UJ raises a whopping R147 million for its missing middle students

The University of Johannesburg (UJ) has raised a staggering R147 million, exceeding its 2017 year-end target of R120 million in raising funds to support its ‘[missing middle](http://Missing middle)’ students.

Mzwakhe Mathukane, Director of Student Finance at University of Johannesburg says it is through the aid and generosity of corporate companies, national, provisional and local government that they were able to raise these funds.

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We presented the current reality to them. We demonstrated on our side that we have quite a number of students that we consider the missing middle.

Mzwakhe Mathukane, Director for Student Finance at University of Johannesburg

We told corporate that these students are performing well academically but are financially needy.

Mzwakhe Mathukane, Director for Student Finance at University of Johannesburg

Mathukane says of the strategies UJ employed was to invest R150 million annually towards student bursaries before approaching institutions and corporate companies for further funding. One of the ways the university was able to raise funds was organise a 'Future Walk' (held on Saturday, 20 May, 2017), that saw around 1 200 participants raise R2 million.

At least 4000 of the middle missing students from the 2017 enrolments , who will benefit from the funding have already been identified says Mathukane.

Mathukane adds that they are in contact with other universities to consult on implementing similar projects that will see them also raising funds for their scholars.

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