University of the Free State

Over the following decades this university became an institution of higher learning to be reckoned with, not only in South Africa, but also outside the country’s borders.

In February 2001, the university’s name changed again, this time to the University of the Free State (UFS). The new name was adopted to reflect the real character of the university and its environment.

Today, this proud institution is bursting at its seams with more than 30 000 students in seven faculties, namely Economic and Management Sciences, Education, Health Sciences, the Humanities, Law, Natural and Agricultural Sciences and Theology. These faculties offer a vast range of undergraduate and post-graduate courses to South African students, and also students from neighbouring and African countries, and more than fifty countries around the globe.


Our Faculties of Education, Law and Social Sciences were established in 1945, while the Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences came into being in 1954. The addition of the Faculty of Agriculture in 1958 was an important step to boost research and make a contribution to agriculture in the region. The Faculty of Medicine was established in 1969 and the Faculty of Theology in 1980. The Faculty of Education, which formed part of the Faculty of the Humanities, became a fully fledged faculty in 2009.

Equipment at this Institution

1 Tuneable-laser based time-resolved fluorescence spectrophotometer FLS980
2 Backscatter BSE detector Retractable
3 Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FE-SEM) with cathodoluminescene spectrometer JSM-7800F Electron microscope
4 Leco CHN628 System for Carbon, Hydrogen, Nitrogen and Sulphur Determination with Sulphur Module Autoloader
5 Jeol 6400 Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) Electron Microscopes
6 Shimadzu SSX-550 EDX Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) Electron Microscopes
7 Perkin Elmer Series 200 Diode Array Detector
8 Perkin Elmer Spectrum 100 FTIR Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer (FTIR)
9 UFS LoopAmp Real-Time LAM Turdbidimeter
10 Perkin Elmer STA6000 Thermal Analyser
11 Perkin Elmer Thermo Gravimetric Analyser (TGA) - 7
12 Philips CM100 Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) Electron Microscopes
13 Leco CHN/CHNS TruSpec Micro Series
14 Physical Electronics PHI 5000 XPS/ESCA -X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscope/Electron Spectroscopy for Chemical Analysis (ESCA) X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscope
15 LKB Ultracut III Ultramicrotome
16 Mettler Toledo Thermal Analysis System consisting of STARe Software TGA/STDTA1600 oC DSC 822e/400 modular unit, DSC 827e High Pressure modular unit
17 Mettler Toledo RC1su MP10 HC RTCaITM Reactor Package with RCIr45m and accessories
18 Olympus 1X71 Micro-Manipulator
19 Bio-Rad Molecular Imager FX
20 Perkin Elmer Multiscope FTIR Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer (FTIR)
21 Ulvac PHI PHI 700 Nano Scanning Auger Microprobe (NanoSAM)
22 Brabender Plasti-Corder Lab-Station
23 Bio-Rad CFX96 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Detection System
24 Leco FP528
25 Hounsfield H5KS Materials Tester
26 Nikon AZ100 Stereo Light Microscope
27 Molecular Dynamics and GE Amersham Axon GenePI X4000B and GE Amersham Typhoon Trio
28 Life Technologies ABI Prism 3130XL 16 Capillary Genetic Analyser (CGA)
29 Perkin Elmer DSC-7 Differential Scanning Calorimeter Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC)
30 Wyatt Dynamo Titan Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS). Nanoparticle analyser
31 Leco TFE2000 Fat Extractor
32 Thermo Fischer Nexus 6700 FTIR spectrometer and Raman Module Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer (FTIR)
33 Corbett Gel-Scan Model 3000 BioRad DyadDisciple PCR Machine
34 CEAST Impactor II Impact Tester