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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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UFS formalises ties with Murdoch University, Australia
2009-05-20

 

From the left are: Prof. Johan Greyling (Head of the Department of Animal, Wildlife and Grassland Sciences), Ms Lorraine Möller and Ms Darina Bekker (the first two Animal Science students that will participate in the exchange programme) and Prof. Aldo Stroebel (Director International Affairs at the UFS).
Photograph: Supplied.

 

The University of the Free State (UFS) has concluded a student-exchange agreement with Murdoch University, Perth, Australia for a semester abroad programme in Animal Science. This makes it the first exchange agreement of its kind for both institutions with South Africa or Australia respectively.

The agreement was signed during a visit to Murdoch by Prof. Aldo Stroebel, Director International Affairs at the UFS, last week.

The agreement follows two years of negotiation and partnership building with the assistance of Prof. Johan Greyling, Head of the Department of Animal, Wildlife and Grassland Sciences at the UFS, and will extend in future to research and capacity building cooperation. Two third-year Animal Science students will join Murdoch University for the second semester of 2009, and return to complete their final year in South Africa. A reciprocal exchange from Murdoch University will take place in 2010.

Murdoch University is regarded as one of Australia’s leading research universities, and has recently been announced as an animal and veterinary science centre of excellence for Western Australia.

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