Wits ready for 2017 as exams come to an end

The university has received over 70,000 applications for enrolment next year.

FILE: Wits University Senate House. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - As Wits University students wrap up their final exams on Wednesday, the university says it expects the 2017 academic year to be business as usual.

This year’s Fees Must Fall protests left buildings damaged and scores of students arrested.

The university has received over 70,000 applications for enrollment next year but it can only admit a total of 37, 000 students, 7,000 of whom will be new.

Students will write their final examination on Tuesday, bringing an end to a tumultuous academic year.

A new concentration for university management is the 2017 academic year.

Wits spokesperson Shirona Patel says they are processing thousands of applications and will be ready for business.

“We are open and ready for business for 2017.”

The institution was the centre of the Fees Must Fall protests, which spread out across the country leaving some institutions with damage to property.

Patel says the institution hopes that student grievances are raised without damage to property and academic disturbances in the future.

(Edited by Neo Koza)