South African billionaire, Jannie Mouton, has donated R50 million towards the building of a new Centre for Teaching and Learning at Stellenbosch University (SU).
Mouton is an SU alumnus and founder of the investment management company, the PSG Group.
The University, as well as the Department of Higher Education, have also made contributions to this project, which is likely to start in 2017.
The new Centre will be located between the Neelsie Student Centre and Polymer Science Building on the Stellenbosch campus.
The goal is to revitalise education at SU by creating an interactive, future-oriented and student-centred learning environment.
“To date, this donation is truly the highlight of my tenure as rector. Not only is it the largest contribution by any individual donor, but this support, in the midst of a very difficult period for Higher Education, is a great compliment to Stellenbosch University,” said Prof Wim de Villiers, SU rector and vice-chancellor.
“It is our vision to be a university that is responsive to the learning experience of a technologically-equipped student body as well as the changing needs of the society in which they operate.