The University Of Witwatersrand

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The University of Witwatersrand (Wits) is a multi-campus public research university in the northern part of central Johannesburg. Established in 1896, it is the third oldest university in South Africa, after the University of Cape Town (1829) and Stellenbosch University (1866).

The WitsSport conferencing and events facility is situated at Sturrock Park on the West Campus. The venue is equipped to meet all of your conference and event needs, from workshops and seminars, to equipment and catering. There is a large hall for banquets, dinners, dances, seminars, and various other functions with several conference rooms for small groups. Bozzoli Sports Pavilion on the East Campus is perfectly suited for hosting parties, receptions, and student events.

The university houses two provincial heritage sites, The Great Hall and the Dias Cross, and two heritage objects, namely Jan Smuts’ study and the Paul Loewenstein Collection of rock art. These are all found on East Campus.

Wits also acquired the Sterkfontein and Swartkrans sites in the 1960s, part of what is now a World Heritage Site known as the Cradle of Humankind. It has since become the responsibility of the government and while Wits no longer owns the sites, its archaeology and palaeontology departments still play a leading part in excavations.

The university has at least 14 museums, including the Adler Museum of Medicine, Palaeontology Museum, and the only Geology Museum in Gauteng. You can also find the Roberts-Pager Collection of Khoisan rock art copies in the Van Riet Lowe building on East Campus. Other university facilities include 2 main libraries and 12 branch libraries, Wits Theatre, the Johannesburg Planetarium, and Wits Art Museum, situated on the ground floor of University Corner, which has one of the best collections of African beadwork in the world.

Faculties

  • Commerce
  • Law and management
  • Engineering and the Built Environment
  • Health sciences
  • Humanities
  • Science

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