UJ Strategic Plan
The University of Johannesburg's current Strategic Plan,UJ Strategic Plan 2025 for 2021, is a living document that guides and frames its activities at all levels of the organisation. It gives effect to the Mission of the University to inspire its community to transform and serve humanity through innovation and the collective and collaborative pursuit of knowledge. It provides the roadmap to achieving UJ's Vision to be an international University of choice, anchored in Africa, dynamically shaping the future.
The 2025 UJ Strategic Plan is organised around 6 strategic objectives:
- Excellence in research and innovation
- Excellence in teaching and learning
- An international profile for Global Excellence and Stature (GES)
- An enriching student-friendly learning and living experience
- National and global reputation management
- Fitness for Global Excellence and Stature (GES)
The Global Excellence and Stature (GES) Strategy, conceived in 2014, and now in its second iteration known as GES 4.0, is a specific investment initiative to accelerate the achievement of the strategic objectives, and to position UJ as a leader in developing people and technology appropriate for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) as it pertains to the African context. The UJ Strategic Plan underpins all endeavours at the University, and is incorporated in annual reporting processes, planning at faculty and division levels, and in the performance management system.
The 2021 UJ Strategic Plan, which is the latest annual version of the UJ Strategic Plan, incorporates 87 Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in broader Key Performance Areas (KPAs), the vast majority of which, beyond new ones, have been tracked since 2013.
Strategic Objective 1: Excellence in Research and Innovation
In this regard, the UJ Strategic Plan guides postgraduate output, research productivity, research collaboration, research impact, research funding, and research capacity in terms of staffing. In terms of innovation, the Key Performance Areas (KPAs) monitored relate to applied technology-driven research and innovation, and revenue from commercialisation.
Strategic Objective 2: Excellence in Teaching and Learning
The UJ Strategic Plan monitors enrolment targets, relevant programme and curriculum development, international collaboration, student achievement through various success and output indicators, graduate employability, and scholarly output on teaching and learning.
Strategic Objective 3: An International Profile for Global Excellence and Stature (GES)
The UJ Strategic Plan monitors the recruitment of international students and staff, the number of students involved in study abroad programmes (inbound, outbound and online), institutional partnerships and collaboration on joint academic programmes.
Strategic Objective 4: An Enriching Student-Friendly Learning and Living Experience
The UJ Strategic Plan monitors the teaching and learning facilities, student satisfaction, participation in SRC elections and students' voluntary service.
Strategic Objective 5: National and Global Reputation Management
The UJ Strategic Plan monitors pan-African partnerships, public conferences and lectures at UJ on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), prestigious staff and student awards, brand survey results, global rankings positions, and public intellectual contributions of leaders and staff in global and national media on all matters, and on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) in particular.
Strategic Objective 6: Fitness for Global Excellence and Stature (GES)
The UJ Strategic Plan monitors efficiency and effectiveness, financial sustainability indicators, institutional culture through survey results and leadership programmes, investment in the academic project, staff:student ratios, academic staff qualifications, employment strategies to build proportions of black, female, disabled and international staff, staff seniority and turnover indicators, as well as environmental sustainability and good governance indicators.