The University of Johannesburg (UJ), one of the largest, multi-campus, residential universities in South Africa, seeks to achieve the highest distinction in scholarship and research within the higher education context.
Born from the merger between the former Rand Afrikaans University (RAU), the Technikon Witwatersrand (TWR) and the Soweto and the East Rand campuses of Vista University in 2005, the University of Johannesburg's unique academic architecture reflects a comprehensive range of learning programmes, leading to a variety of qualifications, from vocational and traditional academic to professional and postgraduate, across the four campuses –Auckland Park Kingsway, Auckland Park Bunting Road, Doornfontein and Soweto. The campuses vary in size and each has its own character and culture, contributing to the institution's rich diversity.
The University of Johannesburg has benefited from a large pool of researchers bringing together various fields of expertise and research focus areas. The university provides the ideal ground for interdisciplinary research and the university has more than 87 rated researchers. Five of these researchers are A-rated - all of whom are recognised as world leaders in their field. The university is also home to nine Research Centres.
The university fosters ideas that are rooted in African epistemology, but also addresses the needs of South African society and the African continent as it is committed to contribute to sustainable growth and development. We continue to build a culture of inclusion, embracing South Africa's rich histories, cultures, languages, religions, genders, races, and social and economic classes. Additionally, the University encourages a culture of service as part of the university student experience and it proudly pursues a four-language policy of Afrikaans, English, isiZulu and sePedi.
Our staff and students come from over 50 countries in Africa and the rest of the world. The university has also built links, partnerships and exchange agreements with leading African and other international institutions that further enrich the academic, social and cultural diversity of campuses. It is also the recipient of the highest levels of external financial support, from donors and partners all over the world. This demonstrates the high esteem in which we are held internationally.
In its mission, UJ commits itself to the following:
- Quality education
- Leading, challenging, creating and exploring knowledge
- Supporting access to a wide spectrum of academic, vocational and technological teaching, learning and research
- Partnerships with our communities
- Contributing to national objectives regarding skills development and economic growth
The values guiding all University activities include:
- Academic distinction
- Integrity and respect for diversity and human dignity
- Academic freedom and accountability
- Individuality and collective effort
In giving expression to its vision of being a pre-eminent South African and African university UJ has set itself ten strategic goals. Its priorities are to:
- Build a reputable brand
- Promote excellence in teaching and learning
- Conduct internationally competitive research
- Be an engaged university
- Maximise its intellectual capital
- Ensure institutional efficiency and effectiveness
- Cultivate a culture of transformation
- Offer the preferred student experience
- Focus on the Gauteng city regions
- Secure and grow competitive resourcing