University of South Africa

                                               University of South Africa

In January 2004, the former Unisa merged with Technikon Southern Africa and incorporated the distance education component of Vista University (Vudec) to form the new Unisa. The merger brought together vast resources and infrastructure, mwhile consolidating the knowledge bases built up over the years by the three former institutions.

                                 University of South Africa

Legal establishment: On 1 January 2004, the new Unisa officially came into being through the merger of the former University and Technikon Southern Africa with the incorporation of the Vista University Distance Education Campus, Vudec.

Who and What we are

UNISA is Africa’s leading distance learning institution nurturing inspiring leaders of tomorrow. We are a reputable, comprehensive, flexible and accessible Open Distance Learning institution that is motivating a future generation. We offer internationally accredited qualifications and have world-class resources that inspire learners to create meaningful futures on their own terms. Our vision “Towards the African university in the service of humanity” drives us to find answers to Africa’s education and developmental problems. By forming partnerships in Africa and throughout the world, we are able to help the people of Africa achieve their dreams.


Management structure

UNISA is privileged to have the active support andinvolvement of some of South Africa's most respected, forward-thinking leaders. Our Chancellor is Judge Bernard Ngoepe, Judge President of the Transvaal Provincial Division of the High Court of South Africa.

The UNISA Council, which sets the strategic direction of the University, is chaired by Dr Mathews Phosa,a leading businessman and former Premier of Mpumalanga Province. The Deputy Chairperson is Ms Charlotte Nhlapo-McClain, a Human Rights Commissioner at the South African Human Rights Please use "Contact Us" form with your questions.

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Schools, departments, centres & units

The College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences is made up of the School of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the School of Environmental Sciences and the Centre for Sustainable Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.

Science @ Unisa Unisa has made science a priority and aims to grow research capacity and support research activities in the fields of science, engineering, technology, agriculture and environmental sciences through the Unisa Science Campus.

Research At the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences our research is formed by two broad focus research areas viz. teaching practices and ODL, as well as research on the environment, health and sustainable livelihoods.

Academic profiles The College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences has well qualified, experienced and dedicated academics in a variety of disciplines. They continuously conduct ground breaking research and find new and effective ways of teaching and learning.

Community engagement At Unisa, community engagement is actively promoted through our Community Engagement and Outreach Policy. At The College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, we are in a unique position to engage with communities by virtue of our strong focus on sustainability within the context of agriculture and the environment.

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