Stellenbosch-Leipzig University Partner  

Stellenbosch-Leipzig
University Partner

The Example of a Successful Partnership

For Leipzig University, the scientific partnership with Stellenbosch University, South Africa, and the coinciding friendship between people depicts an excellent example of successful academic and research collaboration and an important instrument to improve the institutional international profile in teaching and research.

Reasons for Success

The partnership between Stellenbosch and Leipzig University deserves special reference for many reasons. It is a successful partnership example for the development of reciprocal fertile academic contacts in many different aspects.

  1. For the institutional integration:
    Joint Programmes integrate different curricula at both universities, such as German and German as a Foreign Language or Global Studies and Poitical Sciences. Such integrated study programmes establish the strongest link and commitment between two institutes and even across the faculty border and towards academic networks.

  2. For the diversity:
    The number of academic fields involved is notable: collaboration ranged from Chemistry, Theology, Economics to German as a Foreign Language and Global Studies to Sustainable development.
    The collaboration in teaching is complemented by joint research projects.
    The cooperation is carried out bilaterally as well as within consortia (Global Studies, EUROSA).

  3. For the history:
    Since 1997, the partnership has been built up systematically. The University of Stellenbosch was nominated as the South African partner of Leipzig University by a group of scientists and adminstrative staff members at Leipzig. It was a mutual and a grass-root democratic decision that bears ever more successful results. Despite and because of all the entanglements of both universities in the different past political systemes and their aim to re-position themselves anew in a changed society, its challenges and contributions depict another linking element between Leipzig and Stellenbosch.

Taking stock: Wayne Muller of Stellenbosch University writes about the Stellenbosch-Leipzig-collaboration:

Almanac of the Partnership

Key activities marking the partnership between the Universities in Leipzig and Stellenbosch:

2017

June

Stellenbosch-Leipzig Partnership Forum

20 years Stellenbosch-Leipzig Partnership, from June 19th - 23rd at LU

June

Joint Research / German as a Foreign Language

Professor Carlotta von Maltzan, Isabel dos Santos and Rolf Annas visit Leipzig to further their joint research project entitled “Zugehörigkeiten”

April 

SIAN Meeting (Stellenbosch International Academic Networks (SIAN)

Matthias Lauke, Assistant to the Vice-Rector for Development and Transfer, participates in the SIAN meeting at SU

February

Joint Research & Joint Development of Teaching Formats / Business Education & Management Training:

Professor Fritz Klauser visits Stellenbosch

2016

December

Joint Research / Global & Area Studies:

PhD candidate Susann de Ruijter is awarded a binational doctoral degree from SU and LU

July

Joint Research / Theology:

Professor Hendrik Bozman visits LU to pursue joint research projects in Old Testament Studies

June

Joint Research / Theology:

Professor Izak Cornelius visits LU to pursue joint research projects in Old Testament Studies

June 

University Communication

Wayne Muller, publications editor from SU, visits the department of communication at LU; Topic: strategies in university communications

April 

SIAN Meeting (Stellenbosch International Academic Networks)

Carsten Heckmann, Press Officer at LU, participates in the SIAN meeting at SU

April

Research / Area and Global Studies

Dr Ernst van der Wal visits LU as guest researcher; Topic: "The Framing of Sexual and/or Gender Variance: A German / South African Exchange"

Februar

Teaching Collaboration / African Studies

Professor Rose Marie Beck visits SU as guest lecturer for Applied English Language Studies 

2015

November

Joint research / Theology

Professor Izak Cornelius visits LU to pursue joint research projects in Old Testament Studies

April

Teaching Collaboration / Area and Global Studies 

Professor Scarlett Cornelissen holds Leibniz professorship at LU

April 

SIAN Meeting (Stellenbosch International Academic Networks)

Martina Otto, Coordinator International Degree Students at LU, participates in the SIAN meeting at Stellenbosch University

February

Joint Research & Joint Development of Teaching Formats / Business Education & Management Training: Professor Fritz Klauser visits SU

2014

December

Joint Research / Global & Area Studies

Kick-off workshop for the project "History of Universities in Times of Transformation - South Africa and Germany Compared"

December

Joint Research / Business Education & Management Training

Kick-off in Leipzig for the project "Linking research with teaching and learning processes in higher education institutions in Germany and South Africa"

December

Joint Research / Global & Area Studies

PhD candidate Stefanie Baumert is awarded a binational doctoral degree from SU and LU

April

SIAN Meeting (Stellenbosch International Academic Networks)

Jane Moros, Coordinator International Mobility of Students and PhD Candidates, participates in the SIAN meeting at SU

2013

December

Joint Research / Business Education & Management Training

Doctoral candidates visit LU within the project "Crossing Boundaries: A Joint Environment for Research-Based Teaching and Learning"

October

Scientific Encounter / Computer Science

Professor Uwe Quasthoff visits SU

September

Scientific Encounter / African Studies

Professor Rose Marie Beck visits SU

September

Scientific Encounter / Theology

Professor Johann Cilliers visits LU

July

Scientific Encounter / Theology

Professor H.L. Bosman paricipates in a conference of the European Association of Biblical Studies (EABS) at Leipzig

June

Scientific Encounter / Philology

Professor Carlotta von Maltzan and Dr Rolf Annas participate in a conceptional workshop for the German Institutes Partnerships (GIP) at LU

June

Scientific Encounter / Musicology

Pamela Kieman and Felicia Lesch visit LU

Outcomes:

  • planned visit of David Timm, Institute of Musicology LU, at SU
  • possibility of a choir exchange between SU und LU
  • possibility of an arrangement of David Timm for the SU Big Band

June

Joint Research / Business Education & Management Training

Dr. Charlene Schlechter visits LU

April

German-South African Rectors' Forum

at LU: discussing perspectives of cooperation, reforms in Higher Education in Germany and South Africa, creation of research networks and internationalisation of universities.

Organised by the German Rectors' Conference and LU

March

Transfer and development

Workshop at SU on Joint International Master and Doctoral Programmes, organised by Leipzig University, University of Bologna and Stellenbosch University

March

International Mobility Fair of Stellenbosch University

to support the academic exchange, participation of the International Centre, LU

March

SIAN Meeting (Stellenbosch International Academic Networks)

Participation of Dr. Svend Poller, Director of the International Centre, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary at Stellenbosch University "1993-2013 Celebrating Networks and Mobility"

2012

March

Joint Programme / Philology

Joint Degree Programme "German as Foreign Language in German-African contexts"

March

Scientific Encounter

Leipzig's rector Professor Beate Schücking and Professor Claus Altmayer, Professor Ulf Engel, Professor Christian Fandrych, Professor Rose Marie Beck, Professor Robert Holländer, Anne Vorpagel and Dr Svend Poller of LU visit SU

March

SIAN Meeting (Stellenbosch International Academic Networks)

Professor Holländer, Chair Environmental Technology / Environmental Management, participates in the SIAN meeting at Stellenbosch University

2011

September

Research Collaboration

Framework Agreements for Joint Doctoral Degrees in Arts and Social Sciences signed at SU between the Graduate School of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at SU and the Graduate Centre Humanities and Social Sciences of the Research Academy Leipzig

September

Research collaboration

Co-tutelle agreement for doctoral student Stefanie Baumert (Leipzig) signed

September

Scientific encounter

 Workshop at Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies (STIAS) on "Transnational History of Southern Africa and East Europe"

July-October

Scientific encounter

Professor Ulf Engel as fellow at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies (STIAS)

2010

September

Joint Programme / Global Studies

Joint Master Programme "Global Studies: A European Perspective"

March

Family Meeting at SU

2001-2009

2006

Academic Exchange: Dagmar Röller, student of Geography at Stellenbosch University

March 2001

Family Meeting in Stellenbosch


last update: 02.10.2017 

Stellenbosch University

"Stellenbosch University views its links to Leipzig University as strategically important...We are continuously working towards expanding the linkages outside of the Humanities and trust that staff and students on both sides will use the opportunities available through the enabling conditions created by Leipzig’s International Centre."

Robert Kotzé
Stellenbosch University
Postgraduate & International Office (PGIO)

News

Stellenbosch-Leipzig Partnership Forum from 18th until 23rd of June 2017

Article "Probably the longest long-distance relationship in the world"

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