The smartest computer science students at UJ

The University of Johannesburg was established in 2005 when the former Rand Afrikaans University (RAU), the Technikon Witwatersrand, and Vista University merged.

UJ is one of South Africa’s top academic institutions, with nine faculties, more than 90 departments, and around 48,000 students.

Over the years the university has produced many graduates who excelled in their fields, like rugby players Bryan Habana and Francois Pienaar.

UJ is also known for its excellent Academy Computer Science and Software Engineering, which is headed by Professor Ehlers.

MyBroadband asked UJ who its top computer science students are, and the university gave us the four learners below.


Kevin Paul Downs

Kevin Paul Downs

Kevin Paul Downs placed in the top 10 for both majors during his undergraduate degree, and received both undergraduate and honours degrees cum laude.

His honours project focused on “ImmunoOptiDrone – Towards Re-Factoring an Evolutionary Drone Control Model for Use in Immunological Optimization Problems”.

The research produced during his award-winning honours project was published in a peer-reviewed international A.I. conference and SCOPUS-indexed journal.

Furthermore, the third-year team he mentored won the Academy’s Projects Day and will compete at the Microsoft Imagine Cup South African Finals.


Michael John Brooke

Michael Brooke

Michael John Brooke has been honoured at every top achievers function held by the Academy during his studies.

He was presented with the prize for best final-year student at the Academy Computer Science and Software Engineering for both majors.

His team also won last year’s Discovery Hackathon.


Margaux Fourie

Margaux Fourie

Margaux Fourie was one of the top first-year students in the Faculty of Science, and is always among the best in her undergraduate modules.

Her second-year project team is set to compete as a national finalist in the local Microsoft 2016 Imagine Cup competition.


Chukwudi Nnaemeka Fortune Obodoekwe

Nnaemeka Fortune ObodoekweChukwudi Nnaemeka Fortune Obodoekwe was regularly one of the top students in his undergraduate IT modules.

His third-year team took first place at the Academy’s annual Projects Day competition in 2015, and will compete as a national finalist at the local Microsoft Imagine Cup competition.


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