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Facts about Wits


Student enrolments (2016): 37 374

- female: 54.67%

- black South African 54.47%

- postgraduate: 33.86%

- international: 9.78%

Full-time permanent academic staff: 1125

Number of courses offered: 3610

Increase in research output since 2012: 41%

Top 3 feeder schools in 2016: Parktown Girls’ High, King David Linksfield, Northcliff High

The 2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities, released in August, places Wits in the 201-300 band again. Wits is the highest-ranked university in South Africa in this table. Criteria include highly cited researchers and publication in top journals. ARWU’s most recent subject ranking places Wits in the 101-150 band for the broad field of social sciences, in the 51-75 band for public health and in the 101-150 band for clinical medicine.

Centre for World University Rankings 2017: best university in Africa (176th place) (alumni employment 35th; Anthropology 5th; Area Studies 2nd globally)

Times Higher Education Alma Mater Index 2017 (degrees awarded to Fortune Global 500 CEOs): the only African university in the top 100 (54th place)

Global University Employability Ranking 2017: 150th

Wits has moved up 22 places overall in the latest National Taiwan University Ranking,  also known as the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities. 


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