Academic Ranking of World Universities

University of the Witwatersrand
English Name: University of the Witwatersrand
Region: Africa
Country/Region: South Africa
Found Year: 1896
Address: 1 Jan Smuts Avenue, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

The University of the Witwatersrand is a research-intensive university located in the heart of Johannesburg; a dynamic, metropolitan, world-class African city. Its distinctive capabilities have contributed to the global research and development agenda through leading-edge scholarship and have produced global citizens who are passionate about intellectual and social engagement.  Wits’ academic and research excellence has grown from strength to strength since this University acquired its full status as a university in 1922.  We aim to build on this reputation aggressively by intensifying our efforts to create an environment conducive to elevating the standard and impact of research, quality of teaching and learning, and the rigour of intellectual and social engagement, to new heights. The University of the Witwatersrand is an urban university located in the heart of a populous, vibrant but also complex metropolitan city, an interconnected economic and physical space now officially known as the Gauteng City Region (GCR). Wits has a strong history of achievements that distinguish it in many ways from other universities in South Africa. These realities include the following: 1. Wits has a very high proportion of its enrolments in the Science, Engineering and Technology disciplines, including high levels of Masters and Doctoral students; 2. Wits’ strength in postgraduate education is reflected in the fact that one-third of our students study at this level. Importantly, a quarter of these are international students who have been attracted to postgraduate study at Wits; 3. The high quality of Wits graduates is reflected in the fact that 90% of graduates that the University produces get permanent employment within 12 months of graduation (excluding those opting to pursue further studies or not to seek employment); 4. Wits’ powerful research track record is reflected, in part, in the 23 fields of study where the University ranks favourably in the world. We have shown especially strong growth in both the engineering and social science fields, signalling the breadth and balance of our disciplinary excellence. Further, our publication record shows a very high level of international collaboration: a substantial percentage (44.8%) of all papers published by Wits academics in International Science Index (ISI) journals have at least one international co-author; 5. Wits’ professional disciplines remain leaders in the country, producing graduates who are in demand globally. Wits continues to offer high-quality education in these disciplines, which cut across all faculties, putting emphasis on engineering, health sciences, commerce, law and some areas in the social sciences and the humanities; 6. The strength of Wits in the science and engineering disciplines has, over the years, created a strong culture of innovation and the creation of support structures for the commercialisation of ideas and research results. This, together with the activities of the Learning Information and Knowledge (LINK) Centre on ICT policy, regulation and management, and the more recently established Centre for Entrepreneurship and the teaching and research programmes on Strategic Management of Innovation, both in the Wits Business School (WBS), have considerably elevated Wits’ standing as a university of relevance in the “knowledge economy”; 7. Rapid urbanisation and growth of the city and the city region of Gauteng have created a slew of unique opportunities of engagement in a variety of other fields that have been and are being pursued with vigour by our academics. Strong examples include the Gauteng City Region Observatory (GCRO) and the Johannesburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE). Strong research and policy advice is provided by (among many others) the Forced Migration Studies Programme, at the Centre for Urbanism and Built Environment Studies (CUBES), and the Sociology of Work Project (SWOP); 8. Wits’ long-acknowledged leading position in the health sciences is augmented by its strong foothold in a typical vulnerable rural setting at Agincourt in Mpumalanga, where ongoing research on the ‘quadruple burden of disease’, coupled with the availability of extensive longitudinal datasets, provides unique opportunities for cutting-edge research into comparative studies in urban and rural settings, particularly if seen in conjunction with the activities of the Perinatal HIV Research Unit at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, which is one of the largest AIDS research centres in Africa, the Birth to Twenty programme and the Heart of Soweto study; 9. Wits has a strong tradition of public intellectual debate. Through its Distinguished Scholars Programme, Wits continues to attract internationally renowned scientists and Nobel Laureates from around the world to participate in scholarly activities of the University; and 10. In the past five years Wits has repeatedly been ranked as one of the top 500 of approximately 20 000 universities in the world. This attests to Wits’ existing internal capacity and the reality of its ability to produce research with high international impact and to offer high-quality education.

Total Enrollment:83270
           International Students:1017(1%)
Undergraduate Enrollment:80929
           International Students:490(0.6%)
Graduate Enrollment:2341
           International Students:527(23%)

Undergraduate Programs
           Adult Education
           Art History
           Bachelor of Arts, In Finnish: Humanististen Tieteiden Kandidaatti, Huk (In Logopedics)
           Bachelor of Psychology, In Finnish: Psykologian Kandidaatti, Psk
           Bachelor of Science In Economics and Business Administration
           Bachelor of Social Sciences
           Bachelor of Social Sciences, In Finnish: Valtiotieteiden Kandidaatti, Vtk
           Classical Archaeology
           Clinical Medicine
           Comparative Literature
           Comparative Religion
           Crafts Teacher Education
           Creative Writing
           Cultural History
           Cultural Production and Landscape Studies
           Diploma Programme In Innovation and Communications Law (Icl)
           Estonian Language and Culture
           European Ethnology
           Finnish History
           Finnish Language
           Finnish Language and Culture
           Finnish Literature
           Finno-Ugric Languages
           Gender Studies
           General History
           General Linguistics
           Greek Philology
           Hungarian Language and Culture
           Kindergarten Teacher Education
           Latin Philology
           Life Philosophy
           Media Studies
           Microbiology and Pathology
           North American Studies Program
           Nursing Science
           Romanian Language and Culture
           Russian Studies
           Scandinavian Languages
           Special Education
           Teacher Education
Master's Degree Programs
           Erasmus Mundus International Master In Management of Information Technology
           Master'S Degree In Astronomy Track
           Master'S Degree In Physical Sciences
           Master'S Degree Programme In Asian Studies
           Master'S Degree Programme In Baltic Sea Region Studies
           Master'S Degree Programme In Bioinformatics
           Master'S Degree Programme In Biomedical Imaging
           Master'S Degree Programme In Embedded Computing
           Master'S Degree Programme In Environmental Sciences
           Master'S Degree Programme In European Heritage and The Information Society
           Master'S Degree Programme In Finnish and Other Finno-Ugric Languages, Suomen Ja Sen Sukukielten Maisteriohjelma
           Master'S Degree Programme In Futures Studies
           Master'S Degree Programme In Global Information Technology Management
           Master'S Degree Programme In Global Innovation Management
           Master'S Degree Programme In Information Technology
           Master'S Degree Programme In Law and Information Society
           Master'S Degree Programme In Learning, Learning Environments and Educational Systems
Doctoral Programs
           Doctoral Program of Contemporary Asian Studies (Das)
           Doctoral Programme For Multidisciplinary Research On Learning Environments
           Drug Discovery Graduate School
           Finnish Doctoral Programme In Education and Learning (Fidpel)
           Finnish Doctoral Programme In Oral Sciences (Finsos)
           Finnish Graduate School In Archaeology
           Finnish Post-Graduate School In Nursing Science
           Geography Graduate School
           Graduate School of Comparative Research On Higher Education and Science Institutions Corehes
           Graduate School of Cultural Interpretations
           Graduate School On Integration and Interaction In The Baltic Sea Region
           National Doctoral Programme of Advanced Diagnostic Technologies and Applications (Dia-Net)
           National Doctoral Programme of Muskuloskeletal Disorders and Biomaterials
           National Doctoral Programme of Psychology
           National Graduate School of Organic Chemistry and Chemical Biology
           Phd Programme In Popular Culture Studies - Ppcs
           Turku Doctoral Programme of Biomedical Sciences (Tubs)

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