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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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Start your postgraduate journey: Open Day 2016
2016-06-13

Postgraduate Open Day
Programme

You find yourself in the final year of your studies and are keen to step out into the real world, or you are already earning a salary and want to advance yourself in the corporate world. However, the truth is that, if you want to stand out and be heard in a very noisy employment landscape, you have to improve your competitive advantage.

Postgraduate studies give you the edge, and open up a greater chance of opportunities, such as:

Quick fact:
Your B degree is no longer enough
to enable you to climb the corporate
ladder to success. The answer to
your dilemma is Postgraduate
Studies
.

•    Improving your employability
•    Earning a higher income
•    Developing your communication, critical-thinking
      and problem-solving skills
•    Inspiring change in your community
•    Networking with people of all ages and backgrounds

One of the major investments to enhance postgraduate studies at the University of the Free State (UFS), is the Postgraduate School. As an intellectual space, designed specifically with postgraduate students in mind, its main purpose is to make your life easier and the postgraduate road less bumpy by supporting and guiding you through:

•    Supervision
•    Writing skills training
•    Multiple seminars, conferences, webinars, and workshops on research and scholarship
•    Assistance to access funding opportunities

In order to assist you in selecting a postgraduate path, the UFS is hosting a Postgraduate Open Day.

Date: 22 June 2016
Time: Centenary Complex, UFS Bloemfontein Campus (Consult the map for directions)
Venue: 08:30-12:00
Contact details
Postgraduate Prospectus 2017

Join us to get the inside track on reshaping your future.

 

 

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