|Bloemfontein, South Africa
Reshaping the present, forging the future
Empowering people, inspiring possibility
In his inauguration address, the new Rector and Vice-Chancellor, Prof Frederick
Fourie, said that his vision for the University of the Free State was for
it to be a University of excellence, equity and innovation – a leader
in research, teaching, community service, adult learning, transformation,
non-racialism, non-sexism, multiculturality and multilingualism; a contributor
to South Africa and the African continent’s growth and development;
a truly South African university.
The University of the Free State has
played an important role in the transformation of higher
education in South Africa, with its model for multiculturalism
its management of diversity. The choice of a parallel-medium teaching policy
offers students a distinct advantage in their preparation to cope with the
realities, pressures and demands of South African society.
The University of the Free State is
proudly considered a leader among all South African
universities. It is dedicated to the pursuit of scholarship
the creation, integration, application and transmission of knowledge by
the following, within the ambit of financial sustainability:
- a democratic, diverse university community
- an academic culture and the comprehensive development
of students within this culture, with many
opportunities to enjoy the pleasures of student
- an environment for critical scientific reflection
and analytical thought
- the provision of relevant academic tuition that
enjoys international recognition
- the expansion of knowledge through pure and applied
- community service through its core functions of
education and research, and through special development
programmes and projects
- outstanding sporting opportunities
- several distance-education programmes
- academic entrepreneurship to meet the challenges
of modern-day higher education.
The University of the Free State is situated
in Bloemfontein, the capital of the Free
State Province. Bloemfontein is a
of recreational, commercial and educational facilities.
Yet it retains the laid-back atmosphere
that reflects its agricultural
The University campus is referred to
as an academic village, as all lecture halls and laboratories,
facilities and even a training hospital are located
within walking distance on a secure
campus. The campus, in turn, is a short distance
from the city centre.
The admission requirements for all degrees are
a matriculation exemption certificate or equivalent.
In some cases
admission can also be obtained
by prior learning
or on the basis of age and experience. For admission
to some courses, minimum pass marks for certain
the University for further information. Students
are required to pass an English language proficiency
The University boasts sports facilities for more
than 20 sports, medical facilites and cultural
political arena to
outdoor life and
the creative arts. It has a student centre,
a student newspaper and campus radio station. In
to an extensive
library, a career and guidance centre, a modern
student theatre and a computer centre.
Every faculty has proven itself with ground-breaking
research projects. A variety of co-operation
agreements with international
assure relevance and the highest standards
of research and development.
Faculties at the University of the Free State
and Agricultural Sciences Economic
and Management Sciences
Humanities Theology Law
and Health Sciences.
The University offers a range of degree,
diploma and certificate courses.
and Centenary celebrations
The long-held dream of an institution of
higher education in the Free State became a reality in
1904 when the Grey University College opened its doors.
Initially, the tuition medium was English, but later
on this changed to be bilingual and included Afrikaans.
The name was changed to the University College of the
Orange Free State. In the late 1940s, the medium of instruction
was changed to Afrikaans. The University was declared
a fully-fledged, independent university in 1950 and the
name was again changed to the University of the Orange
In 1993, a system of parallel-medium tuition
was adopted. Today, all classes are currently offered
and English. Subsequent to the adoption in 1999 of
a new university statute, the UFS entered a significant
growth period. Today, the University of the Free State
boasts more students than ever before in its history.
In February 2001, the University lived
through another name change, when it became the University
of the Free
State. The new name was adopted to reflect the real
character of the institution and its environment.
In 2004, the University celebrates 100
years since it was founded. Its Centenary celebrations
cardinal part of the existence of this university.
|UNIVERSITY OF THE FREE
Tel. +27 (0)51 401 9111 (Main switchboard)
Tel. +27 (0)51 401 3000 (Student enquiries)
Tel. +27 (0)51 401 2501 (International Office)
Fax: +27 (0)51 401 3558