Natural Sciences at UFS receives R65 million equipment injection
In its quest to inspire excellence, the University of the Free State (UFS) is in the process of installing state-of-the-art microscopy instruments that will differentiate them as leaders in materials research. This project to the value of R65 million will not only promote research in, among others, the fields... 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
UFS extraordinary professor appointed to serve in the Constitutional Court
Judge Dhaya Pillay, Extraordinary Professor in the Free State Centre for Human Rights at the University of the Free State (UFS) Faculty of Law, has been appointed an Acting Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Judge Pillay will serve in this capacity in the country’s highest court... Read more
COVID-19 VACCINE TESTING: The value of systems and science in times of crisis
Opinion article by Prof Francis Petersen, Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Free State Systems, processes, and policies are not exactly things that grab the headlines or are popular topics for dinner conversations. But they become vital in times of crisis. And if there is one thing... Read more
Student success: Universities are their own worst enemies
Student success and how universities can help to ensure that their students obtain their degrees were at the centre of Thursday’s webinar discussion on ‘reimagining universities for student success’, hosted by the University of the Free State (UFS). This was the first webinar in the university’s Thought-Leader Series for... Read more
Four new extraordinary professors for the Free State Centre for Human Rights
An acting judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, a renowned scholar of African history and African studies, a former deputy chair of the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and a scholar in the field of constitutional law, human rights, and public law. These... Read more
Academy for multilingualism established at the UFS
The University of the Free State (UFS) established an Academy for Multilingualism at the beginning of 2021. The academy aims to promote Sesotho, isiZulu, and Afrikaans on institutional and social levels through various academic and community-based projects and initiatives. Multilingualism is conceptualised as a tool that leverages language richness... Read more
UFS implements measures to further ensure successful continuation of academic programme
In an effort to further ensure the successful continuation of the 2021 academic programme, the University of the Free State (UFS) has implemented a number of measures related to financial support to students and the academic programme.  “The COVID-19 pandemic has posed many challenges to universities across the country; for... Read more
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

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