UFS adds two new schools in fac­ulty

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NU­MER­OUS de­vel­op­ments such as the cre­ation of two new schools and one newly re­struc­tured school of medicine in the fac­ulty of health sci­ences at the Univer­sity of the Free State (UFS), will cat­a­pult this renowned fac­ulty to even greater heights.

A five-school struc­ture was pro­posed at the an­nual fac­ulty man­age­ment re­treat in July last year. The pre­vi­ous three school model in­cluded the school of medicine, nurs­ing and al­lied health pro­fes­sions.

The cur­rent school of medicine has been re­struc­tured and will hence­forth be known as the school of clin­i­cal medicine. The schools of pathol­ogy and biomed­i­cal sci­ences have been added to the fac­ulty.

Prof Gert van Zyl, dean of the fac­ulty said: “Three new schools were in fact cre­ated within the fac­ulty.

“There was also a re­quest from the Na­tional Health Lab­o­ra­tory Ser­vices to group aca­demics that are ren­der­ing ser­vices in pathol­ogy into a new school of pathol­ogy.”

This is what mo­ti­vated the fac­ulty man­age­ment to cre­ate two new schools.

With the cre­ation of the new schools, there were also new ap­point­ments within the fac­ulty of health sci­ences.

Dr Joslyn Naicker has been ap­pointed as the new part-time head of the school of pathol­ogy, pro­fes­sor Chris Viljoen was ap­pointed as the part-time head of the school of biomed­i­cal sci­ences and pro­fes­sor Nathaniel Mo­folo as the new head of the school of clin­i­cal medicine.

Prof Santie van Vu­uren re­mains the head of the school of al­lied health pro­fes­sions and pro­fes­sor Magda Mul­der as the head of the school of nurs­ing.

The ad­di­tion of the new schools will not im­pact re­search out­put.

“In the past, re­search was done across de­part­men­tal bound­aries between all the de­part­ments in the fac­ulty,” Van Zyl said.

The ad­van­tages of adding two ad­di­tional schools are that the work­load will be dis­trib­uted among the five schools.

The heads of schools will work within their re­spec­tive dis­ci­plines and re­lated ar­eas and will elim­i­nate the du­pli­ca­tion of ad­min­is­tra­tive func­tions.


FORGING AHEAD: Prof Gert van Zyl, dean of the UFS med­i­cal fac­ulty, says three new schools have been opened within the fac­ulty.

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