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UFS crowned 2021 Varsity Netball champions
After losing to Stellenbosch University in the opening round of Varsity Netball, the University of the Free State (UFS) kept the trust and smashed the same opponents eight days later to lift the trophy. The UFS netball team claimed their fourth crown – two more than any other team... Read more
Dr Russell Ally appointed as UFS Senior Director: Institutional Advancement
The Council of the University of the Free State (UFS) has recently approved the appointment of Dr Russell Ally as Senior Director: Institutional Advancement – he assumed duty on 1 July 2021.  Dr Ally has a BA and Higher Diploma in Education from the University of Cape Town, a... Read more
Dr Molapo Qhobela appointed as UFS Vice-Rector: Institutional Change, Strategic Partnerships and Societal Impact
The Council of the University of the Free State (UFS) approved the appointment of Dr Molapo Qhobela as Vice-Rector: Institutional Change, Strategic Partnerships and Societal Impact for a five-year term. Dr Qhobela will assume duty on 1 August 2021. Dr Qhobela holds a PhD in Plant Pathology from the... Read more
Prof Francis Petersen re-appointed as UFS Rector and Vice-Chancellor
The Council of the University of the Free State (UFS) unanimously approved the re-appointment of Prof Francis Petersen for a second five-year term as Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the UFS, as from 31 March 2022 to 1 April 2027. The decision was made during Council’s second scheduled meeting for... Read more
Fungal infections might be dangerous to COVID-19 patients with severe symptoms in ICU
COVID-19 patients with severe symptoms who end up in intensive care units in hospitals are at risk of contracting an invasive fungal infection that might influence their outcomes and hamper treatment efforts. These fungal co-infections in COVID-19 patients on ventilators may contribute to the high mortality rate of these... Read more
Specialisation needed to properly fight the corruption pandemic in South Africa
South Africa does not have the specialisation to fight corruption. There is a need to determine what sort of specialisation is required in order to properly address the kind of corruption that is starting to look like it is endemic in South Africa. This is according to Adv Hermione... Read more
UFS Thought-Leader Webinar: Corruption in South Africa: the endemic pandemic
The scourge of corruption in South Africa has become endemic at all levels of the state and has rapidly accelerated the nation’s descent from the position of credibility that it once occupied during the era of Nelson Mandela.  With billions of rands stolen, the economy damaged, many state-owned enterprises... Read more
Bullied learners can become suicidal: What needs to be done to stop bullying in schools?
Lufuno Mavhunga, a 15-year-old female learner at Mbilwi Secondary School in Limpopo, South Africa, was aggressively assaulted by another learner at school. The video showing the humiliating violent attack was circulated on various social media platforms. Sadly, Lufuno subsequently died as a result of suicide. During the bullying incident,... Read more
Three honorary doctorates among qualifications conferred by the UFS during April graduations
The University of the Free State (UFS) will be presenting its biggest virtual graduation ceremony so far when students who have completed their qualifications at the end of 2020, will graduate from 19 to 22 April 2021.  Part of the week’s graduation proceedings will be the conferral of three... Read more
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

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