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Sustainable Development


What do we mean by Sustainable Development?

Sustainable development has been defined as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Stellenbosch University is proud of its contribution to the UN’s 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as the AU’s Agenda 2063 for a peaceful and prosperous Africa. Both Agendas have sustainable development at their core.

Sustainable Development Agendas

The UN’s 2030 Agenda and its SDGs as well as the AU’s Agenda 2063 Goals, were created as a common framework to address the most important social, economic, and environmental challenges currently facing the world.

Sustainable Development at Stellenbosch University

Stellenbosch University’s own strategic vision is aligned with both Sustainable Development Agendas.

Our Campuses

Learn more about sustainability initiatives undertaken on Stellenbosch University’s four campuses.

Research for Sustainability

One of Stellenbosch University’s main objectives as outlined in Vision 2040 and the Strategic Framework 2019-2024 is to become Africa’s leading research-intensive university, focussing on research for impact.

Sustainability Literacy

At Stellenbosch University, we aim to educate the leaders and policy makers of the future.


Learn more about recent events, new research and other news regarding sustainability at Stellenbosch University.

Sustainable Development at Stellenbosch University

“Vision 2040 and [SU’s] Strategic Framework 2019–2024 was developed taking into account South Africa’s National Development Plan, the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. It bears testimony to SU’s commitment to being a university that is relevant to its context and is of service to our country and continent – an inclusive, world-class university in and for Africa.”

Prof Wim de Villiers (Vision 2040)

The Environmental Sustainability Plan

The University’s Environmental Sustainability Plan offers a roadmap to develop Stellenbosch responsibly by respecting ecological thresholds, enhancing society, as well as the natural environment – without depleting our natural resources.