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About GES

The Global Excellence and Stature (GES) initiative was launched in 2014 to position the University of Johannesburg (UJ) as the Pan-African epicentre of critical intellectual inquiry. The ultimate goal of this initiative is to support the University in sustaining academic excellence for global competitiveness and prominence. In 2017/2018, the Vice-Chancellor and Principal (VC), Professor Tshilidzi Marwala, introduced the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) to UJ. It is envisaged that 4IR will add significant impetus to UJ's vision for attaining global excellence and stature. This has resulted in the quest for GES 4.0, which will build on GES 1.0.  The University's approach to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) has a Pan-African bent to underscore the need for Africa to rise to the challenges attendant to 4IR.


Distinguished Professors

Through the GES initiative, UJ seeks to appoint distinguished professors (DPs) to generate research and nurture the next generation of academics. These top professors will help establish strategic networks for improved research excellence, while contributing to expanding the global footprint of UJ. The University has appointed eight distinguished professors.

Read more about UJ Dustinguished Professors here

Flagship Institutes

UJ has invested in catalytic programmes as complementary vehicles to consolidate its GES strategy by establishing flagship programmes
with specific research focus areas to generate world-class research rooted in African realities.

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The Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study (JIAS) is a joint initiative of the University of Johannesburg (UJ), South Africa, and Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore.
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The Institute for Pan-African Thought and Conversation was established at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in 2016 as one of nine flagship centres of excellence to conduct research. 

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The goal of the Institute for Intelligent Systems is to be a leading African based world-class Research Institute for Systems Intelligence, Continuous Engineering and Cognitive Computing in Africa and BRICS countries.

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The University of Johannesburg Confucius Institute (UJCI) is one of five Confucius Institutes in South Africa, and one of several hundred Confucius Institutes at universities and other educational institutions around the world. 

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International trade and commerce are on an ever-increasing upward trajectory, notwithstanding some political doubts about globalisation expressed in recent times.

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The study of the earth must sit atop the priority list of any institution; quite simply, the all-encompassing, global and continuous changes, potentials and intricacies of the planet make concerned and vested stakeholders of us all.

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