Student Funding and Higher Education in South Africa: What to do?
With a COVID-hit, shrinking economy and a mounting public debt burden, the Minister of Finance, Mr Tito Mboweni, announced a tight budget in February 2021. This budget also constrained its allocation to the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). Within the DHET budget, the allocation to the National... Read more
UFS extraordinary professor appointed to serve in the Constitutional Court
Judge Dhaya Pillay, Extraordinary Professor in the Free State Centre for Human Rights at the University of the Free State (UFS) Faculty of Law, has been appointed an Acting Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Judge Pillay will serve in this capacity in the country’s highest court... Read more
Four new extraordinary professors for the Free State Centre for Human Rights
An acting judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, a renowned scholar of African history and African studies, a former deputy chair of the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and a scholar in the field of constitutional law, human rights, and public law. These... Read more
UFS implements measures to further ensure successful continuation of academic programme
In an effort to further ensure the successful continuation of the 2021 academic programme, the University of the Free State (UFS) has implemented a number of measures related to financial support to students and the academic programme.  “The COVID-19 pandemic has posed many challenges to universities across the country; for... Read more
UFS staff member the first health-care workers to receive vaccine in the Free State
Dr Samantha Potgieter, infectious disease expert at the Universitas Academic Hospital and affiliated lecturer in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of the Free State (UFS), was Wednesday (17 February 2021) the first health-care worker in the Free State to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Dr... Read more
Groundwater the saviour we need to take care of
Nearly two-thirds of South Africa depends solely or partially on groundwater for domestic needs, and in a water-stressed country this source is becoming increasingly important. But, we need to use it wisely. Dr Eelco Lukas, a geohydrologist, is the Director of the Institute for Groundwater Studies at the University... Read more
University Of The Free State preparing clinical trial protocol to determine efficacy of ivermectin for Covid-19
FARMOVS, a wholly owned clinical research company of the University of the Free State (UFS), together with several medical and scientific experts at the university, is currently in the process of preparing a clinical trial protocol to determine the efficacy of Ivermectin for COVID-19 in a randomised, controlled study... Read more
UFS and ILI-SACE to collaborate on a series of joint teaching initiatives
The University of the Free State (UFS) Faculty of Law and the ILI-South African Centre for Excellence (ILI-SACE) have entered into an important collaboration that will see the two institutions cooperate on a series of joint initiatives. The UFS and ILI-SACE signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 30... Read more
Dr Ria de Villiers: training the trainers of a next generation
The world is rapidly changing, and the Department of Education (DBE) is responding with a plan that aims to prepare learners to adapt to a new world. Ecubed (E3), a DBE programme using playful project-based learning as a learning methodology, unlocks an entrepreneurial mindset in school learners. The E3... Read more
Young historian achieves top NRF rating
A P-rating (Prestigious Awards) by the National Research Foundation (NRF) is the holy grail for all young researchers at all South African universities and across all disciplines. It is a valuable tool for benchmarking local researchers against the best in the world. But it is hard to come by. Only one... Read more

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