University of the Witwatersrand

The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, also known as Wits University, is a leading, internationally-ranked, research-intensive university located in Johannesburg, South Africa, the economic heartland of Africa. Committed to academic and research excellence and social justice, Wits generates high level scarce skills for a globally competitive world, while addressing local social and economic development. At the forefront of a changing society, Wits is a social leader, dedicated to advancing the public good.

Wits is known for its work in deep level mining, science, health sciences, accountancy, law, governance, and the humanities, amongst others. It houses five faculties which comprise 34 schools. Wits offers approximately 3 600 courses to about 32 500 full-time students, of whom about a third are postgraduate and 55% are female. Almost 65% of all doctoral candidates and about half of all enrolments are in the Science, Engineering and Technology fields. Wits has developed about 130 000 graduates in its 93 years of existence. It has a proud record in that about 87% of all publications are in accredited international journals.

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Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo and China’s President Xi Jinping at the 2018 summit in Beijing. EPA-EFE/Andy Wong (Pool)

Ties between African countries and China are complex. Understanding this matters

Not enough credit is given to the agency African governments have in their dealings with China.
La transplantation soulève des questions éthiques fondamentales. Shutterstock

Histoire d'un dilemme éthique : un enfant sauvé grâce à une greffe de foie provenant de sa mère séropositive

Des chirurgiens sud-africains ont transplanté un greffon de foie provenant d’un donneur VIH-positif à un patient VIH-négatif. Un geste qui pose de nombreuses questions, notamment éthiques.
Serena Williams and Brian Earley at the US Open Grand Slam, 2018. AAP/Daniel Murphy

Media Files: On the Serena Williams cartoon – and how the UK phone hacking scandal led to a media crackdown in South Africa

On the Serena Williams cartoon – and how the UK phone hacking scandal led to a media crackdown in South Africa. The Conversation, CC BY61.4 MB (download)
The news of Mark Knight's Serena Williams cartoon broke while we were at a conference in South Africa. We showed it to some local academics to gauge their reactions. And journalist and researcher Glenda Daniels explains how the African National Congress government reacted to the UK phone hacking scandal.

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