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18 April 2019 | Story Rulanzen Martin

The Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice IRSJ) has initiated a Social Justice Week at the University of the Free State (UFS), which started on Friday 12 April  until Wednesday 17 April 2019. 

Ten key events took place during the week. It ranged from dialogues, workshops, talk shows, debates, and interactive displays and events on issues of multilingualism and diversity, social innovation, engaged scholarship, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, gender sensitisation, sexual consent, sexual preparedness, universal access, disability, anti-discrimination, and security.

There was also a round-table discussion on 17 April 2019 with various UFS stakeholders on off-campus student security as well as an inter-institutional discussion on the same topic. The UFS Debating Society will take on the topic of the UFS Language Policy, while Olga Barends from the Free State Centre for Human Rights will host a dialogue on sexual consent.

The IRSJ has also designed and implemented SOJO-VATION: Social Innovation/ Social Change, which strives to create a foundational platform where ideas of social justice, innovation, and engaged scholarship at the UFS and in society can be hosted. SOJO-VATION partners with the Office for Student Leadership, Development, and Community Engagement.

The collaborating partners for the Social Justice Week includes various UFS stakeholders such as the Sasol library, the Gender and Sexual Equity Office, UFS Protection Services, the Free State Centre for Human Rights, the Student Representative Council (SRC), the Office for Student Leadership Development, Kovsie Innovation, GALA, the FFree State Centre for Human Rights, SRC Associations, the Office for Student Governance, Kovsie Innovate, Start-Up-Grind, EVC, EBL, Community Engagement, the Institutional Transformation Plan (ITP) Dialogues Office, Residence Dialogues, UFS Debating Society, Debate Afrika!, the Center for Universal Access and Disability Support (CUADS), and the Gateway Office. 

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UFS to act as agent for Cipal in Southern Africa
2006-03-12

The University of the Free State signed an agreement with Cipal, a Belgium software development company, to act as agent for Cipal in Southern Africa.

The university already utilises the Parnassus software from Cipal under licence since 2004 for among others meetings, compiling the annual report to the Minister of Education and compiling the UFS annual institutional calendar. Four faculties at the UFS also use Cipal products.  The university will market this initiative to other universities as an entrepreneurial project to generate income for the UFS.

At the signing of an agreement were from the left (standing) Prof Sakkie Steyn (Registrar: General at the UFS, Prof Frederick Fourie ( Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the UFS), Mr Leo Stevens (Chairperson of the Cipal Management Council and Board) and Mr Arthur Phillips (Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of Cipal).
Photo:  Leonie Bolleurs

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