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The FVZS Institute was officially launched in March 2011 as one of the HOPE projects of Stellenbosch University. The Institute pays homage to a great (South) African leader, critical thinker, thought leader, and previous Chancellor of Stellenbosch University, the late Dr Frederik van Zyl Slabbert. We invite you to an overview of our work over the past ten years.​


Through our programme offering the Institute creates various platforms through which youth leaders can expand their learning experiences and leadership skills as active (global) citizens.

At the core of what we do, we are committed to staying engaged with an ever-changing South African and global context. Through our offerings, we strive to remain relevant, critical and encourage collaboration and partnerships locally, across Africa, and beyond. We believe in remaining future focussed and innovative in our approach, understanding the need to be a significant role-player in creating inclusive spaces for dialogue on hope, reconciliation, social justice, human rights, democracy, and citizenship.

The programme offering of the FVZS Institute is structured ​around the following pillars:

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