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UFS to confer honorary degrees on Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, Prof Salim Abdool Karim
During the April 2024 graduation ceremonies on the Bloemfontein and Qwaqwa campuses, the University of the Free State (UFS) will confer honorary degrees on two distinguished individuals—Archbishop Thabo Makgoba and Prof Salim Abdool Karim—for their significant contributions to society in their respective fields. This prestigious acknowledgement is a testament... Read more
Researching the effects of high fructose consumption on memory, learning capabilities
A researcher from the University of the Free State (UFS) is studying the influence of high fructose – a type of sugar naturally found in fruits, honey, and some vegetables – on memory and learning impairments and related metabolic/ systematic changes during different developmental stages. Zinhle Priscilla Mvelase, a... Read more
UFS students excel in Tata International Postgraduate Scholarship Programme
The Economic and Management Sciences (EMS) Faculty at the University of the Free State (UFS) recently collaborated with Tata Motors to host a significant function on the UFS Bloemfontein campus. This event marked a crucial stage in the Tata International Postgraduate Scholarship Programme, where final-year Strategic Marketing students from... Read more
UFS appoints Prof Paul Oberholster as dean
The University of the Free State (UFS) has appointed Prof Paul Oberholster as Dean: Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences as of 1 January 2024. Strong networks and winner of prestigious awards for research, innovation, and leadership Prof Oberholster is the Director: Centre for Environmental Management at the UFS.... Read more
UFS academic receives prestigious Agriculturalist of the Year award in the Free State
Prof Frikkie Maré, Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of the Free State (UFS), recently walked away with the Agricultural Writers SA’s Agriculturalist of the Year award for the Free State. “I feel really honoured. Although I do not work to get... Read more
UFS remains steady in World University Rankings    
The University of the Free State (UFS) maintained its position between 801 and 1,000 in the 2024 submission of the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings. One of nine South African universities ranked in the top 1,000 on the THE list   The university’s first submission in... Read more
UFS reports successful treatment of advanced prostate cancer
The University of the Free State (UFS) Department of Nuclear Medicine is proud to announce the successful treatment outcome of a patient with metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer (MCRPC) – an advanced stage of prostate cancer – by using Lutetium 177 PSMA (Lu-177 PSMA) therapy. This was initially a case of advanced-stage prostate cancer, which... Read more
Local scholarship offers student opportunities
Currently, five students in the Northern Cape’s Sol Plaatje municipal area are benefiting from a local scholarship programme that offers an opportunity to study at recognised universities and earn accredited bachelor’s degrees. Two of the students are due to obtain their undergraduate degrees at the end of 2022. Launched... Read more
Disrupting the harmful ‘strong black woman’ narrative
Opinion article by Nombulelo Shange, Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of the Free State and Chairperson of the University of the Free State Womxn’s Forum The idea of the ‘strong black woman’ is a source of pride for many of us. It makes us feel... Read more
Qwaqwa student Jabulani Mabuza – a master of his time
When it is becoming fashionable for high-tech smartwatches and fitness gadgets to adorn your wrist, there will always be room for a classic timepiece. Wristwatches in particular tell a different story to people of all social classes, and for Qwaqwa student Jabulani Mabuza, the process of making different watches... Read more

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