Rector & Vice-Chancellor – Prof Wim de Villiers
Stellenbosch University (SU) is a well-established institution that has an excellent record in all three of its core functions – research, learning and teaching, as well as community interaction. Here we produce reliable and relevant knowledge, develop human potential optimally, and forge meaningful partnerships with the rest of society. All of this makes SU a jewel in the crown of higher education in South Africa.
In order to maintain this level of performance, SU pursues an inspiring vision – to be inclusive, innovative and future focused, a place of discovery and excellence where both staff and students are thought leaders in advancing knowledge in the service of all stakeholders. This is done through broadening access to the institution, promoting excellence, and increasing our impact on society.
Globally, universities are facing major challenges, and SU is no exception. How do we remain relevant amidst rapid change? How do we utilise new information technology, yet maintain academic excellence? How do we prepare our students for success in an uncertain future? How do we ensure our continued existence in trying economic circumstances?
We will have to be innovative and flexible in our approach, not only to survive but to really prosper. Sustained transformation is essential for any university worth its salt and aiming to be sustainable.
Nearly one hundred years after our official inception, SU is once again undertaking an exciting journey into the future. We are well placed to be an important meeting point between Africa and the rest of the world. For this we have the visionary leadership and the unselfish dedication of our predecessors to thank. Now we can move forward with passion.
Wim de VilliersContact
Ms Wildré Kok
Tel: +27 21 808 4490
Fax: +27 (0)21 808 3714