Centre of excellence

The University of Johannesburg (UJ) is as dynamic and vibrant as the city it is named after. Now in its third year of existence, the UJ serves about 48000 students across nine faculties and five campuses.

The University of Johannesburg (UJ) is as dynamic and vibrant as the city it is named after. Now in its third year of existence, the UJ serves about 48000 students across nine faculties and five campuses.

Offering both academic and technological study programmes, the UJ is a major provider of higher education, committed to playing a pioneering role in restructuring higher education.

The campuses are different in culture and character, but all are rooted in the history of the City of Johannesburg and the evolution of the higher education system.

All campuses have the infrastructure available to deliver high-quality education and service to students.

The combined facilities available at the university include libraries, micro-laboratories, sports and culture facilities.

The faculties include the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, the Faculty of Economic and Financial Sciences, the Faculty of Education, the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, the Faculty of Health Sciences, the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Management and the Faculty of Science.

Offering a comprehensive range of both academic and career-focused programmes with varying exit and entrance levels, the university has a dedicated focus towards the articulation and mobility in the development of new programmes to the benefit of all its students.

Prof Ihron Rensburg, vice chancellor and principal of the UJ, reiterates the university's vision of becoming a premier, inclusive multi-lingual, African city university that advances the highest ideals of humanity - of freedom, democracy, equality, human dignity and human solidarity - through distinguished scholarship, excellence in teaching, reputable research and through putting intellectual capital to work.

Of great importance to the UJ is the creation of centres of excellence where scholars are inducted, nurtured and extended, and where compassionate public scholarships and the role of the public intellectual will be nurtured.

"UJ will continue to build a new culture of inclusion, of service, of embracing our histories, cultures, languages, religions, genders, races, and social and economic classes as we establish a preferred student experience and a preferred employer status.

"Establishing and bedding down the university's four-language policy of Afrikaans, English, isiZulu and Sepedi is thus part and parcel of our new culture," says Rensburg.

Among the many strategic plans for the UJ count the exciting, far-reaching development of its Soweto Campus. It is envisaged that, within the next few years, this campus will boast a uniqueness unsurpassed by others within the region - and arguably within the country.

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