About University of Johannesburg

The University of Johannesburg (UJ) is an Afropolitan international university with an identity of inclusion, a university that is transforming lives and diversifying professions. A proudly South African university, rooted in the vibrant and multicultural city of Johannesburg, reflecting the city’s energy and embracing its diversity with equal passion.

At the University of Johannesburg  “The Future. Reimagined” is not simply a catchy phrase. The institution is taking the lead in Africa in 4th Industrial Revolution thinking, reimagining the future in all disciplines. 

It is an institution that embodies the core principles of critical thinking and meaningful collaboration, anchored in Africa and dynamically shaping the future. Through these principles we give our students the competitive advantage they need to compete on the global stage but, more importantly, we attract the best minds from around the world to engage with these leaders in reimagining the future.

UJ’s students, mentors, teachers and thought leaders are making a difference, not only in South Africa, but across the African continent and the world. With exposure to world-class facilities, proven structures of support and award-winning academic staff – all geared towards feeding imaginations in a safe, equal opportunity environment – we are seeding the world with a new generation who will lead with imagination, with creativity and with the power to see far beyond our present.

As a respected research institution the university is leading the new wave of thought through a multi-disciplinary approach to practical solutions that will make a real difference, from exploring the impact of early childhood development to the exciting space of artificial intelligence, process automation and smart cities; to developing nanotechnology capable of removing pollutants from water. We are investigating the sustainability of global resources through earth sciences, looking at our past to learn about our future. 

From vocational and traditional academic programmes to professionals and postgraduates, our four campuses offer our students a choice of study programmes in eight faculties: Art, Design and Architecture; Education; Engineering and the Built Environment; Health Sciences; Humanities; Law; and Science, as well as in the College of Business and Economics.

UJ students have access to a world-class environment for sport, art and culture and are guided through experience programmes to develop both personal and academic skills. As UJ alumni, they then go on to become game changers in their chosen careers. Individuals who embody the UJ values… who have the freedom, innovation and independence to dynamically shape the future; who engage meaningfully with others; who see fresh opportunities and connections where others see none; and who continually respect and advance each other and humanity.

Staff and students of the university come from over 50 different countries in Africa and around the world. We have built links, partnerships and exchange agreements with leading African and international institutions that further enrich the academic, social and cultural diversity on each of our campuses.

UJ has positioned itself within the rich diversity of South Africa's community and continues to draw on existing and latent intellectual capacity, leadership and innovation in all communities and further afield, as it delivers on its vision to be a premier African university. The University continues to build a culture of inclusion that embraces South Africa’s rich history, various cultures, languages, religions, genders and races, and its social and economic statuses.

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Key statistics

  • 24.0
    No. of students per staff
    (1)
  • 25,515
    Number of FTE Students
    (1)
  • 55 : 45
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
    (1)
  • 9%
    Percentage of International Students
    (1)
Based on data collected for the (1) 2019 World University Rankings

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