Research & Innovation
Welcome to Stellenbosch University

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​​​​​​​As a well-established research-intensive institution on the African continent, Stellenbosch University is making a significant contribution towards broadening the global knowledge base. Our vision is to be globally recognised as excellent, inclusive and innovative, where we advance knowledge in service of society.

Our researchers not only focus on the production of knowledge in their respective fields but also to make a real difference in society by delivering 'research for impact'. The latter remains one of our institution's main priorities, as captured in our Vision 2040 and Strategic Framework 2019–2024. Doing research for impact implies optimising the scientific, scholarly, economic, social, technological, political and cultural influence of SU's research. In this regard, interconnectedness and an inter- and trans-disciplinary approach to research projects are important.

Recent investments in inter- and trans-disciplinary research outputs at the University include the establishment of the School for Data Science and Computational Thinking and the School for Climate Studies. Institutionally these structures stand alongside the ten faculties.

We also prioritise building on existing efforts to create an enabling environment that will strengthen our research portfolio even further. We do this by promoting interdisciplinary research and collaborations; supporting the innovation and entrepreneurship of our researchers in order to translate their research into relevant projects, services and products; and creating opportunities for emerging researchers to excel, even at undergraduate level.

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. We continue to push the boundaries of knowledge and possibility - which is of importance for the benefit of society, for the benefit of our country, and the globe in which we live and for which we should be responsible. Only then can we help to transform our society and make it sustainable for everyone to live in.

Prof Sibusiso Moyo

Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Innovation and Postgraduate Studies