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Wits Facts
 

Wits has a reputation built on research and academic excellence. Wits is one of only two universities in Africa ranked in two separate international rankings as a leading institution in the world and is the only university in the country that features in the top 1% in the world in seven defined fields of research according to the 2007 ISI international rankings. Wits is also the recipient of the highest levels of external financial support of all universities in the country, from donors and partners all over the world – testimony to the high esteem in which we are held internationally.

Research Highlights

Wits is home to 15 South African Research Chairs, seven research institutes, 20 research units, 10 research groups, three Centres of Excellence, more than 200 rated scientists, of which 14 are A-rated.

  • Wits is home to 14 NRF '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. Prof. Jill Adler is the only educationist in the country to have been awarded an A-rating by the National Research Foundation.

  • Wits is ranked in the top 1% in the world in seven defined fields of research according to the 2007 ISI international rankings.

  • Wits is the proud home of three Centres of Excellence in Biomedical, TB Research, Strong Materials and Aerospace.

  • Wits has 40 research entities, eight of which are Medical Research Council units. It is also home to ten prestigious National Research Foundation Chairs in the following areas: Geosciences; Electrical and Information Engineering; History; Chemical and Metallurigcal Engineering; Theoretical Particle Cosmology; Medical Entomology and Vector Control; Fundamental Physics and String Theory; Protein Biochemistry and Structural Biology; the Origins of Modern Human Behaviour; Vaccine Preventable Diseases Bio-inorganic Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Biomaterials and Polymer-Engineered Drug Delivery Technologies...more>>