Vibrant, multicultural and
dynamic, the University of Johannesburg shares the pace and energy of
cosmopolitan Johannesburg, the city whose name it carries. Proudly South
African, the university is alive down to its African roots, and well-prepared
for its role in actualising the potential that higher education holds for the
The phenomenal success story of the
University is one that has surprised critics and won over sceptics. Being an
institution that prides itself in its accessible excellence, after only 11
years UJ has established itself as an institution of global excellence and
In its first five years of
existence, UJ doubled its accredited research output and increased its number
of distinguished South African Research Chairs from none to seven. This
remarkable achievement was reached well ahead of the target set for 2015. The
2010 research outcome was the result of UJ’s desire, during the initial period,
to establish UJ as a thoroughly research-focused university.
UJ is the first and only African
university admitted to the highly respected consortium of 28 research-intensive
universities in the world, Universitas 21—an important endorsement of the
growing international stature of UJ.
UJ boasts world-class,
internationally recognised academic programmes based on curricula informed by
cutting-edge developments in both undergraduate and postgraduate education.
UJ’s programmes, within its nine faculties, are designed to prepare students
for the world of work and for global citizenship. The University has four
campuses, namely the Auckland Park Bunting Road Campus; the Auckland Park Kingsway
Campus; the Doornfontein Campus; and the Soweto Campus.
In order to make UJ’s teaching,
research and innovation goals a reality, UJ has, over the past eight years,
invested in excess of R2 billion into the upgrading and expansion of living and
learning facilities on all of its campuses and into creating a safe and secure,
world-class learning and research environment for both staff and students.
UJ also introduced handheld
devices (a tablet or laptop) into first-year classrooms in 2014, in a bid to
connect these young minds with the world of e-knowledge that they are growing
into, and to transform their ability to contribute and compete.
Notable, too, is that UJ, with
more than 49,500 students; 2,300 international students; 6,700 postgraduates
and renowned academic staff, is an institution with an admirable graduation
rate. UJ is home to 133 rated researchers, six of whom are A-rated, and has
seven National Research Foundation Chairs. Additionally, it produces the
largest number of black accountants of all accredited residential universities
in the country.
While UJ pursues global
excellence and stature, the University envisages being nationally responsive in
a manner that only UJ can. Our values of imagination, regeneration and
conversation within an ethical foundation guide us in creating an environment
conducive to free, independent and critical thought that inspires ‘bright
ideas’ for the enhancement of our greater community.