University of Johannesburg


The University of Johannesburg is a public institute located in Johannesburg, South Africa. It came into existence in 2005 due to a merger between the Technikon Witwatersrand (TWR), the Rand Afrikaans University (RAU), and Vista University. Before the merger, Soweto and the Daveyton campuses of the prior Vista University had been incorporated into RAU.

UJ provides a wide range of undergraduate courses in eight faculties and one college. Following are the 8 faculties of the University of Johannesburg.

  • Architecture, Art and Design
  • Education
  • The Built Environment and Engineering
  • Business and Economics
  • Health Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Law

Research work of the University of Johannesburg focuses on the southern African region. Still, the university also looks beyond the expanded and wider scholarly community. This institute plays an important role in nurturing scholars and citizens who are anchored in nations and localities but can assert themselves assuredly in a world of growing and new interconnected research. It provides an ideal ground for interdisciplinary research, with an increasing number of NRF-rated researchers choosing to settle on UJ's campuses.


This institute has a student population of over 50 000, including more than 3000 international students from 80 nations.

FYE (First Year Experience) Program supports and facilitates students' smooth transition from school to university. SSE (Senior Student Experience) Program helps the student adjust to post-university life, whether a venture into a working world or a postgraduate degree.

At the University, "UJ Arts & Culture" is a division of FADA (Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture), which present and produces world-class professional and student arts programs aligned to the university's vision of an international institute of choice, dynamically shaping the future. In addition, FADA offers 8 creative disciplines in design, art, and architecture.

The university aims to develop the holistic student-athlete by providing quality sports opportunities and activities, ultimate student experience and the best coaching personnel. Gymnasia at the University of Johannesburg have top-notch equipment. These gyms have a team of experienced coaches and trainers who ensure that all members receive the best results.


SARL (Student Accommodation and Residence Life) is responsible for student housing. It has a capacity of 33,500 beds in both university-managed and owned residences as well as accredited POSA (Privately Owned Student Accommodation). Housing at the University of Johannesburg has around 7500 beds, whilst POSA has about 26,000 beds. SARL manages 32 housing complexes and 7-day houses across the UJ four campuses (APK, APB, SWC and DFC).


Following are the global rankings of the University of Johannesburg.

  • By QS World Ranking, the University of Johannesburg ranks 412.
  • According to Times Higher Education Ranking, the University of Johannesburg ranks 601-800.
  • US News and World Report rank the University of Johannesburg at 417.


University of Johannesburg
Cnr Kingsway & University Roads, Auckland Park, Johannesburg, 2092

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