Welcome to our future l Re a o amohela bokamosong ba rona l Baie welkom by ons toekoms l Siyakwamukela ekusaseni lethu 

The University of the Free State (UFS) aims to continue growing and extending its influence and impact locally, regionally, and globally. Vision 130 is an elaboration of our strategic intent to reposition the institution for 2034, when the university will commemorate its 130th anniversary. It reflects our ambition to be a university with a consistent outward focus, and to be profound in what we deliver – building on past achievements, while constantly transforming ourselves in order to stay relevant within the dynamic and ever-changing international higher education sphere.

"By 2034, the UFS will be recognised and acknowledged by peers and society as a top-tier University in South Africa. Our goal is to be ranked by appropriately chosen global ranking systems among the top five universities in South Africa and among the top 600 globally."

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To realise Vision 130, we will be focusing on these three key tenets:

1. Academic excellence, quality, and impact

Impact and Innovation
2. Maximum societal impact with sustainable relationships

Social Justice
3. A diverse, inclusive, and equitable University

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Innovation and Impact



Social Justice


Towards 2034

The UFS aspires to be a research-led, student-centred, and regionally engaged University that contributes to development and social justice through the production of globally competitive graduates and knowledge.

centered commits us to promoting the learning experiences, academic support strategies, and other forms of assistance that respond to the various needs, aspirations, and social backgrounds of the diverse student community.

engaged reflects our intent to ensure that our knowledge contributes to the development of the Free State, South Africa, and the African continent.

Research-led emphasises the parity between research, teaching, and learning for impact, with the expressed intention to significantly increase the UFS’ research capacity and capability.

Globally competitive graduates and knowledge refers to excellence and our intent to produce knowledge and graduates that make an impact on global and local platforms.

Vision 130

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