Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Free State
Jansen is the Honorary Professor of Education at the University of the Witwatersrand
and Visiting Fellow at the National Research Foundation.
Jansen is a strong proponent of intellectual freedom and the first black president of UFS.
After he was appointed he subsequently initiated a process for campus-wide racial integration among students.
In 2010 The university was awarded the World Universities Forum Award for Best Practice in Higher Education
which praised amongst other the racial integration and harmonisation of the student community.
On receiving her honorary doctorate from the university, Oprah Winfrey called the transformation of the university as
“nothing short of a miracle” when referring to a severe incident and the subsequent racial integration.