- University of South Africa
name = University of South Africa
type = Public
staff = 4 000
head_label = Vice-Chancellor & Principal
head = NB Pityana
students = 200 000
website = http://www.unisa.ac.za/
The University of South Africa (UNISA) is a
distance educationuniversity, with headquarters in Pretoria, South Africa. With approximately 200,000 enrolled students, it qualifies as one of the World's mega universities.
1873as the University of the Cape of Good Hope, the University of South Africa (or UNISA as it is commonly known) spent most of its early history as an examining agency for Oxford and Cambridge universities and as an incubator from which most other universities in South Africa are descended. In 1946it was given a new role as a distance education university and today it offers certificate, diplomaand degree courses up to doctoral level.
Largely because it was a distance education university, it remained interracial during the years of
apartheidin South Africa.
2004UNISA merged with Technikon SAand incorporated the distance education component of Vista University(VUDEC). The combined institution is still known as the University of South Africa (UNISA ). It is now organised by college and by school; see below.
*Provincial Centres: Florida (Gauteng),
Durban(KwaZulu-Natal), Cape Town(Western Cape), Polokwane(Limpopo), Nelspruit(Mpumalanga), Mafikeng(North West), Kimberley (Northern Cape), Port Elizabeth(Eastern Cape), Bloemfontein(Free State).
tudents and staff
The University currently has some 200 000 students in Southern Africa, other African countries and abroad. Unisa now has a staff component of just over 4 000 people who provide tuition and administrative support to students in South Africa and worldwide.
* [http://www.unisa.ac.za/default.asp?Cmd=ViewContent&ContentID=32 College of Economic and Management Sciences]
* [http://www.unisa.ac.za/default.asp?Cmd=ViewContent&ContentID=15671 College of Human Sciences]
* [http://www.unisa.ac.za/default.asp?Cmd=ViewContent&ContentID=15672 College of Law]
* [http://www.unisa.ac.za/default.asp?Cmd=ViewContent&ContentID=15673 College of Science, Engineering and Technology]
* [http://www.unisa.ac.za/default.asp?Cmd=ViewContent&ContentID=15670 College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences]
* [http://www.unisa.ac.za/Default.asp?Cmd=ViewContent&ContentID=948 Graduate School of Business Leadership (SBL)]
* [http://www.unisa.ac.za/Default.asp?Cmd=ViewContent&ContentID=14211 Centre for African Renaissance Studies (CARS)]
Distance education at UNISA
Unisa received a
Royal Charterin 1877. It operates under the "University of South Africa Act" (No. 19 of 1959), and is accredited by the South African Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education (CHE). Its qualifications (including those of the SBL) are registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).
Internationally, Unisa is listed in the "Commonwealth Universities Handbook" of 1999 and also in the "International Handbook of Universities" of 1998.
On 12 January 2002 UNISA was granted full institutional accreditation from the Accrediting Commission of the
Distance Education and Training Council(DETC). The accreditation lapsed in March, 2007, and UNISA did not pursue renewal.
Students need a school-leaving qualification that would entitle them to enter a university or college in their own country. However, Unisa also offers [http://www.unisa.ac.za/Default.asp?Cmd=ViewContent&ContentID=16619 access courses] to those who have completed their schooling but without university matriculation. Access course programmes are available for students who have a national certificate (matric without university entrance). If successful, students can study further for a degree.
Market research has shown that Unisa is rated as one of the top universities in South Africa (2001) [http://www.unisa.ac.za/default.asp?Cmd=ViewContent&ContentID=1694] - Unisa qualifications are sought after in the marketplace.
*Courses are offered at one-quarter to one-third the price of residential universities;
*Courses are accessible as students who do not have a university entrance matric can register for UNISA's access programme;
*Courses are flexible, because students can plan their studies to fit into their lifestyles;
*The qualifications are credible, because of the international recognition afforded its qualifications.
The University of South Africa has been promoting and promulgating culture in all its manifestations since its inception in 1873. Apart from the academic courses offered by UNISA's College of Humanities, practical language, art and music skills have been actively pursued through the setting of curricula and the implementation of special courses and examinations.
* [http://www.unisa.ac.za/default.asp?Cmd=ViewContent&ContentID=1061 african centre for arts, culture and heritage studies]
* [http://www.unisa.ac.za/default.asp?Cmd=ViewContent&ContentID=62 museum of anthropology and archaeology]
* [http://www.unisa.ac.za/default.asp?Cmd=ViewContent&ContentID=159 department of music]
* [http://www.unisa.ac.za/default.asp?Cmd=ViewContent&ContentID=928 unisa art gallery]
* [http://www.unisa.ac.za/default.asp?Cmd=ViewContent&ContentID=63 unisa music foundation]
* [http://www.unisa.ac.za/default.asp?Cmd=ViewContent&ContentID=12101 little theatre]
The Unisa Foundation was established in 1966 and now has approximately 280 active donors, many of them individual alumni with the desire to give back to the communities that nurtured them and corporate giants, South African and international, with a strong sense of social responsibility. Equally vital is the role played by the Board of Trustees, whose members not only oversee the affairs of the Unisa Foundation but who also lend the weight of their professional and personal reputations in a drive to reach potential donors, without financial reward to themselves.
Based at Unisa's main campus in Muckleneuck, Pretoria, the Foundation has Fundraising and Development Divisions in Gauteng, the Western Cape and Kwa-Zulu Natal. The Fundraising and Development Divisions support the smooth running of projects being undertaken in their regions while raising additional funding for local community projects.
Vice-Chancellors and Principals
Notable alumni (students and faculty)
List of universities in South Africa
* [http://www.unisa.ac.za The University of South Africa website]
* [http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=-25.767885,28.199887&spn=0.007410,0.010040&t=k&hl=en Google Map of Unisa]
* [http://www.openstreetmap.org/?lat=-25.76959&lon=28.20225&zoom=16 Open Street Map]
* [http://www.wikistudent.ws WikiStudent.ws - the unofficial Unisa website for students and by students of the University of South Africa]
* [http://www.gbfe.org/main-eng.htm The Network for Education and Research in Europe]
* [http://www.lza.de/theologisches_seminar/Master/masterprogramm.htm Masterstudium in Praktischer Theologie - Theologisches Seminar Adelshofen, Germany] "'
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