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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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UFS signs co-operation agreement with Thailand's Mahasarakam University
2009-02-26

 
The Higher Education Studies and Research Division of the Centre for Higher Education Studies and Development (CHESD) at the University of the Free State (UFS) recently had the honour of hosting an academic delegation from Thailand which visited the UFS from 19 to 24 February 2009. The Dean and Associate Deans of the Faculty of Accountancy and Management at the Mahasarakam University visited the UFS to discuss areas of co-operation and exchange and to sign a letter of intent between the two universities supporting the formalisation process. This follows a successful postdoctoral study by one of their colleagues, Dr Ubonwan Rawd-iam, at the UFS. Dr Rawd-iam has engaged in an interdisciplinary study in Higher Education Studies and Economic and Management Sciences. Dr Rawd-iam is also an associate dean at the Faculty of Accountancy and Management at the Mahasarakam University. Pictured are, from the left: Prof. Phapruke Ussahawanitchakit (Dean of the Faculty of Accountancy and Management, Mahasarakam University) and Prof. Teuns Verschoor (Acting Rector and Vice-Chancellor, UFS).
Photo: Leonie Bolleurs

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