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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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Qwaqwa Campus to award academic excellence during winter graduations


The Qwaqwa Campus of the UFS will be rewarding its Class of 2014 at two graduation ceremonies to be held on 8 - 9 May 2015 in the Rolihlahla Mandela Hall at 11 am and 10 am, respectively.

The Friday ceremony will honour academic excellence in the Faculties of the Humanities and Economic and Management Sciences when 378 degrees will be conferred. On Saturday, the Faculties of Education and Natural and Agricultural Sciences will confer 433 degrees.

Among those 811 degrees are four PhDs in Natural Sciences, nine Master of Sciences degrees, one M Ed degree, and 81 Honours degrees.

Radio and television personality, Nikiwe Bikitsha, will be the guest speaker at both ceremonies.  Acclaimed lyricist, composer, director and theatre producer, Dr Mbongeni Ngema, will provide musical entertainment. Dr Ngema is better known for his stage and movie productions, including Sarafina.

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