The education hub in the mountains
At the foot of the majestic Drakensberg mountains, tucked away at Phuthaditjhaba in the beautiful Eastern Free State lies the Qwaqwa Campus of the University of the Free State (UFS).
The campus has a long but fascinating history – fraught with hardship and struggle, but also with beauty and progress.
Since its incorporation in 2003, this former branch of the University of the North has been playing an important role in bringing higher education to this underprivileged rural community.
The UFS carefully considered several factors when it established the academic programme on the campus. The realities of the campus’s geographical location had to be kept in mind, as well as the socio-economic background of potential students, the educational needs of the broader community and the natural resources of the region. The main consideration was that the study programmes, research, academic interventions and community-service learning opportunities would be socially and educationally responsive to the needs of the area.
In line with the common vision of the university to develop niche areas for all its campuses, the Qwaqwa Campus specifically addresses socio-economic development, informed by a rural context. Stimulating growth, job creation and entrepreneurship in the region is the main focus in the creation of demand-driven academic, skills and community development programmes offered on the campus.
These programmes are underpinned by a strong research agenda that focuses on identifying the best possible strategies for creating jobs in impoverished rural areas and understanding how best to stimulate economic growth in these contexts.
The campus offers programmes in the faculties of the Humanities, Education, Economic and Management Sciences, as well as Natural and Agricultural Sciences, with postgraduate teaching in various centres of excellence.
The approximately 3 800 students on campus ensure a lively atmosphere with 230 dedicated staff members from diverse backgrounds who guide, support and drive the Qwaqwa Campus to excellence.
Tel: +27(0)58 718 5000
Private Bag X13
Last updated: 14 November 2013 08:29