During my term as Vice-Chancellor, UJ, as one of Africa’s top universities, will position itself as a leader in, and contributor to 4IR developments. With 4IR now well under way, we will do this within the context of the changing social, political and economic fortunes of Africa. Our long-term goal is to enable our continent (and our graduates) to become active participants in this revolution and to be ready to leverage the associated opportunities. During 2018, we have taken significant steps in positioning the university for this leadership task.
Research performance has been exceptional, and success rates and graduate output have exceeded all previous levels. Academic staff at UJ have high qualification levels, and at present, the University is in a healthy financial position. Over 48% of our academic staff have doctorates. Our professoriate has reached 24,31%. Black academic and research staff are now at 44,24%, while black associate professors and professors are at 20,92%.
RESEARCH OUTPUT AND IMPACT
UJ has continued on its successful trajectory in both research output and impact. Of the publications submitted for accreditation, 79% were in internationally (ISI, IBSS, Norwegian and Scopus) indexed journals. The number of accredited units for books and book chapters authored by UJ academics and researchers grew by 43%, while journal articles and conference proceedings grew by 8% and just under 1%, respectively.
In the international Scopus database, the fieldweighted views impact over the period (2013 to 2018) was 1.97, indicating that UJ’s publications were viewed 97% more than outputs authored by other institutions with similar publication profiles. Our Scopus-listed publications achieved a Field-weighted Citation Impact (FwCI) of 1.36, indicating that UJ had 36% more citations compared to other institutions with similar publication profiles over the same period.
Co-authorship with international collaborators is increasing. Between 2013 and 2018, UJ co-authored 5 190 (previously 4 895) publications with international collaborators at 2 048 (previously 1 960) institutions across the globe.