Bloemfontein - The University of the Free State in Bloemfontein has just been chosen as one of only four universities to take part in a multi-million rand programme to improve fundraising and advancement at the university.
The programme is a joint initiative between Inyathelo: The South Afican Institute for Advancement and US-based philanthropic foundation, Kresge.
Executive Director of Inyathelo, Shelagh Gastrow, says universities have to go through a very competitive process to be chosen for the programme.
The Kresge Foundation will make $2.5 million available to the project. The four universities will each receive an initial financial injection, after which they must reach certain milestones to receive further “challenge-grants”.
The other universities that are also part of the programme are the Durban University of Technology, Tshwane University of Technology and the University of Johannesburg.