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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 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
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
UFS alumna, council member honoured by US bar
Leah Molatseli – alumna and Council member of the University of the Free State (UFS) – is the first African woman to be recognised by the American Bar Association in its list of Women of Legal Tech for her contribution and influence in the legal tech industry. A commitment... Read more
Call to facilitate research on Southern African mountain biodiversity
Maloti-Drakensberg is slap-bang in the middle of the Eastern Great Escarpment, which runs from the Eastern Cape, through Lesotho, right up to Limpopo and into Zimbabwe and adjacent Mozambique. This elevated mountain region has a profound effect on our weather systems, triggering warm Indian Ocean air to fall as... Read more
Prof Philippe Burger appointed as Dean: Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at UFS
The Council of the University of the Free State (UFS) approved the appointment of Prof Philippe Burger as Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences for a five-year term during its quarterly virtual meeting on 26 November 2021. He is Pro-Vice-Chancellor: Poverty, Inequality and Economic Development, as... Read more
UFS to establish one of the most advanced Pharmacology research and development laboratories
The Department of Pharmacology at the University of the Free State (UFS) will establish one of the most advanced modern Pharmacology GLP-accredited research and development laboratories in the country, and possibly in the region, after receiving a grant of R58 million.  Prof Motlalepula Matsabisa, Director of Pharmacology, has received... Read more
Dr Udesh Pillay appointed as Director of UFS Business School
The University of the Free State (UFS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Udesh Pillay as Director of the UFS Business School. Dr Pillay was formerly Group Executive and Portfolio Head: Research, Innovation, and Built Environment Studies at the South African Local Government Association (SALGA).  He previously... Read more

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