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
Equipped to make a difference
Diversity, inclusivity, and transformation are what sets the University of the Free State (UFS) apart from other institutions of tertiary education. It instils in graduates the values of attention to detail and precision, being meticulous, adherence to deadlines, being honest, ethical, and taking the ‘moral high ground’.  Graduates at... Read more
SADoCoL now equipped to do antibody tests for COVID-19
When the South African Doping Control Laboratory (SADoCoL) on the Bloemfontein Campus of the University of the Free State (UFS) lost all its samples originating from organised sports as the world went into lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it quickly moved to reorganise workspace and refurbish a small laboratory area... Read more
A ‘yes’ to study medicine after eight years and 32 rejections
A first-year medical student from the University of Free State (UFS) is finally on her way to realise her childhood dream of becoming a doctor after having been rejected 32 times in eight years to study medicine. Bianca Vermeulen, who started the MBChB programme in 2020, said she applied... Read more
‘People must be at the centre of what we do’
The Joint National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS) and Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) research projects have awarded a R500 000 research grant to a team led by Dr Thulisile Mphambukeli, the principal investigator (PI).  Within the parameters of the theme of social justice, sustainable development, and quality of life,... Read more

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