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29 January 2019 | Story Xolisa Mnukwa | Photo Anja Aucamp
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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Health Sciences’ students graduate
2008-11-29

Students in medicine honoured 

 A number of students received prizes for their achievements at this year’s graduation ceremony of the Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of the Free State (UFS), held on the Main Campus in Bloemfontein. Here are, from the left: Dr Erika Kleynhans, who received the Eli Lilly Prize for the student with the best achievement in Psychiatry in all the years of study, dr Ernst Möller, who received the PPS Insurance Company Award for best postgraduate student in Family Medicine, and dr Aletta van Tonder, Dux student who received a total of nine prizes.
Photo: Leonie Bolleurs

  

 Medical students pass their studies with cum laude

 Degrees were awarded today to 213 students from the University of the Free State’s (UFS) Faculty of Health Sciences during the faculty's graduation held today on the Main Campus in Bloemfontein. Four of the students who passed their studies with cum laude are, from the left, front: Dr Ida Pretorius, and Dr Deidré van Wyk; back: Dr Aletta van Tonder, Dux student who received a total of nine awards, and Dr Liesel Schärf, who received the Theo Arndt Medal for best undergraduate student in Urology during the clinical years and the Smith & Nephew Prize for best undergraduate student in Orthopaedics. All four students received the MB.Ch.B. degree.
Photo: Leonie Bolleurs

   

Health Sciences’ students graduate 
 The Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of the Free State (UFS) today held their graduation ceremony on the Main Campus in Bloemfontein. Some of the top achievers who received their MB.Ch.B. degrees were, from the left: Dr Liesel Schärf, who received the Theo Arndt Medal for best undergraduate student in Urology during the clinical years and the Smith & Nephew Prize for best undergraduate student in Orthopaedics, Dr Sarah Barrett, who received the SA Academy Prize for best final-year student in Family Medicine, Dr Lelethu Bango, best project in Family Medicine, and Dr Deidré van Wyk, who passed the degree Cum Laude.
Photo: Leonie Bolleurs

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