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History of the UFS

The UFS was established in 1904 as the Grey University College, with six students. Today we pride ourselves on having more than 33 000 students thriving across three campuses. In 2003, the university brought in the Qwaqwa Campus – situated in the picturesque Eastern Free State – and in 2004 the South Campus – nestled in the hills overlooking the vibrant city of Bloemfontein – into its fold.

In recent times, the university has put itself on the global stage, fostering relations with international universities and increasing international exposure for staff and students. We have hosted several local and international distinguished guests; celebrities, academics, and business leaders.

We pride ourselves on producing ground-breaking research in Nanoscience, Chemistry, Plant Sciences, Biotechnology, and Cardiothoracic Surgery.

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