Leopoldt van Huyssteen
Welcome to Stellenbosch University

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Prof ​Leopoldt van Huyssteen​​​


Following the unexpected death of Prof Russel Botman, Rector and Vice-Chancellor, on 28 June 2014, I was appointed to this position in an acting capacity by the Executive Committee of the University Council. I also retain my duties as Chief Operating Officer of Stellenbosch University (SU) .

For the latest information on the appointment of a new Rector, click here.

Prof Botman's wisdom and guidance is sorely missed, but he has left us a detailed roadmap for the foreseeable future. This is summarised in SU's Vision 2030, as contained in our Institutional Intent and Strategy, which was adopted by Council in 2013.

It is our goal to become more "inclusive, innovative and future focussed" as a University, a "place of discovery and excellence where both staff and students are thought leaders in advancing knowledge in the service of all stakeholders".

To do this, we are working to "broaden access to SU", "sustain our excellence" and "enhance our impact on society".​