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University of Johannesburg South Africa

Vibrant, multicultural and dynamic, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) 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 continentís development.

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, UJ has established itself as an institution of global excellence and world-class stature.

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 UJís 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 Ė 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. UJís 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 UJís 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.

UJís graduate success rate now stands at 83,4% and the overall annual graduate output is in excess of 11,400 students. The Universityís First Year Experience Programme (FYE), an initiative offering academic skills reinforcement with an accent on students mentoring fellow students, is one of the support programmes that help ease the school-to-university transition. Almost 1,300 student tutors, selected from third-year level and up, act as an interface between students and teaching staff. UJ also introduced academic advisors in University residences and approved off-campus accommodation facilities. Under UJís Academic Excellence Programme, 250 student advisors are serving 2,000 first-year students in 25 residences.

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. In this regard, among South Africaís six leading universities, only UJ successfully provides access to almost 2,000 first-year students who come from the poorest communities, providing them, where needed, with top-up NSFAS funding, bursaries and two healthy meals a day.

In the next ten years, UJ has set six strategic goals, namely:
  • Global Excellence in Research and Innovation
  • Global Excellence in Teaching and Learning
  • An International Profile Fit for Global Excellence and Stature
  • An Outstanding Student Experience
  • Active Global Reputation Management, and
  • An Institution and People Fit for Global Excellence and Stature

Aspiring to greater heights in achieving an international reputation for academic and research distinction, UJ intends investing more than R600 million over the next seven years into six Flagship Research Institutes designed to enrich and deepen its academic profile through research innovation.

The strategy aims to transform UJ into a pan-African epicentre of critical intellectual inquiry and scholarship. The Flagship Research Institutes, within UJís nine faculties, aims to influence the international search for intelligent solutions to the grand challenges of our time. The flagship programmes have a dedicated focus on postgraduate studies that support students in the masterís, doctoral and postdoctoral fellowsí programmes. The Flagship Research Institutes include: Earth Sciences; Nanotechnology and Water; Sustainability and Megacities; Process Automation; Pan-African Political Thought and Conversation; and Advanced Studies and Innovation in Science and Society. 

University of Johannesburg


An international university of choice, anchored in Africa, dynamically shaping the future.

Inspiring its community to transform and serve humanity through innovation and the collaborative pursuit of knowledge.
Shaping the future

Thinking independently

Developing a cosmopolitan identity

Exhibiting ambition and drive

Adopting entrepreneurial approaches
  Learning together from our diversity

Making wise decisions collectively

Engaging meaningfully with one another

Displaying mutual respect

Leading consultatively
Developing sustainably through creative contribution

Introspecting for renewal

Innovating for the common good

Making positive change

Taking advantage of overlooked opportunities
  Treasuring academic freedom

Seeking balance in the pursuit of knowledge

Facing challenges with courage and earning trust

Acting responsibly by being fair,

consistent and transparent

Participating in and helping the community (ubuntu)*

*Ubuntu, which means humanness in the Nguni languages of southern Africa, is the idea that a person achieves excellence insofar as she shares a way of life with others and cares for their quality of life.

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UJ Call Centre +27 (0)11 559 4555

Postal Address
University of Johannesburg
PO Box 524
Auckland Park
South Africa


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University of Johannesburg

P.O. Box 524
Auckland Park
South Africa

Cnr University and Kingsway
Auckland Park
South Africa

Tel:   +27 11 489-2911

Fax:  +27 11 489-2191


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University of Johannesburg photograph.  Copyright ? 2000-2002. University of Johannesburg.  All rights reserved.

University of Johannesburg photograph.  Copyright ? 2000-2002. University of Johannesburg.  All rights reserved.


University of Johannesburg photograph.  Copyright ? 2000-2002. University of Johannesburg.  All rights reserved.