Message from the Vice-Chancellor and Principal

Prof Adam Habib
Prof. Adam Habib
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“Wits has incredible energy and depth, and promises to be world-class. It is probably the most diverse University on the African continent in terms of its demography, programmes and ideas, It is definitely a microcosm of South Africa and a dichotomy of note, which makes it a very exciting and challenging place to lead.

The Wits Vision 2022 speaks to becoming more of a postgraduate, research-driven institution. This means that we will require the best talent – academic and support staff and quality students to make this happen. It also means that we have to balance access with success, without becoming elitist.

We need to build on the successes of the last decade, while looking towards the future.

We have outlined six priority projects in the short-term. 

  1. Invest in our people  
  2. Increase research output 
  3. Prepare students better 
  4. Afford access to students 
  5. Hunt for academic talent
  6. Secure resources, fund priorities

I am ready to engage robustly in the global war for the very best academic talent. If we are going to be the best, then we have to secure the best scholars and scientists on the planet. This also means that we need to look after those who are already on board and who are productive and leading the way in their respective areas.

I am looking forward to working with the Wits community to make our University one of the best in the country and the world.”

Prof. Adam Habib
Vice-Chancellor and Principal