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Wits receives 70‚000 applications for 6‚200 first year places

By Tmg Digital | 2016-12-02 07:37:40.0 | COMMENTS [ 8 ]

The 2017 intake at the University of the Witwatersrand allows for 6‚200 first year students‚ and the successful candidates will hear if they are accepted after their Matric pass rates are announced.

The university is looking forward to next year’s academic year after concluding its examinations for 2016‚ despite being at the forefront of the #FeesMustFall protests. Supplementary and deferred examinations will be written in December and January‚ depending on the faculty.

“We have received almost 70‚000 applications for 6‚200 first year places‚ and all applications have already been processed. Firm offers will be made once matriculation results are announced. We continue to process postgraduate applications‚” says Professor Adam Habib‚ Wits Vice-Chancellor and Principal.

Habib said this season’s graduation ceremonies at Wits University will run from the 6th to the 13th of December.

“Despite the disruptions experienced in September and October‚ through extending the academic calendar and revising examination dates‚ we effectively lost only three teaching days. We are pleased that the 2016 academic year has been concluded successfully.”

Habib added that he is hopeful a solution will be found in the coming weeks to the underfunding of the higher education sector and what essentially amounts to a national political problem that can only be solved at that level.

“The successful completion of the academic year under strenuous circumstances was no easy feat and would not have been possible were it not for the unwavering commitment of the University community including its students‚ staff‚ parents‚ alumni‚ donors and others who supported the University during this time‚” he says. “We thank each and every person who contribute to making Wits great.”


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not important and who cares

2016-12-02 08:06:23.0 | 1 replies


The 63,800 kids, who will be refused, probably care a lot

2016-12-02 08:32:19.0 | 1 replies


there are other 22 varsities

2016-12-02 08:37:38.0 | 1 replies


.... who also have thousands more applications than there are places

2016-12-02 08:43:54.0 | 1 replies


there are more fet than varsities. this obsession with varsities is wrong

2016-12-02 08:51:59.0 | 1 replies


Which FET gives you a legal degree, a medical degree, a teaching degree, a Masters degree ..... why can't people simply study for a job that they want?

2016-12-02 10:02:55.0 | 0 replies


Tuks, very successfully, used the internet to do a lot of their teaching, during the unrest. Would it not be logical to make some of the courses available in that format too? Theoretically, those 6,200 could be increased (with no real extra work) to around 9,000 (if not more). It would be ideal for poorer students. They would be able to study from home (no need for residential or transport costs), it would be cheaper (economy of scale) AND it would weed out the dropouts without blocking up so many places. It would even allow for multiple languages of instruction. Our world has all this wonderful technology, why are we not using it?

.... on a side note, wouldn't it be wonderful if Elon Musk really does get a global net? That man is a South African miracle worker

2016-12-02 08:11:05.0 | 0 replies


Sure there's a huge need or a market for education, demand exceed supply by thousands. All this requires resources from both state and the private sector. We know our state is useless so we are doomed.

2016-12-02 08:37:16.0 | 0 replies