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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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Varsity Hockey hits Kovsies this weekend
2014-05-08


Kovsies’ Jaco Fourie outplays Maties
Photo: Varsitysportsa.com

Kovsies started their 2014 Varsity Hockey tournament with great success last weekend at Wits University.

Our boys in red currently rank second on the tournament log and along with UJ – who ranks first – we are the only two unbeaten teams after three rounds. Kovsies ended their second round match against UJ with a draw on Sunday.

Kovsies beat NMMU 2-1 and Maties 3-1 in round one and three respectively. Rounds four to six will be hosted at the UFS Astro this weekend until Monday (10-12 May). The fixtures are as follows:

Saturday 10 May – Kovsies vs Wits at 15:15
Sunday 11 May – Kovsies vs Tuks at 16:15
Monday 12 May – Kovsies vs Rhodes University at 14:30

Supporters can get free tickets if they go unto the www.varsitysportsa.com website and register as a MEMBER to apply for free tickets. Following this registration and application tickets will be sent to supporters via email. Otherwise, tickets will cost R20 per person per day.

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