The University of Johannesburg (UJ) was announced as the first and only African university to join the most prestigious and innovative university consortia in the world, the Universitas 21, along with the University of Maryland and Ohio State University.
UJ joined the network on 10 May 2013 during the U21 Annual General Meeting, hosted by the University of British Columbia in Canada. The aim of the group is to facilitate partnerships between the members, creating opportunities on a scale that none of them would be able to achieve while operating independently. Member universities collaborate on areas such as research-inspired teaching and learning, and provide wider advocacy for internationalisation. Universitas 21 now incorporates a total of 27 members, and UJ’s addition serves to establish new international links in South Africa. The network, which will now have an even greater geographic spread over 17 countries, will benefit greatly from the inclusion of these three important universities, and the opportunities that these partnerships will create, both for new and existing members, are eagerly anticipated. See other member institutions: