Professor Hayman Russel Botman

Professor Hayman Russel Botman

Professor Hayman Russel Botman is in his second term as Rector and Vice-Chancellor of Stellenbosch University (SU). He also serves as a Director of Higher Education South Africa and of the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study, a Vice-President of the Association of African Universities, Chairperson of the Cape Town World Design Capital 2014 Board, President of the Academic Consortium for the 21st Century (AC21), and a Trustee of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences.

Under his guidance, SU adopted its Vision 2030, which is aimed at making the University more inclusive, innovative and future-oriented by improving access to the institution, sustaining its momentum of excellence and increasing its impact on society.

He believes that science should guide Africa’s development, and has been the driving force behind SU’s HOPE Project capital campaign as vehicle for the institution’s transformation and positioning in the 21st century.

As a strong proponent of the idea that higher-education institutions in Africa should learn from each other and international best practices, he played a key role in the establishment of the Advancement Academy at Stellenbosch.