UJ ranks as one of the world’s best youngest universities

University of Johannesburg

These ranking results place UJ in the global top 70 and top 200 of young universities, respectively.

The University of Johannesburg (UJ) recognised yet again as one of the leading and rising young universities in the world.

This is according to two global ranking systems of young universities aged 50 years or younger.

The two global ranking systems are Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Under 50 Rankings 2021 and the Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings 2020.

These ranking results place UJ in the global top 70 and top 200 of young universities, respectively. 

“As a young university, celebrating its 15th year in 2020, these latest accolades are testament to the hard work and accomplishments of our staff and students in their fervent pursuit of global excellence in teaching and learning, research, innovation and impact. 

“These rankings demonstrate that UJ has been making its mark. And, has emerged as a strong challenger to the global established hierarchies,” says UJ spokesperson, Herman Esterhuizen.

In its fifth appearance this year, UJ jumped two bands climbing its way into the top 70 by 20 places from the 81-90 band into the 61-70 band in this year’s 2021 edition of the QS Under 50 Rankings. 

UJ is the only African university to feature on this top 150 list.

Among global giants

From a global standpoint, UJ remarkably rubs shoulders with the likes of Western Sydney University, University of Canberra and Auckland University of Technology.

UJ retained its position among the top 200 leading youngsters, remaining inside the 151-200 band in this year’s 2020 edition of the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings.

The 2020 ranking lists the 414 best performing young universities in the world, up from last year’s list of 351. 

UJ features alongside three other South African universities this year, joined again by the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) and, for the first time, North-West University (NWU).