Unisa

The University of South Africa (Unisa) is the oldest university in the country and one of the largest universities in the world. Its roots can be traced back more than 145 years to when it was founded as The University of the Cape of Good Hope in 1873. In 1916 the name was changed to the University of South Africa and in 1918 it moved base from Cape Town to Pretoria. In 1946 the university changed its focus to become a distance education university.

Seated on Muckleneuk Ridge at the entrance to Pretoria from Johannesburg, this grand institute of higher learning has a tradition of service to the country. With about 400,000 students and 4,000 teaching staff, Unisa is one of the largest universities in the world, and offers certificate, degree and diploma courses up to doctoral level. In 2004, Unisa merged with Technikon Southern Africa and the distance-learning component of Vista University.

Among the prominent people who have studied through Unisa are former president Nelson Mandela; Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu; Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe; anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada; South African president Cyril Ramaphosa; Cabinet minister and former political prisoner Tokyo Sexwale; and Walter Battiss, South African abstract painter.

Learn more about what Unisa has to offer prospective students on the Unisa website.

Unisa, Pretoria campus.

Unisa, Pretoria campus. (Image: Gauteng Tourism Authority)

Unisa, Pretoria campus.

Unisa, Pretoria campus. (Image: Gauteng Tourism Authority)