The University of Stellenbosch (US) has raised R1.75bn for the investment in the sustained success of the institution.
Twenty months after the launch of the biggest fund-raising campaign by a university on the African continent, Russel Botman, the rector and vice-chancellor of the University of Stellenbosch, yesterday said: "Not only have we surpassed our ambitious financial target of R1.75bn, but through the science-for-society approach of our Hope Project, we are making a real difference in people's lives."
Botman said the success of the fundraising campaign was the realisation of a key component of the long-term vision of the university.
"In addition to that, the academic and research gains, as well as the impact on surrounding communities and the resounding support for investment in the sustained eminence of the institution have propelled Stellenbosch University into a new league in the 21st century."
He further said the University of Stellenbosch was recognised as one of Africa's top institutions. Last year, the institution broke into three global rankings in quick succession which were the QS and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and the Leiden Ranking.
Botman said success of this magnitude brought along new challenges which required a quantum leap in thinking. "Our expertise, technologies and facilities. "It should further result sustained success of the university in the 21st century.
Our future levels of excellence will be determined by our approach to learning and living spaces as well as by the academic experience and campus culture."