The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) has been recognised by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) as the number 1 in Africa for the year 2020 and has been placed in the 200 – 300 band. There are approximately 25 000 universities in the world.
The outgoing Vice-Chancellor and Principal Prof Adam Habib has stuck this recognition mostly on research done by the university. “Over the past seven years, Wits’ research output has more than doubled, thanks to the efforts of our world-class researchers, proactive research stewardship, and the efforts of our scholars and students,” said Habib.
Wits scholars are currently working in areas of research that directly affect humans such as developing life-saving vaccines and COVID-19 treatments.
Professor Zeblon Vilakazi, the Wits Vice-Principal and Vice-Chancellor Designate also emphasised the important of researches that the university is undertaking “Our rising through the ranks would not be possible without our researchers who are fearless in their pursuit of new knowledge and innovation, are critical thinkers, problem-solvers, pioneers of science, and agents of change.”
He further said their academics are valued for their independence and ingenuity, their fight against injustice, their pioneering work in advancing the humanities and the sciences and their strength in advancing economic development.