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Prof Francis Petersen speech
“We can create an institution that operates and lives in the times of embracing and celebrating diversity, inclusivity, and academic excellence by ensuring that students own their time at university,” said Prof Francis Petersen.

25 January 2019 marked the official welcoming of the University of the Free State’s (UFS) first-year students, as they moved into their respective residences and were warmly welcomed on the UFS Bloemfontein Campus. This day also marked the start of the registration process for first-year students.

According to first-year Psychology student Keisha Claasen, who moved into her residence earlier on 25 January, her first experience of the UFS was daunting but exciting, as she had never been in a similar environment. According to Given Gwerera, who dropped his son off at the Karee residence earlier the day, “the UFS is an institution with great culture and an overall good academic record.” He further explained that he trusts his son to make full use of the opportunities presented to him, as he has a cool head on his shoulders.

On the evening of 25 January, an eager group of millennials, joined by their parents, took the first sip from their cup of varsity life as they assembled on the Red Square of the Bloemfontein Campus to meet the Rector and Vice-Chancellor, Prof Francis Petersen, members of Rectorate, the deans of all faculties, and the Student Representative Council (SRC) of the UFS.

“2019 will be a year of continued change; the UFS is thrilled about the prospect of bringing about opportunities for adaptation and realignment to the future,” said Prof Francis Petersen.

He further explained that the university prides itself in moulding its students into well-rounded individuals who will develop into globally competitive graduates as required in a diversity of landscapes. Prof Petersen urged first-years to remain open to the technological developments that go with globalisation, because of its permanent effects on society today.

First-years were further advised to take advantage of the rich pool of academic research and knowledge that is characteristic of the university and is piloted by UFS scholars, by engaging with and learning from them.

The inspiring night concluded on a colourful note, as the audience enjoyed an artistic laser show in front of the Main Building. Caption:

“UFS academics conduct research that forces the world to take note,” said Prof Francis Petersen at the official first-year welcoming ceremony on the UFS Bloemfontein Campus.

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Cattle auction a first for UFS experimental farm
2005-02-16

The first cattle auction in the history of the experimental farm of the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of the Free State (UFS) will be held on Friday 25 February 2005 at 11:00 . Cattle of small and upcoming farmers in the area will be auctioned.

The auction is part of a tri-partite collaboration agreement between the UFS, the National African Farmers Union (NAFU) and the Mangaung Local Municipality that was signed at the end of 2004.

The agreement entails the provision of training and mentorship to small-scale and emerging farmers, including those recently settled under the on-going land redistribution programme. It also forms part of the Faculty’s strategic plan to support the on-going reform process in the country, of which Black Economic Empowerment in Agriculture (Agri-BEE) is an important part. The Free State Provincial Department of Agriculture is also actively supporting this initiative.

Die auction will be handled by Lengau Auctioneers, a company comprising of NAFU, the Mangaung Local Municipality, the UFS and Vleissentraal Bloemfontein (Hentiq 2004 (Pty) Ltd).

The experimental farm is situated about 12 kilometer outside Bloemfontein on the Reddersburg road.

For enquiries about the auction, Dr Léan van der Westhuizen can be contacted at 083 453 9364.

Issued by: Lacea Loader
Media Representative Tel: (051) 401-2584
Cell: 083 645 2454
E-mail: loaderl.stg@mail.uovs.ac.za
16 February 2005

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