About STTI Africa

Restructuring of Tau Lambda-at-Large Chapter

  • These are exciting times for Africa nurses as participants in the global community of Sigma Theta Tau. Some of us were fortunate to see the birth of Tau Lambda-at-Large and now are honoured to witness its re-birth. It is a re-birth because of the significant steps that it has taken over the past decade and the changes will forever be engraved in our minds.
  • The new at-large chapters have been chartered in the August 2015 conference should strive for…”SERVE LOCALLY, TRANSFORM REGIONALLY AND LEAD GLOBALLY”…
  • Tau Lambda-at-Large consisted of 19 Africa Universities from South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland, Malawi, Ghana, Kenya & Nigeria.  A restructuring process has been launched about 3 years ago to increase functionality of STTI in Africa.  The Chapter Tau Lambda-at-Large has been restructured or divided into 3 Chapters, of which 2 Chapters are brand new!  These 3 Chapters have been chartered at the STTI Conference in Johannesburg on 13 August 2015.
  • The new Chapters are:
  • Tau Lambda-at-Large
    North West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa = NWU
    University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa = UFS
    University of Fort Hare in East London, South Africa = UFH
    University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa = UKZN
    Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa = NMMU
    University of Botswana in Gaborone, Botswana
    University Nairobi in Nairobi, Kenya
    MOI University in Eldoret, Kenya
    Muhimbili University in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania = MUHAS
  • Chi Omicron-at-Large
    University of the Western Cape, South Africa = UWC
    Babcock University in Illishan, Nigeria
    University of Ghana in Accra, Ghana
  • Chi Xi-at-Large
    University of Johannesburg in Johannesburg, South Africa = UJ
    University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa = WITS
    University of Pretoria in Pretoria, South Africa = UP
    Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria, South Africa = TUT
    University of South Africa in Pretoria, South Africa = UNISA
    University of Malawi in Blantyre & Lilongwe, Malawi
    University of Swaziland in Mbabane, Swaziland
  • Existing members from South Africa will be in the Chapter nearest to them.
  • Existing members from outside South Africa, not part of the universities mentioned above, will still be part of Tau Lambda.  Example:  Members from Uganda, Zambia, etc. will still be in Tau Lambda
  • In the future new members will be in the Chapter that recruited them
  • If you are uncertain, you can contact the STTI office in Pretoria:  stti.africa@fundisa.ac.za
  • The 3 Chapters together will be known as the STTI Africa Consortium.  
    Regional co-ordinator:  Prof René Phetlhu


  • The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) – In 1922 six nurses founded STTI at the Indiana University Training School for Nurses, now the Indiana University School of Nursing, in Indianapolis, Ind., USA. The founders chose the name from the Greek words Storgé, Tharsos and Timé meaning “love,” “courage” and “honor.” STTI became incorporated in 1985 as Sigma Theta Tau International Inc., a nonprofit organization with a 501(c)(3) tax status in the United States.
  • Organizational Mission
  • The mission of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International is to support the learning, knowledge and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide.
  • Society Vision
  • The vision of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International is to create a global community of nurses who lead in using knowledge, scholarship, service and learning to improve the health of the world’s people.
  • Membership
  • Membership is by invitation to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship and to nurse leaders exhibiting exceptional achievements in nursing. Here are some additional facts about our membership:
  • STTI has more than 130,000 active members.
  • Members reside in more than 85 countries.
  • 39 percent of active members hold master’s and/or doctoral degrees; 51 percent are in staff positions; 19 percent are administrators or supervisors; 18 percent are faculty/academics; and 12 percent are in advanced practice.
  • There are 488 chapters at 668 institutions of higher education throughout Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, the United States and Wales.
  • STTI communicates regularly with more than 100 nurse leaders who have expressed interest in establishing chapters globally, including those in Armenia, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, India, Ireland, Israel, Germany, Jamaica, Jordan, Lebanon, New Zealand, Spain and Thailand.