The University of Johannesburg (UJ) has once again shown its dominance in the marketing and communication space, scooping a whopping 15 awards at the 2023 MACE (Marketing, Advancement, and Communication in Education) Excellence Awards. Established in the early eighties, the awards are held annually to celebrate and recognise outstanding work of marketing, advancement, and communication in the higher education sector in South Africa.
The awards ceremony, a highlight of the annual MACE congress, took place on Thursday, 16 November 2023 at the University of the Western Cape.
A record number of 255 entries were submitted with 153 awards conferred to 17 South African universities and TVET colleges. UJ was among the few institutions that stood out, securing a wide array of accolades across various categories. The team’s exceptional performance was highlighted by winning two of the prestigious gold awards as well as silver awards.
Best use of Brand-Building Campaigns: Cloudebates Series – How 4IR Tech Creates a Climate for Change
Best use of Social Media: UJ Facebook – Project One Million
Best use of Audio, Visual, and Audio-Visual Technology:
- Societal Impact Video Campaign
- Livestream: High Tea with the VC
Best use of Digital: Internal Magazines and Newsletters (Weekly VC Newsletter)
Best use of Writing for News Media: In the Media – Positioning the New VC and UJ
Best use of Design for Printed Media: UJ 2022 Stakeholder Report
Best use of Website: UJ News Website
Best use of Printed: Other Publications: FADA Undergraduate Marketing Brochure
Best use of Videography Skills:
- A PsyCaD Story: Breaking the Silence with Boikgantsho Dibakoane
- Igniting Change: UJ’s Electric Buses Revolutionise Campus Transport
Best use of Issue-Management Campaigns: Responsible Use of Social Media Campaign
Best use of Social Media: UJ Instagram
Best use of Stakeholder-engagement campaigns: Welcome to a New Era at UJ – VC Launch
Best use of Alumni Campaigns: Blockchain Digital Badges
These awards are a testament to the University’s innovative and impactful campaigns in communication, marketing, and advancement. Dr Nolita Vukuza, UJ’s Senior Executive Director of University Relations, expressed her delight with the team’s remarkable achievement. “I am immensely proud that the University Relations team’s work has been recognised by our peers in the higher education communication and marketing industry.”
Dr Vukuza added that this feat was proof of the team’s creative and innovative spirit and their pursuit of excellence. “Our University Relations team is well known for their ability to produce compelling and impactful content even when under pressure. On behalf of the entire UJ Community, I congratulate them for this achievement.”