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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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Students honoured in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences

The Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at the University of the Free State (UFS) honoured students who have excelled in 2005.

From the left are Mr Louis Theron (best B Com student in Actuarial Science, best third-year student in the Private Sector Management Programme and best third-year student in Bank Management), Miss Madri Victor (best first-year student in Industrial Psychology, Economics, Business Management and Financial Accounting), Mr Jaco Opperman (best B Acc honours student in Auditing, best B Acc honours student in Tax and best student in the Certificate for the Theory of Accounting), Prof Tienie Crous (Dean: Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences), Mr Michael von Maltitz (best postgraduate student in Economics and student with the best postgraduate paper in Economics) and Ms Cathy Stokes (best student in the master's degree in Development Support, best student for course work in the master's degree in Development Support and best student in Applied Development Research).

During the autumn graduation ceremony of the University of the Free State (UFS) Mr Louis Theron was awarded the dean's medal for the final-year student who achieved the best results in respect of a first bachelor's degree in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences.  Mr Theron obtained a B Com in Actuarial Science.

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