The University of Johannesburg Alumni Office, in collaboration with the Centre for Psychological Services and Career Development (PsyCaD), launched the UJenius Club Alumni Affinity Group on 4 November 2022 on the Auckland Park Bunting Road Campus.

UJenius is a vice-chancellor’s initiative to acknowledge outstanding academic performances by undergraduate students and to offer members additional opportunities for intellectual and professional development. It is one of UJ’s Affinity groups, which aim to gather UJ alumni and provide opportunities for them to socialise and network. Victor Khangale, Communications Officer for UJ Alumni Relations stated:

The UJenius club is subject matter-based, and members are among the top 1% of UJ’s performers, so we are in the midst of the top of the top. We have also created Alumni Chapters, including the recently launched one in the Western Cape. So the opportunities to network are boundless.

 UJenius Affinity club members have many benefits, said Khangale, including a discounted rate for six months subscription to Mail & Guardian’s premium platform, and preferred partner access to PNet, an online recruitment organisation advertising over 8000 jobs globally.

Dalitso Matserechero, representative of PsyCaD, told the audience that the job market today is very challenging, especially now with load-shedding. “It’s now more important than ever to network, to combine our energies.” he said.

The UJenius Club focuses on:

  • Acknowledging and promoting academic excellence as a core component of the UJ student identity.
  • Bringing together students from diverse disciplines to stimulate interdisciplinary discussion and collaboration.
  • Promoting UJ values.
  • Creating a social space where UJenius Club members, from different faculties and campuses can interact with each other; to build partnerships and friendships.
  • Creating opportunities for closer contact with members of the broader UJ community.
  • Providing UJenius members with privileged connections and benefits, given their academic performance.
November 4, 2022

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