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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.

The Missing Middle Fund

The Missing Middle remains UJ’s key priority fundraising project. Following the success of its ‘Missing Middle Campaign’ in 2016 where the University raised over R100m to fund academically capable students who did not qualify for NSFAS funding and who were unable to raise commercial loans, the University is seeking continued support for this student cohort in 2017.

Already in the first two months of the 2017 academic year, UJ has raised over R10m for its Missing Middle Fund. It has set an ambitious target of R120m for the current year.

Tablet devices for first-year entering students

It is now a requirement for all first-year entering students at UJ to possess a tablet device to facilitate online learning. The University is moving rapidly to introduce online and blended learning and is seeking donors to support those students who cannot afford a tablet device.

E-textbooks for first-year students

The University has negotiated substantial bulk discounts for e-textbooks for its students. E-textbooks are consequently up to 40% cheaper than hard copy textbook equivalents and UJ is seeking support for those students who cannot afford e-textbooks.

The e-textbook drive is faculty based and donors are encouraged to assist participating faculties in raising funds for their e-textbooks requirements.

To date e-textbook requirements have been assessed in four of the nine faculties:

  • Law
  • Management
  • Engineering
  • Science

Refurbishing the Main Auditorium

The Main Auditorium on the Auckland Park Campus was severely damaged by fire, following an arson attack. Damage has been estimated at around R100m. An insurance settlement of around R80m is under negotiation leaving an estimated shortfall of R20m.

The University is anxious to refurbish the facility as a priority as the Main Auditorium is the heart of the University and hosts all graduation ceremonies and high-profile lectures and presentation.

A donor is entitled to full naming rights to the Auditorium and will have access use of the facility in negotiation with the University’s Registrar.