University of South Africa (Unisa) is the largest open distance learning institution in Africa and the longest standing dedicated distance education university in the world. Unisa enrol nearly one-third of all South African students.
Founded in 1873 as the University of the Cape of Good Hope, the institution became the first public university in the world to teach exclusively by means of distance education in 1946. Throughout the years, Unisa was perhaps the only university in South Africa to have provided all people with access to education, irrespective of race, colour or creed. This vibrant past is mirrored in our rich history, more particularly our massive and impressive database of alumni, some of whom are to be found in the most senior levels of society across the world.
Who is Unisa?
Unisa is a reputable, comprehensive, flexible and accessible open distance learning institution that is motivating a future generation. Unisaa offer internationally accredited qualifications and have world-class resources.
Unisa vision “towards the African University shaping futures in the service of humanity” drives us to find answers to Africa’s educational and developmental problems
What Unisa do?
The three core business areas of Unisa are teaching, research and community engagement. Our world-class research is spearheaded by the Research and Innovation portfolio and community engagement by our Community Engagement and Outreach Policy. We also place great importance on the celebration and promotion of our African arts and culture through various endeavours.
Unisa is offering study opportunities to more than 400 000 students from across South Africa, Africa and other parts of the world, Unisa offers a diverse choice of study fields at levels from certificate to degree.
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