Stellenbosch University

301–350 th
World University Rankings 2019
Private Bag X1 Matieland, 7602, Stellenbosch, South Africa

More about Stellenbosch University

Stellenbosch University (SU) is rooted in Africa and global in its reach. Over the past one hundred years, it has grown into a South African higher education institution with the vision to be a leading research-intensive university on the African continent, to be globally recognised as excellent, inclusive and innovative, and where knowledge is advanced in service of society. As its mission states, SU is a research-intensive university that attracts outstanding students, employ talented staff and provides a world-class environment; it is a place connected to the world, while enriching and transforming local, continental and global communities.​ The University’s values – excellence, compassion, equity, accountability and respect – relate to the beliefs and attitudes that guide the institution’s behaviour. All of these values are equally important, are interconnected and inform SU’s ethics code.

Starting out with four faculties (Arts, Science, Education and Agriculture), 503 students and

40 lecturing staff on 2 April 1918, SU today is home to ten faculties spread across five campuses, has a vibrant and cosmopolitan community of more than 32 000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, which include over 4 000 international students from 100 different countries. The University has about 3 300 full-time staff members and 352 postdoctoral fellows.

In 2018, SU commemorated its Centenary against a background of achievement and valuable lessons from its complex history. Themed “100 years of learning, growing and moving forward together”, the Centenary signified a new beginning for Stellenbosch University. In this year, the University launched its Vision 2040, as well as a strategic framework that at its core serves to provide a transformative student experience, to promote networked and collaborative teaching and learning, to conduct research for impact, to foster purposeful partnerships and inclusive networks, to position SU as an employer of choice, and ultimately to cultivate a thriving Stellenbosch University.



Faculty of AgriSciences

Agricultural Economics, Animal Sciences, Conservation Ecology, Food Science, Forest and Wood Science, Viticulture & Oenology, Soil Science

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Languages, History, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology and Social Anthropology, Performing Arts (music, theatre and visual arts), Journalism, Political Science

Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences

Accountancy, Business Management, Economics, Industrial Psychology, Logistics, Statistics and Actuarial Science

Faculty of Education

Curriculum Studies, Education Policy Studies, Educational Psychology, Sport Science

Faculty of Engineering

Civil Engineering, Electrical and Electronic engineering, Industrial engineering, Mechanical and Mechatronic engineering, Process (chemical) engineering

Faculty of Law

Private Law, Tax Law, Intellectual Property Law, Trade Law, Labour Law

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Medicine, Surgical Sciences, Pathology, Biomedical Sciences, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech-Language and Hearing Therapy.

Faculty of Military Science

Security and Africa Studies, Technology and Defence Management, Organisation and Resource Management, Military strategy, history and geography

Faculty of Science

Biochemistry, Botany and Zoology, Chemistry and Polymer Science, Earth Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Computer Science, Microbiology, Physics, Physiological Sciences.

Faculty of Theology
Old and New Testament, Practical Theology and Missiology, Systemic Theology and Ecclesiology.

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