The Guide to South African Higher Education | 18th Edition

University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

Wits has a Reputation Built on Research and Academic Excellence

Vision Statement

University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) aspires to be a leading world-class research-intensive university in Africa, firmly embedded in the international top league universities by 2022.

Wits is a leading research and postgraduate university in the commercial heart of Africa. It is one of only three universities in Africa to be placed in the top 400 universities (out of 23 000 universities) worldwide, in three separate international rankings.

Wits is:

  • internationally recognised for its academic and research excellence
  • an active social leader that takes a stand on social issues affecting communities, the country and globe
  • an engaged university committed to local transformation and the advancement of the public good
  • the intellectual hub of the continent, with over 40 significant projects running throughout Africa
  • a leader in the Evolutionary Sciences and is a curator of priceless faunal, floral and hominid collections including the Taung Child (Australopithecus africanus), Mrs Ples, Little Foot, Australopithecus Sediba and the recently discovered Homo Naledi fossils
  • proud of the four Nobel Laureates and the more than 91 Rhodes Scholars that have emanated from the University.


Wits is taking the lead in reimagining trendy Braamfontein to further the University’s contribution towards delivering high-level, scarce skills for the global knowledge economy. Wits’ location in Johannesburg, the economic and industrial heartland of the continent, places the University in good stead to interact with the public and private sectors, civil society and other social agents to effect meaningful change in society.


University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

International Students Office, Private Bag X3
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
Johannesburg, 2050, Republic of South Africa

Tel: +27 (0)11 717 1054


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