University of Witwatersrand Study Applications

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About the University of Witwatersrand

The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, is a multi-campus South African public research university situated in the northern areas of central Johannesburg. It is more commonly known as Wits University or Wits. The university has its roots in the mining industry, as do Johannesburg and the Witwatersrand in general. Founded in 1896 as the South African School of Mines in Kimberley, it is the third oldest South African university in continuous operation.

The 2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) places Wits University, with its overall score, as the highest ranked university in Africa. Wits was ranked as the top university in South Africa in the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) in 2016. According to the CWUR rankings, Wits occupies this ranking position since 2014.

The university was founded in Kimberley in 1896 as the South African School of Mines. It is the third oldest South African university in continuous operation, after the University of Cape Town (founded in 1829), and Stellenbosch University (founded in 1866). Eight years later, in 1904, the school was moved to Johannesburg and renamed the Transvaal Technical Institute. The school’s name changed yet again in 1906 to Transvaal University College. In 1908, a new campus of the Transvaal University College was established in Pretoria. The Johannesburg and Pretoria campuses separated on 17 May 1910, each becoming a separate institution. The Johannesburg campus was reincorporated as the South African School of Mines and Technology, while the Pretoria campus remained the Transvaal University College until 1930 when it became the University of Pretoria. In 1920, the school was renamed the University College, Johannesburg.

Finally, on 1 March 1922, the University College, Johannesburg, was granted full university status after being incorporated as the University of the Witwatersrand. The Johannesburg municipality donated a site in Milner Park, north-west of Braamfontein, to the new institution as its campus and construction began the same year, on 4 October. From the outset Wits was an open university with a policy of non-discrimination on racial or any other grounds.

Notable alumni and academics

Nobel Prize Laureates

Aaron Klug, 1982 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Nadine Gordimer, 1991 Nobel Prize in Literature
Nelson Mandela, who attended but did not graduate from the university, 1993 Nobel Peace Prize
Sydney Brenner, 2002 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship Award laureates

David Glasser (winner of the inaugural award), 2001
Norman Owen-Smith, 2005
Duncan Mitchell, 2010
Helen Rees, 2014
Lynn Morris, 2016


Commerce, Law and Management

Situated in the heart of the economic hub of the African continent, the Faculty offers programmes of study in business, management and law, and pursues a vibrant research agenda.

Engineering and the Built Environment

Degrees in the Built Environment address the social, spatial and infrastructural needs of a transforming South Africa. Undergraduate programmes include degrees in Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning, Property Studies and Construction Studies.

Faculty of Health Sciences

Be part of a Faculty with an exceptional reputation for training and developing the world’s finest health sciences professionals.

Faculty of Humanities

The Faculty of Humanities is one of the leading centres of study and research in the Arts, Social Sciences, Human and Community Development, Education and Literature, Language and Media in South Africa and Africa.

Faculty of Science

One of the leading science faculties in South Africa, our mission is to create, disseminate and apply scientific knowledge towards advancement and development.

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