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UNISA is an Open Distance Learning university which means that students study at their own homes and not on campus. There are no lectures to attend with other students or lecturers. 

Students have to be self-motivated to study and complete assignments on time. 

Tutorials are invariably e-tutorials which use ”myUnisa” video conferencing, email or Skype. Some modules have compulsory e-tutorials.

Unisa’s main campus in Muckleneuk is housed in a magnificent impressive building designed by Bryan Sandrock Architects and is situated in the centre of Pretoria.

A third of all higher education students in south Africa are taught by this university which is the biggest university in Africa. More than 350 000 students make this university a mega university with students from over 100 countries. The academic programmes as accredited in many countries in the world.

Students who do not have university entrance matric have the facility of registering with the universities access programme.


“Towards the African university in the service of humanity”


UNISA is a comprehensive, open distance learning institution that produces excellent scholarship and research, provides quality tuition and fosters active community engagement. We are guided by the principles of lifelong learning, student centeredness, innovation and creativity. Our efforts contribute to the knowledge and information society, advance development, nurture a critical citizenry and ensure global sustainability.


  • Social justice and fairness 
  • Excellence with integrity

Goals for the future

  • Ensuring all students have access to internet by negotiating with service providers
  • Every student to have access to a computer to achieve a paperless environment
  • More e books , e-tutors and e-mentors
  • More access to licence restricted study matter

Other Campuses

  • Johannesburg Science Campus
  • Sunnyside

Regional Centres 

  • Bloemfontein, Kimberley, Kroonstad, Mafikeng, Potchefstroom, Rustenburg
  • Cape Town, George
  • Durban, New Castle, Pietermaritzburg, Richards Bay, Wild Coast
  • East London, Mthatha, Port Elizabeth
  • Ekurhuleni, Florida, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Vaal Triangle
  • Giyani, Makhado, Polokwane
  • Middelburg, Nelspruit


  • Agricultural & Environmental Sciences
  • Education
  • Economic and Management Sciences
  • Graduate Studies
  • Human Sciences
  • Law
  • Science, Engineering and Technology
  • Graduate School of Business Leadership 


  • African Centre for Arts, Culture and Heritage studies
  • Department of Music
  • Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology
  • Music Foundation
  • Space Art Gallery

Notable alumni

  • Trevor Manuel
  • Walter Battiss 
  • Pius Langa, 
  • Pravin Gordhan
  • Justice Raymond Zondo


1873: Founded as an examining agency for Oxford and Cambridge universities

1877: Received a Royal Charter

1918: Became first examining university

1946: Became a distance education university.

1947-1973: UNISA operated from 10 buildings in Pretoria.

2004: Merged with Technikon Southern Africa which used to be Technikon SA

2009: First woman executive dean, Prof. Ngambi

2014: Offers doctoral level education as well a certificate and diploma courses

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