Globalisation and Distance Education: Experiences of the University of South Africa

By Louis Molamu.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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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

Global Studies Journal, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp.235-256. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 815.732KB).

Prof. Louis Molamu

University Registrar, Office of the Registrar, Principal's Office, University of South Africa, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa

Louis Molamu started an academic career in the Department of Sociology at the University of Botswana in 1980. Molamu joined the Department of Sociology at the University of South Africa in 1996, and in 2000 was appointed deputy dean in the Faculty of Arts. In 2001, Molamu was appointed to Molamu’s current position as university registrar. As a trained sociologist, Molamu’s focus is on development issues and social problems, and Molamu has an emerging interest in the sociology of football.


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