UJ achieves remarkable results in two global rankings

The University of Johannesburg (UJ) has recently recorded improved achievements across various prestigious global university ranking systems, reaffirming its commitment to academic excellence and innovation. UJ has further consolidated its global stature, achieving impressive rankings in a diverse array of academic disciplines in two ranking systems, according to the latest results.

THE Subject Rankings 2024

In the 2024 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings by Subject (THE) Subject Rankings 2024, released on Thursday, October 26, 2023, UJ has been ranked in 11 subjects, climbing in 8 subjects and maintaining its position in one subject. Notably, UJ has claimed the top position in South Africa for four subjects: Business and Economics (201-250); Engineering (301-400); Physical Sciences (301-400); and Computer Science (401-500). The University now ranks second in the country for Education (176-200) and Psychology (301-400), and third for Social Sciences (201-250) and Life Sciences (301-400).

To explore the detailed results, please visit the Times Higher Education website at the following link: THE Subject Rankings.

GRAS 2023

UJ has also continued its remarkable journey towards academic excellence in the  2023 Shanghai Ranking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS). The 2023 edition of these rankings, released on October 27, 2023, highlights the university’s diverse accomplishments. UJ debuted in five subjects, re-entered one, climbed in three subjects and maintained its rank in three others.

UJ claimed the top spot in South Africa for eight subjects: Hospitality and Tourism Management; Food Science and Technology, Sociology; Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences; Management, Earth Sciences; Electrical and Electronic Engineering; and Education. The results are now readily accessible on the ShanghaiRanking website at the following link: GRAS 2023 Rankings.

Commendation from UJ’s Vice-Chancellor

UJ Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Letlhokwa Mpedi, expressed his pride at the latest results, stating: “UJ’s remarkable performance in both of these rankings is a testament to its commitment to academic excellence and innovation across a diverse range of subjects. The University’s dedication to producing quality and impactful research, fostering academic growth and preparing students for the future is evident in these results. These rankings represent a significant milestone for South Africa’s higher education landscape, demonstrating that South African universities can compete at the highest global level.”

According to the latest 2023 Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings, released in June 2023, UJ is now the top producer of research outputs in South Africa, ranked at number 1 in the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)’s global goal of No Poverty. The University is ranked among the top 50 universities worldwide, at global position 46. No Poverty focuses on universities’ research on poverty and their support for poor students and citizens in their local communities.

Earlier in May, the 2023 global ranking from the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) ranked UJ among the top 3.1% universities worldwide, at a global position 628 (one place up from 629 the previous year). As many as 20 531 institutions were assessed, making this the largest academic ranking of global universities. Of those assessed, only the best 2 000 made the final cut to attain a ranking placement on the published global list.

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