Message from the Executive Director
The University of Johannesburg (UJ) extends a warm welcome to you, as an international student, and invites you to become an active member of the UJ community. You are joining a university that is young, vibrant, and was built on the footholds of possibility, tenacity, and a ‘can-do’ attitude, all of which are attributes that it shares with the city it is located in, and whose name it carries: Johannesburg. Make time to get to know this cosmopolitan city, and claim it –rightly- as your home.
You are now a member of an institution that upholds excellence in all facets of its work and life. You will be wholly supported in order that you can excel in all your academic pursuits. As an international student, you have the opportunity of a life time to attain well-rounded education that goes beyond the academic. An international education imbues you with, amongst others, attributes of adaptability, flexibility, and cultural fluency: the soft skills so sought after by employers world-wide. Your international education at UJ then, sets you on a path to be highly competitive as a graduate. It also prepares you for leadership, entrepreneurship, innovation, and creativity, all of which accord you the tools to lead; to be an employer; to contribute positively to humanity, at home and beyond.
Your presence at UJ is highly valued and you stand to contribute to cultural diversity as well as academic enrichment which are the hallmarks of our internationalisation programme. We trust that you will find your stay enjoyable, hospitable, friendly and an enriching academic and social experience. We encourage you to seek opportunities for personal, social and intercultural growth, so richly afforded by our campus life and the broader Johannesburg community and South African society.
The Division for Internationalisation is your home-away-from- home. It is your first port of call as you enter the university, and remains a resource for your support throughout your time at UJ. Make use of all the opportunities that UJ offers you. Seek assistance when you are in doubt. Most of all, claim your place of excellence and open your mind to the UJ notion of being a shape shifter in your own right: rethink, reinvent.
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