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As a well-established research-intensive institution on the African continent, Stellenbosch University is making a significant contribution towards the broadening of the global knowledge base.  Our vision is to be globally recognised as excellent, inclusive and innovative, where we advance knowledge in service of society. We continue to strive towards our ideal of making a global impact in areas of local relevance through our research achievements.

Through consistent transformation, we wish to broaden access to our University, maintain our excellence, and increase our social impact to contribute to a society of social justice and equal opportunities. Research is a transformative activity with the power to change the world. Stellenbosch University's academics, postdoctoral research fellows and postgraduate students, through their future-oriented and innovative ideas and work, are breaking ground to build healthy, strong and sustainable communities.

In 2018, SU also adopted its Vision 2040 and Strategic Framework 2019 – 2024. It sets out the institutional vision and strategy towards 2040 and confirms our intent to be Africa`s leading research-intensive university, globally recognised as excellent, inclusive and innovative, where we advance knowledge in service of society. ​​


Research for Impact

Research for Impact is one of SU's six institutional strategic themes that will position the institution to attain its Vision 2040. SU wishes to pursue excellence, remain at the forefront of its chosen focus areas, gain standing based on its research outputs, and be enterprising, innovative and self-renewing. This requires a careful balance between, on the one hand, continuity and consistency and, on the other, transformation and rejuvenation of SU's academic researcher cohort. At the same time, SU research strives to be socially relevant. Ultimately, our research efforts are not only aimed at academic success but also at making a significant impact in the world.  

Research for impact at SU implies optimising the scientific, economic, social, scholarly and cultural impact of our research. Our focus is on interdisciplinary research that benefits society on a national, continental and global scale. At the same time, we remain committed to strengthening basic and disciplinary research excellence, as it forms the basis for applied and translational research. ​​​
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