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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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International universities, funding agencies and foreign missions exhibit at Study Abroad Fair
2013-04-18

18 April 2013

Representatives from more than ten international partner universities will take part in a Study Abroad Fair to be hosted on our Bloemfontein Campus on Tuesday 23 April 2013. They will be joined by representatives of international funding agencies and foreign missions who will give information on funding opportunities to study abroad.  The fair is hosted by the Office for International Affairs.

Ms Sulet du Plessis, senior officer in the Office for International Affairs, says the primary objective of the fair is to create a platform where the university community can highlight international academic mobility opportunities. It also gives opportunity to establish networks with international partners and highlight available funding opportunities.

Below is a list of exhibitors that will take part in the Study Abroad Fair.

The fair will be opened by Prof Jonathan Jansen, Vice-Chancellor and Rector and Dr Choice Makhetha, Vice-Rector: External Relations.

Venue: Centenary Complex
Time 09:00 - 15:00

List of Exhibitors

1. Funding Agencies

Embassy of USA
Embassy of France
Embassy of The Republic of Azerbaijan
European Union
Embassy of Canada
National Research Foundation (NRF)
Embassy of Switzerland
Embassy of Indonesia
Czech Republic Embassy
Research Africa
British Council

2. Partner Universities Abroad

Mahasarakham University (Thailand)
Appalachian State University (USA)
University of Brussels
Radboud University Nijmegen
The Hague University of Applied Sciences
University of Bremen
VU University Amsterdam
University of Groningen
University of Antwerp
University of Leuven
Jönköping University

3. UFS Representation

Postgraduate School (UFS)
Office for International Affairs (UFS)
Faculty of Education (UFS)
Department of Plant Sciences (UFS)
Department of Social Work (UFS)
 

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