UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND, JOHANNESBURG

Research Highlights

Wits is home to 15 NRF A-rated scientists, based on a stringent evaluation of an individual scientist's research record over six years. These scientists are international leaders in their disciplines. 

An internationally respected research institution

Wits is the only university in the country that is ranked in the top 1% in the world in seven defined fields of research according to the 2007 ISI international rankings.

Wits is the proud home of four Centres of Excellence in Biomedical Tuberculosis Research, Strong Materials, Paleosciences and Mathematical and Statistical Sciences,

Wits has 35 research entities, four of which are Medical Research Council units. It is also home to 22 prestigious National Research Foundation Chairs.

Wits is also home to one of the largest fossil collections  in the southern hemisphere both human and faunal. New species are constantly being discovered due to our groundbreaking research efforts. 

Wits ambitions are interlinked with those of the city and the region in a country that punches above its weight in the world. Wits co-hosts the R40-million Gauteng City Region Observatory, a high-level research facility that will assist the province to benchmark its performance and further develop a research-based approach to long-term strategic planning related to economic, social and other areas of development.

Wits established the Centre for Indian Studies in Africa, the first of its kind on the African continent, in 2008. The Centre supports research, teaching and public debate about India and its growing presence across the continent.

World-class facilities

The University’s library system comprises two main libraries and 14 divisional libraries. Students have access to over 1,000,000 book volumes; 400,000 journal titles and 46,000 new electronic resources.

In order to create an environment conducive to teaching, learning and research at the highest level, Wits has recently completed an ambitious R1,5 billion infrastructure development programme, which will see its buildings and equipment modernised, renewed and upgraded to world-class standards.

At the forefront of a changing society, Wits is an engaged institution, dedicated to advancing the public good. It fosters intellectual communities and promotes sustainable social and economic development in a globally competitive environment.