Stellenbosch University


Stellenbosch University (SU) is a South African partner institution of the Bakeng se Afrika consortium. SU is amongst South Africa's leading tertiary institutions based on research output, student pass rates and rated scientists, and is recognised internationally as an academic institution of excellence. It has the highest weighted research output per full-time academic staff member of all South African universities and the second-highest number of scientists in South Africa who have been rated by the National Research Foundation (NRF) with 18 research chairs under the NRF (National Research Foundation) South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChi). It also has the highest student success rate in the country. SU has ten faculties: eight on the main campus, and the Faculties of Medicine and Health Sciences situated on Tygerberg campus adjacent to the Tygerberg academic hospital.

The Division of Clinical Anatomy offers undergraduate courses for professional degrees and facilitates BSc, BSc Honours, MSc and PhD students in various research disciplines. The Division includes different research groups such as: comparative anatomy, medical education, clinical anatomy, imaging research and biological/forensic anthropology.


Biological Anthropology Research Unit (BARU)

The Biological Anthropology Research Unit (BARU), established as part of the Division of Clinical Anatomy, conducts studies on the health status of skeletal remains, human variation, trauma and pathology. The basis of many of these studies is the Kirsten Skeletal Collection housing modern osteological material of at least 680 complete individuals and some incomplete skeletons, as well as a Lodox statscan (a South African designed low dose scanning technique to identify for instance pathology or bullets) collection with in excess of 400 images.

SU, and particularly BARU, contributes to the Bakeng se Afrika project through promoting, marketing and disseminating results to various websites, social media and conferences. SU is actively involved in the project implementation by hosting postgraduate students and staff members from programme countries and sending students from SU to other participating universities and organisations in South Africa and Europe for digital data generation, data collection and other activities. SU takes part in formalising research projects, writing protocols and SOP's, photographing and scanning skeletal material. SU also hosted the first Interim Meeting in 2019.

More information

Contact person: Dr Mandi Alblas

Stellenbosch University website
Biological Anthropology Research Unit website
Bakeng se Afrika on SU website



Published by Clarisa van der Merwe

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