One of Africa’s biggest universities has secured the services of Makerere researcher, Stella Nyanzi.

The good news was passed to her fans Sunday by herself, indicating she will be joining the third best University in Africa, Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies.

According to a recent University ranking, Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies ranks 3rd in Africa while Makerere University comes at 25th position.

“I am very excited about starting my Research Fellowship at Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies. It is great to join an academic space that values the role of research and researchers in Africa. I am grateful to resume and plunge into producing academic research knowledge without any encumbrances. I was born to do research!”

According to its website, STIAS (The Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study) is situated on the historic Mostertsdrift farm in the heart of Stellenbosch. The idea for such an Institute was first conceived in 2000 and was immediately positively received by the local and international research community.

However, it was only in 2005 when a donation from the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg foundation enabled STIAS to build a modern research and seminar centre that the Institute came into its own.

Here, sustainable architecture and beautiful, tranquil surroundings have been fused to form a ‘Creative Space For The Mind’ where top researchers and intellectual leaders are nurtured and encouraged to find innovative and sustainable solutions to issues facing the world and in particular the country and the continent of Africa.

To counter the loss of its best minds and promising young leaders, it provides the opportunity for high-level research and intellectual development in an international context. It is attracting some of the world’s leading scholars and researchers and is enjoying international growth and recognition.

Nyanzi’s latest offer comes less than two months following her suspension from Makerere Institute of Social Research after she protested the closure of her office, an act she believed was illegal.


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