University of South Africa

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University of South Africa
motto Pro Genticus Sapienta
founding 1873
Sponsorship state
place Pretoria
country South Africa
Vice Chancellor and Principal Mandla S. Makhanya
Students 337,612 (2015)
Employee 6,218 (2015)
Networks IAU
University of South Africa campus in Pretoria

The University of South Africa ( english University of South Africa , shortly UNISA ) is a public comprehensive university and open university in South Africa , based in Pretoria . It is the oldest open university and largest university in Africa. It is also one of the largest universities in the world with a very rapid growth in student numbers.


The University of South Africa was founded in 1873 on the model of the University of London under the name University of the Cape of Good Hope as a university examination institution. For much of its early history it served as an examination institution for the UK universities of Oxford and Cambridge .

Organization and campus

The university is headed by a vice-chancellor and principal, the management also includes a pro-vice-chancellor, six vice-principals and an examining officer. The chancellor has representative duties. The management is responsible to the university council .

In addition to the main campus in Pretoria, UNISA has regional locations throughout South Africa, including in Durban , Cape Town , Mbombela , Polokwane , Port Elizabeth , Bloemfontein and Mahikeng . It is divided into six colleges , which are the roof for different schools :

  • College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
    • School of Agriculture and Life Sciences
    • School of Environmental Sciences
  • College of Economics and Management Sciences
    • School of Accounting Sciences
    • School of Economic Sciences
    • School of Management Sciences
  • College of Human Sciences
    • School of Arts, Education, Languages ​​and Communications
    • School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Theology
  • College of Law
    • School of Law
    • School of Criminal Justice
  • College of Science , Engineering & Technology
    • School of Science
    • School of Engineering
    • School of Computing.

The lowest academic units among the schools are the departments .

Well-known teachers


The University of South Africa works internationally with various universities and academic institutions. In Germany, especially in the field of theology, a number of theological seminars and academies cooperate with UNISA via the Society for Education and Research in Europe , whose students can also obtain academic degrees at UNISA in this way in addition to their German or European degrees . Therefore, the study program of such educational institutions is closely coordinated with the University of South Africa. UNISA enjoys an international reputation in the field of missiology. The missiological department was founded and decisively shaped by the missiologist David Bosch .

Web links

Commons : University of South Africa  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. UNISA: Students enrollments , accessed August 26, 2017.
  2. UNISA: Staff statistics , accessed August 26, 2017.
  3. ^ List of IAU Members. In: International Association of Universities, accessed August 17, 2019 .
  4. ^ Peter Duignan, Lewis Henry Gann: Colonialism in Africa 1870-1960 ( en ) Retrieved May 10, 2010. Cambridge University Press, London, p. 12
  5. ^ University of South Africa in the English language Wikipedia
  6. Management , accessed October 31, 2011.
  7. ^ Campus and Regional Offices , accessed October 31, 2011.
  8. ^ Colleges , accessed October 31, 2011.
  9. UNISA - Five Years Transformation 2004-2008, pp. 81–83 ( en ) Accessed May 10, 2010.
  10. ^ Missiology - About the College ( en ) UNISA . July 22, 2009. Retrieved March 2, 2010.