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At the University of South Africa, we defy the odds and shape futures in our quest to define tomorrow.

At the University of South Africa, we defy the odds and shape futures in our quest to define tomorrow. The University of South Africa (Unisa) is the only higher education institution to carry the name of the country – the people’s university in every sense of the word. And, through the Unisa Fund, Inc., friends, alumni and supporters in the United States can now be a part of advancing our mission from across the ocean.

For more than 140 years, Unisa has been responsive to the changing times, the needs of a developing country and society at large, and an ever-evolving higher education environment. Our journey has been one of continuous growth and transformation, aimed at shaping and defining futures through education.

We pave the way for the future of education – and together with our friends, supporters and remarkable alumni who span the globe, we are eager to continue our mission of creating some of the greatest leaders and future leaders, including visionary influencers like Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, as well as fostering the growth of well-rounded, independent and driven global citizens in the service of humanity.

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Our Programs

At the core of our mission is enhancing students’ abilities – young or old, new or returning – to access education. We do this through financing and scholarship opportunities, helping to make the dream of quality education a reality for some of the most marginalized and disenfranchised people.

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We began as the world’s first correspondence university, making learning from a distance possible for individuals left out of the education system. In the 21st century, remote learning opportunities have expanded with technology – and we are at the forefront of maximizing those networks.

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As young people become more highly educated in Africa, they are increasingly moving overseas to maximize their earning potential and futures. However, we think that the greatest impact can be made by keeping our best and brightest here. Through robust planning to create opportunities in academia, we are ensuring that our students know they can make their futures at home.

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It is our duty to our students to be on the cutting edge of technology and innovation, because that is the key to positioning them to excel in world economy. We are making strategic investments in science, engineering and technology as tools to not only transform our students’ futures, but to have long-term, positive impacts on developing economies.

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