University & Education
10 Facts about Stellenbosch University
- The University is recognised as one of the top four research universities in South Africa, with 41 Research Chairs and 7 Centres of Excellence.
- The University has one of the country’s highest proportions of postgraduate students, of which almost ten percent are international students.
- The whole town is known as a “university town” and is surrounded by mountains, valleys, vineyards, orchards, streams and waterfalls. Students are referred to as “Maties”.
- The University currently has 30 854 students, 1071 academic staff, 2353 management and non-academic staff and 308 post-doctoral fellows. (2016 stats).
- The University has ten faculties, of which eight are located on the main campus in Stellenbosch; Agri-sciences, Arts & Social Sciences, Education, Engineering, Law, Science, Theology and the larger part of Economic and Management Sciences.
- The Faculty of Health Sciences is situated on the Tygerberg campus and the Bellville Park campus is home to the Business School and the school’s Executive Development Programme. The coastal town of Saldanha serves as the base for the Faculty of Military Sciences.
- Various student organisations can be found on the four campuses and they cater for a wide range of interests such as culture, politics, religion, spiritual concern and relaxation.
- The University is famous for well-known and established student activities, including the yearly RAG, which is a highlight on every student’s calendar.
- Courses available at various off-campus institutions in the town include wine, golf, tennis, rugby, scuba diving, swimming, design, photography, language, cuisine, health & wellness, beauty, theatre, creative arts, fine art, pottery & ceramics, weaving, sculpture and computer technology.
- The University has 190 registered social impact projects.
For more information on the University, courses and entry requirements, visit their website.
Schools of Stellenbosch
Stellenbosch is South Africa’s culinary capital and regularly features among the Top 10 Restaurants in SA, playing host to over 80 restaurants offering international cuisine to traditional Cape fare. The town is home to two internationally acclaimed culinary schools, the Institute of Culinary Arts and The Private Hotel School. Culinary courses are also presented at Boland College, Bergzicht Training Centre and Stellenbosch University.
In this renowned centre for education and learning, there are several design schools and academies for the study of graphic design, photography, jewellery, fashion, visual arts, sculpture, art, ceramics, and interior design, to name a few.
Sport is an integral part of life in this university town that has delivered top achievers in almost every sporting discipline. Sports schools and academies offer training courses and some offer accommodation. These include rugby (also the development of youth rugby through coaching clinics at schools), tennis, athletics, swimming and gymnastics. There are also courses on sports leadership, training and development. The university caters for over 30 competitive and recreational sports.