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Awareness around bipolar disorder

SADAG (SA Depression and Anxiety Group), in collaboration with the Centre for Student Counselling and Development (CSCD,US), will be raising awareness around Bipolar Disorder by screening Silver Linings Playbook – an Oscar winning film. A psychologist will be available during the screening to discuss questions and comments.  The average age of onset of bipolar disorder […]

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‘Despairing youth should be given hope of a better future’ – Prof Russel Botman in 2013 Kuyper Prize Lecture, Princeton, USA

Globalisation could increasingly drive the youth worldwide into the arms of fanatical and extremist groups because of public and economic policy that continue to exclude the poor and other marginalised groups, Prof Russel Botman, recipient of the 2013 Abraham Kuyper Prize, warned in the US last night (18 April). Botman, who is Rector and Vice-Chancellor […]

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Investments in sustainable cities crucial for improved resource efficiency and poverty eradication

Investing in sustainable infrastructures and resource efficient technologies in cities offers a golden opportunity to deliver economic growth with lower rates of environmental degradation, reductions in poverty, cuts in greenhouse gases, and improved well-being. This is according to a new report, released by the United Nations in Nairobi in Kenya, today (17 April 2013). Prof […]

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Russel Botman to receive prestigious Abraham Kuyper Prize

Russel Botman to receive prestigious Abraham Kuyper Prize

Economic globalisation and the current financial crisis are endangering not only the sustainability of the planet but also the moral welfare of humankind and the future of young people. This will be the message of Stellenbosch University Rector and Vice-Chancellor Prof Russel Botman when he receives the Princeton Theological Seminary’s 2013 Abraham Kuyper Prize for […]

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Student success at SU celebrated at FYA’s prestige evening

The special and important relationship between students and lecturers was celebrated on Tuesday at the Rector’s Dinner for Top-Performing Students, hosted by the First-year Academy (FYA) of Stellenbosch University (SU), during which the 30 top performing first-years of 2012 were honoured. Special recognition was also given to the lecturers who these students felt had made the greatest contribution to […]

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Conference takes vox pop on land issues (Land Divided Conference)

Public opinion took centre stage at one of the many morning sessions on the last day of Land Divided 2013, a conference hosted by Stellenbosch University (SU), the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the University of the Western Cape (UWC) at UCT this week. Charl Swart, a graduate student at Stellenbosch, presented findings from […]

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Opinion editorial: ‘United front required against corruption’ – Prof Russel Botman

There are “encouraging signs” of the growth of a “strong civic movement against corruption,” writes  Stellenbosch University Rector and Vice-Chancellor of Prof Russel Botman in an opinion piece published by Politicsweb on 27 March 2013. “A number of anti-corruption initiatives are gaining traction, both in civil society and within government and the ruling party. It is now crucial to keep […]

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Fracking will lead to health, environmental damage – expert at Land Divided conference

Despite arguments to the contrary, it seems as if fracking in the Karoo will cause large-scale damage to the environment, the health of people living there and the economy of the area. It could also lead to the further displacement of marginalised people. This was clear from a presentation by Dr David Fig delivered at […]

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Policies could land SA in hot weather – Land Divided Conference

Environmental concerns do not typically come first to mind when talking about the fraught South African ‘land question’, so to have the opening plenary of day three (Tuesday, 26 March) of the Land Divided Conference, currently taking place in Cape Town, dedicated to exactly that theme was something of a change of pace. The conference, […]

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Conference briefed on problems with land reform in SA

South Africa’s agrarian reform project is seriously lagging behind the stated target of putting 30% of land in the hands of black owners, participants in the Land Divided Conference heard on Monday (25 April 2013). Research findings presented showed that only 10% of land has so far been transferred, and that many transfer projects are […]

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Swilling at expert meeting in NY to discuss post-MDG strategy

The process of drafting a fresh blueprint for building a better world kicks off in New York today [20 March 2013] with an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) at the headquarters of the United Nations (UN), where South Africa will be represented by Stellenbosch University’s (SU) Prof Mark Swilling. This follows a decision by the UN […]

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‘Learn from nature,’ Transdisciplinary Summer School participants told

When it comes to ensuring the survival and long-term sustainability of humankind and our planet, we have lots to learn from nature. This was the message of Stellenbosch University (SU) Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation Prof Eugene Cloete at a Transdisciplinary Summer School on Sustainability hosted by the TsamaHub from 4-8 March 2013. The course […]

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SU’s Standard Bank Centre receives R5.13 million boost

Stellenbosch University’s Standard Bank Centre for Agribusiness Leadership and Mentorship Development will receive a further boost in the form of increased investment from its key strategic partner Standard Bank, it was announced on Thursday 14 March. Standard Bank will increase its investment in the Centre from R3.45 million over the past three years to R5.13 […]

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Zimbabwean minister receives doctorate

A total of 538 students, including a minister from Zimbabwe, received their degrees at Stellenbosch University’s (SU) third March graduation ceremony on Wednesday (13 March). Watch video. Among these students from the Faculties of Education and Economic and Management Sciences were six doctoral candidates. One of them was Dr Tapiwa Mashakada, Minister of Economic Planning […]

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South Africa’s land issues take centre stage at high-profile conference

South Africa’s land issues will take centre stage at a high-profile conference themed Land Divided: Land and South African Society in 2013, in Comparative Perspective. The conference commences on 24 March. This year marks the centenary of the notorious 1913 Land Act. As it was a hundred years ago, land in South Africa in 2013 […]

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