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25 April 2019 | Story Mamosa Makaya

Since 2016, the University of the Free State Center for Universal Access and Disability Support (CUADS) has received a grant from First National Bank worth R2 498 000, which supports tertiary bursaries for students with disabilities. Bursary holders are funded through CUADS, as the administrator of the bursaries.
  
These are students enrolled for various academic programmes who require academic assistance and/or assistive devices such as electronic handheld magnifiers, laptops, and hearing aids. The FNB grant also covers tuition, accommodation, study material and books, and meals.  The success of the grant is already evident, with one of the recipients having graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in December 2018. A second student was capped at the April 2019 graduations with a BSc Honours in Quantity Surveying.
 
Supporting the principles of the ITP

The UFS received the grant from FNB in instalments, starting in the 2016 academic year to date, supporting the needs of 40 disabled students. This grant and the work of CUADS speaks to and supports the principles of the Integrated Transformation Plan (ITP), namely inclusivity, transformation, and diversity. The vision of the Universal Access work stream is to enable the UFS to create an environment where students with disabilities can experience all aspects of student life equal to their non-disabled peers. The ITP provides for the recognition of the rights of people with disabilities as an important lesson in social justice and an opportunity to reinforce university values.

The successful administration of the grant to benefit past and present students is a ‘feather in the cap’ of CUADS, and is a shining example of the impact of public private investment and the endless possibilities that open up when there is a commitment to developing future leaders in academic spaces, allowing them to thrive by creating a learning environment that is welcoming and empowering. 



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South Campus warmly welcomes Prof Petersen
2017-05-18

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The second welcoming ceremony for Prof Francis Petersen was held at the South Campus of the University of the Free State (UFS) on Thursday, 18 May 2017.  It is one of three welcoming ceremonies during the Inauguration week of the new Vice-Chancellor and Rector.

 “Although we are geographically divided, our three campuses need to work together to accomplish our mission,” said Prof Daniella Coetzee, Principal of the UFS South Campus, who gave a warm welcome to staff, special guests, and students who gathered in the Madiba Arena. Prof Nicky Morgan, Vice-Rector: Operations, introduced Prof Petersen and said: “This is the first time that a ceremony of this nature is celebrated across our three campuses.”

Prof Francis Petersen, UFS Vice-Chancellor and Rector, said: “Always try to think differently. Challenge yourself. Be innovative.” He emphasised the importance of making the output of universities more useful to the society. “We are one university with three campuses. We expect the same level of excellence on all three campuses,” he said.

Among the speakers of the day, was Surprise Manyaiyi, the Vice-President of the Bloemfontein Campus SRC, who said that Prof Petersen is the right person to lead the UFS.

The crowd were entertained through various musical items, including the UFS choir, which left the audience in loud cheers and waving flags.

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Photo: Charl Devenish

 

 

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