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Dr Karen Lazenby strives for a stronger, rule-based, and consistent governance structure.

A transformed University of the Free State (UFS) will be one that promotes social justice in everything it does, a university where its diverse people feel a sense of common purpose and engagement. The UFS is developing this through its Integrated Transformation Plan (ITP) introduced in January 2017. 

“The majority of the current systems and processes in student administration at the university are still manual. This lack of automation leads to inconsistencies and service failures,” says Dr Karen Lazenby. As Registrar for Systems and Administration, Dr Lazenby is responsible for ensuring a smooth and efficient student lifecycle across all three campuses. 

With the ITP, the Governance: Systems and Administration work stream strives to have a stronger, rule-based, and consistent governance structure with a single line of accountability in student administration across all faculties and relevant support departments on the three campuses. By ensuring this ease of use and access there will be an integrated student experience and greater empowerment of students.

“Our focus is on automation and self-services for students (such as the time-table, requests for additional and ad hoc exams and appeals), to ensure transparency and accessibility of rules and policies, decisions relating to admission, progression rules, awarding of qualifications and graduation and faculty and general rules,” Dr Lazenby said.  It will also entail the optimisation of PeopleSoftCampus (the Enterprise Resource Planning system).

“Through this automation, I would also like to get the university’s student administration to such a level that academic staff can focus their energy on teaching and research and student administration staff can focus more on quality assurance,” said Dr Lazenby.

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Department of Communication Science tour to Asia
2013-09-10

The group of Communication Science students who will be heading to Singapore soon.
10 September 2013
Photo: Linda Fekisi

A group of 18 students from the Department of Communication Science will be leaving the African continent soon for a tour to Asia. The students, who will share this experience with some of their lecturers, will be visiting Thailand and Singapore.

Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, will be the first pit stop. The tour will not only be fun and leisure, however, as the students will be attending classes at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

Mrs Van der Walt, a lecturer in the Department of Communication Science, will be among the lecturers who will accompany the students. She believes that tours of this nature are important, because people who are in the communication and media industry should not live in a South African box. “They need to think internationally because we are competing internationally,” she adds. 


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