The raison d`être of Stellenbosch University is to create and sustain an environment in which knowledge can be discovered, can be shared and can be applied to the benefit of the community.

Innovative research driven by sceptical minds is a prerequisite for facing the challenges of the future. Such research is initiated by reflecting critically on current conditions and is sustained by a commitment towards a better future. This requires grounding in excellent basic science as well as creative imagination. Since success in this complex endeavour is not guaranteed, hope in the research context becomes an agent that provides the impetus for new and relevant actions. Hope reflects an attitude of defiance and creativity by imagining a future free of any form of human indignity.

The HOPE Project at Stellenbosch University encompasses a huge investment in the sustained academic excellence of the University and significantly strengthens our commitment to leave a scientific footprint in the community. As builders of hope on and from the African continent we continue to put our research
expertise at the service of human and environmental need. Witnessing how knowledge shapes and changes our society will also inspire us to drive the research cycle of discovery and action.

Through this process, research at Stellenbosch University is driven by the notion of simultaneous excellence and relevance informed by a diversity of people and ideas – whether it is putting Africa`s own satellites in space for improving food security and town planning, contributing to the development of fact based policies around TB treatment, ensuring a transformed society based on social and economic rights, or developing appropriate technology for making safe drinking water.

The core functions of the institution – research, teaching and learning and community interaction – converge to make Stellenbosch University an effective role-player and participant in South Africa`s strategic priorities to eradicate poverty; improve social services; build sustainable communities; improve the country`s health profile, and grow an increasingly inclusive economy for the benefit of South Africa and Africa`s citizens.

Within the research environment, the Division for Research Development (DRD), the Library and Information Service (LIS) as well as the Postgraduate and International Office (PGIO) have a shared responsibility to contribute to the strategic priorities mentioned above. In addition, the aims of rejuvenating and diversifying the research community at the postgraduate level, is the responsibility of the PGIO, while DRD assumes this role at the level of the full-time researchers. LIS has a specific role in the development of information literacy across all research disciplines. DRD develops and monitors industrial partnerships while PGIO focuses on international academic partnerships. The research information infrastructure is provided by the LIS whereas DRD co-ordinates the acquisition and management of research resources and infrastructure.

Link to Research Hub for Civil Engineering Staff