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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 staff attend conference in Poland
2006-07-21

Staff members of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences' Department of Public Management at the University of the Free State (UFS) attended the conference of the International Association of Schools and Institutions of Administration (IASIA) in Warsaw, Poland. During the visit the delegates also met the South African ambassador in Poland, Ms Febe Potgieter-Gqubele.

From the left:  Prof Hendri Kroukamp (Programme Director: Public Sector Management); Prof Moses Sindane (Departmental Chairperson: Public Management); Ms Potgieter-Gqubele, Dr Liezel Lues (lecturer); Mr Lyndon du Plessis (lecturer) and Prof Koos Bekker (lecturer).

Prof Moses Sindane, Departmental Chairperson of the Department of Public Management at the University of the Free State (UFS), received  the Pierre de Celles award for the best paper delivered at the IASIA's conference that was held in Miami in the USA in September 2003.  The title of the paper was  'Public administration versus public management: Parallels, divergences, convergences and who benefits?'.

During the award ceremony were from the left:  Prof Sindane, Prof Turgay Ergun (President of IASIA) and Prof Hendri Kroukamp ( Programme Director:  Public Sector Management at the UFS and member of the management of IASIA).

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