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Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment

Look around you. No matter where you are, what you will see is the evidence of the activity of Engineering and the Built Environment professionals. We often take for granted our roads, bridges, buildings, cities, cars, aeroplanes, fuels, energy, financial systems, television, telephones, medical devices - but none of these would be possible without these professionals.

The University prides itself on producing graduates of the highest quality, who reflect the country’s diversity in terms of race, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender. At Wits we focus on graduating young people who have the critical and analytical skills required to contribute to developing South Africa’s economy, but also have the practical know-how and leadership qualities to make them equivalent to the best in the world. 

Development of Scarce Skills

There is a critical shortage of skills in South Africa (and around the world).

The production of Engineering and the Built Environment graduates in South Africa needs to increase dramatically in the next few years in order to allow us to respond to the challenge posed by the National Development Plan. This continent, and the world, faces challenges in all sectors of the economy, where these young professionals will assist in solving the wicked problems that plague development, sustainability and progress.

Locally, the vastly expanded local development of high-level, scarce technical and design skills is therefore a national imperative. The Wits Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment takes its responsibility in producing skilled young graduates very seriously, and we encourage our graduates and their families and friends to partner with us to improve our facilities, and in so doing play an active role in ensuring the best possible future for all. We continue building a faculty that not only offers the very best teaching, learning and research facilities, but it is also a great place to visit.


All of our first degrees in engineering are fully accredited by the Engineering Council of South Africa under the Washington Accord. The BSc (Construction Studies) is accredited by the South African Institute of Building, the Chartered Institute of Building, UK (CIOB), the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), UK, the South African Council for Quantity Surveying Profession and the South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions. Career opportunities for engineers are limitless, extending beyond the engineering sector.

The Bachelor of Architectural Studies and Master of Architecture (Professional) are accredited by the South African Council for the Architectural Professions (SACAP) and the Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA). The Bachelor of Science, Urban and Regional Planning (Hons) and Masters of Science in Development Planning are accredited by the South African Council for Planning (SACPLAN).

The Faculty also maintains strong links with industry – via student bursaries, scholarships and internships – and has the highest number of endowed professorships or chairs at Wits. We value and cherish our role in our city, our Nation, and the world.