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Office of the Dean - Health Sciences: Student Learning and Development



The Division Student Learning and Development (DSLD) in the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at the University of the Free State (UFS) was established in 1998 with the main focus being on the development and support of undergraduate students in the Faculty of Health Sciences. In 2007 the division merged with the Division Educational Development to form the Division Health Sciences Education (DHSE). In 2016, the need for focus on staff development, post-graduate training and undergraduate student development and support as well as optimal utilization of resources was identified. Hence, the two divisions were separated again to re-establish the DSLD.



The academic development and support of students in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of the Free State are the main focus areas of the Division Student Learning and Development.  A distinction is made between Student Academic Development and Student Academic Support.

The aim of these focus areas is to contribute to the academic success of students and is achieved by designing and implementing programmes/strategies/mechanisms to develop and support students.  The development and support is provided by qualified educationalists that are committed to helping students grow into well-rounded health care practitioners.


Our vision is to enhance student development and support, thus contribute towards the academic success of students in the Faculty of Health Sciences.



Our mission is to facilitate the acquisition of academic skills that will enhance the development of student learning, as well as design programmes and strategies that will support learning.


Our values are guided by a humanistic approach:

  • Compassion - We resolve to love, care, have commiseration and empathy, show benevolence and beneficence for those with whom we work.
  • Respect - We are committed to have high regard and to show consideration and appreciation for those with whom we work.
  • Excellence - We place high premium on providing quality services that are based on excellent scholarship and research.
  • Integrity - We place high importance on taking responsibility, being transparent, accountable, honest and trustworthy.
  • Innovation - We believe in being creative, and open to applying new ideas and methods towards the improvement of our services and practices.
  • Collaboration - We are committed to work with other stakeholders and build strong relationships that will improve our services and practices.

Contact details

Physical address: Francois Retief Building, Block A, Room 116
Contact persons: Dr MP Jama, Nokuthula Tlalajoe, and  C Bester.


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