Your input could make a difference
We will remember 2020 and 2021 as a time of exceptional,
challenging, shared experiences around the globe. No-one has been left
untouched by the challenges of COVID-19. We will have to follow a different way
of life for some time still – who knows, perhaps there has been a fundamental
shift in our way of doing things. Only time will tell. The impact of the
pandemic on the university community, our alumni worldwide included, is evident
from the messages we receive. For some, the challenges are greater and perhaps
more permanent than for others.
We also hear daily about more alumni who, in their own way, make a deep impact on the lives of so many others. Alumni use their time, skills, and knowledge to make the world a better place indeed. It is inspiring and helps us to realise that everyone can and should make a difference. Especially now.
A new road lies ahead for the Convocation. In December 2020 we had our very first virtual Convocation meeting and a successful online election to fill all vacant positions on the Convocation executive committee.
In the future, we would be able to virtually liaise, meet virtually and in person, and participate in elections from anywhere in the world, as the greater university community (in the true sense of the word). This offers us a much better platform for communicating, sharing, and providing sorely needed input. The members of the executive committee play key roles with regard to input, advice, and decision-making at SU.
This is also a way of giving back and maintaining contact with your alma mater. We need the very best thinkers, from diverse backgrounds and with diverse skills, from all over the world to make a difference at our institution.
This is how we take Stellenbosch University forward. An Annual General Meeting of the Convocation is hosted each year, so be sure to look out for details on our various social media channels.
Who are members of the Convocation?
All persons who have been awarded a qualification at a congregation (i.e. a graduation ceremony) of SU are members of the Convocation; so are the Rector, Vice-Rectors, Chief Operating Officer and all full-time academic staff. Full-time academic staff of SU also remain members of the SU Convocation after their retirement.
President: Adv Jan Heunis
Vice President: DR BR Buys
Secretary: Frederik van Dyk
Additional member: Esterbeth Singels
Additional member: Merlyn van der Rheede