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Wits completes 2016 academic year, ready for 2017 intake

- Wits University

All examinations were concluded successfully yesterday, without disruption. Supplementary and deferred examinations will now be written in December and January.

The University of the Witwatersrand announced today that it has completed its 2016 academic year. All examinations were concluded successfully yesterday, without disruption. Supplementary and deferred examinations will now be written in December and January (depending on the faculty) as part of the second sitting.

This season’s graduation ceremonies at Wits University will run from the 6th to the 13th of December 2016.

“Despite the disruptions experienced in September and October, through extending the academic calendar and revising examination dates, we effectively lost only three teaching days. We are pleased that the 2016 academic year has been concluded successfully,” says Professor Adam Habib, Wits Vice-Chancellor and Principal. “We look forward to welcoming our new students in 2017. We have received almost 70 000 applications for 6 200 first year places, and all applications have already been processed. Firm offers will be made once matriculation results are announced. We continue to process postgraduate applications.”

Habib adds that he is hopeful that a solution will be found in the coming weeks to the underfunding of the higher education sector and what essentially amounts to a national political problem that can only be solved at that level.

“The successful completion of the academic year under strenuous circumstances was no easy feat and would not have been possible were it not for the unwavering commitment of the University community including its students, staff, parents, alumni, donors and others who supported the University during this time,” he says. “We thank each and every person who contribute to making Wits great.”

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