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Our research focuses on South Africa and the southern African region, but also looks​ beyond to the wider scholarly community. UJ plays its part in nurturing citizens and scholars who are anchored in their localities and nations but who can assert themselves confidently in a world of increasingly interconnected research.

UJ has benefited from a large pool of researc​hers bringing together various fields of expertise and research focus areas. The University provides the ideal ground for interdisciplinary research with a growing number of NRF-rated researchers choosing to settle on our campuses. Six of our researchers are currently A-rated – all of whom are recognised as world leaders in their field. UJ is also home to a growing number of research centres.

The South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) was established in 2006 by the then Department of Science and Technology (now Department of Science and Innovation) under the custodianship of the National Research Foundation (NRF). The programme was “designed to attract and retain excellence in research and innovation at South African public universities…“, and have a strong focus on the production of “high quality postgraduate students and research and innovation outputs

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