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UJ achieves its highest ever position in global rankings

The University of Johannesburg (UJ) has achieved its highest-ever position in global rankings, and is now ranked #36 in the world. This is according to the latest Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings released on Wednesday, June 12, 2024. The results mean that UJ has climbed by 10 places from its previous position of #46 in the 2023 edition of the rankings. In the latest edition of the 2024 results, UJ is ranked among the top 50 out of 1 963 institutions in the world, 372 more than the previous year. UJ remains the best University in Africa and South Africa, holding the #1 spot in the continent and the country.


UJ has again been recognised as the top University in South Africa and Africa for its contribution to poverty alleviation, retaining its top spot in the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 1 for No Poverty. Remarkably, UJ is now ranked number #3 globally in this SGD. This ranking assesses universities’ efforts in research and support meant to assist impoverished students and local communities. It emphasises universities’ efforts in research and support that are meant to assist impoverished students and local communities. UJ also achieved a third spot globally in this SDG.

This achievement is testament to the commitment to addressing the world’s most pressing challenges, such as  environmental sustainability, social inclusion, economic growth and partnerships.

UJ’s performance in individual SDGs is impressive, ranking in the top 100 for six SDGs:

  • #3 for SDG 1: No Poverty
  • #6 for SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • #13 for SDG 5: Gender Equality
  • #46 for SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities
  • #53 for SDG 4: Quality Education
  • #93 for SDG 2: Zero Hunger

For other SDGs, UJ’s rankings are as follows:

  • 101-200 for SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
  • 101-200 for SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
  • 201-300 for SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • 201-300 for SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals
  • 301-400 for SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
  • 301-400 for SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • 401-600 for SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • 401-600 for SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being
  • 401-600 for SDG 13: Climate Action

“It is pleasing to see our University once again being recognised for its contributions towards improving students and communities’s livelihoods and well-being.  We are incredibly proud of this feat, and we eagerly anticipate even greater achievements from our scholars in future. This accomplishment reflects the exceptional efforts and dedication of our entire University community, including our staff, postdoctoral fellows, students, research associates and various institutes,” says Professor Letlhokwa Mpedi, UJ Vice-Chancellor and Principal.

This latest THE Impact Ranking follows UJ’s strong performance in the QS World University Rankings released this month. UJ was placed #312 out of 1,503 institutions, retaining its position among the top 350 globally. The University was also named the most improved African institution over the past five years. Earlier last month, THE Young University Rankings named UJ as the leading university in South Africa and Africa among institutions under 50 years old.

“The University remains committed to contributing towards efforts to solve societal problems through research and knowledge production. We extend special thanks to all sponsors and funders who continue to contribute  towards our research endeavours and academic work,” adds Prof Mpedi.

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