Wits is a research intensive university that aspires to increase this intensity in such a manner that it is increasingly internationally competitive and locally relevant. The current strategic plan for research and postgraduate affairs strives to increase the production of ‘research with impact’. Impactful research is quality research that is defined carefully to include:
- Discovery research that propels a discipline forward;
- Translational research that influences policy and practice;
- Innovative research that stimulates economic development.
Achievement of this lofty goal will depend on growing new generations of research capability. In the South African context this research development imperative is closely linked to demographic transformation.