The intellectual home of Nelson Mandela, Wits University, used innovative ways to celebrate the values of the global icon and founding father of South Africa
Wits debaters left little room for argument as the University team once again confirmed their prowess.
The Chinese government reiterates its commitment to fighting poaching of rhinos and other animals in Africa.
Reflections on the presidential legacies of Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama.
Starting university was a dream come true for Talent Marange who spent years at home after completing matric.
Wits play Devil at the End wins awards at the National Arts Festival and returns home for the 969 Festival starting next week.
Her parents might not have been able to attend her graduation but Sarah Blessed-Sayah was beaming next to her Wits ‘mom’.
The “virtual” revisiting of a fossil described as “the oldest evidence of human evolution in South Africa” shows surprising results, compared to modern humans.
Wits will host three sport codes, while hoping to impress away from home in seven codes during the University Sport South Africa tournaments in July.
Could radicalism be a way to tackle historical injustices in cities?
Acclaimed Wits historian, Professor Achille Mbembe has been recognised for his sterling scholarly achievement.
Wits experts respond to questions around the relationship between the US and Africa.
Energy drinks are popular 'go-to fuel' for university students, especially during exams. But what lurks behind the kick?
Gauteng schools are gearing to reclaim their reputation as maths whizkids.
We have a “golden moment” and “unique opportunity” to spur economic development, says Professor Mark Collinson.
Witsies stand together against food insecurity on campus.
Dr Mpho Matsipa, researcher at the Wits City Institute is curating an architectural exhibition at the architectural museum in Munich.
The 2018 Vice-Chancellor’s Awards celebrate the elite of excellence.
Renate Gericke, a clinical psychologist offers guidelines on how to talk to children about sensitive topics without scaring them.
Entrepreneurs at the Wits Digital Tshimologong Precinct show Johannesburg Executive Mayor, Herman Mashaba how creative they are.
The Department of Paediatrics and Child Health in the School of Clinical Medicine at Wits has joined the African Paediatric Fellowship Programme (APFP).
Four Witsies learn about cloud computing, then go on and beat the global competition in the field.
Professor Laetitia Rispel has been elected as the President of the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA).
Lesley Williams‚ CEO of the Wits Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct‚ has been selected as a member of the Obama Foundation Leaders:Africa programme.
Kenyan Pan-Africanist Advocate Patrick Lumumba spoke at Wits on May 4 ahead of Africa Day at the invitation of the Wits School of Education.
The Wits-NRF Digitisation Capacity Development Initiative aims to build capacity, enable knowledge sharing and contribute to skills development.
Additional measures to improve safety and security around Wits campuses.
A Wits lecturer was amongst the physiotherapists who treated SA’s athletes at the 2018 Commonwealth Games held at the Gold Coast, Australia, from 4-15 April.
The Senior Executive Team of Wits University has issued a statement denouncing the major disruption of healthcare services caused by industrial action.
Programme for Early-Career Academics helps to improve skills by doing, reflecting and sharing knowledge.
The Kenyan scholar, pan-Africanist and advocate will deliver the Africa Day keynote talk at Wits this Friday, 4 May 2018, at 12:30.
The struggle for economic freedom in South Africa continues, says American Civil Rights leader, Reverend Jesse Jackson.
The Wits Research Office has recognised scholars at the University whom the National Research Foundation (NRF) has rated or re-rated.
Wits Press book on Sol Plaatje and the land issue scoops the Non-fiction Edited Volume category at the 2018 HSS awards.
Wits made history when two Exchange Traded Funds developed at the University were launched on the JSE.
Statement: A political stalwart in her own right, Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela gave of herself in the fight for gender equity and social justice.
The launch of DigiMine advances the application of digital technologies in support of safer and more efficient mining operations.
Wits University partners with the University of Manchester for an innovative research collaboration to embrace the resilience of deaf youth in SA.
A new Centre at Wits University has been established to serve as an intellectual hub for the study of the United States.
In South Africa, over 60% of primary school children suffer from dental decay and more than 80% of these children remain untreated for the disease.
The team that exposed the extent of state capture in South Africa has been awarded the country’s biggest investigative journalism award.
Professor David Block accompanied Stephen Hawking to meet former President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg.
Wits Business School (WBS) is excited to have launched its first executive education programme in Digital Business, the first of its kind in South Africa.
The EFF may be more politically adept, but its track record is as populist, corrupt and administratively incompetent as the Zuma camp ever was.
Tata Africa awards more postgraduate scholarships to Wits students.
Over 60 Wits students are able to pursue their ambitions due to sponsorship by the BPSA Education Foundation.
Gauteng grade 11 learners tackle SA’s water crises.
This new free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is a collaboration between WitsX, edX and Beyond Trafficking and Slavery (a partnership with openDemocracy).
Wits University will once again be hosting the international Famelab science competition in March.
Wits graduates feature in two prominent productions that are dominating international cinemas and local theatres.
South Africa is confronted by a quadruple* burden of disease, which includes cancer. The province of KZN faces serious challenges in providing cancer services.
What happens when you fail? Can Wits stop me being lazy? I come from Zimbabwe – can I feel free at Wits? Did I make the right choice coming here?
The Library Division recognises staff members for their sterling service during the Staff Achievement and Recognition (STAR) Awards.
The Disability Awareness Movement was honoured at the Student Leadership Awards for their role in promoting the interests of disabled students.
History enthusiast and Wits graduate, Keyan Jardine is the first recipient of the FirstRand Oxford African Studies scholarship.
The University of the Witwatersrand extends its sincere condolences to the friends, family, fans, colleagues and comrades of Dr Hugh Masekela.
Prof. Barney Pityana, Adv. Thuli Madonsela, Prof. Garth Stevens and Dr Mashadi Motlana to advise on future race and racism allegations at Wits.
Wits graduates voted most employable in SA by directors and recruiters.
Professor Adam Habib extends his appreciation to staff, friends, alumni and donors of the University for their efforts in making Wits successful in 2017.
The former Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan has been appointed as a Visiting Professor in the Wits School of Governance as from 1 December 2017.
Wits Business School has launched a new African Energy Leadership Centre (ELC), a first for South Africa and the continent.
Wits University committed to transformation but won’t compromise on the quality of education.
Successes recorded in initiatives implemented to address the University’s transformation challenges, although there is still a long way ahead.
More than 100 maths teachers have now completed the Transition Maths 1 (TM1) course since its inception in 2012.
Olawumi Sadare, a Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering PhD student at Wits has been awarded a doctoral fellowship by L'Oreal-Unesco.
A new laboratory honours the late Professor Peter King, admired for his rapport with students and for pioneering work in metallurgical engineering.
Wits launches first Centre for inequality in the southern hemisphere.
The ANC faces its third most serious threat and its members are at the core of the conflict.
“The Milk Man” impresses at the 48 Hour Film Project.
Statement from Universities SA in response to Fees Report release without government response:
Finance minister admits SA faces grim economic situation but offers no significant change in government direction.
The European Union and South Africa are forging stronger partnerships that promote fair trade and inclusive growth.
Cutting-edge visual tech on display in virtual reality showcase hosted by Emblematic Group and presented by award-winning film producer Cassandra Herrman.
Wits will host Johnny Clegg’s final performance in 2018 in a revival of the 1971 Free People’s Concert.
A Nobel Prize-winning economist and a human rights attorney are keynote speakers at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference at Wits in November.
Creativity prevailed among Grade 10 learners at the Material Science Poster Competition this year.
Wits University is amongst the top 1 percent of universities globally for the quality of education and training offered to students.
Several Witsies were recognised for their exceptional service to the University at the annual Vice-Chancellor’s Awards.
The latest university ranking indicates that Wits is on an upward trajectory, especially when it comes to research output.
Pulitzer Prize winners, data journalism pioneers and the investigative reporters behind the Panama Papers are amongst the speakers at #GIJC2017.
Media release about the decision by the Council of the University of the Witwatersrand:
Lesley Williams will head up the tech precinct and help it to achieve its full potential.
Two excel at Gauteng Sports Awards on Sunday.
Programme will create opportunities for students in a variety of fields to gain an interdisciplinary perspective on the emerging fields of Data Science.
Plans to transform the academic staff profile bear fruit.
Auditors, accountants and lawyers came under fire for their role in corruption and state capture during a debate looking at lessons from the KPMG saga.
Professor Daynia Ballot, a lifelong Witsie, takes the reins as Head of the School of Clinical Medicine at Wits from 1 October 2017.
Drama for Life presents AfriQueer, an international tour which opens up a space for reflection, compassion and understanding of queer identities,
Professor Adam Habib joined a panel to share ground-breaking solutions on how to achieve gender equality as part of UN Women’s HeForShe movement.
The launch yesterday of a high-tech eZone, eFundanathi – "Learn with Us", is set to revolutionise teaching and learning at Wits.
The University of the Witwatersrand has officially renamed Central Block to Robert Sobukwe Block.
Staff Wellness Week kicked off on Monday with the focus of promoting health, nutrition and fitness among Wits staff members.
The Faculty of Humanities has been placed in the top 200 world-wide in 2018 Times Higher Education Arts and Humanities rankings.
“Fixing the discipline and behavior problem also fixes school performance”, says Professor Ruksana Osman.
A residence for Wits students who require temporary emergency accommodation has been made available to the University by the Gauteng Provincial Government.
Wits students crowned as the 2017 SAB Intervarsity Beer Brewing Champions.
Property Studies students make their mark in the property sector.
Is it time to free the apartheid archives?
A Pulitzer Prize winner, data journalism pioneers, and the Panama Papers media sleuths are part of the 10th Global Investigative Journalism Conference at Wits.
Drama for Life’s strategic partners nominated for the 20th annual Business and Arts South Africa Awards.
A patient has just come in. His name’s Alan. His sister said he’s an asthmatic and when he woke up, his chest was really tight and he couldn't breathe.
Witsie Vuyisile Zondi began her entrepreneurship journey two years ago.
Wits Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Adam Habib has urged top matric learners to think deeply about their education and their future academic home.
SA's popular dissenters strive to uphold their Constitutional mandates and moral principles.
The Wits Sport Transformation Fund will support talent and contribute to the national pool of African athletes.
The University retains top spot in Africa in the latest ShanghaiRanking.
Senate's statement on the Conduct of the Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training.
Sibanye, a top ten global gold mining company has extended its partnership with Wits by investing R15 million into the Wits School of Mining Engineering.
A critical evaluation of the accelerated transformation programme adopted by Wits.
Through stories of innovation and media startups, JAMLAB focusses on innovation in journalism entrepreneurship.
AfricaArray Field School upskills geophysical talent throughout Africa in response to the growing demand for highly trained geoscientists and researchers.
"History, more than any other discipline played a key role in imagining a new South Africa", says Professor Noor Nieftagodien.
The Warhol Unscreened exhibition broke all attendance records at the Wits Art Museum (WAM) when it opened there on Wednesday evening, 26 July.
The Targeting Talent Programme (TTP) at Wits this year celebrates 10 years of grooming talented high school learners.
Wits hopes to rise to the top of this tournament before some players join the national team at the world student games.
The Wits Choir has returned home after a 21 day tour of Europe.
Wits staff members and students celebrate Mandela Day, by giving back to their own – the Wits community.
Award winning Wits alumna, Lesedi Job returns to Wits for the 969 Festival with Helen of Troyeville which she directs.
Wits Justice Project’s Carolyn Raphaely receives honorable mention in coveted 2017 WJP Anthony Lewis Prize.
Cheers of jubilance reverberated through the Matrix and Reith Hall dining halls this week as the University welcomed new Witsies.
More than 25 Witsies are included in this year’s Mail & Guardian list for the most notable young SAs under the age of 35.
The Department of French and Francophone Studies at Wits recently co-hosted a successful Winter School in French for International Relations and Diplomacy.
The former Finance Minister will lead the prestigious business school until a new Head of School is appointed next year.
All Wits ICT systems will be shutdown this weekend due to Project Quantum.
Court overturns cost order sought against community activist by West Coast Resources.
Wits University is proud to have been selected as the site for the upcoming 2017 Hockey World League Semi-Finals.
Civil society calls on government to support resolutions currently before the UN Human Rights Council to address violence against women and end child marriage.
Alumni magazine judged to be “gorgeous and substantial” by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
Wits University mourns the passing of one of its most distinguished graduates, Lord Joel Joffe CBE.
Professor Amadi O. Ihunwo was elected as the Secretary-General and Chief Executive Officer of the
Society of Neuroscientists of Africa (SONA).
Absa Bank has donated over R15m to Wits University in aid of student funding.
Dr Melanie Samson has been awarded one of the most sought after writing fellowships to work on her book, "Rising from the Rubbish".
Wits IT teams stand a chance to win US$10 000 innovation prize.
Wits partnered in a project focusing on building capacity and on gender in food security.
Tens of thousands of children under the age of five are admitted to hospital each year for severe acute malnutrition, says Dr Tracy Ledger.
The Journalism and Media Accelerator (JAMLAB) will be home to innovators who want to develop new forms of journalism.
Wits alumni have donated a quarter of a million rand to the Wits Food Programme.
Drama for Life unveiled the world of theatre to children and young people at the 19th ASSITEJ World Congress and Performing Arts Festival in Cape Town.
Wits academics scooped three awards at the Anatomical Society of Southern Africa Conference and Wits' Head of Anatomical Studies was re-elected as President.
The South Africa of our dreams lies in our collective hands.
At the age of 54, Nana Mashego is excited to be resuming her studies and has bundles of energy for what lies ahead.
Divorce can lead children to make life impacting decisions, parents told during the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial at Wits.
Everyone should read “Apartheid Guns and Money – A tale of profit”, says Professor Achille Mbembe.
George Bizos last night delivered the Nadine Gordimer Lecture entitled: Nadine Gordimer - student, writer, activist: Through the eyes of Advocate George Bizos.
Providing full first-year bursaries and investing in high school programmes ensures a stream of excellent results for Wits.
Emeritus Professor Alan Mabin has been awarded the French National Order of Merit.
His plan to mine asteroids secures big win for alumnus Jonathan Lun.
Yebo Gogga Yebo amaBlommo 2017 celebrates AP&ES' centenary in Biology research.
Wits Professor Helen Rees chaired the third National Health Summit hosted by the Ministry of Health of South Sudan.
Wits PhD student Funeka Nkosi, is among five young SA scientists nominated to participate in the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany.
IT students at Wits will gain ICT technology knowledge and practical training experiences through the Huawei Authorised Information and Network Academy.
Professor Adam Habib reflects on the first cluster of the 2017 graduations and on several other developments in the latest VC's post to staff and students.
FirstRand Bank awards bursaries to students in the School of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics.
Following consultations with various constituencies, the Council of the University agreed to a five-year renewal of Professor Habib’s contract.
The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) has placed two of Wits’ subjects in the top 10 of Subject Rankings globally.
British economist and managing editor of the International Review of Applied Economics joins Wits.
Inaugural conference identifies collaboration themes and strengthens pan-African networks.
Shakira Choonara, a PhD Research Fellow in the School of Public Health, has been named Woman of the Year in Healthcare.
The funds will be allocated to undergraduate and postgraduate students studying commerce, mathematics, engineering, information technology and law.
Aspirant chartered accountants from the School of Accountancy dominate external board exam.
The works scooped top positions in their categories at the Humanities and Social Sciences Book Awards.
Wits Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Adam Habib's 2017 report to the Council of the University.
Statement: Ahmed Kathrada’s legacy will continue to inspire us and future generations.
The story of how over 94 mentally ill patients died after being moved to unregistered facilities has won the Taco Kuiper Award for Investigative Journalism.
The Wits School of Mining Engineering marked 120 years of excellence in service to mining in 2016 and celebrates this momentous milestone today.
The late Steve Biko once said, “When you are dead, you don’t care anyway, but your method of death can itself be a politicizing thing.”
Knowledge of mother tongue is power, the lack of is enslavement says legendary author Ngugi wa Thiong'o.
Gordhan’s budget strikes the right balance. His fiscal rectitude will enable South Africa to retain a degree of policy sovereignty.
Wits students scooped all the available positions in the undergraduate category of the Nedbank and Old Mutual Budget Speech Competition.
“BRICS Cities Facts & Analysis” is a 395-page book of data about more than 30 cities in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS).
Wits students are in the seat of Parliament to defend their ideas on how the budget can best resolve our challenges.
Will another Witsie reign as Miss SA this year?
FNB Wits rugby silences Central University of Technology with a string of scores.
Are you up for Wits’ first Digital Innovation Challenge? Do you have the smarts and skills in location technology?
Wits has once again attracted some of the country’s top achievers.
Wits dismisses professor found guilty of sexual misconduct.
In June 1966, Professor Henry Beecher of Harvard published a shocking article in the New England Journal of Medicine entitled "Ethics and Clinical Trials".
More than 600 students took a modified Hippocratic Oath on Friday 27 January 2017 in a packed Linder Auditorium on Wits Education Campus, Parktown.
Wits’ PRICELESS SA tells Parliament how fiscal measures could ease SA’s public health burdens.
Two Witsies have joined an elite group of international interns at the world’s largest aerospace company.
There was a lot to celebrate when the first cohort of insourced workers reported to work as official Wits employees in January 2017.
Details on NSFAS, gap funding for the missing middle, historical debt and registration.
Engineering students reach the top 50 in Airbus global aviation competition.
Fana Sibanyoni holds a position rarely found in South African universities but the time for which has come, given the winds of change in the sector.
Wits Sport launches a state-of-the-art gym and prepares to host major varsity tournaments.
The gap funding will be granted only to South African citizens and permanent residents who study towards undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in 2017.
Students must ensure that the Acknowledgement of Debt is signed by 28 February 2017.
HIV infection remains pandemic in SA but advances in drug treatment and access, led largely by Wits Faculty of Health Sciences researchers, reduce mortality.
Wits Business School hosts YGLs for special education module.
The Gauteng City-Region Observatory provides a brief account on the recent #FeesMustFall protests on South African campuses and the many issues it raised.
Forensic anthropology is the analysis of human remains. A new unit at Wits studies the ancient and modern deceased as a service to society and to science.
Publishers of academic journals make more profit than pharmaceutical companies.
Wits alumnus Stanley Bergman has been recognised for his achievements in business, philanthropy and support for the arts and education.
[LETTER] Dear colleagues, students and friends of the University:
Several Witsies were honoured for their outstanding service at the 2016 Vice Chancellor’s Awards.
First Deaf student graduates with Master of Arts in South African Sign Language.
Associate Professor Tobias Chirwa has been appointed as Head of the School of Public Health at Wits, effective 1 February 2017.
It is wrong to approach the transition as a total sell out arrangement. It would be an under representation of history, says former ConCourt judge Moseneke.
A new hospital to cater for the needs of children is just what the continent needs.
Statement from the Senior Executive Team:
All examinations were concluded successfully yesterday, without disruption. Supplementary and deferred examinations will now be written in December and January.
The University announced an accelerated plan to advance transformation through a number of key strategies.
The University has ranked eighth in the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings 2017.
The Adler Museum of Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences hosts a programme of events to commemorate World Aids Day on December 1.
The launch of the hospital on Friday is a milestone towards honouring Madiba’s dream.
56% of the men interviewed, reported they have either raped or beaten a woman in the last year.
15 Wits students are set to walk 1000km to raise funds for bursaries.
Centre for Deaf Studies visiting Professor wins Times Higher Education award for outstanding research student supervision.
A Public Health research unit at Wits University is leading a study that enables young women in rural South Africa to test themselves for HIV.
Mathematics teachers improve their teaching skills to inspire and motivate their learners through the Transition Maths Course 1.
Professor Maria Papathanasopoulos has been appointed Assistant Dean: Research and Postgraduate Affairs in the Faculty of Health Sciences from January 2017.
A Professor of Public Health and Medical Anthropology at Wits has earned a National Research Foundation A-rating as well as local and international accolades.
The Fine Arts lecturer will head the 10th Biennale taking place in Germany next year.
Professor Barry Dwolatzky honoured by his peers for his outstanding contributions to ICT sector.
Statement from Wits Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Adam Habib:
SETA funds Deaf adults for a six month Deaf Mentor Training course through the HI HOPES Early Intervention Programme.
Wits University will pay a tribute to outstanding scientist, Professor Thomas Hamilton Bothwell who died on 12 November 2016.
Wits University once again leads with the highest number of finalists in the Nedbank Old Mutual Budget Speech Competition.
Gene silencing and gene editing are trail-blazing technologies against the hepatitis B virus, which infects 240 million people worldwide and kills thousands.
The rape complaint at the Wits Junction Residence has made national headlines in the last few days.
Andrew Forbes elected as Fellow Member of a leading international optics and photonics association.
There will be two sittings for the examinations – the current sitting and a second sitting in December/January, depending on the Faculty.
Winners of GeoJozi Challenge will help solve Jozi’s street address problems and improve service delivery.
Statement of the Senior Executive Team:
The Africa China Reporting Project hosted a forum on November 10 for African and Chinese media to share perspectives on Africa-China reporting.
Scholars and lawyers to shine the lens on Moseneke ‘the Activist Judge’ and ‘the Intellectual Judge’.
Public health experts have revealed how global junk food corporations undermine health and proposed how taxes can protect it.
Statement from the Senior Executive Team (11:00):
A little stone said to represent the earliest appreciation of art is on display in the British Museum.
Students who feel traumatised or unprepared to write examinations due to the recent protests are advised to apply for deferred examinations.
Exams to go ahead as scheduled with the University's normal rules around exams and accommodation in place.
Thanks to the #Hack.Jozi Challenge, Tuta-Me, an on-demand tutoring service, has seen great growth in user numbers.
Makhunga was an extremely gifted and inspirational teacher, mentor and scholar. She will be deeply missed by her family, colleagues, students, and friends.
Update from the Senior Executive Team (10:00):
University warns students against anonymous calls, threatening students with expulsion.
The globally acclaimed HIV/AIDS exhibition, Through Positive Eyes, opens today at the Adler Museum of Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Wits.
Wits University has entered the top 100 globally in ranking by subject, placing 77th in the Clinical, Pre-Clinical and Health subject area for 2016-2017.
Statement from the Senior Executive Team (17:00):
Senior Executive Team (10:00):
Wits Chancellor, Justice Dikgang Moseneke, calls for an Education Codesa on FeesMustFall impasse.
Statement from the Council of the University of the Witwatersrand:
Message from the Senior Executive Team (09:00):
Telkom, Cell C, Vodacom and MTN have agreed to provide mobile data services for students to access academic material until the end of the year.
The University will allocate the funds towards supporting a minimum of 250 students.
Latest US News Best Global University rankings was released this week.
Update from the Senior Executive Team (17:00):
Bus services run with additional security and pick-ups and drop-offs will occur within campus perimeters.
Protestors urged to keep to designated areas of protest.
Design and production of new 16-layer electronics board, produced in South Africa for CERN, showcased to Science and Technology Minster, Naledi Pandor.
Academic programme going ahead as scheduled.
Peaceful demonstration by students with disabilities and workers the only protest action today.
No major incidents reported over the weekend.
Students who have been identified as having violated the University’s rules are being suspended.
UPDATE FROM THE SENIOR EXECUTIVE TEAM (10:00):
95% of all classes went ahead as scheduled across all campuses.
About 100 books were damaged and a high-level investigation is underway by Wits Security and the police.
Wits stays committed to solving issues, which can only be resolved at national level.
No major incidents on the Braamfontein or Parktown campuses reported.
Academic programme goes ahead with no reports of disruptions.
Update on incidents on campus and list of study venues open at night.
Study venues and computer labs on campus that stay open after 10pm announced.
A network of health and demographic surveillance sites will enable understanding of how poverty, inequality and unemployment impacts rural South Africans.
Senior Executive Team update on incidents on Wits campus.
Classes to resume as normal tomorrow.
Summary of incident report from Campus Control:
Update from the Senior Management Team (17:00):
Update from the Senior Executive Team (06:30):
Update from the Senior Management Team (18:00):
Update from Senior Executive Team (14:00):
Update from the Senior Executive Team (16:30):
Update from the Senior Executive Team (10:30):
Update from the Senior Executive Team (13:30):
Update from Senior Executive Team (18:00):
Update from the Senior Executive Team (13:00):
Statement from the Senior Executive Team (22:00)
Statement from SET to clarify the chain of events as they occurred today:
[READ] Draft pledge that Wits University would have made at the General Assembly (postponed) today.
Urgent announcement from the Statement from the Senior Executive Team (08:30):
Here follows the details for the General Assembly to be held on Friday:
Update from the Senior Executive Team (11:00) on agreement reached, academic programme and General Assembly:
Update from Senior Executive Team - 04.10.16 (22:00)
Talks to reach a negotiated settlement with protesting students ongoing.
Update from Senior Executive Team (13:00):
Update from Senior Executive Team on University opening (09:00):
Letter from Professor Adam Habib, Vice-Chancellor and Principal:
Phased opening of the University follows several engagements with a range of stakeholders, including students.
Wits SET announcement on preliminary staff poll results.
Wits SET clarifies its position on quality, free higher education.
The University is still waiting for auditors to verify the staff poll and will make results available as they come through.
Vice-Chancellor speaks on the student protests, the poll on whether Wits should resume lectures, and the consequences of a shutdown.
Students and staff are strongly encouraged to participate in a poll regarding the resumption of the academic programme.
Update from the Senior Executive Team (17:00) on Thursday's poll:
It was with great sadness that the University learnt about the passing of Mr Celumusa Ntuli.
The University has received a report that an employee of one of our service providers who worked in a residence passed away last week.
Update on academic activities from the Senior Executive Team (15:00):
Here follows the response from the Senior Executive Team to messages from concerned students, parents and staff:
Following the suspension of University activities, Wits has received hundreds of emails and calls:
Petrol bombs found on campus
"The University will resume normal activities once we can guarantee the safety and security of staff, students and property."
Notice from the Senior Executive Team (13:30):
The University remains calm this morning without incident.
University makes top 200 list in World University Rankings for the first time.
Wits condemns the acts of violence that led to arrests and injuries.
Update from the Senior Executive Team on the situation on campus on Tuesday:
A Zambian surgeon has driven the adoption of a World Health Organization resolution to make surgery accessible as a component of universal health coverage.
Update from the Senior Executive Team on the situation on campus during student protests.
Business as usual at Wits after the announcement by Minister of Higer Education, Dr Blade Nzimande, regarding fee increases.
The University of the Witwatersrand notes the announcement made by Dr Blade Nzimande, Minister of Higher Education and Training today.
Researchers make an impact on society, not just with research and teaching, but also in turning their work into much-needed products and services.
Professor Justice Dikgang Moseneke was a judge of other judges who spent 40 years testing ethics against normative behaviour.
The Wits School of Physics reached out to learners in Venda during National Science Week.
The absence of civil society during upheavals in communities and competition within the sector featured strongly in an address by Judge Mokgoro at Wits.
Two Wits academics were honoured with awards at the NRF awards ceremony on Thursday night, while eight received NRF A-ratings.
The Faculty of Health Sciences hosted a Research Day and Postgraduate Expo on 1 September 2016.
Linguistics enable us to read between the lines, to argue persuasively and to expose underlying or hidden meanings.
Wits is transforming Braamfontein into a young, vibrant precinct for its notable tech-savvy and innovative community.
Discover the magic of words and local books at the 2016 Jozi Book Fair.
Leading local and international architecture professionals will delve into the challenge of ‘scale’ at this year’s AZA16 conference.
New #IBMResearchWITS partnership to focus on big data, cloud computing and mobile tech.
Award-winning artists Kemang Wa Lehulere and Mohale Mashigo are special guests at the 2016 Jozi Book Fair, co-hosted by Khanya College and Wits University
How do we make economies work for women in the South?
The Postgraduate Recruitment Fair at Wits took place at the Science Stadium on Tuesday, 16 August 2016.
ATLAS experiment Spokesperson commends “enthusiastic” SA physics students.
Wits signs a MOU with Academic Partnerships to increase access to education through online learning.
DST awards University a project to develop teaching and training platform for postgraduates.
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa appoints Professor Imraan Valodia to chair advisory panel on the national minimum wage.
The University has leaped into the top position in Africa in the latest Shanghai rankings.
Partnering with Wits University, the City of Joburg launches a developer challenge to address issues.
The University today made its submission to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education Funding.
Noise is increasingly becoming a problem in schools and affects the audibility of speech.The effects of noise hamper learning opportunities for learners.
Unless leaders take the hard decision to remove the president, the party could lose the character that made it one of Africa’s great liberation movements.
For the first time in the country’s democratic era since 1994, the governing ANC has ceased being an untouchable liberation movement.
David Everatt says for the first time the question is being asked: Is the ANC going to lose (certain municipalities/metros)?
The call to rise to the challenge and respond to the challenges facing South Africa has come at a time requiring guts and conviction for three students.
In the week of Madiba's birthday, the Mandela Institute at Wits School of Law hosted the first international conference in SA on court annexed mediation.
American Geophysical Union award pays special tribute to outstanding contributors to the advancement of Earth and space sciences.
A study by Masters’ student, Lauren Tracey, found that young people feel elections are no longer an effective way of changing or improving the country.
Mainly written in exile while FitzGerald served as a full-time revolutionary, struggle themes are artfully threaded in the book.
Professor Jill Adler has been appointed president of a leading international maths research organisation with 94 member countries.
African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) appoints first Secretary General.
Wits University staff members take on the Mandela Day Food Bank Challenge in celebration of Mandela Day.
JCSE survey once again identifies six leading Information and Communication Technology priorities with Information Security emerging as the clear leader.
Vying for hearts, minds, and some #WitsVotes at the #WitsDebate in the Great Hall.
Two separate surveys have ranked Wits in the top 0.8 % worldwide with Wits graduates commanding top salaries.
Drama for Life receives award in honour of its innovative methods for arts as activism, development, therapies and education.
The 969 Festival kicks off today, 13 July 2016 with an exciting theatre lineup, which includes standout productions hot off the Grahamstown stages.
Justice Moseneke awarded with the Archbishop’s Award for Peace with Justice.
The Wits Business School graduate and Soweto teacher, is eyeing the country's top post in education.
Wits hosted the MSF Scientific Day Southern Africa 2016 in association with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)/Doctor Without Borders Southern Africa.
Innovative technology solutions for the struggling mining sector are the focus of a new unit at Wits University.
Wits is showcasing its artistic talent at the iconic National Arts Festival currently underway in Grahamstown.
South African media recently published an unsettling interview with Mandla Matikinya, a branch leader of the African National Congress (ANC) Youth League.
Election year. Political rhetoric. Sweeping statements... Separating fact from fiction.
Majozi was one of six Wits academics who were nominated as finalists in their categories.
New data from the Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO) shows that satisfaction with municipalities declined slightly.
Four students from Wits and two from Stellenbosch University represented South Africa at the International Supercomputing Conference in Germany.
The former Deputy Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court has been appointed as Honorary Professor of Bioethics.
Wits University has developed a suite of online course offerings that will be made available over the next three years to enhance access to higher education.
Paleoanthropologist wins the award for the discovery of Homo naledi.
A new product has hit the shelves of Gauteng shops following a technological innovation by a team of Wits staff and students.
Two countries share 20 years of medical cooperation.
Wits Media Studies Lecturer, Dr Iginio Gagliardone spoke to BBC about social media monitoring in Ethiopia.
The School of Public Health recently hosted a dynamic discussion on gender-based violence and rape culture on campuses.
Research on the practice of global benchmarking receives award from the British International Studies Association.
A new clinic at Wits University’s Empilweni Services and Research Unit (ESRU) will provide high quality research, training and medical services.
With local government elections coming up in August 2016, South Africa’s biggest political parties recently launched their manifestos at mass rallies.
Political freedom means very little without economic freedom.
Wits students debated their way to greatness when they took on students from Cornell University and Midrand Graduate Institute during a week-long debate camp.
Reports state that 78% of global conflicts take place in Africa and women bear the brunt of exploitation under conditions of fragility, war and conflict.
Senior Executive Team statement: Security has been reinforced on campus and police are on standby.
Calls for concrete action to address gender-based violence and rape culture on South African campuses.
Statement: Justice Dikgang Moseneke’s service to the nation has been second to none, says Professor Adam Habib.
Telkom and Wits Business School partner to advance research in the field of digital business.
HI HOPES celebrates its ten year anniversary in a "HI Tea" breakfast with powerful speakers.
Amid the growing protest turmoil on our campuses and in our towns, SA’s leaders seem to have abandoned Madiba’s legacy of reason in rage.
We must all remember that we are one family and lend each other a shoulder to cry on - Professor Adam Habib
Maths lecturer, Abdul Hamid Carrim, tells 702 how our brains are designed to take in maths.
Wits University and the Gauteng Department of Health have committed to greater co-operation to address health care challenges in the province.
The Wits City Institute is jointly hosting the Cape Town artist's exhibition with the Wits Anthropology Museum.
TAP graduates, alumni and lecturers scooped numerous awards at the Naledi Theatre Awards.
South Africa needs a radical change in its approach to local economic development, to generate medium to long-term revenues.
Multicellular life evolved from single cells numerous times, but explaining how this happened is one of the major evolutionary puzzles of our time.
The Wits Students' Surgical Society has launched Kilimanjaro Challenge 2016 to raise funds in aid of the Smile Foundation.
Message from the Vice-Chancellor's Office.
Wits delegation remains in Mokopane where they are receiving families of the seven deceased students.
The University flag has been lowered and is flying at half-mast in honour of the memory of students who passed away.
Students were returning from prayer meeting in Limpopo.
Wits congratulates all those honoured, and especially those Witsies who have made a mark in our society.
Thabo Mbeki Foundation and Wits University have joined forces to address Africa’s biggest challenges.
The South Gauteng High has made court interdict final on 25 April 2016.
Wits palaeoanthropologist honoured as one of the most influential people in the world.
Wits University has been placed in the top two of the Times Higher Education’s snapshot ranking of the best universities in Africa 2016.
High Court grants final court order to protect oldest dated archaeological site from mining company.
Award honours former university staff who gained marked distinction elsewhere in their fields.
Wits management commits to working with student representatives to resolve funding issues.
Proposals on the question of financing the higher education sector and free education are now welcomed.
A highlight of the evening launch was the historical redress and handover of a plaque with the names of the BSS student leaders.
Wits' new Disability Rights Unit, will no longer be "a little office somewhere."
The situation is contained and protesters have dispersed.
Statement from the Senior Executive Team on measures to curb unlawful activities.
Notice from Professor Tawana Kupe, Chairperson of the Naming Committee:
The exceptional intellectual capacity of 20 students was celebrated at the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship Awards breakfast on Sunday, 3 April 2016.
The South African Student Solidarity Foundation for Education (SASSFE) is a network for all universities’ alumni to support students in need.
South African vice-chancellors discussed transformation at their universities and how these challenges relate to the country.
Statement from the Senior Executive Team on actions taken following disruptions on Monday:
Tuesday classes continue as normal after politically orchestrated protests disrupted campus activities.
Statement from Senior Executive Team: Police asked to intervene and arrest individual for criminal acts.
Statement from the Senior Executive Team: University activities continue.
Guidelines for how to respond when faced with disruptions, violence or threats:
Senior Executive Team statement on protest violating court order.
Debating team reached semi-finals in top international tournament.
Wits University rugby team soars to victory in Varsity Shield tournament.
Two Wits students, Zareef Minty and Thamsanqa Pooe, are contestants in the fourth season of One Day Leader.
Urgent High Court interdict obtained to stop unlawful mining at heritage site.
Winner of richest investigative journalism award announced.
“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.”
British anthropologist Professor Caroline Wilkinson had South African audiences at the edges of their seats with her fascinating work in facial reconstruction.
Wits physicists to explain the significance, relevance and impact of the discovery of Gravitational Waves.
Sir Martyn Poliakoff explains why he loves making videos of chemistry.
Clarification on the payment of fees due by end of March 2016.
Deaf babies given hope through the Cape Cycle Race fundraising initiative.
People from business and industry were treated to the fascinating work undertaken at the Structured Light Laboratory which was launched on 4 March 2016.
Professor Lawrence Hamilton has been recently awarded a SARChI chair.
The joint programme departs from traditional studies that simply examine the content and implementation.
Wits' Senior Executive Team explains the University's decisions and actions taken in demonstrations.
Deafness on campus brought to the fore on International Ear Care Day.
Universities are custodians of invaluable national resources and should be protected.
Researchers in South Africa and Scotland have demonstrated a new approach to quantum state engineering that requires only a beamsplitter.
BP SA Education Foundation Trust awards scholarships to TTP graduates to study at Wits.
Wits Economics student faced tough candidates in the honours category of the Nedbank and Old Mutual Budget Speech competition
If South Africa sticks to Minister Gordhan’s budget it is most likely that the country will avoid being further down-grade.
The clamour for economic freedom and transformation of higher education reflect a society searching for sustainable social equilibrium.
The University will take action against anyone involved in acts of violence on our campuses, in line with our rules, policies and procedures.
Police are investigating various charges against the individuals arrested on Friday, 19 February 2016.
Protests have been hijacked by small groups that are using increasingly violent methods to show anger at what they call the systemic oppresion of black people.
About 14 individuals were arrested and taken to the Hillbrow Police Station on Friday for violating a court order obtained by the University earlier this year.
The Wits Senior Executive Team assures staff and students that University continues to operate as usual.
An update on yesterday's attempt by students to unlawfully occupy the Concourse of Senate House.
The University confirms that a bus was set alight just after 11pm last night outside the Knockando Halls of Residence in Rockridge Road in Parktown.
Philippe Joubert, a senior advisor and special envoy for energy and climate for the WBCSD believes we need to find a new way to do business.
Postgraduate students get connected with Wits and its resources at the annual Postgraduate Welcome Day.
Megastar scientist, Sir Martyn Poliakoff, to lecture at Wits about becoming a YouTube phenomenon by making videos on chemistry.
The Office of the Dean of Students, together with internal stakeholders, is proactively addressing students' food and accommodation needs.
Senior Executive Team statement on appeals process.
Wits academics and analysts will provide in-depth analysis on issues ranging from education to politics, health and the environment.
Senior Executive Team statement on Insourcing Task Team (ITT).
The Academic Staff Association of Wits University (ASAWU) approved in a majority poll by 87%, a proposal to donate R100 000 to the #Access campaign.
Senior Executive Team statement at 14:30:
Exploring the identities of communities through pictures with Svea Josephy
PRICELESS SA will benefit from a generous Gates Foundation grant for the International Decision Support Initiative.
The interim court order, issued 15 January 2016, will remain in effect until 25 April 2016 when the matter will be heard on the opposed roll.
The Wits Students’ Representative Council and the University are embarking on a campaign which aims to raise R10 million for the 'missing middle'.
Class of 2015 Grade 10 learners receive prizes for material science posters.
Freelance journalist Hans Pienaar interviewed Achille Mbembe on the new politics of the SA student.
Update from the Senior Executive Team regarding insourcing:
Statement by the Ministry of Higher Education and Training following a meeting with 26 vice-chancellors and rectors:
Wits University Management and the Wits Students’ Representative Council have reached agreement on a range of issues that are summarised here:
Message from the Senior Executive Team at 08:00:
Media briefing: Statement by the vice-chancellors and rectors of the public universities in Gauteng at 15:00:
Open letter by Professor Adam Habib on behalf of the Senior Executive Team:
Senior Executive Team statement at 16:00:
The University obtained an Interim Court Order in the South Gauteng High Court on 15 January 2016.
Senior Executive Team statement:
Senior Executive Team statement at 09:00:
Senior Executive Team statement at 13:30:
Senior Executive Team statement at 13:00:
Wits' Dr David Hornsby will sit on the governing council of a premier organisation for scholars and practitioners of international studies.
Statement on the 2016 process for first fee payment.
If you are in Cape Town on New Year’s Eve, don’t miss Wits physicists’ high performance laser shows at the V&A Waterfront.
Professor Martin Smith says that the role of surgery in achieving universal access can no longer be sidelined.
Media release: Wits RHI is one of two organisations selected by USAID to tackle HIV/AIDS challenges.
Media release: R4 million funding awarded to the SASIE Programme and Network project.
Wits and Siemens enter in a partnership to establish a microgrid laboratory.
Media release: Mighti Jamie and Nonhlanhla Masanabo were crowned overall winners at the Pan-African Universities Debating Championships.
Task Team statement: Presidency commits R6.5 billion to resolve challenges around student funding.
Joint statement: VCs, Principals and Rectors welcome R6.5 billion made available to address higher education funding challenges.
Recipients of Vice-Chancellor's awards for Teaching, Research and Academic Citizenship honoured at function.
What’s missing on your night table? Some must-reads for the festive season.
Father of rock art archaeology among recipients of prestigious Order of the Baobab (gold).
Food insecurity for women goes hand-in-hand with economic, political and cultural policies and attitudes.
University moves up the ranks.
It is a myth that China is using Africa as a food farm.
Long-term relationships and joint projects between universities bearing fruit.
Arts student's play takes home SAfm radio drama prize.
The new African Centre for Obesity Prevention will provide a repository of the most effective obesity prevention policies and programmes available in Africa.
The Sheiham’s gift will initially be used to support a programme in the Wits School of Public Health to research the social determinants of health inequalities.
The final Memorandum of Understanding between the University of the Witwatersrand management, outsourced workers and students was reached on 13 November 2015.
Statement from the Registrar:
Circular 16 from the Vice Chancellor and Principal, Professor Adam Habib:
The University obtained an Interim Court Order in the South Gauteng High Court on 29 October 2015.
Notice: Postponement of final examinations.
Statement from Professor Adam Habib, Vice-Chancellor and Principal:
All University activities at Wits are continuing today, 29 October 2015.
Message from the Executive Management:
Message from Executive Management:
Notice from the Senior Executive Team:
Message from Professor Adam Habib, Vice-Chancellor and Principal:
Message from the Senior Executive Team, 27 October 2015:
Message from Professor Adam Habib, Vice-Chancellor and Principal on behalf of the Senior Executive Team:
The University will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, 27 October 2015.
Chief Financial Officer, Linda Jarvis, explains the University's funding model.
Advisory: In light of the current student protests, Wits University has suspended all University activities until Monday, 26 October, 2015.
Summary of Wits Council proposals on how it plans to address the fee increase challenge:
Notice: Academic programme suspended.
Notice to staff/students from Council of the University of the Witwatersrand, 19 October 2015 at 14:15.
Council statement: Response from the Council of the University of the Witwatersrand on the agreement reached between Council EXO and students.
Notice to staff/students.
Agree on process to be followed to determine student fee increases for 2016.
Update: 16 October 2015
Message from the acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal.
University activities suspended for Friday, 16 October 2015.
Message from the acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andrew Crouch.
Statement from the Executive Management of Wits University
All lectures and academic activities suspended.
Statement from Linda Jarvis, Chief Financial Officer: Wits University.
Dr Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary of the United Nations’ Economic Commission for Africa, delivered the 2015 Harold Wolpe Memorial Lecture.
The 2015 accolade goes to Professors Christopher Henshilwood and Frederick Raal, co-winners of the Vice-Chancellor’s Research Award.
Professor Robert Balfour spoke candidly about his experience and being referred to as ‘the gay dean’.
The VC’s Top 100 event gives learners the opportunity to see what Wits has to offer.
Emeritus Professor Barry Mendelow delivered the AJ Orenstein Memorial Lecture.
One teacher shares how this project has helped her to be a better maths teacher.
Very limited data is available on wealth in SA and the country needs to be more transparent about income and wealth dynamics.
This review identified nutrition labelling research from 20 countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America.
Réjane Williams unpacks recent surge of racially charged incidents.
Professor Fethi Ahmed has been appointed as the new Head of the School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Sciences (GAES).
Blombos Cave in the Western Cape features prominently in a new three-part documentary series.
Statement from the Vice-Chancellors of Wits University (Professor Adam Habib) and the University of Johannesburg (Professor Ihron Rensburg):
Foreign shops twice as likely to hire locals - study
Joint statement from Wits University and the Students' Representative Council:
“This is a very important breakthrough for the team,” says Professor Sergio Colafrancesco.
Scientific American interviews Dr Susan Webb.
Meet Professor Frances Duncan, the new Head of the School of Animals, Plants and Environmental Sciences (APES).
Smart School paperless education project launches.
National Geographic features Witsies.
The Wits School of the Arts (WSOA), held the annual Student Tele Awards at the Wits Theatre on 26 November 2014.
South African sociology students will soon have an advantage over their international peers when a new text book.
Professor Helen Rees, world-renowned expert in vaccines, last week chaired an expert meeting on Ebola vaccines in Geneva.
A more streamlined and better quality experience for prospective and current students, can be expected from the new Wits Student Call Centre.
The 2014 Molecular Bioscience Research Thrust (MBRT) Research Day took place at the Wits Club on 4 December 2014.
The Sydney Brenner Institute for Molecular Bioscience (SBIMB) hosted Dr Robert Huber, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry.
Media resource: Q&A on enrolment/registration 2015:
Professor Marion Bamford has been inaugurated into the Academy of Science of South Africa.