Stellenbosch University to Host National Institute for Theoretical and Computational Sciences

We are pleased to announce a milestone achievement for both Stellenbosch University and the broader South African scientific community. The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) have accepted Stellenbosch University’s bid to host the National Institute for Theoretical and Computational Sciences (NITheCS).

The Consortium and Leadership

Led by Stellenbosch University, the consortium includes 25 esteemed South African universities and institutes organized into five distinct nodes. A distinguished cluster leader will guide each node. I am honoured to serve as the Interim Director of this transformative institute. This organizational structure ensures that various expertise is channelled into the institute, enhancing its reach and impact.

Mission and Vision

NITheCS aims to serve as a confluence for various scientific themes, encompassing Theoretical Physics, Mathematics, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Statistics, Data Science, and several others. The Institute aspires to be at the forefront of addressing South Africa’s most immediate economic and social challenges through cutting-edge research.

A Catalyst for Change

By focusing on a multi-disciplinary approach, NITheCS is well-poised to contribute meaningfully to the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the advancement of Artificial Intelligence. It is committed to fostering a vibrant scientific ecosystem through high-impact research, comprehensive training programmes, and nurturing undergraduate and postdoctoral talent.

We deeply thank Prof. Sibusiso Moyo and the consortium’s Deputy Vice-Chancellors for their unwavering support. Their concerted efforts have culminated in this significant achievement, which holds promise for the South African and global scientific landscape.

For the full press release and more details, please visit the official Stellenbosch University Press Release.

We look forward to your active participation and collaboration as we take bold steps towards a brighter, scientifically enriched future.

Kind regards,


Francesco Petruccione

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