True builders of hope
At Stellenbosch University, we believe that we are true builders of hope on the African continent, that we are set to blaze new trails with our science for society strategy and that we can take on some of the world's toughest challenges by putting our strengths and expertise at the service of human need.
The University has thus positioned itself as a builder of hope by aligning its core activities with the following development themes from the international Millennium Development Goals:
- Eradicating poverty and related condition
- Promoting human dignity and health
- Promoting democracy and human rights
- Promoting peace and security
- Promoting a sustainable environment and a competitive industry
The University has decided to draw everything that it does into these developmental themes – research, learning and teaching, and community interaction. The result has been the formulation of a set of visionary academic initiatives focused on these themes, covering topics that include: the socio-economic rights of the needy under our constitutional dispensation; the use of Geographic Information Technologies for Africa's development; renewable and sustainable energy supply for developing regions; food security in Southern Africa; rural health and development; human dignity; and invasion biology and environmental sustainability.
We call this action the HOPE Project.