University of Johannesburg

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About University of Johannesburg


Vibrant, multicultural and dynamic, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) shares the pace and energy of cosmopolitan Johannesburg, the city whose name it carries. Proudly South African, the university is alive down to its African roots, and well-prepared for its role in actualising the potential that higher education holds for the continent’s development. UJ has transformed into a diverse, inclusive, transformational and collegial institution, with a student population of over 50 000, of which more than 3000 are international students from 80 countries.

In South Africa, as with all countries, the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is set to make fundamental changes to the way we live, study, work and conduct business. This revolution is driven by the rapid development of digital technology that is founded on artificial intelligence (AI), communications, including cutting-edge 5G infrastructure, data and the internet-of-things (IoT).

The implications are enormous. Many previously essential jobs will be no more. Many new ones will come into being. Learning, from the earliest stages through graduate and post graduate study will be transformed, as will teaching with its principles, practices and methodologies affected.  And, critically, South Africa needs to be prepared. That’s why the University of Johannesburg (UJ), as as an institution pursuing global excellence and exceptional stature, has committed itself to a leading role in this effort to ensure that South Africa and our continent are not left behind in this global impulse towards a new world.

www.uj.ac.za/4IR