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02 May 2018 Photo Charl Devenish
South Campus UAP celebrates 27 years of access to education
Mr Francois Marais, Prof Kalie Strydom, Prof Daniella Coetzee (South Campus Principal), Prof Francis Petersen, Dr Nthabeleng Rammile (Vice-Chairperson of the UFS Council), and Dr Khotso Mokhele (Chancellor of the UFS).

More than 27 years ago, international funding from the Human Sciences Research Council and Anglo American was put to an unusual use for that time. Prof Kalie Strydom’s research unit at the University of the Free State (UFS) was tasked with reviewing how institutional missions would change in the new South Africa. Prof Strydom worked closely with surrounding communities in Bloemfontein to develop a bridging course which would help students who showed potential to access tertiary education, although they did not meet the requirements. His vision brought to birth the University Access Programme (UAP), as it is known today, which is hosted on the UFS South Campus, and is still providing unique access to higher-education institutions in South Africa.

People with a passion for human development
March 2018 saw the 27th anniversary of this remarkable initiative, which has given a second chance to over 18 000 students. Special guests at the event included Prof Strydom, Mr Francois Marais, and representatives from the Department of Higher Education and Training and Investec’s corporate social investment office.

Dr Sonja Loots, researcher in the UFS Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL), singled out two key individuals in the formation of the UAP: Prof Kalie Strydom, who initiated the programme, and Mr Marais, who has been Director of the UAP since its inception. Dr Loots highlighted one of the driving forces behind Prof Strydom’s perseverance, vision, and determination with the UAP by quoting from an interview with him for an upcoming book on student access and success. He said, “It was a decision based on principle … to be part of the solution to a better country.”

Access and success still an issue today
In his presentation on the “Importance of Access”, Prof Francis Petersen, Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the UFS, pointed out the vital role of access in South Africa, especially the value it offers for the betterment of the country’s people. However, he said that student success is also an issue, and institutions need to be accountable for it. Quoting Prof John Martin of the University of Cape Town’s Faculty of Engineering, “We must be flexible on access, but robust on success.” Only by “closing the loop” in this way, can the UFS and other higher-education institutions ensure a valuable contribution to the economy of the country.

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Odeion: Public examination recitals
2006-11-09

The Department of Music presents a series of Public Examination Recitals by three B.Mus.Hons. candidates and a M.Mus. candidate. 
 
These exams will be presented as concerts from 13 to 15 November in the Odeion.  
 
Herewith a friendly invitation to attend the following concerts for free.
 
Monday, 13 November (19:30)
Kobie Liebenberg (B.Mus.Hons. - organ)
Programme:
Franck - Chorale No. 3 in A minor
Bruhns - Praeludium in E minor (No. 1)
Bach - Partita op “Sei gegrüsset, Jesu gütig”, BWV 768
Hindemith - Sonata No. 1 (1937)
Liszt - Prelude and Fugue on B-A-C-H
 
Tuesday, 14 November (18:00)
Mianda Erasmus (B.Mus.Hons. - flute)
Programme:
Taffanel - “Andante pastoral et Scherzettino”
Godard - “Suite de trois morceaux”
Dutilleux - Sonatine for flute and piano
Vivaldi - Concerto III “Il Gardellino”
Martinù - Sonata for flute and piano
 
Tuesday, 14 November (19:30)
Ulrich Cronjé (B.Mus.Hons. - flute)
Bach - Sonata in E minor for flute and continuo, BWV 1034
Jolivet - “Cinq Incantations” for solo flute
Mozart - Quartet in D major for flute, violin, viola and cello, K.285
Piston - Sonata for flute and piano
Morlacchi - “Il Pastore Svizzero” (The Swiss Shepherd)
 
 Wednesday, 15 November (17:00)
The last exam in the series is a concert with Tilla Henkins (M.Mus. - cello) as member of the Henkins Cilliers Trio. Admission is R40 (adults), R20 (pensioners) and R10 (students and scholars). The Trio in G minor, Op. 15 (Smetana) the Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 12 (Arensky) and the Trio No. 1 in F major, Op. 18 (Saint-Saëns) are on the programme.
 
Information
Ninette Pretorius at tel. 051 - 401 2504.

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