Twelve subjects across engineering, natural sciences, and social sciences offered by the University of Johannesburg are highly rated and regarded within the world’s top 500, with seven of these placing first in the country, the institution said on Tuesday, citing the latest edition of the Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS).
Hospitality and tourism management, housed in UJ’s school of tourism and hospitality, was ranked 18th in the world, up two places from last year, and first in South Africa and on the African continent.
“Sociology is first in South Africa and on the continent, in fact, the only African university to feature and ranked in the 101-150 band in the world; geography is first in South Africa and on the continent, also ranked in the 101-150 band in the world,” UJ said in a statement.
When the rankings were viewed from a national perspective, UJ’s subject areas for hospitality & tourism management, sociology, geography, education, chemical engineering, political sciences and management were first amongst all South African-ranked universities.
UJ principal and vice-chancellor Professor Tshilidzi Marwala said the results were a tremendous accomplishment and recognition of its active pursuit of global research excellence.
“For 12 subjects to be ranked in the top 500 worldwide cements our position as one of the world’s finest research universities,” Marwala said.
“Such success is testament to the terrific hard work, academic brilliance and commitment of all our academic and research staff.”
– African News Agency