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Year-end function: Information Technology

Information Technology’s year-end function will be taking place on Friday, 20 November 2015 and personnel will therefore not be available after 12:00. Please direct any queries or problems to

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Indexing the Human series to interrogate history and future of social anthropology and the human sciences in South Africa

In 2013 a postgraduate student conducting research on the history of the Sociology and Social Anthropology Department at Stellenbosch University (SU), discovered a human skull along with eye and hair colour charts among the remnants of the old Volkekunde Department. The discovery caused an uproar across South Africa and in the media, raising a number […]

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Arts Faculty produces the highest PhD output for 2013 academic year

Arts Faculty produces the highest PhD output for 2013 academic year

On Thursday, 24 April, 26 PhD graduates obtained their doctoral degree from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, raising the Faculty’s PhD output for 2013 to 52 graduates – the highest amongst all the faculties for this academic year. It is the second year that the Faculty has produced more than 50 doctorates. In […]

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Outputs of nine-year research project on show at Slee Gallery

The outputs of a research project conducted over the last nine years by the Creative Jewellery Design and Metal Techniques division of the Visual Arts Department, can now be viewed at the Slee Gallery in Dorp Street, Stellenbosch. The group exhibition, Platinum-juwelierskuns – BACK TO THE FUTURE – Platinum Art Jewellery, was opened on 6 […]

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Hans Roosenschoon Music Foundation Composition Scholarship2s

Hans Roosenschoon scholarships awarded to two gifted composers

Two scholarships of R25 000 each were recently awarded to two gifted undergraduate and postgraduate music students specialising in composition. The first Hans Roosenschoon Music Foundation Composition Scholarships were awarded to Roché van Tiddens and Lise Morrison this year. Roché, who is an undergraduate student, passed his third year of BMus (Composition) with six distinctions, […]

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Your vote DOES count

With a final round of election registration scheduled for 8 and 9 February, political scientists at Stellenbosch University (SU) and non-governmental organisations are encouraging citizens, especially the youth, to register for the upcoming elections. “Your vote does count,” says Dr Nicola de Jager from the Political Science Department. “The proportional representation system applied by South […]

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Arts Faculty awards 26 doctorates at December graduation

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences recently conferred 26 PhD degrees at the December graduation ceremony held specifically for doctoral graduates in the Endler Hall of the Conservatorium. This is the first year that Stellenbosch University (SU) has organised separate graduation ceremonies for PhD graduates. “I am very proud of each PhD student that […]

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Frans Swanepoel to head ASSAf agriculture consensus study

Frans Swanepoel to lead national ASSAf consensus study

Prof Frans Swanepoel (photo), Deputy-Director of the African Doctoral Academy has been appointed by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) to chair a national consensus study to revitalise Agricultural Education and Training (AET) in South Africa. The mandate of the ASSAf Consensus Studies is to provide evidence-based advice to government on matters of […]

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Prof Johann Cook

Cook appointed as President of IOSOT

Prof Johann Cook (photo), a lecturer in Stellenbosch University’s Department of Ancient Studies and researcher specialising in the Septuagint (the Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible), was recently appointed as President of the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament (IOSOT). The news was officially announced at an IOSOT business meeting in Munich, Germany, […]

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The Bothers Grimm

Seminar: Department of Modern Foreign Languages

You are cordially invited to a lecture by Dr Isabel dos Santos (Stellenbosch University – German Section) on Celebrating the Brothers Grimm Date: Friday 2 August 2013 Time: 13:00 – 13:50 Where: Arts & Social Sciences Building: Seminar Room 551

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‘Dankie Tannie’ parcels helped to keep up the spirits

​Parcels from the “tannies” of the Southern Cross Fund back home helped to keep the morale high for South African soldiers in the border war from 1969 until the late 1980s. Anneke van Heerden, who is doing a master’s degree study in history about the Southern Cross Fund’s influence to help mobilise citizens for this […]

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ADA partners with OECD on the African Diaspora

South Africa through the African Doctoral Academy at Stellenbosch University has been invited by the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development’s Global Science Forum to prepare a submission to be presented to the Global Science Forum meeting in Japan during October. This follows an extremely successful OECD Global Science Forum workshop International Research Collaboration in […]

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Chamber Music Festival is great opportunity to collaborate, says Bradetich

Jeffrey Bradetich, an American professor and performer of double bass has been invited to attend the   Stellenbosch  International Chamber Music Festival at the Konservatorium  (5-14 July).  He answers a few questions. Have you attended the Festival before? I attended for the first time in 2012, but I have heard a lot about the festival since […]

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Noticeboards make students feel excluded

Language that they do not understand and noticeboards that are only in Afrikaans are among the things that make students on the campus of Stellenbosch University feel excluded and unwelcome. This is the finding of a group of third-year students in visual arts after spending six weeks interviewing a diverse group of students on campus […]

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Winter tale: The magnet…

Claudia Francis, a part-time study coordinator in the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health on the Tygerberg Campus, wrote this heartwarming winter tale of how she beats the winter cold… Text only available in Afrikaans Die koue luggie het teen Donderdag my aandag getrek. Winter het vinniger aangebreek dié jaar, flits die gedagte deur my […]

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