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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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Students honoured in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences

The Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at the University of the Free State (UFS) honoured students who have excelled in 2005.

From the left are Mr Louis Theron (best B Com student in Actuarial Science, best third-year student in the Private Sector Management Programme and best third-year student in Bank Management), Miss Madri Victor (best first-year student in Industrial Psychology, Economics, Business Management and Financial Accounting), Mr Jaco Opperman (best B Acc honours student in Auditing, best B Acc honours student in Tax and best student in the Certificate for the Theory of Accounting), Prof Tienie Crous (Dean: Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences), Mr Michael von Maltitz (best postgraduate student in Economics and student with the best postgraduate paper in Economics) and Ms Cathy Stokes (best student in the master's degree in Development Support, best student for course work in the master's degree in Development Support and best student in Applied Development Research).

During the autumn graduation ceremony of the University of the Free State (UFS) Mr Louis Theron was awarded the dean's medal for the final-year student who achieved the best results in respect of a first bachelor's degree in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences.  Mr Theron obtained a B Com in Actuarial Science.

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