UJ

UJ

UJ, the University of Johannesburg (known colloquially as “UJ“) is a public university located in Johannesburg, South Africa. The University of Johannesburg came into existence on 1 January 2005 as the result of a merger between the Rand Afrikaans University (RAU), the Technikon Witwatersrand (TWR) and the Soweto and East Randcampuses of Vista University. Prior to the merger, the Daveyton and Soweto campuses of the former Vista University had been incorporated into RAU. As a result of the merger of Rand Afrikaans University (RAU), it is common for alumni to refer to the university as RAU. The Vice-Chancellor and Principal of UJ is Professor Tshilidzi Marwala. Between 2005 and 2017, UJ’s Vice-Chancellor and Principal was Prof Ihron Lester Rensburg.
The newly emerged institution is one of the largest comprehensive contact universities in South Africa from the 26 public universities that make up the higher education system. UJ has transformed into a diverse, inclusive, transformational and collegial institution, with a student population of over 50 000, of which more than 3000 are international students from 80 countries.

​​​Campuses

​​​​​​​​UJ has four campuses: the Auckland Park Kingsway, Auckland Park Bunting Road, Doornfontein and Soweto campuses –  all located in the metropolitan area of the City of Johannesburg.
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.
There is much excitement a​bout the establishment of the Soweto Centre for Small and Medium Business Enterprise Development on the Soweto Campus. The Centre is the first phase of the Campus’s flagship development, the Johannesburg School of Leadership, with its distinctive focus on and exploration of African leadership.
Recent developments such as the state-of-the-art buildings accommodating the School of Tourism and Hospitality, the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, and the modern Arts Centre [comprising a theatre and gallery] are to the benefit of not only UJ but also the Johannesburg community at large. The combined facilities available at the University are among the best in the country and include libraries, micro-laboratories, sports and culture facilities. Many of UJ’s facilities such as the restaurants, conference venues and the art theatre and gallery are commercially driven and open to the general public.
The University comprises a built-up area in excess of 45,000m2 and the facilities available at the respective campuses include:

  • Lecture rooms and micro-laboratories.
  • Libraries.
  • Campus and health clinics​.
  • Student shopping centres, restaurants and cafeterias.
  • Auditoriums, halls, galleries and conference venues.
  • Sports facilities. ​​​

Campus Masterplan

Background to the Campus Master Plan

The University of Johannesburg was formed as a result of the merger between the former Technikon Witwatersrand, Vista University and Rand Afrikaans University on 1st January 2005.  The University consists of a number of faculties and has four campuses in and around Johannesburg with a diverse and multi-cultural community.
The University requires a Campus Master Plan to be prepared to provide it with strategic direction and to act as a guide for future growth and development for the short-, medium- and long-term.  The Campus Master Plan must grow out of the academic vision and mission of the University.
The GAPP Architects and Urban Designers/Julian Elliott Consortium will undertake the development of the Campus Master Plan.

Vice-Chancellor’s Comment

The University continues to make progress in moving beyond the merger and defining itself in terms of its new identity in line with its vision, mission and core values. The University has achieved another milestone in the work undertaken in development of the Campus Master Plan, which must facilitate full alignment between physical resource use and planning and the core academic mission of the University. Furthermore, it is a framework to ensure optimal use of resources and effective decision-making around physical resources.
The University comprises 4 campuses and is indeed a diverse community. It also has more than 600 000 square meters of buildings under roof, which includes teaching, research, administration, support, sport, recreational and living space. The Campus Master Plan strives to ensure we make the best of the assets we posses, we balance current effective use with consideration of and planning for future needs, and that informed adjustments and improvements are made to create a physical setting that facilitates rather than hinders the attainment of UJ’s key strategic goals.
Apart from prioritising the needs for teaching, research and other academic support functions, the Campus Master Plan is also informed by the following imperatives:
  • Enhancement of the quality of student life and realisation of a preferred student  experience.
  • Constant enhancement of the quality of academic life and the enhancement of the academic community at UJ.
  • Integration and a sense of connectedness between different campuses, spheres of activity and functions within the University.
  • The establishment of an embracing and inclusive institutional culture.

The Steering Committee is in the process of developing a draft in consultation with the service provider; input and feedback from the broader UJ community is now required in order to refine and finalise the plan. ​


Lecture Facilities

Auckland Park Bunting Road Campus – A total of 55 lecture halls providing 4 412 seats.

Auckland Park Kingsway Campus – A total of 66 lecture halls providing 7 787 seats.
Students have access 24 hours a day to two microlaboratories with a total of 269 workstations. Another five microlaboratories with 774 workstations giving access to the electronic learning environment (Edulink) should be completed early in 2005.
Doornfontein Campus – A total of 84 lecture rooms providing 5 142 seats.
Soweto Campus – A total of 17 lecture halls providing 1 842 seats.

Venues

Auckland Park Bunting Road Campus

Auckland Park Kingsway Campus 
The Sanlam Auditorium is a popular location for concerts, congresses and meetings, and the graduation ceremonies are held here annually.
In 2005, the University was proud to open its new Arts Centre. The Arts Centre includes an impressive Art Gallery, which hosts exhibitions of acclaimed South African contemporary artists. The Arts Centre also boasts a theatre seating 435 as well as rehearsal rooms overlooking the city. The theatre is used for both University and outside productions.
Doornfontein Campus 
The conference venue, accommodating 185 people, is used for prize-giving ceremonies, conferences, seminars, cocktail functions, farewells and workshops.
Soweto Campus 
The indoor Sports Arena is a multipurpose venue that is also used for graduation ceremonies, conferences and community events. The Conference Hall accommodates 110 people.​

Management Leadership Group

Prof Tshilidzi Marwala Vice-ChancellorName: Prof Tshilidzi Marwala
Location: 1st Floor Madibeng Building, West Wing, APK
Executive Assistant: Ms Thabo Mamabolo​Contact Details: 
Tel: +27 (0)11-559-4805
Fax: +27 (0)11-559-4807

Prof Angina Parekh
​​Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic
Name: Prof Angina Parekh
Location: 1st Floor Madibeng Building, West Wing, APK
Personal Assistant: Ms Barbs Hadjiapostolou
Contact Details: 
Tel: +27 (0)11-559-4821/4822
Fax: +27 (0)11-559-4823

Mrs Nolwazi Mamorare
Chief Financial Officer
Name: Mrs Nolwazi Mamorare
Location: 1st Floor Madibeng Building, East Wing, APK
Personal Assistant: Ms Marianne Minnaar
Contact Details: 
Tel: +27 (0)11-559-4811/4812
Fax: +27 (0)11-559-4856/4841

Ms Tumi Mketi​
Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Employees and Student Affairs
Name: Ms Tumi Mketi​
Location: 1st Floor Madibeng Building, East Wing, APK
Personal Assistant: Ms Joey NdlangamSandla
Contact Details: 
Tel: +27 (0)11-559-3439/4809
Fax: +27 (0)11-559-4807​

Prof Saartjie Gravet
Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research & Internationalisation

Name: Prof Saurabh Sinha
Location: 1st Floor Madibeng Building, West Wing, APK
Personal Assistant: Ms Ansuya Lalsab / DVC Contact

Contact Details: 
Tel: +27 (0)11-559-4814/4815
Fax: +27 (0)11-559-4816


Prof André Swart
Chief Operating Officer
Name: Prof André Swart
Location: 1st Floor West Wing, Madibeng, APK
Personal Assistant: Ms Matsatsi Mathebula
Contact Details: 
Tel: +27 (0)11-559-4991/3622

Kinta Burger
Registrar
Name: Prof Kinta Burger
Location: 1st Floor Madibeng Building, East Wing, APK
Personal Assistant: Ms Christa Haman
Contact Details: 
Tel: +27 (0)11-559-2830/4825
Fax: +27 (0)11-559-8373

Prof Patrick O’Brien​​​​
General Counsel
Name: Prof Patrick O’Brien​​​​
Location: 1st Floor Madibeng​ Building, East Wing,  APK
Personal Assistant: Ms Zandile Zungu​
Contact Details: 
Tel: +27 (0)11-559-4817/4818
Fax: +27 (0)11-559-4819

Dr Nolitha Vukuza Senior Executive Director in the Vice-Chancellor’s office
Name: Dr Nolitha Vukuza
Location: 1st Floor, East Wing, Madibeng, APK
Personal Assistant:  Ms Annah Sekwele
Contact Details: 
Tel: +27 (0)11-559-4808/4831
Fax: +27 (0)11-559-4807

Mission, Vision​ and Values​


​​​​​Vision
An international University of choice, anchored in Africa, dynamically shaping the future.
Mission
Inspiring its community to transform and serve humanity through innovation and the collaborative pursuit of knowledge.
Values

IMAGINATION CONVERSATION REGENERATION ETHICAL FOUNDATION
We encourage and inspire free, independent and critical thought aimed at developing a better future for UJ and society by:

  • Shaping the future by encouraging an imagination-driven vision of the future;
  • Developing a cosmopolitan identity and a culture that embrace diversity;
  • Exhibiting ambition and drive;
  • Creating an environment conducive to free, independent and critical thought that inspires ‘bright ideas’ for the enhancement of our academic and community uplifting endeavours.
Through facilitating open, respectful and meaningful dialogue, we encourage an inclusive environment that embraces diversity by:

  • Leading consultatively and constructively and making wise decisions collectively;
  • Learning together from and through our diversity;
  • Providing platforms and opportunities for meaningful engagement with one another and our stakeholders through mutual respect and listening;
  • Creating an inclusive environment and nurturing the diversity of cultural expression through processes of mutual interaction, support and empowerment.
We are dynamic, progressive, responsive and innovative in our endeavour to provide access to global academic excellence and to promote the common good in a sustainable way by:

  • Developing sustainably through creative contribution and renewal;
  • Making positive change through innovating for the common good;
  • Taking advantage of opportunities;
  • Providing access to students to excellent educational opportunities across a wide range of fields and disciplines and at various levels;
  • Constantly working to enhance the quality of our programmes and services;
  • Providing a rich extra-curricular environment for students;
  • Pushing boundaries, overcoming barriers with courage and surpassing expectations.
We nurture and actively promote an ethos of honesty, transparency, accountability and fairness in all our endeavours by:

  • Treasuring academic freedom;
  • Seeking balance in the pursuit of knowledge;
  • Earning trust through credible and principled conduct;
  • Acting responsibly by being fair, consistent and transparent;
  • Participating in and developing the community;
  • Being truthful and trustworthy at all times;
  • Conducting our business ethically, in good faith and to the best of our ability;
  • Honouring our commitments;
  • Honouring information that is private and confidential;
  • Client Advocacy – we serve our clients with distinction.

Contact Details
Ms Refiloe Motloung
Tel : +27 (0)11 559 6007
Office: 7150 John Orr Building, Doornfontein Campus
Email: refiloem@uj.ac.za

Contact Information

Enquiry Type Contact Phone / Fax / Address
Admission enquiries Admission
​​​+27 (0) 11​ 559 4555
mylife@uj.ac.za
General / study related enquiries UJ call centre
​+27 (0) 11 559-4555​
Postal Address UJ Administration
​Un​iversity of Johannesburg​

PO Box 524
Auckland Park
2006
South Africa