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 90 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 20 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 English, isiZulu, Afrikaans and Sesotho sa Leboa.
Our staff and students come from over 50 countries in Africa and around 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.
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
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
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.