2015 in review at the University of Johannesburg

The year 2015 marked a turning point for South African higher education institutions, and the University of Johannesburg (UJ), although of no exception to #FeesMustFall events, met close to 90% of its targets in 2015.

On Wednesday, 25 August 2016, as stakeholders of the University gathered for the Annual Stakeholder Report presentation at the Council Chambers in the Auckland Park Kingsway campus, the Vice-Chancellor (VC) and Principal of UJ, Prof Ihron Rensburg unpacked the challenges and achievements from the year in review. Consequently to important issues that #FeesMustFall raised and the University’s R40 million investment on student’s inter-campus buses, SRC fund and the two meals a day project, Prof Rensburg reported on the completion of the insourcing of all garden services, a new regime on student protests and funding access, and changes in culture and tradition at the University.



Mr Cyril Gebhardt spoke on behalf of Council and congratulated the VC for producing academic success, and strong leadership. “It is a pleasure for Council to see the University improve and flourish every year. The academic programme was not disrupted, and UJ emerged stronger than before,” he said. Gebhardt continued: “It is rewarding for the founding universities to see UJ making a mark in the country.”

The University of Johannesburg uses the Annual Performance Plan (APP) to track its progress. These include: Excellence in Research and Innovation; Excellence in Teaching and Learning; An International Profile for Global Excellence and Stature; An Enriching Student-Friendly Learning and Living Experience; National and Global Reputation Management; and Fitness for Global Excellence and Stature.

In the last decade, UJ has done well to establish progressive academic programmes, increase its research output whilst catapulting itself as a world-class comprehensive University anchored in Africa’s most successful megacity, Johannesburg. Some of the highlights that the VC highlighted included undergraduate output was 9552; UJ’s Accredited research output units (N-1) stood at 1294 (submitted) in 2015; the number of permanent and fixed term academic staff with doctorates which is 484, compared to 158 in 2007, as a result of the University’s Accelerated Academic Mentorship Programme (AAMP); graduates’ Employability within 12 months; and the increase in the number of international students and international staff.

The Vice-Chancellor’s Report 2015 features reviews of the year by the Chairperson of Council, Prof Roy Marcus, and the Vice-Chancellor and Principal.

Click here to view the full Vice-Chancellor’s Report 2015.

Click here to view the full Learning and Teaching Report 2015.

Click here to view the full Research Report 2015.

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