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WITS: Facts

Spread over more than 400 hectares, Wits University is an urban, comprehensive university which has a distinctive capacity to contribute to the reconstruction and development of South Africa through research and the production of skilled, critical and adaptable graduates. With its more than 100 000 graduates in its 83-year history, Wits has made and will continue to make its mark nationally and internationally.

Wits University is an urban university situated in Johannesburg and continues to be the undisputed premier academic address in Africa. Wits has established itself in the industrial and commercial heart of South Africa while sustaining globally competitive standards of excellence in learning, teaching and research.


  • Wits has 14 ‘A-rated’ scientists (based on a stringent evaluation of an individual scientist’s research
    record over five years). These scientists are international leaders in their disciplines.
  • The Wits Business School was ranked 53rd in the UK-based Financial Times Survey for Executive Education Courses in 2006.
  • The Wits MBA programme was voted the best in South Africa for six consecutive years in the Financial Mail annual survey. It was also rated as the top Business School for three consecutive years 2004 – 2006) in the Sunday Times Top Brands Survey.
  • Wits is ranked as one of the top 100 universities in the world in seven defined fields of research according to the 2006 ISI international rankings.