University of South Africa

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University of South Africa
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Motto Pro Gentibus Sapientia Latin
Motto in English
Literal: Service of humanity
Non-literal: (Knowledge) In the service of humanity
Type Public open distance learning
Established 26 June 1873
Chancellor Thabo Mbeki
Vice-president Prof. Mandla Makhanya
Administrative staff
6,218 (2015)
Students 350 551 (2017)
Location , ,
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The University of South Africa (UNISA), and colloquially Unisa, is the largest university system in South Africa and Africa by enrollment. Unisa was founded as as the University of the Cape of Good Hope on 26 June 1873 and spent most of its early history as an examining agency for Oxford and Cambridge universities and as an incubator from which most other universities in South Africa are descended. In January 2004, Unisa merged with Technikon Southern Africa (formerly known as Technikon SA) and incorporated the distance education component of Vista University. The combined institution retained the name University of South Africa.


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  2. Business Tech, The 18 best universities in South Africa according to academic performance, 20 February 2019
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  5. LinkedIn, University of South Africa/Universiteit van Suid-Afrika, 20 February, 2019
  6. SA History, The University of South Africa is officially opened, replacing the University of the Cape of Good Hope, 20 February, 2019
  7. SA Gov, Electoral Commission and University of South Africa sign Memorandum of Understanding, 20 February 2019