Objectives and differentiators

The main objectives are to:

  • Advance the cause of science and scholarship across all disciplines and invest in the intellectual future of the country and the continent;
  • Focus on Africa;
  • Provide an independent space where innovative ideas and original thinking can thrive.

The following differentiators position STIAS unique among research institutions:

  • STIAS is the first institute of its kind in Africa and is modeled on successful examples of Institutes of Advanced Study elsewhere in the world. The institute facilitates cutting-edge research for achieving breakthroughs in many fields. It caters for all disciplines and encourages the cross-pollination of ideas.
  • The setting enhances ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking and values diversity as a creative asset.
  • South Africa is in itself a crucible of diverse backgrounds, cultures, research traditions and life experiences, which makes it one of the most interesting research environments.
  • It focuses on real life problems and searches for sustainable solutions for the challenges of the country and the continent.
  • It believes in the potential of Africa as a leading contributor to the global research community and as a producer of new knowledge.