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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 researchers investigate deadly fungi affecting 3 million South Africans a year
Fungal infections affect more than one billion people each year, of which more than 150 million cases are severe and life-threatening, causing 1.7 million deaths a year. In South Africa, it is estimated that diseases caused by fungal infections total more than three million cases a year. These figures... Read more
UFS exhibits products, services at WHO Traditional Medicine Global Summit    
Products and services from the University of the Free State (UFS) Department of Pharmacology related to traditional medicines research and development were displayed at an exhibition at the first World Health Organisation (WHO) Traditional Medicine Global Summit in India. Prof Motlalepula Matsabisa, an African traditional medicine expert and Director... Read more
A small-town UFS student with a big dream
Hailing from the small town of Olifantshoek, Machalline Diergaardt, a recent graduate and a beneficiary of the REISA Solar scholarship programme has dedicated herself to becoming a qualified teacher in order to give back to her community. Driven by a passion for education and a strong desire to positively... Read more
Another international award for UFS mathematician
 Prof Abdon Atangana, Professor of Applied Mathematics at the Institute for Groundwater Studies (IGS) at the University of the Free State (UFS), was one of five young scientists who was awarded the first UNESCO-Al Fozan International Prize for the Promotion of Young Scientists in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The ceremony took... Read more
UFS Odeion School of Music launches two qualifications
 Over the past decade, the Odeion School of Music (OSM) at the University of the Free State (UFS) has been active in designing new qualifications and restructuring current offerings. The OSM introduced the Higher Certificate in Music Performance (in 2017) and a restructured Diploma in Music in 2018 to admit students... Read more
Spineless cactus, a promising source of sustainable energy
The spineless cactus is a unique perennial plant that is able to yield close to 40 tons of dry matter per hectare per year with a rainfall of 500 mm per annum. “This equates to eight tons of biomethane or 11 000 litres of diesel-equivalent energy per hectare,” says Axel... Read more
Adaptability and dedication paved the road for the Senate Medal winner
Franco Smit, a B Accounting graduate, was awarded the Senate Medal and Prize, and the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences Dean’s Medal at the April graduation ceremony on Wednesday 19 April 2023. He received these awards for achieving the highest weighted average across all undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in all faculties of... Read more
#Africa is not a country, it’s a vast tapestry of innumerable stories
Opinion article by Prof Vasu Reddy, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Internationalisation, University of the Free State “The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they aren’t true, but they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigerian author As... Read more

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