University of the Witwatersrand

University of the Witwatersrand

University of the Witwatersrand

University of the Witwatersrand 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.

Our location

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.

Our research

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 matters

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.

The Wits of today is no different. Read more in Wits Matters – Building lives – Transforming a nation – Advancing a continent.

Visitor Information

Wits University offers a wealth of sightseeing and educational opportunities for tourists and first-time visitors.
Take a virtual tour of our campuses which are spread over more than 400 acres in Parktown and Braamfontein. Maps are easily accessible to help visitors navigate and enjoy our world-class facilities. Experience the arts by browsing through our current events or discover the diversity of our rich heritage by visiting one of our museums or centres here.

Faculties and Schools

Wits University has 5 faculties encompassing the Sciences, Commerce, Law, Management, Engineering, Health Sciences and Humanities with 33 schools offering over 3000 courses.