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Eight UJ education researchers listed among AfricaTop100 Education scientists for 2024

Eight education researchers from the University of Johannesburg (UJ) have been listed among the AfricaTop100 Education Scientists for the year 2024. This recognition, by the African Development Scientific Index (ADScientific Index), highlights their significant contributions to the field of education.

The UJ researchers who have been listed are:

  • Professor Linda Chisholm
  • Professor Raj Mestry
  • Professor Salim Vally
  • Professor Jace Pillay
  • Professor Sarah Gravett
  • Professor Umesh Ramnarain
  • Professor Shireen Motala
  • Professor Nadine Petersen


Their inclusion in the AfricaTop100 Education Scientists is a testament to their steadfast commitment to advancing the boundaries of education research. These researchers have not only demonstrated unwavering dedication but also a resolute commitment to instigating positive change in the educational landscape.

The impact of their work reverberates across various facets of education, ranging from early childhood development to higher education. Their collective efforts have played a pivotal role in shaping the future of education not only within Africa but also on a global scale.

Prof Nadine Petersen, the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education at UJ, expressed immense pride in the achievements of these researchers. “We are immensely proud of our exceptional researchers who have been recognised among the AfricaTop100 Education Scientists for 2024, “ she said. “Their outstanding contributions to education research are a testament to their steadfast commitment to academic excellence and their dedication to improving the quality of education for all.”

The Faculty of Education at UJ remains committed in fostering an environment conducive to innovation, collaboration, and groundbreaking discoveries. The acknowledgement of eight of its researchers as AfricaTop100 Education Scientists further solidifies the Faculty’s position as a leading centre for education research in Africa.

As these researchers continue to pave the way for advancements in education, their recognition on the AfricaTop100 list stands as a beacon of excellence and a source of inspiration for future generations of educators and researchers.

The full list of AfricaTop100 Education Scientists for 2024 can be accessed here:

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