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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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Inaugural lecture: Derivatives of general order
2005-08-22

Prof Alain Cloot, from the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at the University of the Free State (UFS), will deliver his inaugural lecture on Wednesday 24 August 2005 at 19:00 in the CR Swart Auditorium on campus.  

The topic of the lecture is “Derivatives of general order: A modelling tool”.

Prof Cloot obtained the degree of Civ Eng in Physics (1980) and a Doctorate in Applied Sciences (1984) from the University of Liege (Belgium).

He started his career in 1985 as a Research Assistant in the Department of Applied Mathematics at the UFS and was subsequently promoted to Senior Lector (1987), Associate Professor (1991) and Professor (2004).

His research focuses on mathematical modelling and he has already published 40 manuscripts as author or co-author of national- and international journals and is acting as referee for six scientific publications.   He also made 16 contributions at national and international conferences.

For any enquiries, please contact Ms Joan Nel at (051) 401-9301.

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Issued by:  Lacea Loader
   Media Representative
   Tel:  (051) 401-2584
   Cell:  083 645 2454
   E-mail:  loaderl.stg@mail.uovs.ac.za

21 August 2005
 

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