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What is Biomedical Engineering?

Biomedical Engineering (BME) is about designing health-care solution by applying the concepts, knowledge and approaches of virtually all engineering disciplines to find the best health outcomes. It combines the problem solving of engineering with biological principles to discover new technologies, medicines and therapies that improves the lives of people. It’s an ideal field for people who like problem solving, and who live for discovery. Biomedical engineering not only makes the world a healthier place but it also enriches those who practice it.

Our Vision

The Institute for Biomedical Engineering’s (IBE) vision is to become a lighthouse of academic excellence, in both the students it graduates and the research it develops, with a focus on solving African problems.

Our Mission

To expand the field of biomedical engineering in South Africa through the research &
development of innovative biomedical devices and advancing fundamental medical science by contributing to the solutions of medical related problems. We will attract outstanding students and provide a world-class environment with expert supervision in order to enrich and transform local, continental and global communities.

Our Purpose

The purpose of the IBE is to strengthen existing Biomedical Engineering (BME) activities and continue building capacity across the Stellenbosch University Faculties of Science, Medicine and Engineering.

An important mandate of the IBE is to implement new BME degrees in Stellenbosch University. Additional mandates include the consolidation of disparate BME efforts across Stellenbosch University, initiating new research programs both locally and internationally, synchronizing with the Medical Devices Industry and Government in Southern Africa, commercializing products arising from these efforts and, from all of the above, developing a long-term sustainable Business model.


  • It will offer new post-graduate interdisciplinary BME degrees and a steady stream of academic research and publications in international journals.

  • We will unify the efforts of different departments/faculties through the interdisciplinary practice of BME, to produce research and innovations to better society.

  • Strengthen staff and student diversity.

  • We will actively seek and engage with staff and students from diverse communities, including those previously disadvantaged . This is in alignment with our existing African and International collaboration network. We are a member of the African BME Consortium (ABEC) and the ARUA network Deliver exceptional workers to Industry.

  • We will focus on 'synchronizing' with industry to create jobs, commercialize innovations and alleviate poverty within South Africa and the African continent as a whole.

  • Continue to build a collaborative framework for innovative research.

  • Using an inclusive and progressive orientation, we will continue to engage with local and international institutions with common interests and shared goals.

  • Achieve long term financial self-sustainability by attracting diverse primary, secondary, tertiary and other income sources through a combination of the above goals.