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== Origins and growth==
 
== Origins and growth==
  
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Originally founded as the [[University of the Cape of Good Hope]], it was renamed the [[University of South Africa]] in 1916, was created when the Molteno government passed Act 16 of 1873 in the Cape of Good Hope Parliament.
  
Originally founded as the [[University of the Cape of Good Hope]], it was renamed the [[University of South Africa]] in 1916, was created when the Molteno government passed Act 16 of 1873 in the Cape of Good Hope Parliament.[1] Modelled on the University of London, it offered examinations but not tuition, and had the power to confer degrees upon successful examination candidates.  Initially an examining agency for Oxford and Cambridge universities, it became the incubator from which most other universities in South Africa are descended.  
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Modelled on the University of London, it offered examinations but not tuition, and had the power to confer degrees upon successful examination candidates.  Initially an examining agency for Oxford and Cambridge universities, it became the incubator from which most other universities in South Africa are descended.  
  
 
In 1946, it was given a new role as a distance education university and today it offers certificate, diploma and degree courses up to doctoral level.  
 
In 1946, it was given a new role as a distance education university and today it offers certificate, diploma and degree courses up to doctoral level.  
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In this guise it evolved into the largest university on the African continent and one of the world's mega universities.  By 2014 it had a headcount of was over 300,000 students, attracting a third of all higher education students in South Africa, including African and international students in 130 countries worldwide.   
 
In this guise it evolved into the largest university on the African continent and one of the world's mega universities.  By 2014 it had a headcount of was over 300,000 students, attracting a third of all higher education students in South Africa, including African and international students in 130 countries worldwide.   
  
[[UNISA]] was one of the key models for the creation of Open University in England.
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[[UNISA]] was one of the key models looked at in the creation of Open University in England.
  
 
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Revision as of 05:44, 26 November 2017

The University of South Africa (UNISA, pronounced you-nee-sah) is a South African correspondence University.

Origins and growth

Originally founded as the University of the Cape of Good Hope, it was renamed the University of South Africa in 1916, was created when the Molteno government passed Act 16 of 1873 in the Cape of Good Hope Parliament.

Modelled on the University of London, it offered examinations but not tuition, and had the power to confer degrees upon successful examination candidates. Initially an examining agency for Oxford and Cambridge universities, it became the incubator from which most other universities in South Africa are descended.

In 1946, it was given a new role as a distance education university and today it offers certificate, diploma and degree courses up to doctoral level.

In this guise it evolved into the largest university on the African continent and one of the world's mega universities. By 2014 it had a headcount of was over 300,000 students, attracting a third of all higher education students in South Africa, including African and international students in 130 countries worldwide.

UNISA was one of the key models looked at in the creation of Open University in England.

Sources

Wikipedia (2014) at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_South_Africa

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