University of South Africa

The University of South Africa (UNISA), known colloquially as Unisa, is the largest university system in South Africa by enrollment. It attracts a third of all higher education students in South Africa. Through various colleges and affiliates, UNISA has over 350,000 students, including international students from 130 countries worldwide, making it one of the world's mega universities and the only such university in Africa.

Unisa is the largest open distance learning institution in Africa and the longest standing dedicated distance education university in the world. They 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 their rich history, more particularly their massive and impressive database of alumni, some of whom are to be found in the most senior levels of society across the world.

Given their rootedness in South Africa and the African continent, Unisa today can truly claim to be the African university in the service of humanity.

They have embraced the fact that they need to adapt quickly to the fast-paced higher education environment of the 21st century and this is reflected in their iimanagement style and leadership practice. In addition, one of their main aims is to harness the new and emerging potential in information and communication technology to catapult the university into a truly digital future.

They offer an unparalleled range of study choices, ranging from short courses and certificate programmes to three-and four-year degrees and diplomas, close to 400 000 current students. As one of the leading research institutions on the continent, their research efforts have won them numerous awards, recognitions and honours.

Whether they're beginning a new journey with them or staying involved with your alma mater, they commend you on choosing a world-class institution that has been building Africa’s future for more than 145 years.

The University of South Africa is a Public university located in Pretoria.
The University of South Africa was founded in 1873.
The current president of University of South Africa is Thabo Mbeki.


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