Latest News Archive

Please select Category, Year, and then Month to display items
Previous Archive
06 August 2018 Photo Sonia Small
Karen Lazenby WomenofKovsies
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.

News Archive

Training programme for high performing directors

 A training programme for high performing directors and corporate governance role players will be presented this year for the first time by the Centre for Business Dynamics at the University of the Free State (UFS). The duration of the programme is six months and participants will embark on situation-specific learning that will allow immediate application of knowledge in the workplace and the effective transfer of skills and competencies. The programme is presented in Bloemfontein, Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. The first group of 18 participants from Interstate Bus Lines and the Free State Tourism Authority started with the programme this week in Bloemfontein.

From the left, are: Mr Danie Jacobs (Head of the UFS Centre for Business Dynamics), Ms Annelize van der Zwaard (Interstate Bus Lines), Prof Dave Lubbe (Centre for Accounting at the UFS), Mr Moeketsi Tladi (Free State Tourism Authority) and Mr Quinten Eister (Interstate Bus Lines).

We use cookies to make interactions with our websites and services easy and meaningful. To better understand how they are used, read more about the UFS cookie policy. By continuing to use this site you are giving us your consent to do this.