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University of the Witwatersrand: Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Go to Wits

What: University of the Witwatersrand
Where: Braamfontein, Johannesburg, Gauteng (South Africa)
When: Founded in 1922

Here’s Ten Reasons Why We Think The University of the Witwatersrand is Great…

1. Ten Fellow actuaries on the permanent staff, the largest complement of any South African university. A further six Fellows are employed on a sessional lecturer basis. Actuarial lecturers have extensive practical experience and participate actively in professional, business and community affairs.

2. Wits is the only university on the African continent that offers exemption from 12 of the professional Actuarial examinations through a four-year study path.

3. Professional Statisticians in the School give students a particularly strong statistical foundation, working together with actuaries to provide courses tailored to the needs of both professions.

4. Wits is in the commercial heart of South Africa, and both staff and students are conscious of business issues and opportunities. A significant number of Wits’ actuarial graduates have started their own companies before they reached their mid-thirties. Many occupy senior management roles in organisations locally and internationally.

5. The Wits degree has proved a sound foundation for the international actuarial examinations with over 530 graduates having qualified as Fellow actuaries since the course began in 1983.

6. Wits is home to one of the largest fossil collections in the southern hemisphere and is internationally recognized as a leader in the palaeo-sciences. Wits scientists have been contributing to the palaeo-sciences record for almost a century.

7. The University owns the Sterkfontein Cave (in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site), the Wits Rural Facility in Mpumalanga, Pullen Farm and half of a private teaching hospital, the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre.

8. Wits’ medical school is one of the best on the continent and through the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre we train more specialists and super-specialists than any other university in southern Africa.

9. Wits staff and students have access to 1 206 144 book volumes, 150 012 print and electronic journal titles, 234 online databases and over 3 300 collections of historical, political and cultural importance, encompassing the mid-17th Century to the present, some of which are being digitised for preservation.

10. Wits offers a range of services to the community. The Wits Disability Rights Unit is a model centre for higher education institutions that caters for disabled students, while the Centre for Deaf Studies offers support and education to caregivers and families of the Deaf. The Emthonjeni Centre offers speech and hearing therapy, counselling and psychotherapy to the public and acts as a practical training ground for students in this area.