Over 50 PhD graduates have been welcomed by Wits VIDA. The unit has a strong strategic focus on capacity development, especially with previously disadvantaged demographic groups. Many foreign students have also selected to come to Wits VIDA for their training. Numerous of the unit’s students have gone on to win awards such as the Most Prestigious Postgraduate Degree Award 2020 from the Faculty of Health Sciences
The unit has evolved from a staff complement of 25 in 2000 to approximately 300 staff in 2020, including staff who have completed their postgraduate studies with and assumed leadership roles within Wits VIDA. Professor Madhi has also been involved in training of the next generation of clinician scientists, who have remained involved in clinical research following their return to the public sector and have gone on to be appointed as leaders in their respective fields.
Wits VIDA provides students with a dynamic environment in which to gain experience and be supported by world class scientists. Wits VIDA has been involved in the publication of more than 450 peer-reviewed reviewed articles in prestigious academic journals.