UNISA South Africa

The University of South Africa (UNISA) is the largest correspondence or distance learning institution in South Africa, having over 200 000 enrolled students, including some from neighbouring countries.

UNISA is very popular because its courses are internationally accredited, yet much cheaper than equivalent courses offered at residential universities.

The University of the Cape of Good Hope, founded in 1873, was renamed to the University of South Africa in 1916 and its headquarters were moved to Pretoria in 1918. In 1944 UNISA had changed from merely an examining board to a correspondence teaching university. 1972 saw UNISA moved to its current location on Muckleneuk Ridge, clearly visible when one enters Pretoria from the South.

UNISA offers such services as counsellors, peer helpers and a research library to help its students. It also has provincial centres in each of South Africa's nine provinces to help with nationwide administration.

Other important universities in Pretoria include the University of Pretoria and the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT).

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