Kovsie bounces back from heart surgery and raises the bar
  Charissa Worthmann, a gymnast and postgraduate Biokinetics student at the UFS, overcame heart surgery earlier this year and excelled at her sport. Life is too short to abandon what sets you on fire. Find your passion, work hard at it and be great. You will never look back... Read more
75-year-old UFS student follows her dreams
“It does not matter how old you are, it is all about where God wants to use you, and I believe that this is where He wants me now.” These were the words of 75-year-old Dr Hanneke Meyer, who recently graduated from the University of the Free State. She completed her... Read more
Science is diversifying the uses of traditional medicines
According to the World Health Organisation, a large majority of the African population are making use of traditional medicines for health, socio-cultural, and economic purposes. In Africa, up to 80% of the population uses traditional medicines for primary healthcare. The Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) was identified as a lead programme... Read more
Top PhD graduates hailed for excellent research in development and historical studies
The Centre for Research on Higher Education and Development and the International Studies Group celebrated its PhD graduates on 26 June 2017. The four graduates were joined by their PhD promoters Prof Ian Phimister and Prof Melanie Walker, the dean of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, and... Read more
Nuclear medicine on the forefront of cancer research
The field of nuclear medicine in South Africa and the rest of the world are expanding rapidly due to the development of hybrid cameras and new radiopharmaceuticals. These developments have a huge impact on the diagnosis and therapy of cancer. The most advanced of these cameras, Positron emission tomography... Read more
UFS language department ramps changes for students
A new curriculum, exciting third-year seminars, and a transition to continuous assessment. These are some of the changes made by the Department of English at the University of the Free State (UFS) over the past few years. The department, which also boasts four National Research Foundation (NRF) researchers, did this to tailor the... Read more
Young language Einstein set for Europe
German, French, English and even Latin are just a few of the languages known by Kovsies’ own language guru, Willem Carel Brink. This arty junior lecturer and 2015 senate and dean’s medal recipient at the Department of Afrikaans and Dutch, German and French at the University of the Free State (UFS)... Read more
Heart-valve studies receive international recognition
Three heart-valve studies which have been developed at the Robert WM Frater Cardiovascular Research Centre at the School of Medicine at the University of the Free State (UFS) were recently presented in Monte Carlo at the conference of the prestigious global Heart Valve Society (HVS). These studies are all headed by Prof Francis Smit,... Read more
Renewable energy systems an economical investment for the UFS
Renewable energy systems are said to be very expensive to implement initially, but in the long run they provide high economic returns. With their decision to install renewable energy, the University of the Free State Department of Facilities Planning has now also adopted this innovative technology. They have chosen... Read more
Dr Makutoane to present research on world stage in US
To present a research paper at an international conference of about 10 000 people and where 100 sessions are taking place at the same time is what dreams are made of for an academic. This is no longer a dream for the humble Dr Tshokolo Makutoane who will share his knowledge... Read more