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Vision and Goals

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The vision of the School is to foster excellent postgraduate education through developing an empowering postgraduate and research environment, holistic capacity building, engagement and good governance. The School forms part of the university’s evolving orientation towards becoming a research-led university founded on high-quality scholarship and the need to broaden the research base within the university.


The goals of the school are to:

  • Enhance the quality of postgraduate student research, helping to situate Master’s and doctoral theses and dissertations at the frontiers of global field and/or disciplinary knowledge, while simultaneously reflecting local, regional, national or continental concerns or insights.
  • Produce graduates who are global citizens, research literate and able to reflect ethically on the purpose, process and product of research.
  • Improve throughput rates of postgraduates.
  • Make the experience of being a postgraduate at the UFS stimulating and enjoyable, and which contributes to the development of the person beyond the limits of her/his discipline.
  • Contribute to the development of intellectual cultures at the UFS.


The Postgraduate School initiates and supports intellectual innovations in postgraduate education:

  • by setting standards and benchmarks informed by global and local postgraduate best practice,
  • provides academic support to students and academic staff in the process of providing a high quality postgraduate education,
  • and streamlining funding for postgraduate students,
  • developing and coordinating quality assurance mechanisms,
  • acting as an advocate for postgraduate issues across administrative units at the university
  • and, together with institutional research, collecting, maintaining and analysing data on all matters of postgraduate education on an on-going base for improvement of services offered and policies developed.
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