Background of Johannesburg University’s Campus Master Plan

On January 1, 2005, the old Technikon Witwatersrand, Vista University, and Rand Afrikaans University merged to establish the University of Johannesburg. The university is made up of several faculties and has four campuses in and around Johannesburg, home to a multicultural and varied student body.

 

In order to give the university strategic direction and serve as a roadmap for short-, medium-, and long-term future growth and development, a campus master plan must be created. The University’s academic vision and purpose must inform the development of the Campus Master Plan.

The Campus Master Plan will be developed by the Julian Elliott Consortium in collaboration with GAPP Architects and Urban Designers.

 

Vice-Chancellor’s Remark

The University is making strides in defining its new identity in accordance with its vision, purpose, and fundamental values and moving past the merger. In the effort to fully connect the planning and use of physical resources with the university’s primary academic goal, the university has reached another significant milestone in the creation of the Campus Master Plan. It also serves as a foundation for efficient resource utilization and sensible physical resource decision-making.

The university is a diversified community with four campuses. Additionally, it has more than 600,000 square meters of indoor area divided among buildings for living, recreation, sport, research, administration, and teaching. In order to create a physical environment that supports rather than impedes the achievement of UJ’s primary strategic goals, the Campus Master Plan aims to make the most of the resources at our disposal, balance current efficient use with consideration of and planning for future needs, and ensure that informed adjustments and improvements are made.

The following imperatives, in addition to giving teaching, research, and other academic support services top priority, also underlie the Campus Master Plan:

• Improvement of the standard of living for students and achievement of the ideal student experience.

• Continuous improvement of the academic community at UJ and the standard of academic life.

• Integration and a feeling of interconnectedness throughout the university’s many campuses, departments, and roles.

• The creation of an accepting and all-inclusive organizational culture.

In order to improve and finalize the plan, the whole UJ community will now need to contribute input and comments, which the Steering Committee is now gathering while working with the service provider to build a draft.

 

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