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About the University of the Free State

Inspiring excellence. Transforming lives. That is the mission of The University of the Free State, one of the oldest, fully accredited institutions of higher education in South Africa. Currently the University of the Free State serves more than 33,000 students across seven faculties and three campuses. Since its founding in Bloemfontein in 1904, the UFS has set the highest standards for undergraduate and postgraduate education, advancing social justice and diversity while promoting innovation and leadership in both academic and human pursuits.

The South Campus, located in the hills overlooking Bloemfontein, is distinguished as the hub for distance learning programmes offered by the institution, serving more than 6,000 distance learners. The South Campus is the first in South Africa to introduce a fully online platform for working teachers to obtain the Advanced Certificate in Teaching (ACT) in Foundation, Intermediate or Senior Phase in 18-20 months, compared to the usual 24 months. These accelerated, online programmes, which also provide online facilitation and technology support, represent further opportunities for connecting educators to essential professional growth and credentials.   

The University of the Free State is well-prepared to help educators become increasingly effective in their work in South African schools.  Through ongoing experiences and long-term commitments to community schools, such as the School Change Project, and the widely acclaimed Internet Broadcast Project (IBP), UFS lecturers understand and continue to live the unique needs of South Africa's schools. 


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