University of the Witwatersrand
Scientia et Labore (Through knowledge and work)
Wits is a remarkable university that is internationally distinguished for its excellent research, high academic standards and commitment to social justice.
As a research intensive university, Wits has a long history and reputation built on promoting the freedom of enquiry and the search for knowledge and truth.
Wits is taking the lead in reimagining trendy Braamfontein to further our contribution towards delivering high level scarce skills for the global knowledge economy. Our location in Johannesburg, the economic and industrial heartland of the continent, places us in good stead to interact with the public and private sectors, civil society and other social agents to effect meaningful change in society.
Our global footprint
From trying to discover what lies beneath the Earth's surface to saving lives through better healthcare systems, Wits is on the ground, making a difference. We have over 50 active projects on the African continent and the University is represented globally through our partnerships, collaborations, staff and student exchanges and our alumni around the world. Wits was also the co-founder of the African Research Universities Alliance.
With more than 85% of our research published in accredited international journals, we encourage cross-disciplinary research and collaborate with the best researchers and institutions across the globe. From telling the story of life, to finding solutions to deep level mining problems; from searching for the Higgs boson at CERN, to understanding the complexities of human interaction, Wits is at the forefront.
Wits graduates have gone on to become global leaders in every field of endeavour. Through their civic engagement, they have built cultural institutions, fought injustice, and worked to make their communities better places.
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Centre for World University Rankings (2016)
- 176 globally
- 79 globally on Quality of Education
- Ranked number 1 in the country in the 100 - 200 band
QS World University Rankings (2015/2016)
- 331 in the world
Times Higher Education (2015/2016)
- 201 - 250 band
Wits collaborates with the following Times Higher Education ranked universities, which yields significant citations:
University of Cape Town
University of Oxford
University College London
University of Washington
- 6 585 staff members
- 4 712 academics
- 307 international academic staff members
- 1 512 professional, administrative and support staff
- 33 364 students
- 27 121 full-time
- 6 243 part-time
- 2 674 international students
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