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University of Johannesburg

4.3 out of 5 (52 ratings / 39 reviews) Johannesburg, South Africa
Vibrant, multicultural and dynamic, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) shares the pace and energy of cosmopolitan Johannesburg, the city whose name it carries. Proudly South African, the University is alive down to its African roots, and well-prepared for its role in actualising the potential that higher education holds for the continent’s development.

Bachelor's programmes

Law (3)
Agriculture & Forestry (2)
Applied Sciences & Professions (2)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (2)
Journalism & Media (1)

About

History

In its first five years of existence, UJ doubled its accredited research output and increased its number of distinguished South African Research Chairs from none to seven. This remarkable achievement was reached well ahead of the target set for 2015. The 2010 research outcome was the result of UJ’s desire, during the initial period, to establish UJ as a thoroughly research-focused university.

Education

UJ boasts world-class, internationally recognised academic programmes based on curricula informed by cutting-edge developments in both undergraduate and postgraduate education. UJ’s programmes, within its nine faculties, are designed to prepare students for the world of work and for global citizenship. UJ’s graduate success rate now stands at 83,4% and the overall annual graduate output is in excess of 11,400 students. The University’s First Year Experience Programme (FYE), an initiative offering academic skills reinforcement with an accent on students mentoring fellow students, is one of the support programmes that help ease the school-to-university transition.

Research

UJ has benefited from a large pool of researchers 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. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Our research focuses on South Africa and the southern African region, but also looks​ beyond to the wider scholarly community

Career

A qualification in botany or plant science may allow you to pursue careers in areas such as:

  • Researcher / Analyst / Lab technician
  • Lecturer / Teacher
  • Herbarium Curator
  • Molecular and Cell Biologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Environmental consultant & managers
  • Ecologist
  • Agricultural consultant
  • Conservation or Forestry
  • Conservation Biologist
  • Ethobotanist
  • Ecotourism
  • Taxonomist
  • Plant pathologist
  • Plant geneticist
  • Food quality control
  • Food industry

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

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University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2020
501 50
2019
551 50
2018
601
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2020
-
2019
601
2018
601
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2019
-
2018
-
2017
401
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2020
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2019
397 60
2018
457
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.

Services

Student services

The Student Enrolment Centre (SEC) was established to centralise the total application process and the selection process for nine Faculties and offers a comprehensive one-stop service. Included within this centre are the Contact Centre (Call Centre and Information Desk), Biographics (Student and Staff cards included) and the Selection Division.  Postgraduate applications are also administered with the Student Enrolment Centre.

Housing services

The University of Johannesburg student numbers will stabilise at around 48 000-50 000. Only 6 000 students live in UJ residences. Space is extremely limited and demand by far exceeds residence capacity. Eligible returning students occupy 60% of residence space, leaving the remaining 40% space for new applicants each year.

Library services

The UJ Library is responsible for academic information support to all students, lecturing staff and researchers through its network of campus libraries and through its central administrative and management services based on the Auckland Park Kingsway (APK) Campus.

ICT services

UJ recognises the need for advanced technology and understands the impact IT has on its coremission and strategy. ICS, in partnership with its stakeholders, is working hard to ensure that thebenefits of technology are felt throughout the institution.

Medical services

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) undertook an audit of the Biomedical Technology and Environmental Health programmes in In line with the re-curriculation of programmes by the Professional Boards of the HPCSA.

Student Life

Campus life

The University has four campuses, namely the Auckland Park Bunting Road Campus; the Auckland Park Kingsway Campus; the Doornfontein Campus; and the Soweto Campus.

The campuses​ vary in size and each has its own character and culture contributing to the institution's rich diversity. A comprehensive development plan has been framed to ensure the optimal utilisation of all campuses. This will direct the growth and development of five sites of higher education delivery, each unique in its academic programme profile and capacity, but all sharing the objective to offer high-quality university education.

Sports facilities

UJ Sport Offers:

  • Sport participation on high performance, competitive and social/recreational levels
  • Sports facilities of international standards
  • Competitive scholarships
  • Designated UJ Sport accommodation
  • Academic support and monitoring
  • Long term athlete development
  • Multi-purpose gymnasia
  • The ultimate student experience
Sport Codes Offered:
  • Athletics
  • Basketball
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Rowing
  • Rugby
  • 7's Rugby
  • Sport for Students with Disabilities (SSD)
  • Squash

Student clubs

Transport  And Logistics Students Association (TaLSA)"For Students By Students"

The search for qualified and talented transport economists, planners and logisticians continues to be one of the greatest challenges faced by companies in the country and across the globe. The low output of students in transport and logistics qualifications remains a serious concern for the institutions of higher learning. The fact of the matter is that the number of students enrolling for the programmes (in logistics and transport) is increasing, but there is a need to do more in closing the scarce skills gap.

Student Reviews

UJ Psychology Department
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

The university of Johannesburg is very supportive of post-graduate student. The institution provided me with many opportunities such as attending conferences, studying abroad etc.

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

University of Johannesburg is one of the of the university in Africa were many students would like to come because it is diversified in all catergories of gender ;race ;nationality etc but out of all am proud to study at this varsity because all the services that a student want be it stress or other issues that affect a student mentally ;physically and or psychologically...

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

University of Johannesburg has been an awesome experience. I can honestly say there is no better way to spend your early 20s than by socislizing at a tertiary institution.

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