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Trilingual terminology lists contribute to a welcoming culture

It is extremely satisfying when students say they understand the content of prescribed books thanks to a terminology list in their mother tongue, says Ms Anita Jonker, co-ordinator of the First-year Academy in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Thanks to her initiative, close on 1 000 political terms are now available in English, […]

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Teens need structured help from school after a sibling’s death

Eight years ago Lesley Schroeder-McLean’s second son, Mark, died in a plane crash. He was 17 years old. For her as parent it was a devastating experience, but she also witnessed how the other adolescents in her extended family struggled to come to terms with this death. This experience was the trigger for her to continue her studies and after […]

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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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SU staff take on 5 km Wellness Fun Walk/Run 2013

The Stellenbosch University (SU) central campus was a hive of activity on Thursday 11 April when 239 SU staff members took part in the third annual 5km Wellness Fun Walk/Run, which has become a fixed item on the University’s Wellness Calendar. Ms Maureen Kennedy, Manager: Employee Wellness, said apart from the aim of promoting a […]

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First ‘Explosive Mondays’ athletics competition to be held on 15 April

The first in a series of three national student athletics competitions is to be held at the Coetzenburg Athletics Stadium on Monday (15 April). Dubbed “Explosive Mondays”, the competition is a new initiative of Varsity Sports – a partnership between the country’s top universities and Advent Sport Entertainment and Media Pty Ltd (ASEM) with the […]

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Promotion of African languages contributes to social cohesion and economic development

Citizens who learn an African language can contribute to the creation of social cohesion and a sense of inclusive citizenship among South Africans. This was one of the viewpoints of Prof Marianna Visser of the Department of African Languages at Stellenbosch University (SU) in her inaugural address in the Jannasch Hall of SU’s Conservatoire on […]

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SU’s Prof Sampie Terreblanche receives honorary doctorate from University of Pretoria

Professor Sampie Terreblanche, former professor of Economics at Stellenbosch University (SU), received an honorary doctorate (DCom, honoris causa) from the University of Pretoria on Wednesday 10 April. Terreblanche was a lecturer and professor in Economics at SU from 1965 until his retirement in 1995. He went on to become an emeritus professor and continued lecturing […]

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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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Winemakers believe own experience is most important source of knowledge

Own experience is the most important way of gaining knowledge, say winemakers. It plays a bigger role than the results received from wine laboratories and is rated even more important than formal training. This is the conclusion of Nelius Boshoff, researcher at the Centre of Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (SREST) at Stellenbosch University. […]

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SU Rector visits community partners in Kayamandi

The lack of an up-to-date database of residents in Kayamandi and the role such a database could play in ensuring that the real victims of a disaster receive speedy assistance were some of the issues discussed at a meeting between senior Stellenbosch University staff and the University’s community partners in Kayamandi recently. Prof Russel Botman, […]

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Thuthuka students raise money for African penguin

A penguin with the name Finrek has been adopted by the Stellenbosch Thuthuka students of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences. The plight of the endangered African penguins, whose numbers have declined by 64% in the last decade alone, caught the attention of the Stellenbosch Thuthuka students. Thuthuka is a transformation initiative of the South […]

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‘Put the global spotlight on your creativity’

As an official bid partner, Stellenbosch will in 2014 be part of the Cape Town World Design Capital (WDC) celebrations, and staff and students of the University have been invited to submit proposals for inclusion in the year-long programme. Successful projects will receive official WDC 2014 recognition, endorsement and promotion. “This is your opportunity to […]

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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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FNB Maties fight off Madibaz for spot in Varsity Cup final

FNB Maties and FNB UP-Tuks will meet each other in the Varsity Cup Final for the second consecutive year after securing semi-final victories on Monday (video). Last year the two sides met in Pretoria, with UP-Tuks going on to lift their maiden title, and this year the scene shifts to the Danie Craven Stadium in […]

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Biofuel technologies ready for take-off on commercial scale

The United States is now ready to take second generation biofuel technologies, such as cellulosic ethanol production, to the market on the same scale and level as the Brazilian model, Dr James McMillian from the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), announced Tuesday during the second day of the 20th International Symposium on Alcohol Fuels […]

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