SU has set itself the vision to be
established as a leading research-intensive university on the African continent
by pursuing excellence and remaining at the forefront of its chosen
focal areas, by gaining national and international standing on the basis of its
research outputs, by being relevant to the needs of the community, and by being
enterprising, innovative and self-renewing.
According to the Department of Higher
Education and Training (DHET), Stellenbosch University is nationally the most
productive university in terms of research publications per capita (for the
second year in a row) and weighted research outputs (research publications,
masters and doctoral degrees awarded) per capita (for the seventh year in a
Recently, Stellenbosch again improved its
position on the Times Higher Education (THE) ranking of universities in the
BRICS countries and other emerging economies. For 2016, the institution is
ranked 11th out of 200 universities in 48 countries. On the QS rankings,
Stellenbosch University is ranked #302 globally.