Physics Building Expansion Officially Opened
Physics Building Expansion Officially Opened
An extension to the Department of Physics at the University of the Free State (UFS) was officially opened on the Bloemfontein Campus on 20 April 2016.

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Prof Danie Vermeulen, new Faculty Dean
Prof Danie Vermeulen, new Faculty Dean
The Council of the UFS approved the appointment of Prof Danie Vermeulen as Dean of the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences during its meeting on 11 March 2016.

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UFS Scientists part of team: Dissecting the Milky Way
UFS Scientists part of team: Dissecting the Milky Way
H.E.S.S. (High Energy Stereoscopic System) scientists publically revealed their latest galactic discovery in the international science journal, Nature, on 16 March 2016.

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Institute for Groundwater Studies Lab Globally Endorsed
Institute for Groundwater Studies Lab Globally Endorsed
The IGS Laboratory at the UFS is on equal footing with international testing labs. With its accreditation in March 2016 by SANAS, this lab now officially meets global standards.

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Lithium-Ion Batteries Research Improving Ordinary Lives
Lithium-Ion Batteries Research Improving Ordinary Lives
The future of scientific research at the Qwaqwa Campus is in good hands. Dr L Koao is one of the members of the Vice-Chancellor’s Prestige Scholars Programme (PSP) on this Campus.

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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