University
of Johannesburg

The University of Johannesburg is one of two universities in Johannesburg.

Although there is a perception that they both fall under the common name, they are in fact very separate institutions.

The more senior and more traditional is the University of the Witwatersrand, affectionately known as Wits University (pronounced Vits), and the newer University of Johannesburg, usually referred to by its abbreviated form, UJ.

Both, like most of South Africa's past, have a fairly complex history.

The traditional design of the University of the Witwatersrand
The traditional design of the University of the Witwatersrand

University of the Witwatersrand

Wits is the older and more established of the two, after opening in 1896 as the South African School of Mines in Kimberley.

Not surprisingly it focused on the technical and scientific aspects of mining, having opened 29 years after diamonds were discovered in the town.

When gold was discovered in Johannesburg in 1886, an offshoot, still only teaching mining discipline, opened in approximately 1903 to cater for the developing gold mining industry.

After changing its location and name a number of times, it was granted full university status on March 1st, 1922, when it became the English speaking, University of the Witwatersrand, and still occupies the original 80 acre site in the suburb of Milner Park on land donated by the Johannesburg Municipality.

It is one of only two universities in Africa rated by two separate international rankings as a leading world institution.

It has 5 faculties - Commerce, Law and Management; Engineering and the Built Environment; Health Sciences; Humanities and Science, comprising 34 schools offering 3000 courses.

The University of Witwatersrand has a reputation built on research and academic excellence, and is especially known for its Medical and Engineering faculties.

It is the recipient of the highest levels of external financial support of all South African universities.

Click here for the Wits University prospectus website.


The modern design of the University of Johannesburg, Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
The modern design of the University of Johannesburg, Auckland Park Kingsway Campus

University of Johannesburg

The University of Johannesburg (UJ) came into being when three previously independent institutions of learning - Johannesburg's Rand Afrikaans University (RAU), Soweto's Vista University and the Technikon Witwatersrand (TWR) merged to form one of the largest residential universities in South Africa, with over 40,000 full-time students.

The Soweto and Daveyton campuses of the Vista University were first incorporated into the Rand Afrikaans University on 1st January 2004, and when the Technikon Witwatersrand merged with the enlarged RAU on 1st December 2005, the University of Johannesburg was born.

The Technikon Witwatersrand had been in existence since 1925, the Rand Afrikaans University since 1967 and the Vista University since 1982.

The main campus is the Auckland Park Kingsway Campus (Auckland Park is the suburb and Kingsway the road), with 4 'satellite' campuses in Doornfontein, Auckland Park Bunting Road, Soweto and the East Rand.

Click here for the UJ prospectus website.



University Rankings

There are a number of university ranking systems, but they do tend to attract criticism, as the criteria and weightings used to generate the lists, are not consistent.

I've included them all here, as they do give an indication of the university's ranking, even if the system is flawed!
They are the rankings as at January 2013

The three most most influential and widely used international university rankings are The QS World University Rankings – the most widely read university comparison of its kind, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (the top 400 Universities) and the Academic Ranking of World Universities. .

Included as well is the Webometric ranking, which shows universities ranked according to how active their website is on the internet.

The QS World University Rankings

 Africa 
 Rank
                                University  World 
 Rank
 1  University of Cape Town  154
 2  University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg)  363
 3  American University of Cairo (Egypt)  392
 4  Stellenbosch University  406
 5  Cairo University (Egypt)  501
 6  University of Pretoria  546
 7  University of Kwazulu Natal (Durban and Pietermaritzburg)     582
     





Times Higher Education World University Rankings (top 400)

 Africa 
 Rank
                                University  World 
 Rank
 1  University of Cape Town  113
 2  University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg)  249
 3  Stellenbosch University  270
 4  University of Kwazulu Natal (Durban and Pietermaritzburg)     374





Academic Ranking of World Universities

 Africa 
 Rank
                                University  World 
 Rank
 1  University of Cape Town  201-300  
 2  University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg)  301-400  
 3  University of Kwazulu Natal (Durban and Pietermaritzburg)  401-500  
     





Webometrics

 Africa 
 Rank
                                University  World 
 Rank
 1  Stellenbosch University  400
 2  University of Cape Town  456
 3  University of Pretoria  526
 4  University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg)  529
 5  University of Kwazulu Natal (Durban and Pietermaritzburg)  686
 6  University of South Africa (Pretoria, Distance Learning)  862
 7  Rhodes University (Grahamstown)  1035
 8  University of the Western Cape (Cape Town)  1073
 9  Makerere University (Kampala, Uganda)  1080
 10  Cairo University (Cairo, Egypt)  1203









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Page updated : 1st June 2013











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