Exciting updates at the University of Stellenbosch

Exciting updates at the University of Stellenbosch

Part and parcel of Stellenbosch is of course the University. There has been some exciting movement happening, ranging from progress in the visual redress initiative to prestigious international fellowships.

Constitution Art project 

Outside the University’s Law Faculty building an exciting new art project is taking shape. By the end of September, the installation of the art piece will be completed. The piece is the preamble to the South African Constitution in both English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa. Famous artist and also SU alumni, Strijdom van der Merwe, was chosen to design the piece. Careful detail has gone into the design, e.g. the text from each plate will be projected on to the ground as the sun shines through the plates at certain angles and at certain times of the day. Also part of the University’s visual address initiative, putting the work next to the Law Faculty stimulates a conversation about the importance of the Constitution in legal education.  

Prestigious International Fellowship

One of the University’s most beloved professors, Nuraan Davids (Professor of Philosophy of Education), has been selected to participate in a fellowship from the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University. What makes this extra-special is that she is the first representative from the University of Stellenbosch to be accepted and the process of acceptance is extremely competitive. The aim of the CASBS fellowship is for researchers to study contemporary societal problems and potential evidence-based solutions.


Renaming of RW Wilcocks Building 

The University is in the process of renaming the RW Wilcocks Building. Part of the University’s visual address initiative, the aim of the project is to make the Stellenbosch campus a welcoming space for a multicultural community. Over a period of three years (2020 – 2022) the University has various initiatives in the pipeline. Mr Francois Swart, Director of Development, Planning and Design at SU explains that this is an attempt to “remedy the harm that visual symbols caused”. 

One possible proposal is to change the name to Lilian Ngoyi – a female anti-Apartheid activist. On 9th August 1956, she led the women’s anti-pass march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Together with Helen Joseph, Rahima Moosa and Sophia Theresa Williams de Bruyn. With thousands of petitions in hand, she was the brave woman who knocked on Prime Minister Strijdom’s door to them hand over. While the nominations for names are closed, we look forward to the renaming.

#livestellenbosch #leefstellenbosch #positivity #community #socialcohesion #supportlocal #spring #supportstellenbosch #universityofstellenbosch 

[Photos  from www.sun.ac.za; Strijdom van der Merwe, CASBS ]

Written by C Knoesen

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