A university isn't usually a point of major interest for tourists but the University of Johannesburg or UJ (formerly Rand Afrikaans University) as it is now commonly known, is among the popular Johannesburg attractions.
It has four urban campuses and offers both formative degree and vocational programmes across its nine faculties: art, design and architecture; economic and financial sciences; education; engineering and the built environment; health sciences; humanities; law; management; and science.
Established on 1 January 2005, the University of Johannesburg represents the formalised incorporation and merger of a series of tertiary institutions into a cohesive and centralised university. The Soweto and East Rand campuses of Vista University were incorporated into the Rand Afrikaans University and the Rand Afrikaans University then merged with Technikon Witwatersrand.
The University of Johannesburg has four urban campuses: The Auckland Park Kingsway Campus (the main campus); the Doornfontein Campus; the Auckland Park Bunting Road Campus; and the Soweto Campus. A fifth campus, the East Rand Campus, is dormant. The university has more than 48 000 full-time students and 2 700 permanent staff.
One of the Auckland Park Campus flagship institutions is the Hotel School, the result of a R20-million donation from hotel tycoon Sol Kerzner that helped the School of Tourism and Hospitality find its home. The modern, stylish complex has four kitchens, two 60-seater restaurants, a bar, a wine and demonstration room, two conference facilities, a cigar room, computer laboratories, 17 lecture rooms, a library and an auditorium. In this hub students are trained across the disciplines of the hospitality industry.
All faculties also offer both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.