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SU Ombud is here to help youhttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=7778SU Ombud is here to help youCorporate Communication/Korporatiewe Kommunikasie [Rozanne Engel]<p>​</p><p>The Ombud has for long served as an independent channel through which people can seek help.</p><p>At Stellenbosch University (SU), the Office of the Ombud is an independent, neutral and confidential space for people to discuss their issues and concerns related to the University. </p><p>Students, parents of students, or staff can bring forward problems and complaints to the Ombud to be resolved that the existing University structures are unable to deal with satisfactorily.</p><p>The SU Ombud, Adv Rina Meyer, is an independent person appointed to facilitate the informal resolution of concerns regarding the University. Meyer shares more insight to the work her office does at SU. </p><p><strong>1.</strong><strong>            </strong><strong>What is the role of the Ombud at Stellenbosch University?</strong></p><p>The SU Ombud acts totally independently and does not form part of the SU structures. The Office of the Ombud is a channel through which appropriate attention can be given to all problems and complaints from the University community that the existing SU structures are unable to deal with satisfactorily. The Ombud does not replace these structures – therefore, complainants must exhaust the normal SU procedures before involving the Ombud. Only if their problem remains unresolved after a reasonable period has expired, or if it is extremely urgent, complainants may turn to the Ombud. If the available channels have not been explored thoroughly, the Ombud will refer complainants back to those channels.</p><p><strong>2.</strong><strong>            </strong><strong>How can the Office of the Ombud help people? </strong></p><p>The Ombud provides confidential, informal, independent and impartial assistance to individuals through dispute resolution and problem-solving methods such as mediation, facilitation and shuttle diplomacy. Visitors who wish to discuss matters relating to the University in confidence and seek independent guidance may find a place to speak freely. Those who want to report or discuss sensitive concerns confidentially are also encouraged to visit the Office of the Ombud.  </p><p><strong>3.</strong><strong>            </strong><strong>Why is it important for a university to have an Ombud?</strong></p><p>The Ombud is helpful to complainants but also to University leaders as the Ombuds's orientation is toward "fair process". The Ombud can also inform the University about issues or “hotspots" of which they ought to be aware, and the possible implications of those issues. Furthermore, the Ombud can identify serious potential problems that may be unforeseen or downplayed by management or employees. The Ombud may convey trends, systemic problems and organisational issues to high-level leaders and executives. The Ombud does not advocate for individuals, groups or entities, but rather for the principles of fairness and equity. </p><p><strong>4.</strong><strong>            </strong><strong>Who can lodge a complaint or query with the Ombud? </strong></p><p>The purpose of the Ombud is to provide an approachable, independent office that is available to all SU students, prospective students, students' parents, employees and former employees, alumni, visitors and service providers of Stellenbosch University or institutions who want to take action against the University under certain circumstances. In that manner, the Ombud can appropriately articulate the concerns of those whose voices often go unheard. </p><p><strong>5.</strong><strong>            </strong><strong>What are the nature of the complaints or queries that people can lodge?</strong></p><p>Complaints may be lodged in the following circumstances, namely where persons referred to above:</p><ul><li>Feel that they have been treated unfairly by or within the University.</li><li>Need advice to solve a complicated problem regarding the University. </li><li>Have a complaint, issue or problem that could not be addressed or resolved internally. </li><li>Need an impartial listener who will keep any sensitive University-related matter that they may raise, confidential. </li><li>Need a neutral mediator to assist in solving a dispute within the University. </li><li>Require help to expedite a matter that is delayed unnecessarily by the University.  </li></ul><p><strong>6.</strong><strong>            </strong><strong>Can a person remain anonymous if they contact the Office of the Ombud?</strong></p><p>The Ombud holds all communications with those seeking assistance in strict confidence. The Ombud does not reveal, and cannot be required to reveal, the identity of any individual contacting the Ombud Office, without that individual's express permission, and only to the extent of that permission. The only exceptions to this rule are situations of apparent immediate danger of serious harm and when a legal duty applies. The campus community should note that consulting with the Ombud would in no way place them at a risk. The University guarantees that no one will suffer reprisal, discrimination or victimisation for seeking assistance from the Ombud.</p><p><strong>7.</strong><strong>             </strong><strong>What can the Ombud not help with?</strong></p><p>The Ombud cannot help with the following:</p><ul><li>Make decisions on behalf of the University.</li><li>Make or overrule University policies or established procedures (though the Ombud may comment on or recommend change, or do both, regarding these areas).</li><li>Intervene if the complaint can be pursued as a grievance according to established University procedure.</li><li>Accept notifications on behalf of the University or any party.</li><li>Consider complaints that are already the subject of a lawsuit.</li><li>Give legal advice or provide psychological counselling,</li><li>Award compensation.</li><li>Act as representative for any party.</li><li>Handle purely academic matters.</li><li>Attend to patently vexatious or frivolous complaints.</li></ul><p><strong> </strong><strong>8.</strong><strong>            </strong><strong>How can you lodge a complaint or query with the office of the Ombud?</strong></p><p>To submit a complaint or concern for the Ombud's consideration, complete and submit the complaints form, which is available on the website <a href="/ombudsman"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0" style=""><strong>www.sun.ac.za/ombudsman</strong></span></a>. The form is also available from the administrative officer of the Ombud Office and Mrs Grace Bruintjies can be contacted for appointments at <a href="mailto:graceb@sun.ac.za"><strong class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0" style="">graceb@sun.ac.za</strong></a>. Urgent matters may be reported at <a href="mailto:ombudsman@sun.ac.za"><strong class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0" style="">ombudsman@sun.ac.za</strong></a>. </p><p>As a means of protecting and hiding the identities of complainants, the Office of the Ombud has been strategically located off campus on Ryneveld Street to minimise any possibility of being noticed.​<br></p><p><br></p>
SU cements its place among world's best universitieshttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=7770SU cements its place among world's best universitiesCorporate Communication and Marketing Division<p>​​Stellenbosch University (SU) has achieved a remarkable feat in 2020 by being ranked among the best universities in the world on three different global university rankings. Confirming the outcome of other recent rankings, is the latest version of the US News & World Report <a href="https://www.usnews.com/education/best-global-universities/africa?int=top_nav_Universities_in_Africa">Best Global Universities Ranking</a> in which SU is ranked number 321 – occupying the third spot among leading universities in South Africa and Africa. With this achievement, it has cemented its place among the top 1% of universities in the world.</p><p>The Best Global Universities Rankings focus specifically on institutions' research performance and reputation overall. It encompasses nearly 1,500 top institutions spread across 86 countries and uses indicators such as global and regional research reputation, total citations, number of publications that are among the 10% most cited, and international collaboration.</p><p>Universities are also ranked according to Subjects and here SU performed well. It is the best in South Africa in Agricultural Sciences (#104 globally), Biology and Biochemistry (#266 globally) and Environment and Ecology (#100 globally). The University also ranked in the top 100 globally in Infectious Diseases coming in at #92. Other notable accomplishments are Arts and Humanities (#208), Clinical Medicine (#212), Immunology (#150), Plant and Animal Science (#141) and Public, Environmental and Occupational Health (#153).</p><p>Commenting on SU's most recent achievement, Prof Hester Klopper, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Strategy and Internationalisation at SU, said that the outcome of this ranking is further proof of the institution's rise in stature among universities worldwide and underscores one of its core strategic themes namely, Research for Impact. “As this ranking focuses more on research performance, it is also a fitting recognition of the calibre and stature of our researchers."</p><p>Earlier this year, SU was also ranked among the top universities on the 2020 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), also known as the Shanghai Rankings, and the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings.<br><br></p>
What to do as a final-year student in these pandemic timeshttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=7769What to do as a final-year student in these pandemic timesLeslie van Rooi<p>​​Although the COVID-19 pandemic has caused uncertainty amongst final-year students as to what they can expect in the coming year, there are a few opportunities available to them, writes Dr Leslie van Rooi, Senior Director: Social Impact and Transformation, in an opinion piece for <em>University World News</em>.<br></p><ul><li>​Read the article below or click <a href="https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20201013103748339"><strong class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0">here</strong></a><strong class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0"> </strong>for the piece as published.<br></li></ul><p><strong>Leslie van Rooi*</strong></p><p>In all probability 2020 will be remembered as a year filled with challenges, agony, new possibilities and a sense of globality – we were after all 'stuck in this together'. At times, this year has left us uncertain and perhaps even dumbfounded. And, due to the harsh health and economic related impact of Covid-19, it is clear that things will remain uncertain for a while. </p><p>Many (if not all) sectors of society have been affected. The long-term impact cannot currently be fully understood and measured. But it is clear that there will definitely be some societal shifts. The possibility of fundamental change exists.  <br></p><p>It is perhaps the uncertainty, albeit relative uncertainty, that causes angst amongst many. <br></p><p>The uncertainty exists in a unique way amongst final-year students at our universities. For them the year, in a particular way, plays out differently. What would have been a year of rounding off and getting ready to enter a new and exciting phase now has as effect that future graduates must continuously adjust whilst at the same time holding a sense of uncertainty regarding what lies ahead. At the same time the possible long-term, negative impact on the job market, which they hope to enter in a couple of months, remains scary – more so than in previous years. <br></p><p>In what follows, I would like to highlight some of the challenges and possible opportunities that the graduates of 2020/2021 face. <br></p><p><strong>Emergency Remote (Online) Learning </strong></p><p>Like all other year groups, final-year students had to adjust to an online learning experience. For some it was an easy adjustment, whilst for others the challenges of studying at home, the effect of our deep-rooted societal problems, as well as the unpractical nature of doing research virtually loomed large. </p><p>Luckily some final-year students have in the meantime returned to our campuses to do, amongst others, lab and clinical work. Luckily lockdown regulations have allowed those, who would not be able to graduate whilst attempting to study remotely, to also return to our campuses. <br></p><p>At the golden end of the spectrum it is clear that most of our residential, public universities have been more than ready to attempt classes online. And perhaps even more important, the quality of degrees remains high – also by international standards. Time will tell how this will play out in future. <br></p><p><strong>The job market(s) </strong></p><p>Up to now the number of South African graduates who struggled to find a job within the first year of graduating has been relatively low – also compared to graduates in other parts of the world. But this picture might look very different in the next year or so. Whether the trends in job losses will continue locally and globally and to what extent they will affect graduates remains to be seen.  </p><p>In South Africa, we have been sliding deeper into the higher end of job loss figures over the last couple of years and it is projected that this trend will continue into the foreseeable future. <br></p><p>With most industries currently scaling down on labour force and as our formal unemployment rate increases, the job market will indeed remain under pressure. <br></p><p>But as the voices in Bruce Whitfield's 'The Upside of Down' (2020) point out, opportunity keeps knocking on the door amidst challenging times. And this will indeed be true for those who know how to reinvent themselves, who can take risks/afford to take risks and who seize opportunity at the right place and time. It will ask of all of our graduates to perhaps do more than what was expected of their predecessors. <br></p><p><strong>Experience abroad</strong></p><p>For many graduates globally, experiences abroad rate as one of the top post-degree 'bucket list' possibilities. In this regard, they go abroad to enter the temporary job market for work experience (3-6 months), or to grab a more full-time job opportunity e.g. completing articles. At the very least, graduates in the professional fields tend to join firms that will allow some international exposure.  </p><p>But things might look very different come December 2020 and January 2021. Borders might not be as tightly closed as is currently the case but it is almost certain that job opportunities – also for temporary job possibilities – will be fewer. This will probably limit graduates' opportunities to work abroad. <br></p><p>Changing political contexts and a growing sense of 'closing ranks' in some countries might cause this to be a longer-term phenomenon. Something that might hit South African graduates harder than their counterparts in other parts of the world. <br></p><p>At this same time, this might open more opportunities on our continent for graduates to enter into Africa's growing job market. This will, however, ask for a shift in focus.  <br></p><p><strong>Further studies</strong></p><p>Perhaps the safest bet for our soon-to-be-graduates is to continue their studies in a deliberate and focused way. There are many debates around what it means to be 'overqualified'. However, it is difficult to argue against upskilling. How you use these skills is of course something else. </p><p>Graduates must of course follow the golden rule: to choose a degree/research theme that you will enjoy. If this is not the case, in particular given the fact that postgraduate studies ask for constant self-motivation, you will struggle to successfully complete your degree. <br></p><p>If the opportunity of postgraduate studies presents itself during trying times, take it. The added benefit can be that graduates can partially or fully complete their studies internationally. <br></p><p><strong>Financial woes </strong></p><p>When discussing the possibility of studying further, one should also consider the financial impact of the pandemic on a personal, household and government level. As such our graduates might need to search harder and deeper to be able to afford their studies. But there might be more opportunities available than what we think. </p><p>It is, however, important to make sound financial decisions in trying times. This should not exclude taking calculated risks.   <br></p><p><strong>Work experience </strong></p><p>Getting work experience is always a good idea. It stimulates, you continue to learn and it might project you into a different (better) future career path. Opportunities might be tight with limited levels of remuneration but the benefits, specifically under the current circumstances are endless. </p><p>Sound mentorship is perhaps now more important than ever. Taking up that conversation, asking those questions and allowing yourself to be challenged, guided and informed, will remain invaluable. <br></p><p>In conclusion, after all is said and done, we must remember that our contexts and realities differ. And this will of course have a tangible impact on our outlook and opportunities. But what we will all have to learn is to create our own opportunities in the best way possible. This will also ask of us to seek support and to understand that failing is indeed not the end of the story. <br></p><p>Judging from the number of times I used the words 'might', 'perhaps', 'should', etc. it is clear that indeed we are in the midst of uncertain times. But dealing with uncertainty is better than allowing a false sense of certainty to guide our every move. <br></p><p>If the rules of the game change, we cannot but adjust. And this is where we are now. <br></p><ul><li><strong>Photo</strong>: Students at Stellenbosch University. <strong>Photographer</strong>: Stefan Els</li></ul><p><strong>*</strong><strong>Dr Leslie van Rooi is Senior Director: Social Impact and Transformation at Stellenbosch University. </strong></p><p><br></p>
Stellenbosch FC to host first home match at Danie Craven Stadiumhttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=7766Stellenbosch FC to host first home match at Danie Craven StadiumOperations and Finance<p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">​​T</span><span style="text-align:justify;">he Stellenbosch football club is pleased to announce that the newly renovated Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch will host its home matches for the DStv Premiership 2020/2021 PSL season.  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">The opening fixture behind-closed-doors takes place this Sunday 25</span><sup style="text-align:justify;">th</sup><span style="text-align:justify;"> October against Moroka Swallows FC.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Stellenbosch Academy of Sport (SAS), the owners of Stellenbosch FC (SFC), and Stellenbosch University, have embarked on a strategic partnership to uplift football in the Winelands. The partnership not only sees the PSL Club utilise the University's excellent facilities as training base and match venue, but also details plans to uplift the quality of football at the University and create a holistic pathway for talented football players, support staff and administrators.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">SAS and Club CEO Rob Benadie says: “Our Club's strategic plan was fast-tracked with our elevation last year to the PSL.  Fortunately, we are based in a Town with a rich sport heritage and have the University and other key stakeholders partnering with us to assist our continued growth.  It is incredible to see how excited the Town is about the SFC brand and the prospect of building a home fortress at the iconic Danie Craven Stadium.  We hope to add to the incredible history that Maties Rugby has created and continues to create at this venue.  The Club sincerely thanks Messrs Rupert and Durand from Remgro and Prof Stan du Plessis and his Executives at the University in making this dream a reality."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Chief Operating Officer of the University, Professor Stan Du Plessis says: “It is incredibly exciting to welcome our partners, Stellenbosh FC, to the Danie Craven Stadium. Let's bring the same home ground advantage to Stellenbosch FC at Danie Craven as we have done for decades with Maties rugby. I hope that these home games will inspire especially young supporters to play at the highest level, along an aspirational path where Maties Football and Stellenbosch FC will both play a crucial role."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The long-awaited home venue brings excitement to the club who will finally be able to host its home fixtures in the town of Stellenbosch after going the entire 2019/2020 Premiership season without a designated home stadium.  Students and sport followers will now be able to enjoy quality rugby and football at the historic and beautiful dual-purpose stadium.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Club General Manager Garth Le Roux says: “Due to Covid-19 regulations unfortunately no spectators will be allowed in the Stadium on opening day. This is a huge moment for us as a club and we would have loved to have shared it with our loyal supporters and the broader Stellenbosch community, however, due to circumstances this is not possible.  We look forward to welcoming the supporters to regular PSL football in Stellenbosch in the near future."<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><em>Photo caption: </em></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><em>Stellenbosch FC players pose in their new kit at Danie Craven Stadium. From left: Zitha Macheke, Marc Van Heerden, Lee Langeveldt, Robyn Johannes, Ashley Du Preez and Sibusiso Mthethwa. </em><strong><em>Photo</em></strong><em>: Courtney Williams.</em><br><br></p><p><br></p>
World-renowned experiential education researcher at SUEEChttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=7744World-renowned experiential education researcher at SUEECStudent Affairs / Studentesake<p style="text-align:left;">​Prof Alice Kolb, a world-renowned research and development expert in the field of experiential education will be one of the extraordinary keynote speakers at the <a href="https://www.sueec.com/">Stellenbosch University Experiential Education Conference (SUEEC)</a> in November 2020.</p><p style="text-align:left;">Prof Kolb, President of Experience Based Learning Systems (EBLS), will be engaging with the SUEEC participants as one of the extraordinary keynote speakers on the <a href="https://sueec.com/conference-track-one"><em>Experiential Education and Student Transformation</em></a><strong> </strong>conference track. EBLS, a research and development organisation devoted to research and application of experiential learning in organisations worldwide, she facilitates research and practice initiatives of the international network. EBLS has developed numerous experiential exercises and self-assessment instruments including the latest Kolb Learning Style Inventory 4.0. She recently co-authored the book titled <em>Becoming an Experiential Educator: Principles and Practices of Experiential Learning</em>. Prof Kolb is passionate about creating spaces conducive to deep learning that offer challenge and support to students. She states that it is essential to create learning spaces that develops expertise and sustained lifelong learning and that experiential educators play a critical role in this.</p><p style="text-align:left;">Prof Alice Kolb received her BA in Japanese Studies from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, and MA and Doctorate in Human Resources Management from Hitotsubashi University. She received a MS in Human Resource Management from Cleveland State University and her Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in Organizational Behaviour, where she was an Adjunct Professor in the Weatherhead School of Management.</p><p style="text-align:left;">“Professor Kolb believes that experiential education is a philosophy, more than the pragmatic framework and stretches beyond formal academic learning. It is much more than utilising diagnostic instruments, and larger than the institution itself. <strong><em>The Principles and Practices in Conversation</em></strong> SUEEC session is simply a must for all experiential educators as part of our ongoing learning" said Ruth Andrews, Chairperson of the SUEEC Steering Committee and Manager of the SU Co-curriculum Office at Centre for Student Leadership, Experiential Education and Citizenship.  </p><p style="text-align:left;">Participants at the SUEEC can look forward to a panel conversation themed <em>'Experiential Education and Transformative Learning: Principles and Practices in Conversation'</em>, led by Prof Kolb. The SUEEC is a virtual experience conference hosted by CSLEEC at the Division for Student Affairs on 10-11 November 2020. The focus of the <a href="https://sueec.com/conference-track-one"><em>Experiential Education and Student Transformation</em></a><strong> </strong>conference track is to highlight approaches and issues facing experiential educators utilizing experiential education theory and methodology as pedagogy towards social justice and student transformation. Other keynote speakers that will be at SUEEC include Profs <a href="https://sueec.com/speakers-george-kuh">George Kuh</a>, <a href="https://sueec.com/speakers-thuli-madonsela">Thuli Madonsela</a>, <a href="https://sueec.com/speakers-jonathan-jansen">Jonathan Jansen</a>, <a href="https://sueec.com/speakers-arnold-schoonwinkel">Arnold Schoonwinkel</a>, <a href="https://sueec.com/speakers-hester-klopper">Hester Klopper</a>, Dr <a href="https://sueec.com/speakers-choice-makhetha">Choice Makhetha</a> and Mr <a href="https://sueec.com/speakers-mustafa-erdogan">Mustafa Erdogan</a>.</p><ul style="text-align:left;"><li>Early bird registration for the SUEEC was open until 20 September 2020, and normal registration is open until 1 November 2020. Join us on 10-11 November 2020 for this virtual experience.<br></li></ul><blockquote style="text-align:left;"><p><strong>Visit </strong><a href="https://www.sueec.com/"><strong>www.sueec.com</strong></a><strong> and register today join the global conversation at SUEEC 2020</strong>.</p></blockquote>
Experiential Learning and Critical Pedagogy Master Trainer at SUEEChttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=7745Experiential Learning and Critical Pedagogy Master Trainer at SUEECStudent Affairs / Studentesake<p style="text-align:left;">​An international Master Trainer in critical pedagogy will be one of the extraordinary experiential learning specialists at the <a href="https://www.sueec.com/">Stellenbosch University Experiential Education Conference (SUEEC)</a> in November 2020.</p><p style="text-align:left;">Mustafa Erdogan, President and founder of the DeM Experiential Training Centre in Istanbul, Turkey, will be leading a Master Class on the <a href="https://sueec.com/conference-track-three"><em>Global citizen-leadership</em></a> conference track. He is the co-developer of the <em>DeM Training for Trainers Program</em>, a practical synthesis of Kolb's Experiential Learning Theory and Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed which he has delivered to 350+ educators from 13 countries. </p><p style="text-align:left;">As an experiential learning specialist and Master Trainer, Mustafa Erdogan has more than 15 years' experience in the field of civil society and has worked as a trainer for the European Union Education & Youth Programs. He completed Experiential Learning Certification Program of USA Institute for Experiential Learning delivered by David Kolb, Alice Kolb, Kay Peterson and Chris Kayes  and is an active member of this Community of Practice. Mr. Erdogan leads train-the-trainer master classes and program designing in numerous projects in Turkey, Europe and MENA regions. He carries expertise on Learning Management, NGO Management and Experiential Learning Design. He has been working as a trainer in pool of Turkish National Agency since 2006. He is one of the founders of IELN International Experiential Learning Network and his works are mainly focused on Experiential Learning and Critical Pedagogy. He believes that rights-based social transformation is only possible through social transformation-based education. </p><p style="text-align:left;">“The ability to connect academia with civil society through citizen-leadership, forms an indispensable element for a robust democracy. Mustafa Erdogan's master class is a must for everyone seeking to embed a social justice framework in experiential learning design that leads to precisely this"  said Ruth Andrews, Chairperson of the SUEEC Steering Committee and Manager of the SU Co-curriculum Office at the Centre for Student Leadership, Experiential Education and Citizenship. </p><p style="text-align:left;">Erdogan will be presenting a master class at the the SUEEC, a virtual experience conference hosted by CSLEEC at the Division for Student Affairs on 10-11 November 2020. The <a href="https://sueec.com/conference-track-three"><em>Global citizen-leadership</em></a> conference track seeks to build understanding of the role of experiential education towards the formation of the global citizen-leader and the inherent complexities thereof. Other keynote speakers that will be at SUEEC include Profs <a href="https://sueec.com/speakers-george-kuh">George Kuh</a>, <a href="https://sueec.com/speakers-alice-kolb">Alice Kolb</a>, <a href="https://sueec.com/speakers-thuli-madonsela">Thuli Madonsela</a>, <a href="https://sueec.com/speakers-jonathan-jansen">Jonathan Jansen</a>, <a href="https://sueec.com/speakers-arnold-schoonwinkel">Arnold Schoonwinkel</a>, <a href="https://sueec.com/speakers-hester-klopper">Hester Klopper</a> and Dr <a href="https://sueec.com/speakers-choice-makhetha">Choice Makhetha</a>.</p><ul><li>Early bird registration for the SUEEC was open until 20 September 2020, and normal registration is open until 1 November 2020. Join us on 10-11 November 2020 for this virtual experience.<br></li></ul><blockquote><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:left;"><strong>Visit </strong><a href="https://www.sueec.com/"><strong>www.sueec.com</strong></a><strong> and register today join the global conversation at SUEEC 2020</strong>.</p></blockquote>
SU’s top students honoured at Rector’s Awardshttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=7717SU’s top students honoured at Rector’s AwardsCorporate Communication/Korporatiewe Kommunikasie [Rozanne Engel]<p>​<br></p><p>Stellenbosch University (SU)'s top students who excelled in areas such as academics, leadership and social impact were honoured with Rector's Awards for Excellent Achievement during an online event on Thursday evening (01 October 2020).</p><p>In his opening address, Prof Wim de Villiers, SU Rector and Vice-Chancellor, said that student success has always been an important priority to him since he became Rector in 2015. </p><p>“Without students, there is no university, but neither would there be a university without staff. So, we need each other to make the most of the wonderful opportunities that higher education offers us – the chance to broaden our minds and enrich lives, not only our own, but to make a positive impact in society broadly speaking," said De Villiers.</p><p>Vice-Rector: Learning and Teaching, Prof Arnold Schoonwinkel, congratulated all the recipients and said that SU was proud to provide development opportunities to students inside and outside the classroom. </p><p>“We feel truly honoured to spend time with such excellent young people. They have made a positive difference at Stellenbosch University, demonstrating excellence on diverse terrains of student life and they are likely to make significant contributions in our country and beyond," said Schoonwinkel.</p><p>Renaldo Schwarp, who received the Student Representative Council (SRC) Award for Exceptional Alumni from outgoing chair Lewis Mboko, was the guest speaker at the event.</p><p>Schwarp is a digital media specialist, radio host and award-winning television presenter and producer, who graduated with a BA degree (Drama and Theatre Studies) from SU in 2012 and thereafter, in 2013, completed his Post Graduate Certificate in Education.</p><p>With more than eight years' experience across multiple platforms within the South African media and broadcast landscape, he currently leads digital at Jacaranda FM, one of South Africa's leading commercial radio stations. He was listed as one of Mail and Guardian's Top 200 Young South Africans for 2019 and received a Koker Youth Award at the 2019 Afrikaanse Taalraad (ATR) Koker Awards.</p><p>In his speech, Schwarp congratulated and encouraged students to be “authentic" and take control of their life stories, so they can get better at creating and sustaining resilience.</p><p>“Part of living a happy and wholehearted life has to do with letting yourself (your story) be seen fully. By accepting my story – all of it – and sharing it, I have realised who I am and what my purpose is as a young queer African. The moment I was honest about who I am, what I want to do and where I want to go, the stars aligned."</p><p>In 2019 Schwarp was recognised for his persistent and though-provoking work of reshaping LGBTI+ and coloured narratives across South Africa. In 2019, he executive produced and directed <em>SKEEF: Die Dokumentêr</em>, an independently produced and internationally recognised film on the lived experiences of LGBTI+ South Africans.</p><p>“One of the biggest lesson that I have learned over the years is that it is okay to say, 'yeah, I did a great job' or 'I think I would be great for that position', and 'yeah I deserve this award', because playing small should have no space in your story. As young people, African youth, the sooner we realise authenticity is the birthplace to connection, the better. Owning your power, your skills, and what you can offer the world is one of the greatest qualities you can give to others," said Schwarp.</p><p>The following students were the recipients of the <strong>SU Medal for Top Magister Student</strong>: Esethu Monakali (Arts and Social Sciences), Sarah Selkirk (Science), Alexandra Rust (AgriScience), Willem Wilken (Economic and Management Sciences), Juletha-Marie Dercksen (Law), Ashwin Thyssen (Theology), Marno du Plessis (Engineering), Dr Johan de Wet (Medicine and Health Sciences) and Mariana Clift (Education).</p><p>The other students that received awards for co-curricular achievements were:</p><p><strong>Rector's Award for Excellent Contribution to Culture: </strong>Amber Dawn Fox-Martin</p><p><strong>Rector's Award for Excellent Social Impact: </strong>Emer Butler, Afua Duah, Eugene Greyling, Mlungisi Khumalo and Luigia Nicholas</p><p><strong>Rector's Award for Excellent Service Provision: </strong>Anthony Andrews, Melt Hugo, Danyca Breedt and Taydren van Vuren</p><p><strong>Rector's Award for Excellent Leadership</strong>: Wamahlubi Ngoma, Ntsako Mtileni, Bradley Frolick, Zimbili Sibiya, Zintle Tunce, Akhona Xotyeni, Louiso du Pisanie, Ella Van Rensburg, Tebogo Mphahlele, Mokgeseng Ramaisa, Azhar Nadkar and Kristan Sharpley</p><p>The following students from these faculties also received excellence awards for their academic achievements:</p><p><strong>Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences: </strong></p><ul><li>Hanne Mertens</li><li>Jamie Stolk</li><li>Willem Odendaal</li><li>Benjamin Rayner</li><li>Karo Van Zyl</li><li>Cayley Tarr</li><li>Tyron Cameron</li><li>Meshaan Adelhelm</li><li>Bianca Theron</li><li>Kirsten Dennis</li><li>Daniel Claassen</li><li>Michael Steyn</li></ul><p><strong>Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:</strong></p><ul><li>Dylan Thwaits</li><li>Liesl Lamprecht</li><li>Cameron Williams</li><li>Marguerite Ewert</li><li>Kristen Harding</li><li>Keilidh Clapperton</li><li>David Wolfswinkel</li><li>Tessa Collington-O'Malley</li></ul><p><strong>Faculty of Engineering:</strong></p><ul><li>Marco Ribeiro</li><li>Hans Zietsman</li><li>Daniel Van Niekerk</li><li>Tessa Hall</li><li>Aidan Biet</li><li>Chrystal Udall</li></ul><p><strong>Faculty of Law:</strong></p><ul><li>Ferdinand Botha and Reshard Kolabhai.</li></ul><p><strong>Faculty of AgriSciences:</strong></p><ul><li>Heinrich Geldenhuys</li><li>Juan Sebastian Nieto Lawrence</li><li>Carla Dippenaar</li></ul><p><strong>Faculty of Science:</strong></p><ul><li>Dario Trinchero</li><li>Conrad Strydom</li><li>Jacobie Mouton</li><li>Bryce John Foster</li><li>Michael-Phillip Smith</li></ul><p><strong>Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences:</strong></p><ul><li>Inge Du Toit</li><li>Brandon Franckeiss</li><li>Saskia Louw</li><li>Isabelle Koeul</li><li>Misha Erasmus</li><li>Anja Kruger</li></ul><p><strong>Faculty of Education:</strong></p><ul><li>Mariana Clift</li></ul><p><strong>Faculty of Theology:</strong></p><ul><li>Karla Smit and Micaela Wahl<br><br></li></ul><p><br></p>
Bridging the gap between academia and job opportunities with Stellenbosch University's New Techpreneurship Cenhttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=7700Bridging the gap between academia and job opportunities with Stellenbosch University's New Techpreneurship CenInnovus & LaunchLab<p>​</p><p>In February 2021 the Stellenbosch University LaunchLab in partnership with SU School for Data Science and Computational Thinking will be launching its newly established SU Techpreneurship Centre. The goal is to provide final year students and/or recent graduates with an opportunity to be part of a 6-week coding and entrepreneurship programme. They will then be placed with a startup and/or industry partner in the form of a fixed-term internship to work on real-world problems and/or projects.</p><p> Keenan Stewart, Senior Service Delivery Manager from SU LaunchLab, said the Techpreneurship Centre will leverage off Stellenbosch University expertise in Data Science, Machine Learning, Robotics & Business Incubation to promote entrepreneurial activities while providing students with a pragmatic learning environment, as well as job placement into companies upon graduation.</p><p> “The new SU School for Data Science and Computational Thinking would support and develop a coding programme, while the SU LaunchLab will focus on entrepreneurship, innovation and business fundamentals through its incubation program. The result will be an inspiring, pragmatic, entrepreneurial initiative for all SU students," said Stewart.</p><p> In terms of SU's Vision 2040 the initiative sees this collaboration contributing to creating a transformative student experience in that this learning journey will provide a seamless transition into the workforce through practical experience with SU LaunchLab startups and its partners.</p><p>Stewart said students and graduates will have the opportunity to learn coding skills for mobile application and web development, as well as entrepreneurship, innovation and soft skills needed in modern-day business. “We will curate a custom learning journey for developers to gain the most relevant skills required for a tech-enabled business."</p><p> In Sub-Saharan Africa as many as 230 million jobs will require digital skills by 2030 – illustrating how crucial future demand for work-ready graduates is.  SU Techpreneurship Centre will create a critical link between classroom studies and real-world experience by providing a tested path to startup companies eager for a junior developer pipeline.</p><p> <strong>Important dates</strong></p><p>●      Applications open: 01 Oct 2020</p><p>●      Applications close: 15 Nov 2020</p><p>●      Interviews:  19 Nov 2020</p><p>●      Selection:  23 Nov 2020</p><p>●      Program: 01 Feb 2021 - 12 Mar 2021</p><p>●      Internship: 01 Apr 2021 - 30 Sep 2021</p><p> If you are interested and would like to pre-sign up for the program, please complete form<a href="https://airtable.com/shrQ6KfgNBva5CVyW"> </a><a href="https://airtable.com/shrQ6KfgNBva5CVyW">HERE</a>.<br></p><p><br></p>
Experiential Education expert at SUEEChttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=7695Experiential Education expert at SUEECStudent Affairs / Studentesake<p>​A world renowned subject-matter expert and knowledge creator in the field of experiential education will be one of the extraordinary keynote speakers at the <a href="https://www.sueec.com/">Stellenbosch University Experiential Education Conference (SUEEC)</a> in November 2020.</p><p>Prof George Kuh, Founding Director of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, and Chancellor's Professor Emeritus at Indiana University (IU), will be engaging with the SUEEC participants as one of the extraordinary keynote speakers on <a href="https://sueec.com/conference-tracks"><em>Research and Innovation in Experiential Education</em></a><em> </em>conference track. Prof Kuh accredited with founding some of the most important tools and frameworks used within higher education today, has more than 400 publications and made several hundred presentations on topics related to institutional improvement, university student engagement, assessment strategies, and campus cultures. His recent books include <em>Using Evidence of Student Learning to Improve Higher Education</em> (2015), <em>Ensuring Quality and Taking High-Impact Practices to Scale</em> (2013), <em>High Impact Practices</em> (2008), <em>Piecing Together the Student Success Puzzle</em> (2007), and <em>Student Success in College: Creating Conditions That Matter </em>(2005, 2010).</p><p>As Founder of IU's Centre for Postsecondary Research and the National Survey of Student Engagement and related instruments for law students, beginning college students, and faculty, Kuh also took the first-ever in-depth look at the factors that help or hinder the careers of graduates of arts-intensive training high schools and postsecondary institutions as the founding director of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment and the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project.</p><p>Prof Kuh will be presenting a master class about <a href="https://sueec.com/conference-track-five"><em>Research and Innovation in Experiential Education</em></a><em> </em>at the SUEEC, a virtual experience conference hosted by Centre for Student Leadership, Experiential Education and Citizenship (CSLEEC) at the Division for Student Affairs on 10-11 November 2020. The <em>Research and Innovation in Experiential Education</em> conference track explores experiential education and experiential learning as expanding frontiers in higher educational research and innovation in responding to pressing humanitarian needs and issues of social justice. Experiential education as integrated in the curriculum presents exciting new opportunities for scholarship and research. A rigorous and well-developed scholarship agenda in the area of experiential education can lead to innovation moving institutions beyond current limitations.</p><p>“It is an incredible privilege and honour to have Prof Kuh present a Keynote and Master Class at the SUEEC. His work continues to influence our theoretical approach and experiential learning methodology," said Ruth Andrews, Chairperson of the SUEEC Steering Committee and Manager of the SU Co-curriculum Office at CSLEEC.  Other keynote speakers that will be at SUEEC include Profs <a href="https://sueec.com/speakers-alice-kolb">Alice Kolb</a>, <a href="https://sueec.com/speakers-thuli-madonsela">Thuli Madonsela</a>, <a href="https://sueec.com/speakers-jonathan-jansen">Jonathan Jansen</a>, <a href="https://sueec.com/speakers-arnold-schoonwinkel">Arnold Schoonwinkel</a>, <a href="https://sueec.com/speakers-hester-klopper">Hester Klopper</a>, Dr <a href="https://sueec.com/speakers-choice-makhetha">Choice Makhetha</a> and Mr <a href="https://sueec.com/speakers-mustafa-erdogan">Mustafa Erdogan</a>.</p><ul><li>Early bird registration for the SUEEC was open until 20 September 2020, and normal registration is open from 21 September until 27 October 2020. Join us on 10-11 November 2020 for this virtual experience.<br> <br><strong>Visit </strong><a href="https://www.sueec.com/"><strong>www.sueec.com</strong></a><strong> and register today join the global conversation at SUEEC 2020</strong>. </li></ul>
Two from Innovus receives SARIMA Excellence Awardshttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=7682Two from Innovus receives SARIMA Excellence AwardsInnovus <p>​​Two Innovus staff members received national acclaim for their contribution to innovation management in the technology transfer field of expertise in South Africa.<br></p><p>Innovus' Dr Madelein Kleyn, Director Technology Transfer and Camille de Villiers, Technology Transfer Officer, each received an award at the Annual Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA) Excellence Awards. These awards celebrate excellence in Research and Innovation Management in Southern Africa. </p><p>Dr Kleyn received the DSI-SARIMA Award for Distinguished Contribution in Innovation Management. This award recognises individuals who have made distinguished contributions to the Research Management or Innovation Management profession. A specific contribution should have been made in the period under review (2019), but nominations should be in respect of leaders in their respective fields. They are recognised beyond their organisation for their broad contribution to the profession over many years. </p><p>In announcing the award, Dr Therina Theron, Senior Director Research and Innovation at SU's Division for Research Development and also President of SARIMA, said: “Amongst a list of accolades, Dr Kleyn generously shares her knowledge and expertise with professional innovation management colleagues and peers across the globe. She provides guidance and assistance to several institutions which require guidance on Intellectual Property (IP) knowledge, capacity and expertise, especially to universities. " </p><p>De Villiers, who has been at Innovus for almost three years, received the DSI-SARIMA Award for Early Career Excellence in Innovation Management. This award recognises individuals who are newcomers to the Research or Innovation Management professions. Nominees must have less than five years' experience in any of the core elements that make up a Research Management or Innovation Management function, whether they were in a formal organisational office or not.</p><p>Amongst her many achievements, Anita Nel, Chief Director Innovation and Business Development, highlighted De Villiers' involvement in actively and efficiently managing the IP protection, prosecution and commercialisation of over twenty projects at Innovus in 2019. “Camille has closed several commercialisation agreements on these projects while assisting with incubation of two potential Innovus spin-out companies. Also, she has successfully proposed, raised funding for and managed the establishment of two new initiatives at Stellenbosch University: the annual SU Hackathon, and the Stellenbosch Network."</p><p>Nel congratulated Kleyn and De Villiers, saying that both are exceptional in their respective positions. “Both Madelein and Camille deserve this recognition for the incredible work they are doing at Innovus. In the short time that they have been part of the Innovus team, they have added great value to the work we do." <br><br></p><p><strong><em>About SARIMA</em></strong></p><p><em>The Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA) is a membership organisation that brings together research and Innovation practitioners to strengthen these disciplines and institutional capabilities. It provides a platform for the promotion and facilitation of best practice in research and innovation management in Southern Africa. For more information, visit www.sarima.co.za.</em></p><p><strong><em>About Innovus</em></strong></p><p><em>Innovus is the university-industry interaction and innovation platform of </em><a href="/"><em>Stellenbosch University</em></a><em> (SU). Innovus is responsible for technology transfer, entrepreneurial support and development, and innovation at the University. Amongst its activities to commercialise the assets of SU, Innovus manages the commercialisation of the University's innovation and intellectual property portfolio through patenting, licensing and the formation of spin-out companies.</em></p><p><br></p>