Stellenbosch-Leipzig University Partnership  

University Partnership


African Studies

Since 2011, scholars of Leipzig’s Institute of African Studies have been hosted as guest lecturers at Stellenbosch University. More recently, Leipzig’s Professor Rose Marie Beck and Stephanie Rudwick have conducted several academic meetings, debating issues related to the ethnification of languages in Africa.

Partners at Leipzig University:

Partners at Stellenbosch University:

Area and Global Studies

The cooperation with Stellenbosch’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences reaches as far back as 2001. Mutual activities in the academic fields of area and global studies have traditionally been extensive. In graduate education, Leipzig and Stellenbosch jointly conduct the Erasmus Mundus Master “Global Studies - A European Perspective”.

In 2015, Professor Scarlett Cornelissen of Stellenbosch held the Leibniz Professorship at LU. A formal agreement between the two universities has led and will lead to so-called cotutelles de thése, i.e. binational doctorates which are jointly supervised. In addition, workshops, colloquia, conferences and joint publications have been conducted. More are underway.

Partners at Leipzig University:

  • Professor Ulf Engel; Institute for African Studies and European and Global Studies Institute; Professor extraordinaire at the Department of Political Science (Stellenbosch University); Fellow at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS)
  • Professor Matthias Middell; Global and European Studies Institute; Director of the M.A. Programme “Global Studies”; Spokesperson of the Centre for Areas Studies; Director of the Graduate Centre Humanities and Social Sciences

Partners at Stellenbosch University:

Business Education & Management Training

In 2013, the Institute of Business Education and Management Training (Leipzig) and the Business School as well as the Department of Business Management (both: Stellenbosch) joined forces for their project “Crossing Boundaries: A Joint Environment for Research-Based Teaching and Learning”. This has so far produced and will continue to produce innovative formats of teaching and learning in business management and business education at both universities. The development and implementation of these formats is based on scientific research conducted and supervised by scholars from Leipzig and Stellenbosch. To that end, a lively exchange has been established between scholars. During their visits to Leipzig/Stellenbosch, they are essentially involved in teaching activities. 

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Partners at Stellenbosch University:


Over the past years, Professor Evamarie Hey-Hawkins from the Faculty of Chemistry has been cooperating with Professor Klaus R. Koch of Stellenbosch’s Department of Chemistry and Polymer Sciences. Koch is renowned for his work in the field of Platinum Group Metals (PGM), which are of great importance to South Africa as the world’s largest supplier of these metals. The scientists from Leipzig and Stellenbosch jointly conduct basic research on PGM and are developing a training programme to meet the future needs of the industry. In the winter semester of 2006/07, Koch taught as a guest lecturer at Leipzig’s Faculty of Chemistry.

Partners at Leipzig University:

Partners at Stellenbosch University:

Computer Sciences

Leipzig and Stellenbosch have been cooperating in the field of computer science since 2015. Joint activities for Web corpus construction and lexicography usage have been carried out and are planned for the future. A special focus is placed on the official languages of South Africa.

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Partners at Stellenbosch University:


In 2015, Stellenbosch’s Mathematics Division and Leipzig’s Institute of Mathematics started research work on the numerical range of multiplication operators. A project to further investigate this subject is in planning.

Partners at Leipzig University:

Key persons at Stellenbosch University:

  • Dr Retha Heymann; Department of Mathematics 


German Studies

Since 2008, the German Section of the Department of Modern Foreign Languages at Stellenbosch University and the Herder Institute at Leipzig University have been collaborating on research projects, which have and will continue to lead to joint publications, workshops, colloquia and congresses. As of 2010, there is a direct institutional partnership between the two universities’ German departments, which is supported by the DAAD. In March 2012 both departments launched the binational double degree master programme “German as a Foreign Language in a German-African context”.

Partners at Leipzig University:

Partners at Stellenbosch University:

English Studies

Since 2014 the English departments have collaborated in the field of contemporary literature. Professor Welz taught on the topic of writing biographies exemplified by the author Rudyard Kipling. On that basis he established the course “South Africa Today: Diversity in Literature and Culture” within the English Studies Masters programme.

Partners at Leipzig University:

Partners at Stellenbosch University:

Sustainable Development

The Joint International Master Programme in Sustainable Development is conducted by a university consortium of which Leipzig University forms part. Stellenbosch University has joined this consortium as an associated partner.

Partner at Leipzig University


Since the late nineties the two theological faculties have been collaborating on Old Testament Studies and Homiletics. Joint research projects have and will continue to lead to joint publications, panels and conferences.

Partners at Leipzig University:

Partners as Stellenbosch University:

Transfer and Development

Strategic Development

In March 2012 the president of Leipzig University, Professor Beate Schücking, and a delegation of academic and administrative staff visited Stellenbosch University. The partners discussed new perspectives of the partnership. The binational master programme “German as a Foreign Language in a German-African context” was officially introduced. Fruitful discussions also took place on projects such as

  • Erasmus Mundus Cooperation Master "Global Studies. A European Perspective"
  • African Studies
  • Sustainable Development
  • Research Cooperation of the Graduate Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities

Planning and quality assurance  

Staff from the international centers of both universities plan the mobility and the projects almost annually. They discuss the means of funding, including Erasmus+, at the same time. 

These meetings are also used for monitoring all the processes of selecting, organising and evaluating the exchanges. In March 2017, the idea was born to rejuvenate the partnership. After 20 years of successful cooperation a partnership forum, held in Leipzig in June 2017, is supposed to attract new partners and new fields into the vivid cooperation. 

Joint Programme Management

Together with the University of Bologna and Stellenbosch University, Leipzig University organised a workshop  on the management of joint programmes at master and doctoral level on 11 and 12 March 2013 at Stellenbosch University. Academic and administrative staff learnt about successful measures to develop and manage joint programmes. 

Learning outcomes:

  • Clarification of terminology (joint, double, etc.) and the characteristics of joint programmes at master and doctoral level
  • Advice on challenges and benefits when developing and running joint programmes
  • Adaptation of the tool “Comparison Chart” for a joint master programme and for a joint doctoral programme: a tool for getting to know the partner’s settings and pre-requisites for joint programmes
  • Compilation of a list of relevant documents for joint master and doctoral programmes
  • Familiarisation with the structure of a cooperation agreement
  • Discussion of curriculum design features (including teaching and learning and assessment opportunities) and their managerial effects
  • Discussion of best-practice programme management procedures, including funding, bursaries/scholarships, recruitment, selection, registration, supervision, certification, quality assurance and the administrative procedures related to these issues

University Communication

In April 2016, the press officer of Leipzig University, Carsten Heckmann, visited Stellenbosch University for its 14th annual International Academic Networks (SIAN) meeting. He was introduced to the Corporate Marketing division and exchanged views on strategic communication tools.

Following Heckmann’s stay, Wayne Muller, publications editor from Stellenbosch University, visited the department of communication at Leipzig University in June 2016. Besides meetings at the department of university communications concerning strategies in university communications, Mr Muller also got to know the university radio mephisto 97.6 and met Dr. Cornelia Wolf, junior professor for Online Communications at the Institute of Communication and Media Research.

Examination Office

In March 2017, Heike Müller of the examination office at the Herder Institute visited the examination office at the department of Modern and Foreign Languages at Stellenbosch University. The visit was intended to improve collaboration between the two offices by shedding light on examination standards and procedures at Stellenbosch University and comparing these with Leipzig.

Stellenbosch International Academic Networks (SIAN) 

Each year Stellenbosch University invites partners from all over the world to the Stellenbosch International Academic Networks (SIAN) meeting. Hosted by the Postgraduate and International Office (PGIO), the event is an opportunity for Stellenbosch University staff members and students to engage with representatives from partner institutions focusing on internationalisation. Moreover, a study abroad fair lets students at Stellenbosch University find out about studying at foreign universities.

Participants from Leipzig University within the last years:

2017: Matthias Lauke, Assistant to the Vice-Rector for Development and Transfer

2016: Carsten Heckmann, Press Officer

2015: Martina Otto, Coordinator International Degree Students

2014: Jane Moros, Coordinator International Mobility of Students and PhD Candidates

2013: Dr Svend Poller, Director International Office

2012: Professor Dr. Holländer, Chair Environmental Technology / Environmental Management  

last update: 11.07.2017 


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