Wits was the first South African university to have a nuclear accelerator, to test radar, to have a computer, to study building materials, to produce a systematic climatological atlas of southern Africa, to achieve a successful graft of plastic cornea, and the first African university to have access to a quantum computer. These are just some of our 'firsts'.
A cross-faculty, cross-discipline centre to promote postgraduate students focused on enhancing the postgraduate experience and promoting postgraduate research.
For 100 years, Wits has nurtured innovators, discoverers, problem-solvers, activists, artists, critical thinkers, and thought leaders - all who punch above their weight.
The Research and Innovation Office drives a number of initiatives that aim to grow future generations of scholars publishing research with impact.
The Strategic Partnership Office partners with universities, research entities, government, and many others in pursuit of solutions to impact society for good.
Driving digital transformation
We seek to develop new inter-, trans- and multidisciplinary technologies in education, science, engineering, digital arts and game design, media innovation and digital journalism, among others.
Catalysing innovation and entrepreneurship
Wits is establishing an ecosystem to drive research-led innovation that will solve some of Africa’s greatest challenges in sectors such as health, urbanisation, education, environmental protection and more.
Ensuring better health for all
We understand the interconnections between infectious and communicable diseases, bioinformatics and molecular biosciences, and the future of precision medicine.
Solving global challenges
By exploring new ideas across a range of disciplines, we aim to address future challenges at the intersection of sustainable development and digital innovation, and study its impact.
Advancing society, governance and justice
Researchers at the Southern Centre for Inequality Studies, the Wits Centre for Diversity Studies, and the African Centre for Migration and Society seek to find ways to create a more equal society.
Future-proofing our national treasures
Objects are evidence of our human existence and tell a myriad of stories about our past, present and future. At Wits we aim to protect and share our extraordinary resources.
Developing the next generation of leaders
Talented postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows are vital to the creation of the next generation of scientific professionals that will allow us to remain competitive in the future.
Energising alumni support
Harnessing the support of our alumni will play a critical role in ensuring the financial sustainability of the University by contributing to a broadening of the University’s donor base.