UJ Research and Innovation Annual Report

Executive Summary

Despite the challenges and changes brought on by COVID-19 restrictions, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) continued to strengthen its position as a research-intensive tertiary institution.

This was largely due to the University’s position as a South African (and African) leader in the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR), which assisted greatly in the COVID-precipitated transition from March 2020, and well into 2021.


Significant highlights for the 2021 academic year include:

Total external research income of R321 million, exceeding the target of R200 million by 60.5%, and exceeding funds received in 2020 by 31%.

UJ retained second position among the 26 South African public universities, in terms of the number of DHET accredited research outputs produced in 2020 (2021 submission year).

The overall number of NRF rated researchers at UJ continues to increase year-on-year and currently stands at 270.

Six (6) patents were granted during the 2021 academic year, further increasing the UJ intellectual property portfolio.

More than eighty (80) prestigious awards and recognition were bestowed upon UJ scholars and staff during the 2021 academic year.

A new UJ Intellectual Property Policy was approved by Council. This establishes a high-level framework to govern and give clarity on IP ownership, management and commercialisation.

The Policy ensures compliance with the IP Rights from Publicly Financed R&D Act, while providing flexibility for the development of appropriate supporting procedures and guidelines.

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