From a humble start in 1904, the UFS became a well-known institution, boasting 164 NRF-accredited researchers and 2 521 staff members. Our students can participate in 22 different sport disciplines and study from 671 182 library books, including 14 000 ebooks. Our ever-expanding facilities and knowledge base present many opportunities for scholars to impact locally and globally.
Since 1904, the UFS has grown steadily as an internationally recognised university, with scholars who continue to influence global growth. Today, we have several international partnerships and a growing number of international students gracing our campuses. This all contribute to a rich, diverse body of knowledge and skills.
The next stage in the evolution of universities has been the ‘entrepreneurial university’, with universities partaking in the creation of a business future, and issues such as venture creation, incubation, and risk management becoming important.The fourth stage, in which some are already participating, but which for many remains a ‘future stage’, is the ‘knowledge platform university’. This type of university sees its responsibility to build the knowledge markets and platforms of the knowledge society. And so the university and parts of the university form partnerships to establish research consortia and research platforms, industry clusters and platforms, and creative commons and open-source platforms.
A variety of accommodation options exist, both on the campuses and in the residential areas surrounding the university. Accommodation is not guaranteed when an applicant is accepted as a student.The UFS has only single-sex residences which cater for senior and junior students in single or double rooms, with shared bathrooms. Senior students may also qualify for on-campus apartments. Rooms in residences are furnished with a bed, desk, chair, and curtains and are equipped with central heating and Internet access. Residences for women have access control.
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