The aim of this paper is to discuss the role of the University of South Africa (UNISA) in the provision of higher education in sub-Saharan Africa. Given its history, and with the help of major advances in information technologies, UNISA has sought to position itself as a pre-eminent distance learning institution, which offers affordable and pedagogically sound programmes for building capacity for sustainable development. The first part of the paper discusses, albeit briefly, globalisation and its implications for higher education. The second part focuses on the policy environment. The third part examines the strategic planning activities that have shaped the current role of UNISA on the continent. The fourth part deals with some of the major collaborative projects undertaken by UNISA as part of an expanding, cross-border provision for higher education.
|Keywords:||Globalisation, Distance Education, Africa, Information Technologies, Policies, Capacity Building, Sustainable Development|
University Registrar, Office of the Registrar, Principal's Office, University of South Africa, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
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