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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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Kovsie Debate team compete against high school learners in debate on volunteerism
2013-02-13

 
 Learners from Headstart High School with Kovsie students.
Photo: Linda Fekisi

Grade 12 learners from Headstart High School took on a team from the university in a debate on the Bloemfontein Campus. The school, in partnership with the University through the Schools Partnership Programme, will be visiting various divisions within the institution in the next four years.

The topic of the debate, Volunteerism and Social Citizenship, was brought forward by the Volunteers Office which is part of Kovsie student life. “The aim was to share our knowledge on volunteerism with the learners and at the same time encourage them to do their own research on the topic. We are making use of experimental learning to make them used to the whole notion of volunteerism”, said the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Pura Mgolombane.

The learners, who receive English lessons by Prof Jonathan Jansen, Vice-Chancellor and Rector, engaged in the conversation with ease as they expressed their own views on the subject matter. Their debate was moderated by the Chairperson of the Debate Society, Zola Valashiya.

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