Recognised as one of the top three research universities in South Africa, Stellenbosch University (SU) was established in 1918 and is a fully accredited classic university with a strong focus on internationalisation and research expertise. In 2017, 31 639 students were enrolled in 10 faculties: Arts and Social Sciences, Economic and Management Sciences, Education, Science, AgriSciences, Medicine and Health Sciences, Military Science, Law, Theology and Engineering. Of these, post-graduate students represent 33% of all students; more than 4000 international students represent 117 countries. The size of the permanently employed personnel corps in 2017 was 3 429. Nationally, SU is the most productive university in terms of weighted research output per full-time academic staff member. SU has 43 Research Chairs and seven national Centres of Excellence. Strengthening SU’s internationalisation footprint, SU researchers collaborate extensively with partners in North and South America, Africa, Europe, Scandinavia and Asia. The University has managed more than 5600 research contracts since 2004 and has the largest number of Patent Cooperation Treaty patents nationally.
The role of Stellenbosch University is to be the portal of cutting edge technology developments from TECH4EFFECT to the South African forestry industry. In doing so future Masters and the current PhD studies will be done, using forestry machine derived ‘big data’ in WP6 and other high resolutions LiDAR and photogrammetry solutions to provide forest management understanding new to our industry.