for the<em> Guide for Newcomers 2018</em></li><li>Your final admission status is available at <a href="http://www.mymaties.com/">www.mymaties.com</a>  </li><li>Online registration is available from 12 January 2018 at <span lang="EN-GB" style="text-decoration:underline;">my.sun.ac.za</span> (>>undergraduate >>administration >>e-Registration). </li><li>Registration Schedule 2018 (<a href="/english/welcome/Documents/2017/Registration%20Schedule%202018.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;">link</a>) for students who cannot do self-registration. </li></ul><p><strong>Presidential Pronouncement of free higher education for poor and working class students</strong></p><ul><li>Click <a href="/english/PublishingImages/Lists/dualnews/My%20Items%20View/Mail%20prospective%20student%20Jan%202018%20fin%20ENG.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;">here</a> for a letter by the Registrar to <strong>first-time entering students</strong> containing important information on the Presidential Pronouncement, financial assistance and important NSFAS information, amongst others. </li><li>Enquiries related to financial assistance: e-mail <a href="mailto:info@sun.ac.za">info@sun.ac.za</a>, tel 021 808 9111 or visit the  Information desk at Centre for Bursaries and Loans in Admin A Building on the Stellenbosch Campus or the Bursaries and Loans Office in the Clinical Building at the Tygerberg campus</li><li>Make payments: click <a href="http://t2000-05.sun.ac.za/app-adf-view-student-bucket-parent/faces/login.jspx%3bjsessionid=92e880a930e8a5cde6517daf42f59a72ce26a72ad746.e3iQbN0MahmLe3mNb3qTaxiKbi0" style="text-decoration:underline;">here</a>. Send an e-mail to <a href="mailto:studentaccounts@sun.ac.za">studentaccounts@sun.ac.za</a> to make payment arrangements. </li><li>Read a NSFAS info brochure <a href="/english/PublishingImages/Lists/dualnews/My%20Items%20View/NewFunding%20NSFAS%20FAQ.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;">h<strong></strong>ere</a>. <br></li></ul><p><strong>IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR </strong><strong>CONTINUING STUDENTS</strong><strong>:</strong></p><ul><li>Online registration will be available from 12 January 2018 at <span lang="EN-GB" style="text-decoration:underline;"><a href="http://midtier.sun.ac.za/html-navbar/home.html">my.sun.ac.za</a></span> (>>undergraduate >>administration >>e-Registration). </li></ul><p><strong>Presidential Pronouncement of free higher education for poor and working class students</strong></p><ul><li>Click <a href="/english/PublishingImages/Lists/dualnews/My%20Items%20View/Mail%20current%20student%20Jan%202018%20fin%20ENG.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>here </strong></a>for a letter by the Registrar to <strong>continuing students f</strong>or important information on the Presidential Pronouncement, financial assistance and important NSFAS information, amongst others. </li><li>Enquiries related to financial assistance: e-mail <a href="mailto:info@sun.ac.za">info@sun.ac.za</a>, tel 021 808 9111 or visit the  Information desk at Centre for Bursaries and Loans in Admin A Building on the Stellenbosch Campus or the Bursaries and Loans Office in the Clinical Building at the Tygerberg campus</li><li>To make payments, click <span style="text-decoration:underline;">here</span>. Send an e-mail to <a href="mailto:studentaccounts@sun.ac.za">studentaccounts@sun.ac.za</a> to make payment arrangements.​</li></ul>
Research opens door to new treatment options for chronic inflammatory diseaseshttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5104Research opens door to new treatment options for chronic inflammatory diseasesAnneke Brand<p style="text-align:justify;">​​Bacteria may be responsible for more than we suspect. Especially when it comes to inflammatory diseases such as Type 2 diabetes.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Etheresia_Pretorius">Prof. Resia Pretorius</a> from Stellenbosch University (SU) in South Africa and <a href="https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Douglas_Kell2">Prof. Douglas B. Kell</a> from The University of Manchester in the United Kingdom have conducted a series of studies that are drastically changing the way scientists think about the effect bacteria have on a number of diseases including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Sepsis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and most recently <strong>Type 2 diabetes (T2D)</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Previously, Pretorius and Kell have established that these chronic inflammatory diseases also have a microbial origin. “If the bacteria were active, or replicating, as in the case of infectious diseases, we would have known all about that," says Kell. “But the microbes are not replicating, they're mainly actually dormant."  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Because their dormant nature meant that they did not manifest under standard microbial test conditions, bacteria were previously thought to be absent from human blood, consistent with the view that blood is 'sterile'. However, high levels of iron in blood (typical of inflammatory diseases) can effectively bring these bacteria back to life. <a href="https://www.researchgate.net/publication/281623927_On_the_translocation_of_bacteria_and_their_lipopolysaccharides_between_blood_and_peripheral_locations_in_chronic_inflammatory_diseases_the_central_roles_of_LPS_and_LPS-induced_cell_death">Previous research</a> suggested that under these conditions, the bacteria start replicating and secreting lipopolysaccharides (LPS), leading to increased inflammation. </p><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-embedcode ms-rte-embedil ms-rtestate-notify"><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/hWElxSigrpc" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe> </div><p style="text-align:justify;">Cellphone users use <strong><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWElxSigrpc">this link.</a></strong> <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The one thing these chronic diseases have in common is constantly elevated levels of inflammation. Pretorius and Kell had already established that anomalous amyloidogenic blood clotting, a cause of inflammation, is linked to and can be experimentally induced by bacterial cell wall constituents such as LPS and Lipoteichoic acid (LTA). These are cell wall components of Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria, respectively. Read more at <a href="https://www.researchgate.net/publication/309103892_Acute_induction_of_anomalous_and_amyloidogenic_blood_clotting_by_molecular_amplification_of_highly_substoichiometric_levels_of_bacterial_lipopolysaccharide">previous research article</a> on this topic.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">These coagulopathies (adverse blood clotting) are also typical of inflammatory diseases and the researchers have long shown that they lead to amyloid formation, where the blood clotting proteins (called fibrinogen)  are structurally deformed from a-helixes to a flat b-sheet-like structures, potentially leading to cell death and neuro-degeneration.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">As a result, the fibrin fibres of blood clots in diseased individuals are distinctly different from those of healthy individuals. This can be visualised microscopically and is discussed in various publications from the group. “In normal blood clots, these fibres would look like a bowl of spaghetti" explains Pretorius. “But in diseased individuals, their blood clots look matted with large fused and condensed fibres. They can also be observed with special stains that fluoresce in the presence of amyloid."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The researchers found that this changed clot structure is present in all inflammatory conditions studied, now including Type 2 diabetes. But what is the link between this abnormal clot formation, bacteria, LPS and TLA?  And are there any molecules that may “mop up" LPS or LTA and that might be circulating in the blood of people with inflammatory diseases? </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In their <a href="http://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-09860-4">2017 study</a>, recently published in <a href="https://www.nature.com/srep/"><em>Scientific Reports</em></a> (a Nature publication), Pretorius and Kell, along with MSc student Ms Sthembile Mbotwe from the University of Pretoria, investigated the effect of LPS-binding protein (LBP), which is normally produced by all individuals. They added LBP to blood from T2D patients (and also to healthy blood after the addition of LPS). Previously they had showed that LPS causes abnormal clot formation when added to healthy blood, and that this could be reversed by LBP. In this publication they showed that LBP could also reverse the adverse clot structure in T2D blood. This process was confirmed by both scanning electron microscopy and super-resolution confocal microscopy. The conclusion is clear: bacterial LPS is a significant player in the development and maintenance of T2D and its disabling sequelae. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">“In an inflamed situation, large amounts of LPS probably prevent LBP from doing its work properly," explains Pretorius.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">So what does this mean in terms of treatment? </p><p style="text-align:justify;">“We now have a considerable amount of evidence, much of it new, that in contrast to the current strategies for attacking T2D, the recognition that it involves dormant microbes, chronic inflammatory processes and coagulopathies, offer new opportunities for treatment," the researchers conclude.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>About the researchers</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Prof. Resia Pretorius</strong> is a full professor in the <a href="http://www0.sun.ac.za/physiologicalsci/eng/index.php">Department of Physiological Sciences</a> at <a href="/Home.aspx">Stellenbosch University</a>. Her main research objective and major scientific achievement has been to create a vital mind-shift in the understanding of inflammation by developing new approaches to study the role of coagulation parameters in inflammatory diseases. She has developed rapid diagnostic methods for these purposes, with innovative ultrastructure and viscoelastic techniques that include confocal microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and thromboelastography (TEG). </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Prof. Douglas Kell</strong> is a professor at the School of Chemistry and <a href="http://www.mib.ac.uk/">The Manchester Institute of Biotechnology</a> at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom. He specializes in systems biology, where he tries to understand complex biological systems.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> ​<br><img src="/english/PublishingImages/Lists/dualnews/My%20Items%20View/F_Blood%20clots%20before%20and%20after%20treatment_Image_%20Resia%20Pretorius.jpg" alt="F_Blood clots before and after treatment_Image_ Resia Pretorius.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><b>On the photo above, i</b>maged here are micrographs of Type 2 diabetes clots before and after treatment with LPS-binding protein. When visualised microscopically, the fibrin fibres of the blood clots in diseased individuals (image A, B and C) are distinctly different after treatment (images D, E and F). In normal blood clots, the fibres look like a bowl of spaghetti, but in diseased individuals, their blood clots look matted with large fused and condensed fibres. Micrographs were taken with a Scanning Electron Microscope.<em> Images: Dr Resia Pretorius</em></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Media enquiries</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Prof. Resia Pretorius<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Tel: +27 21 808 3143</p><p style="text-align:justify;">E-mail: <a href="mailto:resiap@sun.ac.za">resiap@sun.ac.za</a></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Prof. Douglas Kell</p><p style="text-align:justify;">E-mail: <a href="mailto:dbk@manchester.ac.uk">dbk@manchester.ac.uk</a></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> <br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Media release issued by</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;">Wiida Fourie-Basson, Media: Faculty of Science, Stellenbosch University</p><p style="text-align:center;">E-mail <a href="mailto:science@sun.ac.za">science@sun.ac.za</a></p><p style="text-align:center;">Tel +27 21 808 2684</p><p style="text-align:center;"><a href="/science">www.sun.ac.za/science</a></p><p style="text-align:center;">Jordan Kenny, News and Media Relations Officer, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Manchester University</p><p style="text-align:center;">Tel +44 (0)161 275 8257</p><p style="text-align:center;">Mob +44 (0)7748 747079</p><p style="text-align:center;">E-mail jordan.kenny@manchester.ac.uk </p><p><br></p>
SU Nematologists receive awards and take part in book launchhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=4911SU Nematologists receive awards and take part in book launchAnnika Pieterse, Antoinette Malan<p>The 21<sup>st</sup> symposium of the Nematological Society of Southern Africa was recently held in Ballito, KwaZulu-Natal, with the theme "Adapting to a changing environment". The symposium was attended by 103 nematologists from around the world, including ten students and researchers from the Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology of Stellenbosch University, who all had the opportunity to present their work. These researchers were, Antoinette Malan, Jenna Ross, Caro Kapp, Nomakholwa Stokwe, Nicholas Kagimu, Deidré Odendaal, Agil Katumanyane, Annika Pieterse, Fisayo Daramola and Maryna Odendaal. </p><p>Delegates at the symposium were asked to vote for researchers who they believed gave the best presentations. At the gala dinner on the last evening of the symposium, it was then announced that three PhD students from SU were among the winners for best oral presentation. Deidré Odendaal and Annika Pieterse shared second prize for their oral presentations, while Nicholas Kagimu won third best paper presentation. Caro Kapp, also a PhD student, was the sole recipient of the George Martin memorial scholarship, a scholarship awarded annually by the NSSA to promote Nematology in Southern Africa.<br></p><p>Dr Antoinette Malan and Dr Jenna Ross act as co-authors for five chapters in a new book which was also launched at the gala dinner. The book, titled "Nematology in South Africa: A View from the 21st Century" has 26 chapters and includes an up-to-date summary of the achievements made in the field of Nematology in South Africa.<br></p>
Postgraduate programmes 2019http://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=3578Postgraduate programmes 2019Media: Opvoedkunde / Education<p>​​The Faculty of Education offers Bachelor of Education Honours programmes based on a mixed / blended learning mode.  <br></p><p>Students can apply for one of the following programmes:</p><ul><li><strong>BEd Hons (Educational Development and Democracy) </strong></li><li><strong>BEd Hons (Educational Support) </strong></li><li><strong>BEd Hons (Foundation Phase Education) </strong></li><li><strong>BEd Hons (Language Education) </strong></li></ul><p><strong>What is the Mixed / Blended Learning mode?</strong></p><p>These programmes consist of an appropriate mix of:</p><ul><li>Face-to-face contact sessions on-campus</li><li>Telematics broadcasts to existing satellite sites </li><li>Electronic learning by using SUNLearn (the learning management system of Stellenbosch University) which includes modern teaching techniques, online discussion groups with fellow students and lecturers, electronic assignments, etc.</li></ul><p><strong>How does new offering differ from previous programmes offered?</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Previously students who enrolled in the BEd Hons programmes had to attend classes on campus during the evenings at least twice a week. Now, however, students only have to attend two contact sessions (spread out through the year during school holidays) which allows students from anywhere in South Africa to participate in these programmes with regular contact with their lecturers.​</p><p><strong class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0"><a href="/english/faculty/education/Documents/BEdHons_2019%20intake_updated.pdf" target="_blank">Download</a></strong> the document with more information, programme-specific requirements and programme structure.</p>
SUNScholar ranked first in Africahttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=4130SUNScholar ranked first in AfricaKorporatiewe Bemarking / Corporate Marketing<p>​<span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">Stellenbosch University's Institutional Repository, </span><a href="http://scholar.sun.ac.za/" style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">SUNScholar</a><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">, has recently reached the number one position in Africa in the 2016 July edition of the ranking of open access repositories.</span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;"> The ranking is performed by "</span><a href="http://repositories.webometrics.info/en/Africa" style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">The Ranking Web of World Repositories</a><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">". SUNScholar is managed by the Library and Information Service at Stellenbosch University. Not only does the repository hold first position on the continent, but it occupies an overall </span><a href="http://repositories.webometrics.info/en/world" style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">84<sup>th</sup> position worldwide</a><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;"> among 2275 repositories.</span><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">In the 'instutitional respositories (IR) only' ranking, SUNScholar comes in at </span><a href="http://repositories.webometrics.info/en/top_Inst" style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">68<sup>th</sup> position</a><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="line-height:1.6;">P</span><span style="line-height:1.6;">rofessor Eugene Cloete, Vice-Rector: Research, Innovation and Postgraduate Studies, says "The achievement of the Library and Information Service in strengthening and developing SUNScholar is significant. This achievement supports Stellenbosch University's commitment to Open Access to scientific information and the promotion of res</span><span style="line-height:1.6;">earch output and innovation as a central goal of Research, Innovation and Postgraduate Studies."</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="line-height:1.6;">The aim of SUNScholar is to improve the visibility and access to Stellenbosch University's research output. Research outcomes are openly shared with the rest of the world, as well as preserved in a central archive. "Achieving this number one ranking is indeed proof that SU research output is shared with as wide an audience as possible and that African research is increasingly accessible globally", says Ellen Tise, Senior Director of the Library and Information Service.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The aim of the Ranking Web of World Repositories is "to support Open Access initiatives and therefore the free access to scientific publications in an electronic form and to other academic material. The web indicators are used here to measure the global visibility and impact of the scientific repositories"*. The Ranking considers specific criteria when assessing repositories. These include size, visibility, rich files and scholar. The "scholar" criterion refers to the total number of items from the repository obtained from Google Scholar.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">For more information, contact <a href="mailto:Seyffert-Wirth,%20Mimi%20%3cmseyf@sun.ac.za%3e">Mimi Seyffert-Wirth</a>.</p><p>* Ranking Web of Repositories. 2016. Objectives. Available from <a href="http://repositories.webometrics.info/en/Objetives">http://repositories.webometrics.info/en/Objetives</a></p>