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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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Wellness programme
2005-03-10

Kovsie Health & Kovsie Social Services invites UFS personnel to participate in a wellness programme on the 11-13 April 2005. The Rector Dr Frederick Fourie supports the wellness programme.

"Be wise Be well"

Programme:

Maandag

11 April 2005
13H30 - 16H30

Stress Workshop
Dr Arien v d Merwe

The Space
Thakaneng Brug

 

Dinsdag

12 April 2005
9H00-12H00

Stres Werkswinkel
Dr Arien v d Merwe

Die Ruimte
Thakaneng Brug

 

Dinsdag

12 April 2005
14H00 - 16H00
 

Work & Life Balance
Absa Healthcare
 

The Space
Thakaneng Brug
 

       
 

Woensdag

13 April 2005
8H30-10h30

Balans in werk & Lewensstyl
Ab sa Gesondheidsorg

Die Ruimte
Thakaneng Brug

 

Woensdag

13 April 2005
11H00-13H00

Workshop on Nutrition
Elmine du Toit

The Space
Thakaneng Brug

 

Woensdag

13 April 2005
8H00 - 16H30

Physical Wellness

UV Biokinetika/ Oefensentrum

"Wellness" Exhibition in the Callie Human Centre on 12 & 13 April 2005

ABSA HEALTHCARE SUPPORTS THE PROGRAMME

Vir verdere navrae kontak Arina Otto - 4013325 of 083 644 9980

Lenie Kotze - 4013258

Riana Johnson - 4013514

 

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