Transformation is woven into the social, intellectual and structural fabric of the University of Johannesburg. It owes its existence to the agenda of the national government to achieve transformation of Higher Education in South Africa through, among other means, the merging and restructuring of existing higher education institutions embedded in the apartheid ideology. Its character and identity reflect the vibrancy and the social, ethnic and class diversity of the Johannesburg metropolis, and its students and employees are as diverse as the society it serves. The University recognises both the internal and external challenges that this diversity creates, but also the many opportunities it presents to establish and to sustain a process of transformation that will result in positive social change and the full embodiment of the democratic values of the Constitution in the institution.
The Council, Management and Senate of the University have pursued a transformation agenda since its inception and continue to do so. The University leadership, as the most important component of an institutional culture, is committed to lead the transformation process within the University and thereby to contribute to the creation of future leaders for a diverse and democratic society. Effective transformational leadership is essential in managing transformation successfully at UJ. Creativity and innovation are best nurtured within the institution when people from diverse cultures, perceptions, convictions and opinions meet in a spirit of mutual understanding and trust. The result is an unleashing of the potential inherent in the very diversity of its student, academic and administrative profile to achieve sustained excellence in the execution of its core functions.