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Now is the time to support embattled universities

By Karen Coetzee
One of the unintended outcomes of the #FeesMustFall campaign last year is the impact the protest movement is having on donor perceptions of the current state of higher education in the country.
Donors are acutely aware of the impact on university budgets of infrastructure damage, additional security measures and the burgeoning cost of injunctions and other legal measures university administrators have deemed necessary to put in place to protect infrastructure, staff and non-protesting students. These costs are eye watering and they severely impact on university budgets. Every rand spent on these special measures is a rand denied the academic project...Read more

UJ raises the bar to assist Missing Middle students

Vice-Chancellor and Principal of UJ, Professor Ihron Rensburg, together with the University’s Student Representative Council (SRC) and the UJ management team, is continuing the University’s ambitious fundraising efforts to help the ‘Missing Middle’ students at the University. Speaking at a UJ gala dinner hosted at the Johannesburg Country Club on Thursday, 2 February 2017, Prof Rensburg set a goal of raising R120 million for 2017 – doubling the ambitious 2016 target of R60 million that was exceeded by close to R50m last year. 

UJ priority projects seeking funding

The University has identified key priority projects for 2017 and the Development and Alumni team is reaching out to the donor community and to UJ alumni to assist in raising funds to support them...Read more

Alumni impact groups being formed

A series of discussions is underway at the University to establish Impact Groups built around successful and influential alumni. The initiative was launched with the formation of the Law Impact Group where a selection of influential lawyers and former judges met over a luncheon to discuss the Law Faculty’s progress and its most pressing needs....Read more

Fundraising and Alumni Relations merge

The Development (fundraising) and Alumni Relations sections within UJ’s Advancement Division have been merged so that the two sections can work more closely and effectively. “Alumni are critical to advancing the University and they often play a critical role in leveraging support for the institution,” says Karen Coetzee, Senior Manager Development and Alumni Affairs who will oversee the merged department.

Read moreBPSA Education Foundation Trust supports UJ Disability Unit

The BPSA Education Foundation Trust has undertaken to support students with disabilities in the UJ Disability Unit during 2017. This is the second year that the Trust has affirmed its commitment to the University. The Trust has donated R191 550 towards purchasing much-needed assistive devices for the Disability Unit which will go a long way to enhancing the learning and general experience of UJ students with disabilities....Read more

UJ’s mini iPad initiative puts learning in 3 000 NSFAS first-year students’ hands  

The University of Johannesburg (UJ) is committed to empower students for the future in a conducive world-class learning and teaching environment.  To this end, the University embarked on various initiatives to ensure that its students are equipped with the necessary tools associated with a higher education environment and secured essential funding to support its most financially vulnerable students. One such initiative, to ensure that students are at the forefront of the technology revolution, was the investment of R10M for mini iPad devices. 3 000 first-year NSFAS funded students will each be provided with a mini iPad, which is an essential tool for teaching and learning at the University.