Gauteng Tourist AttractionsUniversity of the Witwatersrand
Where? 1 Jan Smuts Avenue, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, 2000
How? Call +27 (0)11 717-1000
The University of the Witwatersrand is not only an acclaimed educational institution, but also an integral part of the local history and heritage of Johannesburg, and of South Africa as a whole. Originally set up as the Transvaal Technical Institute in 1904, it was eventually recognised as a university in 1922.
Wits, as it is affectionately known, has been undergoing expansion and upgrades since 2000. This has resulted in a massive university comprising five separate campuses and all of the major faculties. The medical school and management campus are situated in Parktown. The residences for students from out of town, or from countries around the world, are located in Braamfontein and Hillbrow, which have all of the necessary amenities and are close to public transport routes.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Sterkfontein Caves is part of this university, and showcases some of the world’s finest examples and incidents of fossils and archaeology.
The Origins Centre Museum is dedicated to the rock art collection that comes from the Wits Art Research Institute. The remnants of the pieces left by ancient human civilisation are fascinating tributes and records of times past; including the customs that defined these cultures. This is on the East Campus, as is the Johannesburg Planetarium. This popular attraction is a fantastic place in which to be awe-struck by the sheer magnitude of the universe and to learn about its grand scale.
The University of the Witwatersrand is a world-class facility that engenders a respect for education, and offers the opportunity for improvement and the development of life skills.