Persistence pays off for full accreditation

2018-10-03 06:01

The University of the Free State (UFS) has welcomed the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) granting full accreditation to the university’s Bachelor of Laws programme (LLB).

This follows a review by the Council for Higher Education (CHE) late last year as part of the accreditation process for law degrees in South Africa to develop a qualification standard for LLB programmes.

The full accreditation comes after the qualification was placed on notice of withdrawal of accreditation during 2016. However, later accreditation with conditions was granted.

“This is very good news indeed,” said Prof. John Mubangizi, dean of the Faculty of Law.

“Intensive work and planning have gone into realising the faculty’s vision of ensuring full accreditation for the programme.

“I wish to congratulate and thank those involved in the process of preparing the submission for the HEQC.

“Particular thanks to the vice-dean, Dr Manie Moolman, for his leadership in this project.”

According to Mubangizi, the planning for the implementation and phasing in of the newly accredited programme will begin soon.

During 2016, a national review of all LLB programmes was conducted to strengthen the quality of legal edu­cation at all South African universities.

On 30 March 2017, the HEQC in the CHE approved the findings of the National Reviews Committee (NRC) regarding the LLB programme at the UFS.

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