Learning the best from the best
Learning the best from the best
Under the mentorship of leaders in their disciplines, our students learn the best, from the best.

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Making important discoveries
Making important discoveries

We are at the forefront.

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In touch with the reality of the sciences
In touch with the reality of the sciences
Our Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences offers students exposure to various aspects of agriculture.

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World-class training
World-class training
To live up to our reputation as one of South Africa’s universities with the best building science departments, we ensure that our students receive world-class training and experience.

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Creating people-friendly environments
Creating people-friendly environments
The departments of Geography, Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning contribute cutting-edge research, planning and design to the field of human-environmental relationships.

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Vision, Mission and Values

The vision, mission and value systems of the Faculty are founded on the broad scope of the vision of the University of the Free State; A university recognised across the world for excellence in academic achievement and in human reconciliation.


To be widely acknowledged as a Faculty at the forefront of the practice of natural and agricultural science where the highest levels of quality and credibility are reflected.


To promote and advance high quality scientific practice as a basis for innovative technology.

Inculcated are the:

  • establishment of an academic culture
  • nurturing of critical scientific reflection
  • promotion of scientific education
  • advancement of pure and applied research
  • fostering of community service
  • development of the total individual
  • Commitment to continuous pro-active intellectual, physical and cultural transformation.


A common set of values which through deep-rooted convictions, guide the faculty in the realisation of its vision and mission, namely a commitment to:

Excellence and quality

The Faculty aims to contribute at the highest level in the fields of teaching, research and service while promoting an atmosphere of:

  • academic freedom and autonomy
  • impartiality
  • integrity
  • equity
  • quality assurance.

International collaboration and an entrepreneurial approach to education and research are an important focus of the Faculty.

A positive disposition towards teaching

In teaching, the development of scholarship is emphasised.  Scholarship not only serves the student but, ultimately, society as a whole.

Innovative research

Innovative research to advance scientific knowledge is a primary concern.  In this way, by advancing a better quality of life, the community is served.

Dedicated community service

Dynamic service to the community of the Free State and to the South African society at large will maintain and ensure that the Faculty remains nationally, and increasingly internationally, relevant.  This service to the community is, ideally, promoted through education and research.

Sound quality control

Quality control is an important value because quality is recognised as the hallmark of products and services, which the Faculty delivers to its students, society and science itself.


In respect of political and religious matters, the Faculty shall remain neutral to ensure and maintain scientific objectivity.

Motto: No substitute for Excellence!


Last updated: 21 July 2014 15:30