University of the Witwatersrand


A public research institution in South Africa called the University of the Witwatersrand is located in central Johannesburg's northern suburbs. It is most frequently referred to as Wits University or simply Wits. The South African School of Mines was founded in 1896 in Kimberley, making it the third-oldest institution in South Africa currently in operation.

There are five academic campuses at the university, with East Site serving as the major administrative campus. West Campus is located across the De Villiers Graaff Motorway. Three other campuses of Wits University are situated in Parktown. The education school is located under the Faculty of Humanities at Wits Education Campus (WEC). Although the institution refers to them as campuses, certain centres are not academic. These are Campus Lodge, Graduate Lodge, South Court, and Braamfontein Center. All of these are mixed-gender residences in the city neighbourhood of Braamfontein.

There are just over 423 NRF-rated researchers, 28 of whom are called A-rated researchers, or what are known as "top international academics" in their respective disciplines. Additionally, the university is home to many research organizations, including ten national Centers of Excellence. Six DST-NRF Centers of Excellence and 28 South African Research Initiative (SARChI) Chairs are located at Wits University.

The University of the Witwatersrand has produced many notable alums. These include those who have won Nobel Prizes. Their names are mentioned below. 

  • Nelson Mandela - Nobel Peace Prize
  • Aaron Klug - Nobel Prize in Chemistry
  • Sydney Brenner - Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • Nadine Gordimer - Nobel Prize in Literature


Twenty per cent of the 40,259 students enrolled there as of 2018 lived in one of the university's 17 residences. Almost 63 per cent of all students at the university are enrolled in undergraduate programmes, 35 per cent in graduate programmes, and the remaining 2 per cent are occasional students.

An international student, if you wish to study at the University of the Witwatersrand, you should first get knowledge about the Study Visa in South Africa. Also, read about their Work Visa to know if you can work during your stay. You may also like to learn about the University of Johannesburg in the same city. 


The institution provides many resident options, including single-gender, mixed-gender, and catering apartments. Please note that if you want to apply for a room, you are required only to do it online. Their residences are:

Apart from that, private off-campus housing is another preferred choice among students.


University of the Witwatersrand global rankings are as follows. 

  • Rank from 201 to 300 by ARWU World

  • Rank #403 by QS World

  • Rank #192 by USNWR

  • Rank #275 by CWUR World

  • Rank from 201 to 250 by THE World

  • Rank #488 by CWTS World


National rankings of the university are mentioned below.

  • Rank #2 by USNWR Africa

  • Rank #11 by THE Brics

  • Rank #2 by THE Africa

  • Rank #40 by QS Brics


University of the Witwatersrand
1 Jan Smuts Ave, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, 2000, South Africa

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