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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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First ever international conference on Student Affairs in Africa
2011-05-11

We hosted the 2011 African Student Affairs Conference on our Main Campus in Bloemfontein from 17 – 19 May 2011.

This was the first year that the conference was hosted on African soil as it was presented in the United Kingdom in 2009/2010. The UFS was selected to join hands with the University of the Western Cape and welcomed students from across the continent.
 
The purpose of the conference was to share and exchange strategies, ideas and resources, and to discuss issues related to the work of student affairs professionals. The conference promoted an exchange of best practice and assisted attendees in identifying successful programmes.
 
“We are immensely privileged to be selected to host the first ever international conference on student affairs in Africa and cannot wait to welcome the rest of Africa to our university,” said Mr Rudi Buys, Dean of Student Affairs at our university.
 
The conference is in response to the need to develop education in Africa and for African institutions to compete with the globalising world. To this end, more emphasis should be laid on student affairs, as this unit complements the academic curriculum with programmes geared towards the holistic formation of students.
 
“Twenty delegates from the UFS will attended the conference and presented papers. In this way we will not only actively participate, but also be a leader in discussions about student affairs on the continent,” said Mr Buys.
 


Media Release
11 May 2011
Issued by: Lacea Loader
Director: Strategic Communication
Tel: 051 401 2584
Cell: 083 645 2454
E-mail: news@ufs.ac.za

 

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