AfricaSU
Welcome to Stellenbosch University

​News

 

 

Renowned Rwandan paediatrician now an honorary Matiehttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=9635Renowned Rwandan paediatrician now an honorary MatieCorporate Communication & Marketing / Korporatiewe Kommunikasie & Bemarking [Alec Basson]<p style="text-align:justify;">​Stellenbosch University conferred an honorary doctorate on the distinguished Rwandan paediatrician Prof Agnes Binagwaho at its December graduation. She was awarded the degree Doctor of Science (DSc), <em>honoris causa</em>, in absentia on Tuesday (6 December 2022) at an in-person graduation ceremony for the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.</p><p>Binagwaho was honoured for<strong> </strong>her visionary leadership as a national and global policymaker, her commitment to a stronger public health sector, her pioneering work advocating for the rights of people living with HIV and for leveraging her knowledge to launch scientific and citizen-centred endeavours in Africa and beyond. She has made remarkable contributions to improving the health and well-being of people in Rwanda and the rest of Africa. </p><p><strong>More about Binagwaho</strong></p><p>Born in Rwanda, Prof Agnes Binagwaho moved to Belgium as a child. Here she later obtained her medical degree and specialised in paediatrics before returning to her native country in 1996 – two years after the Rwandan genocide. She proceeded to hold several high-level government offices, including that of health minister.</p><p>She has been a tireless advocate for the rights of persons living with HIV/Aids and led the Rwandan National Aids Control Commission from 2002 to 2008. Under her supervision, the commission connected public, private and community sectors to provide better HIV care, resulting in a 44% decrease in HIV-related deaths, while new infections were halved.</p><p>During her time as health minister (2011–2016), Rwanda's health system improved significantly: The country achieved nearly universal coverage with a national community-health-based insurance scheme, significant decreases in maternal and neonatal mortality, increased life expectancy and high childhood vaccination rates.</p><p>She is the current vice-chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity, as well as a senior lecturer at Harvard. Binagwaho also serves as senior advisor to the director-general of the World Health Organisation and is a member of the United States National Academy of Medicine. </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>​<br></p>
Africa Regional Forum on Climate Change says ‘it’s time for Africa’ https://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=9621Africa Regional Forum on Climate Change says ‘it’s time for Africa’ SU International <p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">​The Africa Regional Forum (ARF) on Climate Change was hosted at Stellenbosch University (SU) by our School for Climate Studies in collaboration with the Global Alliance of Universities on Climate (GAUC). The ARF provided an opportunity to learn more about the African Agenda for COP27, hosted in November 2022 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. The ARF was a five-day, interactive, hybrid conference that allowed multiple institutions and stakeholders to engage in climate change science and its applied social and policy implications for Africa. The Forum hosted a range of delegates from 45 different universities across Africa.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">As part of GAUC, Stellenbosch University's School of Climate Studies and SU were joined by 15 member universities from 6 continents, all dedicated to advancing climate change solutions. During the Climate-X launch other staff and students from GAUC were given the opportunity to virtually join the Stellenbosch delegates. The team later hosted an opening ceremony for the members at SU, which was performed by Prof Klopper, the Vice-Rector: Strategy, Global and Corporate Affairs. She extended a warm welcome to the delegates and noted that the ARF was excellent preparation for COP27. She emphasised the need to work together to advance the COP27 agenda and make Africa prominent in the role it has to play. She noted that the ARF, as the first on the continent and led by SU, is an important part of fostering and expanding the collaborative link between our African universities. Above all, it is consistent with SU's vision and mission of becoming Africa's leading research-intensive university, working in and for the continent.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The second day of the Forum began with a keynote address by the acting director of the School for Climate Studies, Prof Guy Midgley, who started the conversations on climate by discussing the potential non-linear adaptation costs. The Forum continued during the week with other exciting and productive panels and resolved to work towards establishing a body known as the African Universities Climate Network. This panel was dedicated to the idea of enhancing networks among Africans beyond those dedicated to climate change. Ms Simone Engelbrecht of the AUDA-NEPAD Centre of Excellence in Science, Technology and Innovation, in collaboration with SU, reiterated that the work on climate change by African scientists would benefit from designing an African model focused on utilising and showcasing African creators, holders, and communicators of knowledge, and the resources in a communal repertoire. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The topic on climate was extended to panels such as the Periperi U live talk, youth engagement in climate science and policy, sustainable and renewable energy systems, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) implications on climate change, human health and climate change, and increasing African engagement in global assessment reports. The ARF received support from the South African National Research Foundation via the director who shared ways to acquire grants for research, but more important to emphasise the need for collaborations among Africans. Additional inputs and contributions came from the director of the School for Data Science and Computational Thinking that was established prior to the School for Climate Studies, for the purpose of creating a space to unite the best minds and thought leaders, academics, and policymakers in an interdisciplinary space. Students at the conference also received career, while SAFTA-nominated presenter Vicky Davis provided them with training in public speaking. She led delegates through a morning of tips and tools for delivering a presentation with confidence. The afternoon was used to work interactively on the delegates' presentation skills, providing feedback on their style, and how to improve message delivery. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The <em>African Journal of Climate Studies</em> (AJOCS) was launched at the ARF. The journal is a step forward in documenting and portraying African climate-related work and connecting experts and students of climate studies.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Ultimately, the ARF was a valuable opportunity for SU to host our African partners in person and virtually, and to emphasise the desire for African collaboration on climate change. <strong>Recordings of the ARF may be viewed/downloaded here:</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/18CDSTq3zUpy5Io0VLVUUSUQd1ZviM4a-?usp=sharing">https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/18CDSTq3zUpy5Io0VLVUUSUQd1ZviM4a-?usp=sharing</a><br></p><p><strong><em>African Journal of Climate Studies</em></strong></p><p style="text-align:left;">Calls for submissions to AJOCS may be forwarded to the website <a href="https://eur03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http://climatestudies.org/&data=05%7c01%7c%7c931ceb50b1b24499afdb08da97194586%7ca6fa3b030a3c42588433a120dffcd348%7c0%7c0%7c637988432087760544%7cUnknown%7cTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7c3000%7c%7c%7c&sdata=qtKEh7Be8wT3/VdHlaVJBXdnPk9JZYMrruPskBtY45g%3D&reserved=0">http://climatestudies.org/</a>, while calls for co-editors may be emailed to <a href="mailto:indexing@aosis.co.za">indexing@aosis.co.za</a>.<br></p><p>​<br></p>
Collaboration in Africa https://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=9623Collaboration in Africa SU International <p>​​<span style="text-align:justify;">​T</span><span style="text-align:justify;">he Centre of Collaboration in Africa (CCA) was involved in various activities during the latter part of the year, including supporting the School of Climate Studies in hosting the African Regional Forum (</span><a href="https://stellenbosch.sharepoint.com/:w:/s/CCATEAMSGroup/EZphWEuukmNGvTVKsnYcD8sBw1jXgeyxBSiYUjhfraa8PQ?e=TrQfZb" style="text-align:justify;"><strong>read more</strong></a><span style="text-align:justify;">). This reflection will feature some of the activities the CCA has been involved in, both regionally (SADC – Southern African Development Community) and beyond:</span></p><p><strong>The SADC Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue</strong> (Maseru, Lesotho – 5-7 September 2022)</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The SADC Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue is a biennial event organised by the SADC Secretariat that is traditionally presented as events driven by the water sector. It provides a forum for practitioners and other influencing sectors to have a dialogue on the pertinent issues that need to be addressed to deepen regional integration and address poverty in the region. The underlying objective is to ensure that the region unlocks the potential of sustainable water resources development in contributing to regional integration, poverty eradication and socioeconomic development. The theme of this edition of the event was, “Bolstering regional productive capacities for water, energy, food security and ecosystem resilience to achieve inclusive and sustainable industrial transformation". The objective of the dialogue was holistically positioned around the strategies and approaches, regional instruments, and the mobilisation of inclusive capabilities to support water, energy, food and the environment. Participants included senior officials from the water, energy and food sectors across all 16 SADC member states' regional institutions (named below), youth representatives, women groups, civil society organisations, the private sector, international cooperation partners (the Water Strategy Reference Group [WSRG] and other financing partners), government ministries responsible for economic planning, and selected utilities and regional agencies from the water, energy and food sectors. Dr Nico Elema represented the CCA through the Southern African Network of Water Centres of Excellence (AUDA-NEPAD SANWATCE). AUDA-NEPAD SANWATCE is a network of higher education and research institutions conducting high-end scientific research and capacity development in water and related sectors, to achieve a positive impact on societies (<a href="https://www0.sun.ac.za/international/news/au-nepad-southern-african-network-of-water-centres-of-excellence.html">read more</a>). </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Member states' regional institutions: SADC Secretariat (Industrialisation Strategy [IS]; Policy, Planning and Resources Mobilisation [PPRM]; and the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources [FANR]). Regional and Pan-African institutions: SADC Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (SACREEE); Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA); Regional Energy Regulators Association of Southern Africa (RERA); River Basin Organisations (RBOs); African Development Bank (AfDB); the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN); International Water Management Institute (IWMI); Climate Resilient Infrastructure Development Facility (CRIDF); and the African Union Development Agency – New Partnership for Africa's Development (AUDA-NEPAD).</p><p><strong>The Ministerial Meeting on Integrated Early Warning and Early Action System Initiative in Southern Africa </strong>(Maputo, Mozambique – 5-9 September 2022)</p><p style="text-align:justify;">At the invitation of the African Union Commission (AUC), in collaboration with the SADC Secretariat, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and other key technical partners, the CCA, represented by Mr Carinus de Kock, participated in the Ministerial Meeting on Integrated Early Warning and Early Action System Initiative in Southern Africa. This was the first of a series of early warning conferences at ministerial level across the African continent, starting with the SADC region. The conference aimed to seize evolving political moments following the adoption of the Africa Institutional Framework for Multi-Hazard Early Warning and Early Action, the inauguration of the Africa Multi-Hazard Early Warning and Early Action System (AMHEWAS) Situation Room, and the recent announcement made on 23 March 2022 by the United Nations Secretary-General, His Excellency António Guterres, calling for a new initiative that will provide every citizen on the planet with early warning systems to reduce vulnerabilities and improve preparedness and response to natural hazards in the next five years. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Early warning systems allow people to know that hazardous weather or climate events are on their way, and inform the possible actions of governments, communities and individuals  to minimise impacts. These systems are, however, inadequate in the region. Efforts are therefore needed to tap into the WMO and other partners' supportive frameworks to enable effective forecast and prediction systems that will provide information and warnings to disaster management institutions, decision makers, and citizens in general to take appropriate actions to safeguard life, property and development gains. The CCA hosts the “Partners Enhancing Resilience for People Exposed to Risks'' (PeriperiI U) secretariat. Periperi U is a platform for university partnerships to reduce disaster risks in Africa with a special focus on advancing university action on risk and vulnerability reduction in Africa (<a href="http://www.riskreductionafrica.org/about.html">read more</a>).</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>The second offering of the Future17 SDG Challenge </strong>(Stellenbosch, 27 September 2022)</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Stellenbosch University's (SU's) SDG/2063 Impact Hub held a contact briefing session for students selected to participate in the second offering of the Future17 SDG Challenge (Future17) on 27 September. The student-centred offering is led by a consortium of universities from four continents: the University of Exeter, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the University of São Paulo and Stellenbosch University (<a href="/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=9235">read more</a>). This is the first Sustainability Literacy programme offered at SU that focuses on the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and the Agenda 2030 in its entirety. There has been an increase in student and staff interest in Future17, with more than 50 students and 12 mentors participating in this second offering. The course, which started in August, is set to run until December, with the induction phase of the course being finalised this week. This will be followed by group collaborations on a project partner-initiated sustainability challenge between 10 October and 2 November, where students will engage with peers from participating universities. Successfully assessed projects will be certified by QS World Rankings and SU.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>18</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> Session of the Africa Working Group on Disaster Risk Reduction </strong>(Algiers, Algeria – 4-6 October 2022)</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The African Union Commission (AUC) and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) convened the 18<sup>th</sup> session of the Africa Working Group on Disaster Risk Reduction. The session was held in virtual format under the theme “From commitments to action – Enhancing anticipatory action in Africa through effective implementation of the Africa Multi-Hazard Early Warning and Early Action Programme". The session reviewed progress and concurred on a way forward to accelerating the implementation of recommendations from the 17<sup>th</sup> session held in March this year as well as priorities and commitments in the Nairobi Declaration and the Africa Common Position to the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction as related to the theme. The session also provided an opportunity to exchange experiences, lessons and best practices in disaster risk reduction, including anticipatory action and multi-hazard early warning and action systems, through field visits as well as marketplace and lightning talks. The director of Periperi U, Dr Nico Elema, participated in person in these proceedings. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>23</strong><strong><sup>rd </sup></strong><strong>WaterNet/WARFSA/GWP-SA Symposium </strong>(Sun City, 19-21 October 2022)</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The 23<sup>rd</sup> WaterNet/Water Research Fund for Southern Africa (WARFSA)/Global Water Partnership (GWP-SA) Symposium was jointly convened by the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS), AUDA/NEPAD Southern African Network of Water Centres of Excellence (AUDA/NEPAD SANWATCE), and the local organising committee led by the North-West University. These symposia have been held annually in the continent's Eastern and Southern African regions for the past 22 years to promote interaction among policy makers, academics, practitioners from water and related sectors, and cooperating partners. This year's theme was “Integrated Water Resources Management for Sustainable Development in East and Southern Africa". The Secretariat of the AUDA-NEPAD Southern African Network of Water Centres of Excellence (AUDA-NEPAD SANWATCE), hosted by Stellenbosch University, was represented by Dr Nico Elema and Mr Carinus de Kock of the CCA and Mr Renoir Hindley of the SU Water Institute. The trio chaired, presented and reported on the work undertaken within the AUDA-NEPAD SANWATCE at different sessions of the symposium. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Volta River Authority Delegation </strong>(Stellenbosch, 17-21 October 2022)</p><p style="text-align:justify;">A six-person delegation from the Volta River Authority (VRA) in Ghana visited Stellenbosch University from 17 to 21 October. The VRA is a public institution established in 1961 to generate, transmit and distribute electricity under the Ghanaian Volta River Development Act. Following various amendments (relating to the Ghana government's power sector reforms of 2005), the business dynamics of the VRA changed from operating in a monopolistic environment to operating in a competitive one, as a result of the acceptance of independent power producers on the Ghanaian energy market. In view of the current business trends in the energy sector, the VRA considers innovation and creativity to be strong pillars for driving its business sustainability after 61 years of successful operations. In this regard, the VRA has several subsidiaries including education, health, hospitality, agriculture, lake transportation and electricity distribution companies. The purpose of the visit was to (i) engage and discuss SU innovation programmes and approaches to support industry innovation; (ii) share lessons and discuss models suitable for the VRA's innovation programme, which incorporates management and industry work processes; and (iii) visit successful innovation projects/companies. Ms Norma Derby (Programme Manager: Africa Partnership Development) and Ms Simohn Engelbrecht (AUDA-NEPAD Centre of Excellence for Science, Technology and Innovation [CoE-STI] Project Coordinator: Innovation Upscaling) of the CCA received and hosted the delegation and covered the various activities associated with their visit. </p><p style="text-align:center;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>ARUA Data Gathering and Benchmarking Project Workshop </strong>(Stellenbosch, 1-4 November)</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) was inaugurated in Dakar in March 2015, bringing together sixteen of Africa's leading universities spread across ten African nations. It is a network of universities from different countries and different historical backgrounds, but with a common vision. The network is generally about expanding and significantly enhancing the quality of research done in Africa by African researchers.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">ARUA's vision is to make African researchers and institutions globally competitive while contributing to the generation of knowledge for socioeconomic transformation in Africa. This requires that the ARUA network collect and track data on the developments within its partner universities. Stellenbosch University participated in a workshop in Ghana on data collection from 24 to 28 May 2022, recently (August 2022) hosted ARUA collaborators from Uganda and Mauritius, and had various online meetings (14 July 2022, 25 July to 2 August 2022) to share its practices and systems for data collection. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr Elema also represented the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Innovation and Postgraduate Studies, Professor Sibusiso Moyo, at ARUA's deputy vice-chancellor (DVC) meeting in Accra, Ghana. The meeting saw the congregation of deputy vice-chancellors (and/or their representatives) of ARUA member institutions between 19 and 23 September. Although covering other business, the meeting follows the ARUA Secretary-General, Professor Aryeetey's visit to Stellenbosch University and other member institutions in August (<a href="https://arua.org.za/stellenbosch-university-prepares-for-clusters-of-excellence-with-the-guild-universities/">read more</a>). Dr Elema's visit also allowed for a meeting with the University of Ghana (also an ARUA member institution) and the South African High Commission in Accra, where they could build on existing partnerships as well as promote mobility and exchanges. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">From these collaborations it became clear that common practices and a shared system for the collection, management and analysis of data on ARUA universities and their research will strengthen collaboration and management of the network. SU proposed several contributions to the ARUA project, but decided on contributions to strengthen the data management capacity and has allocated time for activities geared towards the ARUA project. These efforts have culminated in the hosting of the Data Gathering and Benchmarking Project workshop, which apart from serving as an opportunity for reporting on SU's progress on the tabled proposal and following up on consultations and discussions, offered guidance on the availability of data and the data required for the new system, and initiated the development of the data management system as well as the compilation of a data definitions document.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Contributions to the Sustainable Development Agendas: The SDG/2063 Impact Hub</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Sustainable Development Goals Impact Hub (SDG/2063 Impact Hub), founded in late 2021 and located within the Centre for Collaboration in Africa (CCA) at Stellenbosch University International (SUI), aims to ensure that the sustainability goals of both the UN Agenda 2030 and the AU Agenda 2063 are reached through <em>international collaborations.</em> The SDG/2063 Impact Hub will address the two agendas collectively as there is a high level of alignment between the two, to further advance sustainable development in South Africa and on the continent.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Periperi U</strong> as a collective, through its work in risk reduction and early warning systems, will further contribute to sustainable development on the African continent by supporting the UN's SDGs 13 and 15 (Climate Action/Life on Land) and the AU's goals 6 and 7 ('Blue' or ocean economy for accelerated economic growth/Environmentally sustainable climate resilient economies and communities).</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Through the work of <strong>AUDA/NEPAD Southern African Network of Water Centres of Excellence</strong> (AU/NEPAD SANWATCE), SU and our partners will contribute to SDGs 6, 13 and 14 (Clean Water and Sanitation/Climate Action/Life below Water) and the AU goals 5, 6 and 7 (Modern agriculture for increased productivity and production/'Blue' or ocean economy for accelerated economic growth/Environmentally sustainable climate resilient economies and communities). </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Overall, SDG 17 (Partnerships for Progress) and Goals 9, 19 and 20 (Key continental financial and monetary institutions established and functional/Africa as a major partner in global affairs and peaceful co-existence/Africa takes full responsibility for financing her development) offer an opportunity for SU to <strong>strengthen our collaborations </strong>on the continent (and beyond), educate our students, build synergies, and contribute to sustainable development in an impactful way. <br><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> <br></p><p>​<br></p>
SU students attend Ghana to the World programme https://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=9438SU students attend Ghana to the World programme Mmanape Hlungwane<p>​​<span style="text-align:justify;">​Stellenbosch University (SU) International's Centre for Collaboration in Africa (CCA) afforded three SU students the opportunity to participate in the Ghana to the World (GTW) summer school hosted by the University of Ghana (UG) on 30 June and 1 July 2022. UG is one of SU's comprehensive African bilateral partners.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The GTW programme allows students to learn about Ghana and West Africa while they participate in fun activities hosted on the UG campus. Telling West Africa's story from the perspective of Ghana, the programme promotes cross-cultural immersion and engages students from across the world in conversations on Africa-centred issues. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Activities were divided into three components: an elective course or research project to spark conversation on Africa-specific topics, volunteerism to expose students to the Ghanaian community setting, and a cultural experience with visits to historic sites and attractions. This year, the volunteerism component took the form of a collaboration with the non-profit ActionAid Ghana, which works to reduce poverty and advance social justice and gender equality in the West African nation. GTW participants were able to assist at a workshop that supported community leaders to end violence against women and girls in their immediate environment. The students also attended a special Children's Parliamentary session to mark the International Day of the African Child. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">GTW lectures covered topics such as African history, the diaspora and Ghanaian public health care, as well as Twi language classes. Experiential learning experiences included visits to cultural sites such as the Assin Manso Slave River site, where participants learned about the infamous trans-Atlantic slave trade, and the Elmina Slave Castle, which was one of the most important stops on the slave trade route. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Students also got to visit the bustling Makola Market and Kakum National Park, explore the Ghanian capital city of Accra and sample the local cuisine. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">“Ghana to the World was a fun, enriching and intellectually stimulating experience, and I would recommend it to anyone," says one of SU's participants, Stefni van der Walt. “The organisers made sure that we got to know the Ghanaian culture through food, dance and many other valuable experiences, which made the trip an unforgettable adventure!" </p><p style="text-align:justify;">For more on other summer programmes that SU participates in, visit:<a href="/english/SUInternational/current-students/attend-a-partner-summer-school">http://www.sun.ac.za/english/SUInternational/current-students/attend-a-partner-summer-school</a>.<br></p><p><br></p>
SU Museum wins award for promoting multilingualismhttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=9247SU Museum wins award for promoting multilingualismCorporate Communication and Marketing/Korporatiewe Kommunikasie en Bemarking - Sandra Mulder<p>Stellenbosch University Museum has been awarded the 2022 National PanSALB (Pan South African Language Board) Multilingualism Award for using and promoting multilingualism at a higher education institute.<br></p><p>The SU Museum accepted this prestigious award at a PanSALB ceremony in Johannesburg on 15 June. SU and two other universities, the University of Venda and Unisa's Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) division, were the nominees for this award in the education category.<br></p><p>This award, among others, recognises the SU Museum's commitment to marketing its programmes as wide as possible to cater for its diverse audiences and make the Museum inclusive. The Museum presents all its marketing communication in English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa.<br></p><p>The PanSALB award will now hang next to the Museum's other two awards received in 2018 – the Cultural Affairs Award for “Best Museum Promoting Social Inclusion" and the Sustainable Development Award from the Cape Winelands District Municipality.<br></p><p>Thrilled and excited about this award for promoting multilingualism, Bongani Mgijima, Director of the SU Museum, revealed that the Museum had decided years ago to have programmes in line with the University's Vision 2040 and be more socially inclusive while promoting community involvement.<br></p><p>“To achieve this and broaden the Museum's social impact in the community, we decided to circulate all the museum's marketing collateral in English, Afrikaans and IsiXhosa since these are the main languages spoken in the Western Cape," said Mgijima.<br></p><p>With the Museum's enhancement of multilingualism and social inclusion, the Museum was a strong candidate for this PanSALB award to individuals, institutes or organisations that excelled in the “promotion, protection and preservation of all official languages including Khoi, Nama and San languages as well South African Sign Language". <br></p><p>Besides the Education category, the other award categories were Language and Literature, Language Activist Award, Media, Youth, Government or Public Sector, Technology and Business, Music, Translation and Interpretation and the Chairperson's lifetime achievement awards.<br></p><p>Except for SU Museum's multilingual marketing material, it also has other programmes promoting diverse cultures and languages like the African Drumming Tuesdays, which enables tourists and locals to learn the skills of playing the African drum.<br></p><p>Additionally, the Museum has active public educational programmes to attract diverse audiences. The Access to Visual Arts programme is the Museum's flagship social impact programme aimed at school learners, paying for students from disadvantaged schools to be able to broaden learners' access to the University Museum and introduce learners to art. <br></p><p>The Wednesday Art Walkabout is an initiative of the University Museum to educate and share its art collections with the public, while the Just Conversations series focuses on key issues such as intergenerational struggles, identity, silences in African history, the role of archives and museums as it relates to social justice to name but a few of the issues that activists, academics, and practitioners will discuss.<br></p><p>Last but not least, the Ubuntu Dialogues Project, a collaboration that centres around transnational dialogue and engagement among students, faculty and community partners in South Africa and the United States. <br></p><p>According to Mgijima, the circulation of marketing collateral by the Museum in the three national languages is testimony to the Museum's commitment to market its programmes as wide as possible to cater for its diverse audience and make the Museum more inclusive to all.<br></p><p>For more information on the University Museum's programmes, visit: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/UsMuseum">https://www.facebook.com/UsMuseum</a></p><p>Main picture: Museum staff with the PanSALB award.<br></p><p>Photo: Sandra Mulder<br></p><p><br><br></p>
First cohort of Future17 initiative complete course https://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=9235First cohort of Future17 initiative complete course Corporate Communication and Marketing/Korporatiewe Kommunikasie en Bemarking - Sandra Mulder<p>A diverse group of 130 international students from Brazil, China, the United Kingdom and South Africa has made history by completing the <a href="/english/SUInternational/future17-sustainable-development-goals-programme">Future17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Challenge short course</a> – a first of its kind for Stellenbosch University (SU).<br></p><p>This course was hosted by the SDG/2063 Impact Hub at Stellenbosch University International (SUI). The Impact Hub aims to promote the United Nations' 2030 Agenda and its sustainable development goals (SDGs), alongside the African Union's Agenda 2063 for a prosperous Africa within the context of international higher education. <br></p><p>The 38 SU students who formed part of the cohort celebrated their achievement informally at an event hosted by SUI in Stellenbosch on 9 June. This special gathering of SU students preceded the official global celebration on 13 June. The other participants were from the <a href="https://www.exeter.ac.uk/about/transforming-education/without-borders/future17/">University of Exeter</a><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;"> (UK)</span>, the <a href="https://www.cuhk.edu.hk/english/index.html">Chinese University of Hong Kong</a> and the <a href="https://www5.usp.br/english/institutional/">University of São Paulo</a> (Brazil). </p><p>The SU group, comprising final year undergraduate as well as postgraduate students, were praised for the innovation, commitment, professionalism and outstanding ambassadorship for SU that they displayed since the launch of the course in March. <br></p><p>The prestigious three-month Future17 SDG Challenge Course is unique because it is driven by a consortium of universities from four countries, assisted by global challenge partners. The aim is to educate and equip students with the knowledge and skills to find innovative ways to turn sustainable development goals into reality, said Corina du Toit, Programme Manager: SDG/2063 Impact Hub, and academic lead for the course.<br></p><p>Among the guests at the SUI celebration was Dr Nico Elema, Director of the <a href="/english/SUInternational/Pages/Centre-for-collaboration-in-Africa.aspx">Centre for Collaboration in Africa</a> at <a href="/english/SUInternational/Pages/default.aspx">SUI</a>. He shared his reflections on the programme and congratulated the students and mentors for overcoming the challenges of the new course, as well as streamlining the processes for the next cohorts. “You have walked the journey with us, we figured out things, and we all learnt many lessons. So, thank you for contributing positively and being ambassadors for the University. You made us proud."<img src="/english/PublishingImages/Lists/dualnews/My%20Items%20View/Future17SDG_2.jpg" alt="Future17SDG_2.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="margin:5px;width:500px;height:333px;" /> </p><p>Commenting on the effectiveness of the programme, Dr Munya Saruchera, senior lecturer and interim Director of SU's <a href="https://www.aidscentre.sun.ac.za/">Africa Centre for HIV and AIDS Management</a> in the World of Work, added: “I think the coming together of different universities reflected the microcosm level of how different countries can work together on this global agenda (SDGs). It was interesting how the mentors and students from different cultures and environments engaged effectively." </p><p><strong>Educate and equip</strong></p><p>These SDGs are at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – the blueprint for partnerships, peace and prosperity for people and the planet – adopted by all United Nations (UN) member states. (For more information, visit the <a href="https://www.undp.org/sustainable-development-goals#:~:text=The%20Sustainable%20Development%20Goals%20%28SDGs%29%2c%20also%20known%20as%20the%2cpeople%20enjoy%20peace%20and%20prosperity.">UN's Agenda 2030 and the SDGs</a>.)</p><p>Aligned with the 2030 Agenda, the Future17 Course focuses on the UN's SDGs, adopted by 195 UN member nations in 2015, as a framework to help find solutions for the global and interdisciplinary challenges we face while building participants' key employability, critical thinking, hybrid and remote working, and presentation skills. Participants used collaborative and innovative ways to approach challenges, working with the partner universities and mentors assigned by the different institutions.<br></p><p>The SDG challenge partners comprise organisations like NGOs, institutions and companies that conceptualised challenges for the course. Challenges included creating a digital strategy to promote the SDGs to university students, doing market research for urban farms, or recycling soap from hotel chains to create jobs for communities, said Du Toit. <br></p><p>She praised the students for their performance with the assignments. “I sat in on many presentations and was very impressed by the professional standard and quality of work put forward by your groups. Considering that this was a pilot project, we were unsure what to expect – and you certainly helped set the bar very high for the next offerings." <br></p><p>At the SUI celebration event, students had the opportunity to share their course experience with the guests. Encapsulating all the students' experiences, <strong>Sharon Sambaza</strong> (LLM) said: “The Future17 short course was nothing short of a roller coaster, and it was quite an enjoyable ride! I chose to enrol in the course because of my keen interest in issues relating to sustainable development and engaging in a learning experience with students in various parts of the world. My experience during the course was both challenging and rewarding. We learned interdisciplinary concepts crucial in finding innovative solutions to problem-solving, such as design thinking and prototyping."</p><p><strong>Jack Potter </strong>expressed his gratitude for being exposed to the course: “By doing this course, I was exposed to tasks and engagements that I otherwise would not have been. I could learn from and work with people from around the globe who all share a like-minded passion for sustainable development. In the coming years, I will apply this newly gained knowledge practically in conserving wilderness areas and protecting wildlife." </p><p> </p><ul><li><a href="https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=Azv6pjwKWEKEM6Eg3_zTSOvhNUaFqrJNn9eINYP9sBBURU9PSlM2VkRFQ1BFRzlXS0NOQ1VOMUhSRi4u">Applications</a> for the next round of the Future17 short course can be submitted until <strong>25 July 2022</strong>. For more information about the course, click <a href="/english/SUInternational/future17-sustainable-development-goals-programme">here</a>.</li></ul><p> </p><p><strong>Photographer: </strong>Stefan Els<br></p><p> </p><p>​<br></p>
ESI off to good start to develop scholarship and partnerships in Africahttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=9113ESI off to good start to develop scholarship and partnerships in AfricaSU International<p>Skills training following the completion of a doctorate is critical to enable early-career researchers to become research leaders. Yet very few African universities offer postdoctoral training, in many instances due to a lack of senior, qualified staff to provide the necessary support. Moreover, early-career researchers from Africa face additional challenges such as a lack of access to resources at their home institutions, and a lack of mentors and supervisors. Where postdoctoral posts do exist, they tend to be poorly paid.<br></p><p>To help build Africa's researcher population and promote scientific and research excellence on the continent, SU International's Africa Centre for Scholarship (ACS) launched the Emerging Scholars Initiative (ESI) in 2020. The ESI is a collaborative project that will see several multidisciplinary joint schools hosted with partners of Stellenbosch University (US) across the African continent. In doing so, it will draw on the experiences of the ACS's Joint Schools in Africa programme, of which the ESI serves as an extension, as well as the flagship African Doctoral Academy (ADA).</p><p>Following Covid-related delays, ESI started delivering on its brief in 2021 by co-hosting three virtual joint schools with Strathmore University (Kenya), the University of Lagos (Nigeria) and the University of Rwanda respectively. Approximately 200 delegates were taught by more than 20 facilitators from both SU and partner universities. The schools focused on two streams – one for PhD students and another for early-career staff members identified as emerging scholars by their own institutions. Courses addressed research methodology, supervision, academic writing and publishing, as well as generic skills, depending on individual institutions' needs and priorities. The programmes were co-designed by SU facilitators and facilitators from the partner/host institutions. </p><p>More joint schools are in the pipeline for 2022 to further deliver on the ESI's mandate of providing affordable yet quality competency-based learning in support of scholarship development and career training. This mandate is also well aligned with the ACS's overall objective, namely to contribute to the development of the continent and its people by connecting new and emerging scholars and creating opportunities for research and higher education teaching and learning to thrive. <br><br></p><p>​<br></p>
New CCA entities to inspire African collaboration https://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=9104New CCA entities to inspire African collaboration SU International<p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">At its annual strategic planning towards the end of January, SU International's Centre for Collaboration in Africa (CCA) chose as its motto for the year “Inspiring African collaboration". This the Centre will achieve, among others, through two new entities: the AUDA-NEPAD Centre of Excellence in Science, Technology and Innovation (AUDA-NEPAD CoE-STI) and the Sustainable Development Impact Hub (SDG/2063 Hub).</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Homegrown innovations for homegrown solutions</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The AUDA-NEPAD CoE-STI was jointly established by the African Union Development Agency, the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Stellenbosch University (SU) in June 2021. The aim is to leverage the research and science capabilities of the African continent to upscale and commercialise homegrown innovations, thereby responding to Africa's development priorities. Critically, the centre seeks to support the implementation of the African Union's Agenda 2063 through science-backed evidence-based innovations. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The CCA's Dr Nico Elema serves as lead expert at the CoE-STI, while Simohn Engelbrecht is responsible for coordinating the upscale of identified innovations. To date, 35 homegrown South African innovations have been identified. These all emanate from well-established SU and CSIR programmes. Based on widely tested and proven technologies and techniques, the innovations are ready for upscaling or commercialisation across the continent. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Initial innovation categories earmarked for upscaling include advanced agriculture and food, health, water-related networks, biosciences, e-government, information and cybersecurity, aquaculture and agro-processing. (Look out for further articles and progress updates on the respective innovations.) </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Advocating for overall sustainability</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The SDG/2063 Hub, in turn, was established at the end of 2021. Managed by Corina du Toit, the hub seeks to use SU's global network of partnerships and consortia to advocate for both the United Nations' sustainable development goals (SDGs) and the African Union's Agenda 2063 goals in the international higher education sector. At the same time, it aims to raise awareness in the broader SU community of both sets of sustainability goals, as well as SU's role in promoting them. To this end, the SDG/2063 Hub will offer sustainability literacy interventions for SU students, being the thought leaders and policymakers of the future. Another key activity will be to collect sustainability data, measure impact and consolidate resources. One current initiative that is enjoying special attention is the drafting of SU's <em>Times Higher Education</em> impact report. The report, which is due in October, will provide an overview of<strong> </strong>the University's contribution to the overarching sustainability goals. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">To help give effect to the hub's objectives, SU students and mentors (academic staff) are participating in Future17, a virtual SDG-focused challenge presented by QS University Rankings, Exeter University, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of São Paulo. The programme started in mid-February and runs until late May, with a second instalment to commence in September. </p><p style="text-align:left;">* For further information on these initiatives, contact the respective programme managers. For the AUDA-NEPAD CoE-STI, e-mail Dr Nico Elema (<a href="mailto:ne@sun.ac.za">ne@sun.ac.za</a>) or Simohn Engelbrecht (<a href="mailto:simohn@sun.ac.za">simohn@sun.ac.za</a>). For the SDG/2063 Hub, e-mail Corina du Toit (<a href="mailto:corina@sun.ac.za">corina@sun.ac.za</a>). </p><p style="text-align:left;"><br></p><p style="text-align:left;"><img src="/english/PublishingImages/Lists/dualnews/My%20Items%20View/Sustainability.jpg" alt="Sustainability.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:553px;" /><br></p><p>Image from Future17 Course <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p>​<br></p>
Kerwin Noemdo: Proud Paralympian with two degreeshttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=9071Kerwin Noemdo: Proud Paralympian with two degreesCorporate Communication and Marketing/Korporatiewe Kommunikasie en Bemarking - Sandra Mulder<p></p><p>Well-known Matie athlete Kerwin Noemdo's dreams of becoming a Paralympian athlete with two university degrees became a reality when he received his second qualification at Stellenbosch University's (SU) April graduation ceremonies.<br></p><p><br></p><p>Noemdo – the Maties Parasport Sportsman of 2019 who represented South Africa at the Tokyo Paralympic Games in September last year – was awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in HIV/Aids Management from SU's Africa Centre for HIV/Aids Management. In 2017, he received a BSc degree in Conservation Ecology.</p><p><br></p><p>“It's a nice and a proud feeling to know that I have successfully completed something I am committed to. I've always wanted to be a Paralympian and have two degrees, which happened for me. It is something I am proud of," said Noemdo.<br></p><p><br></p><p>He was born on 12 September 1994 with a smaller and deformed right hand due to the umbilical cord wrapping around it in the womb. His right hand was amputated a few months after birth. He has achieved remarkable success from a young age, participating in rugby and later in athletics.</p><p><br></p><p>In 2021, he registered for the postgraduate diploma, a flagship online programme of the Centre for HIV/Aids Management. The academic workload and his sporting obligations quickly put his self-discipline and perseverance to the test. “It was quite difficult," Noemdo recalled.</p><p><br></p><p>Apart from many assignments that took up most of his time, he also had to make time for his own shot-put exercise programme with his coach, coaching at two schools and giving private coaching lessons.</p><p><br></p><p>“I had to work on my assignments after hours, during weekends or late at night. But it's the life I chose, and I did it," said Noemdo, adding that he returned from Tokyo earlier to complete one of his assignments. </p><p><br></p><p><strong>From Bellville to Stellenbosch</strong></p><p>Hailing from Bellville, Noemdo moved to Stellenbosch in 2011 and joined Paul Roos Gymnasium. At the time, he was a good rugby player and para-athlete who had already participated in his first national athletics championship in 2008. </p><p><br></p><p>In the year he moved to Stellenbosch, he was selected for the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Games held in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. “It was a moment I will never forget – to represent my country and receive the green and gold South African kit with my name and the Protea emblem," Noemdo recalled.</p><p><br></p><p>After that, he represented South Africa at several other international sporting events, including the Tokyo Paralympic Games, where he participated as one of South Africa's leading para-athletes in the codes of discus and shot-put, placing fourth in shot-put.</p><p><br></p><p>“The Tokyo Games was my biggest sporting achievement so far. I ended just one place from a medal position, missing it by 35 cm," said Noemdo.</p><p><br></p><p>He is motivated to improve on his fourth position and will now put all his time and energy into training and coaching. “I am going full steam ahead for the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. It is two and a half years away. And if everything goes well, I can also participate in the 2028 Paralympic Games in Los Angeles."</p><p><br></p><p><strong>Coaching comes naturally</strong></p><p>Noemdo does not have any immediate career plans related to his qualifications. </p><p><br></p><p>"I will focus on my sport and keep coaching at two schools and privately. Coaching comes naturally to me and runs in the family. My grandfather was part of the coaching team of the first Springbok Sevens team, and my uncle coached provincial rugby teams. I have an analytical and a coaching brain," Noemdo said.</p><p><br></p><p>He added that one of the pleasures of coaching is when your athletes develop and improve their performance. “I really enjoy that. I like helping other athletes to achieve their goals and seeing the improvement and the growth – not only as athletes but also as people."</p><p><br></p><p>Going forward, Noemdo will carry with him the life lessons he has learned over the years in Stellenbosch and the lifelong friends he made in school and university. “To be a Matie student shaped me as a person. I hope that I can one day inspire and shape other individuals and student-athletes or just people in general in every aspect of life," he said. <br></p><p><strong>Photographer:</strong> Stefan Els<br></p><p><br></p><p>​<br></p>
Inspiring collaboration on the continenthttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=8952Inspiring collaboration on the continentMmanape Hlungwane ​<p><em>​SU International's Centre for Collaboration in Africa (CCA) strengthens ties between Stellenbosch University and its partner institutions across Africa through bilateral agreements, diverse thematic research networks, student and staff mobility as well as programme development support. </em></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The team at the Centre for Collaboration in Africa (CCA), at SU International, are devoted to inspiring high-impact collaboration among African universities and for Stellenbosch University (SU) to cultivate and nurture its relationships with other  African institutions. This is achieved through bilateral partnerships, thematic research networks, student and staff mobility, and programme development support. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The portfolio of <strong>33 bilateral agreements</strong> managed by the CCA, most of them with other African universities, provide SU staff, students and postdoctoral fellows with a framework for peer-to-peer collaboration.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Through the <strong>Africa Collaboration Grant (ACG)</strong>, the CCA provides seed-funding for full-time SU staff and postdoctoral fellows to establish or strengthen academic collaboration with one or more partners at institutions elsewhere on the continent. The ACG also supports postgraduate students to attend conferences in other African countries and support for Emerging Scholars to attend workshops. As of 2016, the grant prioritises projects with SU's bilateral partners in Africa, as well as work within the Africa Research Universities Alliance (ARUA). </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In pursuit of SU's strategic theme of purposeful partnerships and inclusive networks, the CCA also runs programmes under the <strong>Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme</strong>. These programmes are aimed at improving scholarships to post-graduate students and support staff exchange  through enhanced mobility between African countries. The scheme is funded by the European Commission and the programme offering is developed and implemented in conjunction with the Association of African Universities. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The <strong>Partners Enhancing Resilience for People Exposed to Risk (Periperi U)</strong>, in turn, is an alliance of 12 African universities who draws on diverse perspectives to support disaster risk reduction research and capacity development across the continent. Established in 2005, Periperi U seeks to enhance human capacity to integrate risk reduction with critical developmental sectors and programmes. The ultimate aim is to build African expertise to address and solve the continent's disaster risk issues. The partnership follows an outreach approach, empowering communities to be custodians of their own knowledge. It also invests strategically in academic programmes and short courses for professionals, and in the development and dissemination of research to guide disaster risk decisions and policymaking in African countries. The CCA is the proud host of the Periperi U secretariat, who engages with major stakeholders – including the United Nations, the World Bank and the African Union – to coordinate the alliance's joint projects on risk mitigation, resilience and sustainability. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The CCA also hosts the <strong>SDG/2063 Hub</strong> – a sustainable development impact hub that promotes both the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the African Union's Agenda 2063 in international higher education. The SDG/2063 Hub aims to achieve this through raising awareness, creating partnerships, and identifying and strengthening the wider SU community's contribution to both sustainability agendas in Africa and beyond.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The CCA team is no stranger to centres of excellence either. The <strong>secretariat of the</strong><strong> </strong><strong>AUDA-NEPAD Southern African Network of Water Centres of Excellence</strong> (AUDA/NEPAD SANWATCE) operates from the CCA. This network of higher education and research institutions conducts high-end scientific research and capacity development in the water and related sectors of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). AUDA-NEPAD SANWATCE received its mandate from the African Union, the African Ministers Council on Science and Technology (AMCOST) and the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) in 2006. Moreover, the <strong>AUDA-NEPAD Centre of Excellence in Science, Technology and Innovation</strong> (AUDA-NEPAD CoE-STI) was recently established in partnership with SU and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). From the CCA, Stellenbosch University's contribution to the AUDA-NEPAD CoE in STI is facilitated. In essence, the AUDA-NEPAD CoE in STI will leverage the research and science capabilities of the continent, upscaling and commercialising homegrown innovations to respond to African development priorities.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">In addition, the CCA supports the activities of <strong>thematic faculty-based networks</strong> through programmes such as the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), the Partnership for Africa's Next Generation of Academics (PANGeA) and the African Network for Evidence-to-Action in Disability (AfriNEAD).</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The CCA is led by the Director Dr Nico Elema, with a team of professional practitioners. Here, Ms Norma Derby, act as programme manager of Africa Partnership Development with Ms Sue-Vicky Brandt administering the ACG  as well as administering the finances administrator for the office. In addition, Ms Simohn Engelbrecht is the project coordinator of the AUDA-NEPAD CoE-STI with Ms Corina du Toit being the programme manager of the SDG/2063 Hub. In terms of the thematic research networks, Mr Alberto Francioli is the programme manager of the Periperi U secretariat, and Mr Carinus de Kock, managing projects in both Periperi U and AUDA-NEPAD SANWATCE. Capturing of CCA projects on INTERINFO, an integrated information system for internationalisation, is supported by CCA projects assistant Mr Mujahid Gabier. Moreover, interns, Ms Mmanape Hlungwane and Mr Mhlengi Khambule, both SU postgraduate students, will be assisting with all activities for 2022/23.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">For more information on Stellenbosch University's partnerships across the African Continent, visit the <a href="/english/AfricaSU/default">SU Africa platform</a>.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/english/PublishingImages/Lists/dualnews/My%20Items%20View/CCA%20article1.jpg" alt="CCA article1.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:560px;" /><br>Design by: Mmanape Hlungwane <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​<br><br></p><p></p><p><br></p><p>​<br></p>