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#1 for Accredited Research Outputs in South Africa

UJ is the top producer of accredited research outputs in South Africa, according to a National Government report released on 19 May 2023 by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET).

This is a historic development for a comprehensive university formed out of a merger in 2005.

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#2 in SA - QS rankings

UJ ranks second in South Africa and on the African continent, according to the 2023 QS World University Rankings.

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#3 Globally for Impact - THE SDG rankings

UJ ranks third globally in the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact rankings for SDG 1: No Poverty and eighth globally for SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth.

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AI Institute of SA launched

The Artificial Intelligence Institute of South Africa (AIISA) is a partnership between the University of Johannesburg (UJ), the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) and the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT).

3D Printing Houses

The University of Johannesburg in collaboration with the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Human Settlements, built a low-cost house in eight hours using 3D printing technology.

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The University of Johannesburg is a research-intensive University whose mission is “Inspiring its community to transform and serve humanity through innovation and the collaborative pursuit of knowledge”. This mission is pursued through research conducted across the University’s nine faculties, including the College of Business and Economics, as well as a Business School.

UJ also hosts more than 65 research centres and institutes, including a DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence; more than 25 Research and Innovation Chairs, including SARChI Chairs, industry chairs, and UNESCO Chairs. The is home to over 300 NRF-rated researchers.

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Flagship Institutes

The UJ Flagship Institutes aim to generate world-class research rooted in African realities.

Flagship Institutes

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Globally Leading Researchers

UJ hosts researchers with A-ratings from the National Research Foundation, for the high quality and impact of their recent research output, and who lead globally in their disciplines.

A-Rated Researchers

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Distinguished Visiting Professors

UJ hosts Distinguished Visiting Professors, as well as Professors of Practice, Visiting Professors and Senior Research Associates.

Distinguished Academics

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CIMERA Centre of Excellence

CIMERA focuses on mineral and energy resource analysis in Africa.


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Research and Innovation / Ideation Chairs

The University hosts 26 chairs for research and innovation, or ideation. Nineteen (19) of these are SARChI chairs funded by the DSI-NRF.

Research Chairs

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Research Centres and Institutes

UJ hosts research centres and institutes, as well as inter-faculty research centres.

Centres and Institutes

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NRF-Rated Researchers

The National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa rates researchers for the excellence of their research outputs.

NRF-Rated Researchers

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Technology Stations

UJ hosts two Technology Stations: the Metal Casting Technology Station and the Process, Energy and Environmental Technology Station.

Technology Stations

Research outputs from UJ scholars and students can be found at UJ Press; an Esploro repository with theses and dissertations; at SCOPUS-indexed journals; books at global publishers and more.

UJ Press is committed to the goals of open research and open access (OA) publishing. The Press publishes titles in all disciplines related to Pan-African Decolonisation and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).

The Press also publishes co-publications with international publishers, translated titles, and digital scholarship.

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UJ Press

UJ Press publishes titles in all disciplines related to Pan-African Decolonisation and 4IR.

UJ Press

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Theses and Dissertations

The research from students and staff in their theses and dissertations, in an Esploro portal.

Theses and Dissertations

UJ provides support to research staff, visiting scholars, postdoctoral fellows and postgraduate students.

The UJ Research and Innovation Division (UJRI) strives to strengthen UJ’s position as a research-intensive university with regional and global reach.

Academic staff and visiting scholars can contact UJRI about NRF ratings, various funding opportunities and DHET accredited journals.

Trademarks, Patents, Licensing and other Intellectual Property matters are serviced by the UJ Technology Transfer Office (TTO).

Flagship institutes and Global Excellence and Stature (GES) projects are executed by Strategic Initiatives and Administration.

The Postdoctoral Research Fellows Programme and the Postgraduate School support graduated researchers.

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Research and Innovation (UJRI)

The Research and Innovation Division strives to strengthen UJ’s position as a research-intensive university with regional and global reach.

Research and Innovation

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Technology Transfer Office (TTO)

The TTO registers trademarks, applies for patents and facilitates Intellectual Property processes.

Technology Transfer Office

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Strategic Initiatives

Strategic Initiatives and Administration establishes flagship institutes and GES 4.0 projects.

Strategic Initiatives

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Postdoctoral Research Fellows Programme (PRFP)

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships are awarded to individuals within five years of receiving a doctoral degree.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

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Postgraduate School

The Postgraduate School supports postgraduates holistically through a single, highly accessible point of contact.

Postgraduate School