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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
Librarian Ronet Vrey invests in students’ academic journeys
She is affectionately called ‘Tannie Ronet’ by the dozens of students coming her way, and Faculty of Education librarian Ronet Vrey would not have it any other way. While Vrey loves to remain behind the scenes, her passion for students makes her a big hit with every student crossing... Read more
SU co-leads groundbreaking TB research project
Professor Samantha Sampson, a senior researcher with the Division of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics at Stellenbosch University, is one of three eminent researchers who has received an award from the American National Institutes of Health (NIH) for research on therapies aimed at the eradication of tuberculosis. The research... Read more
EMS faculty successful recipient of Nurturing Emerging Scholars Programme
The Department of Business Management within the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences is one of four successful recipients of the Nurturing Emerging Scholars Programme (NESP), which aims to recruit honours graduates who demonstrate academic ability and express an early interest in the possibility of an academic career.   “The NESP is a mechanism... Read more
5 post-doctoral fellows awarded prestigious African humanities scholarships
An unprecedented total of five post-doctoral fellows from the University of the Free State’s International Studies Group (ISG) have recently heard the good news that they’ve been selected for the prestigious African Humanities Programme (AHP) presented by the American Council of Learned Studies. The programme is funded by the... Read more

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