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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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Prof. Maryke Labuschagne named as best agriculturist
2008-11-27

 
 Prof. Maryke Labuschagne, head of the Plant Breeding Division in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of the Free State (UFS), was recently named best agriculturist by the Agricultural Writers SA, Old Mutual, Mutual & Federal and Nedbank during a prize-giving ceremony held in Stellenbosch. This year she also received an award and R30 000 prize-money from the Association for Cereal Science and Technology SA (CST-SA) for research and development, as well as a trophy and R100 000 prize-money from the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) for research capacity building over the past ten years. Here she is with Mr Alfonso Visser (left), a crop farmer from Hartswater on the Vaalharts irrigation scheme in the Northern Cape, who was named South Africa's farmer of the year, and Mr Marlon de Jager (right) from Aberdeen in the Eastern Cape, who was named national emerging farmer of the year.
Photo: Landbouweekblad
 

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