Archive | December, 2012

Answers to frequently asked questions at the start of the academic year

Every year in January, the Client Service Centre at Stellenbosch University is inundated with calls from anxious parents and students. They want to know whether they can still apply, when must the first-years arrive on campus, when do classes start, how can they register, etc. Here are the answers to some of the Frequently Asked […]

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A blessed Christmas to all Christian staff members and students

Prof Russel Botman and the Management of Stellenbosch University would like to wish all Christian staff members, students, colleagues and friends of the University a blessed Christmas. They hope that all staff members will enjoy a pleasant holiday with friends and family. May you return to campus safely and rested in 2013.

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Accolades for Stellenbosch authors’ book on sustainability

A book authored by academics attached to Stellenbosch University’s (SU) School of Public Leadership (SPL) has won the runner-up prize for the 2013 Harold and Margaret Sprout Award, a prestigious US-based award for publications in the global governance field. Professor Mark Swilling and Ms Eve Annecke won the prize for their book, Just Transitions: Explorations […]

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Emerging scientists tackle health issues

Preventing cancer cells from recycling their damaged parts could help reduce the amount of chemotherapy patients need and spare them the negative side-effects of this treatment. This was the view of Ms Gina Leisching of the Faculty of Science at Stellenbosch University (SU) at the annual New Voices in Science colloquium held at the Stellenbosch […]

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Student says thanks with message on shirt at graduation ceremony

For most students their graduation ceremony is the cherry on top of their university career and it is usually accompanied by joy, relief, applause and a few gasps. Proud granny Mrs Lettie van Zyl was very proud when her granddaughter, Ms Mariet van Zyl, received her BA degree in Visual Arts. Last year (2011), ten of […]

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Cell phone giant collaborates with Computer Science at Stellenbosch University

The next app you download for your Android cell phone or tablet from the Vodacom App Store or Google’s Play Store, might just be the brainchild of a Computer Science student at Stellenbosch University. This could be the case thanks to an emerging partnership between the South African cell phone company Vodacom and the Computer […]

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Five SU Women attend HERS SA Academy 2012

The tenth HERS-SA Academy in Cape Town was attended by five women from Stellenbosch University – Prof Karen Esler (Conservation Ecology & Entomology), Dr Munita Dunn (Centre for Student Communities), Ms Ruth Baitsewe (Language Centre), Prof Karin Jacobs (Microbiology) and Dr Ethelwynn Stellenberg (Nursing). Prof Esler also serves as the Chair of the HERS-SA Board. […]

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EIT ICT Labs Master School

The EIT ICT Labs Master School offers a two year program in ICT Innovation. Students choose two universities in two different European countries to build a curriculum of their choice based on their skills and interests. At the end of their two-year master, students receive a double degree, which combines technical competences with a set […]

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Stellenbosch journalism school launches SA’s first university-linked app

For the first time a South African university has an app on iTunes – and the bragging rights belong to Stellenbosch University (SU). SU’s Department of Journalism has just launched the SMF2012 app – a digital extension of its well-known final-year magazine, Stellenbosch Media Forum (SMF). “SMF has been around for over 10 years, but in light […]

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Selfish leaders are harming reconciliation – Prof Russel Botman

Prof Russel Botman, Rector and Vice-chancellor of Stellenbosch University, spoke at the Msunduzi Museum in Pietermaritzburg on Reconciliation Day (Sunday, 16 December). A version of this article, based on his Reconciliation Day speech, appeared in the Sunday Independent on Sunday. The Witness also reported on his speech. Selfish leaders are harming reconciliation H Russel Botman […]

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Recipients of honorary degrees give recognition to SU excellence

The recipients of honorary degrees at the December 2012 Graduation Ceremonies of Stellenbosch University (SU) all gave recognition to research and academic excellence at the University. The recipients, physicist Dr Bernie Fanaroff, governor of the Reserve Bank, Ms Gill Marcus, and world-renowned heart researcher, Prof Lionel Opie, spoke at a luncheon held on Friday afternoon […]

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Stellenbosch University honours three outstanding South Africans

Graduation week at Stellenbosch University (SU) came to an end on Friday with honorary degrees awarded to physicist Dr Bernie Fanaroff, governor of the Reserve Bank Ms Gill Marcus and world-renowned heart researcher Dr Lionel Opie at the graduation ceremony of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences. Dr Fanaroff was awarded the degree Doctor […]

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Megan Kim North from Faculty of AgriScience recipient of Chancellor’s Medal

Ms Megan Kim North recieved this year’s Chancellor’s Medal, the highest honour the University can bestow on a student at last night’s graduation ceremony of the Faculties of AgriScience and Engineering. Ms North has been a full-time student at StellenboschUniversity’s Faculty of AgriSciences for the past four years and received her BSc Agric degree majoring […]

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Doctoral student believes hard work pays off

Perseverance and hard work! That is what it takes to complete your doctorate degree in just 19 months, according to Dr Bradley Slade who received his LLD degree in Public Law on Thursday morning (13 December) at the fifth graduation ceremony of Stellenbosch University (SU). He completed his degree through the SA Research Chair in […]

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Students in Education, Theology and Military Sciences graduate

A total of 543 proud Maties in the Faculties of Education, Theology and Military Sciences received their degrees at the fourth ceremony of Stellenbosch University’s December graduation on Wednesday night (12 December). Seventeen doctorates were also awarded at the event. Among the graduates were two former students from SciMathUS, the University’s bridging program for students […]

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