The Wits School of Accountancy attracts and produces some of the country’s best financial minds, making it the first choice for many individuals seeking to pursue a career in the field of accountancy.
Housed within the Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management, we consistently produce some of the top performers in the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) and Independent Regulatory Board of Auditors (IRBA) Qualifying Examinations. Wits Accountancy graduates dominate the top ten positions in these examinations and many go on to occupy leadership positions in the world of business – our alumni include the likes of Brian Joffe (Bidvest), David Sussman (JD Group), Sol Kerzner (Kerzner International), Ivan Glasenberg (Glencore), Vuyo Jack (Empowerdex) and Donald Gordon (Liberty Life).
The School’s teaching philosophy is underpinned by a strong commitment to exposing students to both the theoretical and practical aspects of accountancy, and our lectured teaching is complemented by a tutorial system. Facilitated in smaller groups, tutorials are highly interactive and give students a unique opportunity to apply the theory to which they have been exposed to in lectures. Real-world scenarios and case studies are used to stimulate optimal learning and prepare students for the challenges they will face in the business environment.
We remain aware of the critical skills shortage that exists in the field of accountancy in South Africa, and our aim is to produce well-rounded accountants who have a nuanced understanding of and can excel in the complex world of business. We are a school characterised by high levels of energy and a commitment to producing critical lateral-thinkers who will make up tomorrow’s rank of business leaders.
The Head Of school
Professor Nirupa Padia is the Head of the School of Accountancy at Wits University. She is the first black female Associate Professor in Auditing. Prof Padia completed the qualifying Board examination in 1996 and is a qualified CA (SA). Click the link to view a full Biography (Prof. Nirupa Padia)
Under Nirupa’s leadership, the School is confident to continue on the current trend of success the School has achieved in the recent SAICA and IRBA Part II Professional Examinations where the four WITS graduates were placed in the list of top-5 places all passing with Honours.
The School also excelled in the Part I Initial Test of Competence Professional Examinations set by SAICA, with WITS graduates taking half of the top 10 positions and passing with Honours.
Professor Padia leaves us with these thought-provoking words… "If I can control my mind I can control anything" (H H Sri Sri Ravishankar).