Military Science
Welcome to Stellenbosch University


​The Centre for Military Studies (CEMIS) was established in 1990 under the aegis of Stellenbosch University (SU) and the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) as an integral part of the contractual agreement between Stellenbosch University and the SANDF as approved by the SU Senate and Board. 

CEMIS prides itself on its multi- and interdisciplinary research philosophy and focuses on high research and scientific standards, international academic citizenship and best-practice research processes with concrete deliverables while enhancing a national and international research profile.
The exchange of knowledge on security trends, guidance to researchers and students active in the security field and contributions on civil-military relations and aspects of continental conflict takes place through joint projects with international and national peers. Knowledge created is disseminated through conference-participation, publications, digital media and workshops. Projects that focus on third stream income and the creation of new knowledge deserve priority.

CEMIS’s primary mandate is to conduct independent academic research in all aspects of the defence and security environments. Furthermore, it mandated to: 
  • ​participate in education, training and development at various training institutions of the DOD, including but not limited to the Military Academy and designated staff colleges;
  • collaborate with peers and institutions that perform similar, comparable or complementary research, both inside and outside South Africa;
  • participate in social impact initiatives. 
Leaders in cutting-edge defence and military research

To conduct cutting-edge research in the defence and security environment at strategic, operational and tactical levels

  • ​Resilience 
  • Integrity
  • Commitment
  • Honesty