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University of Johannesburg: Brief Synopsis of Type and Scope

The University of Johannesburg (UJ), formed recently through the consolidation process in the higher education sector, combines the strengths of its predecessor institutions – solid institutions providing good quality education – with remarkable and far reaching innovations. Through a range of visionary initiatives, the UJ is in the process of transformation from a tradition of good quality to one of excellence and greatness.

The University has positioned itself within the rich diversity of South Africa’s community; it will draw on existing and latent intellectual capacity, leadership and innovation in all communities and further afield, as it constructs itself as a premier African university. Based in Gauteng, South Africa’s economic hub, the University is contributing in significant ways to economic and social development, as it expands knowledge and technological knowledge and skills.

The University of Johannesburg is a city university; it shares the pace and energy of cosmopolitan Johannesburg. Proudly South African, it is responsive to the particular educational needs of a new democracy and a developing country. The UJ is also an African university that appreciates the contribution it could make to the advancement of the continent. True to its nature as a university and competing in the global arena, the UJ aspires to be internationally recognised for its distinguished scholarship, excellence in teaching, reputable research and innovation.

The UJ is continuing to deepen and expand diversity, one of its most valuable assets. It is home to staff and students of different backgrounds, cultures, beliefs and languages. With some 40 000 students, the UJ is one of the largest residential universities in the country, and sometimes “bigger is better” since it means a wider variety, more choices and richer opportunities. The University offers a comprehensive range of learning programmes – from vocational and traditional academic to professional and postgraduate qualifications – and a host of high-performance, competitive and recreational sports, arts and cultural activities.

It is the vision of the University of Johannesburg to be a premier, embracing, African city university offering a mix of vocational and academic programmes that advances freedom, democracy, equality and human dignity as high ideals of humanity through distinguished scholarship, excellence in teaching, reputable research and innovation, and through putting intellectual capital to work.