Vision Statement The University of the Witwatersrand aspires to be a leading world-class research-intensive university firmly embedded among international top league universities by 2022.
Mission Statement The mission of the University of the Witwatersrand is to grow its global stature as a leading research-intensive university and a gateway to research engagement and intellectual achievement in Africa. This it will achieve by building on the principles of intellectual excellence, international competitiveness and local relevance.As an institution built on principles of intellectual excellence, we are committed to providing high-quality, internationally competitive education, founded on high academic standards, cutting-edge research, public engagement, and productive partnerships with leading institutions throughout the world.
Purpose In pursuing our visionary goal of becoming a top-league university located on African soil, we aim to:
amplify our generation and dissemination of groundbreaking knowledge in niche areas optimise our international visibility and impact of research, and our reputation for teaching maintain a high proportion of international students and staff recruit highly talented students for undergraduate education maintain a high proportion of carefully selected postgraduate students produce highly influential graduates for the global civil society widen our footprint globally through extensive strategic networks attract and retain distinguished scholars and prize-winning leaders in niche and strategic fields attract and retain the best academic and support staff contribute to society through research, teaching and social engagement maintain a distinctive focus and reputation for groundbreaking research and scholarship in science, engineering and technology (SET) areas benchmark with top-league and top-100 universities, including the UK Russell Group, the Australian Group of Eight, and the Big 5 in South Africa provide a high-quality, supportive research and educational environment for students and staff establish and sustain a sound base for diversified sources of income retain a high degree of academic freedom and institutional independence retain our long-lasting legacy of high-level achievement and excellence