Professor Witness Mudzi
Professor Mudzi was appointed as Director of the Postgraduate School in September 2017. His vision is to see a vibrant postgraduate constituency at the University of the Free State (UFS) that positively contributes to the socio-economic wellbeing of the country and the world at large.

Message from the Director

A big, warm welcome to all the postgraduate students who have joined the academic trip at the University of the Free State. Your experience at the UFS will not only result in you accumulating more knowledge, but will also result in you developing tremendously as a human being (socially, psychologically, physically, and intellectually). Just like the big jump from high school education to undergraduate studies, the move from undergraduate studies to postgraduate studies or even from master’s to doctoral studies has the potential to be both challenging and rewarding. This leap requires certain traits to be adopted to ensure successful completion of your academic studies.

Unlike undergraduate studies, where you spent almost your entire undergraduate academic life in the comfort of fellow students and academic staff members providing guidance, postgraduate student life in most cases requires self-drive, and can be void of any social support to which one might be accustomed. This is where the Postgraduate School comes in. Our mandate is to create an enabling environment for postgraduate students to excel in their pursuit of their academic quests. The postgraduate school provides additional support to that which is provided by faculties and departments in the form of workshops, courses, and other presentations, which equip the students with the requisite skills for successful completion of their postgraduate education.

These workshops are offered not only at the various UFS campuses, but are also available in various provinces and neighbouring countries where we have huge numbers of students. The aim is to reach as many postgraduate students as is possible without the students having to incur further travel and accommodation costs.

The workshops/courses that we offer have the aim of broadening postgraduate students’ knowledge of research processes/methods, which in turn will positively influence throughput, publications, and the quality of postgraduate research being produced. The topics covered in presentations include, but are not limited to, academic writing, proposal writing, qualitative and quantitative research methodology, and writing articles from your thesis.

The postgraduate school is also strengthening its online offerings so that students can access needed academic material from anywhere in the world. In addition, we are starting an online postgraduate forum where postgraduate students can share ideas and experiences that will be enriching to fellow students.

On top of our capacity-building endeavours, we assist postgraduate students (especially Research Master’s and PhD students) with funding information, especially funding bodies that they can approach. This includes funding from the UFS, NRF, and other bodies. We work in collaboration with other funding bodies to enable our students to access the required funding information and also meet the requirements for funding from prestigious bursaries and fellowships. The Postgraduate School issues a monthly newsletter on available funding opportunities for students and junior staff.

The Postgraduate School is keen to keep in touch with the postgraduate student body. We work closely with our Postgraduate Student Council, which offers various academic and social activities to assist with adaptation to and integration into campus life. The Postgraduate School is situated in the Johannes Brill Building on the Bloemfontein Campus. We urge all postgraduate students to attend our social functions as and when they are advertised and to pop in and say hello. Let us have your current contact details so that we can keep you informed of our various offerings. Let the Postgraduate School smooth your passage as you negotiate the academic trail at the University of the Free State.

If you cannot personally come to Johannes Brill, please get in touch with us using the email address You can also use the same email address to send us your updated contact details. 

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