Unisa is Africa’s leading distance learning institution nurturing inspiring leaders of tomorrow. We are a reputable, comprehensive, flexible and accessible open distance learning institution that is motivating a future generation. We offer internationally accredited qualifications and have world-class resources.
Our vision “towards the African university in the service of humanity” drives us to find answers to Africa’s educational and developmental problems. By forming partnerships in Africa and throughout the world, we are able to help the people of Africa achieve their dreams
The three core business areas of Unisa are teaching, research and community engagement. Our world-class research is spearheaded by the Research and Innovation portfolio and community engagement by our Community Engagement and Outreach Policy.
We also place great importance on the celebration and promotion of our African arts and culture through various endeavours, including the Archaeology and Anthropology Museum, Music Directorate and Little Theatre.
Palabora Foundation helps communities to become self-reliant. We work with communities within 50 kilometres of Phalaborwa, a town in Limpopo Province, South Africa. Palabora Foundation is here to assist communities to be self-reliant; in other words, we help them to help themselves. We don't give grants; instead, we work with communities to put programmes and projects into action. We help communities within a 50 kilometre radius of Phalaborwa, a town in Limpopo Province, South Africa. The Foundation helps in these main areas: Education (whole school development, learner support programmes, early childhood education and environmental education) Our education programmes benefit people at all stages of education, from early childhood onwards. We help learners, teachers and school governing bodies in about 50 schools around Phalaborwa. Our programmes are aimed mostly at improving the standard of mathematics, science and technology in the communities that were previously disadvantaged under the apartheid regime. As well as the general education programmes, PROTEC (Programme for Technological Careers) is a special programme which selects students with high-achieving potential and offers extra tuition. This leads to bursaries from various companies, usually to study engineering.
Open Window Institute (OWI) is an established private higher education institution known for setting the benchmark within the field of visual arts and digital sciences. Founded in 1994 with the focus on providing a unique tertiary platform where practice-led tuition links traditional fine arts with the applied arts. Emphasis placed on being market leaders has always inspired ongoing innovation to curricula, and this is a special consideration of rapidly evolving creative arts industries.
This has ensured that OWI’s product offering is inclusive of disciplines like visual communication, film arts, animation, game design and interaction design. Twenty years of creative excellence in the visual arts have resulted from maintaining high academic standards, ensuring that curricula remain progressive and by developing/fostering close professional contact with local advertising, film production and branding related industries.
Considering the applied nature of our areas of expertise, smaller classes are presented in order to ensure personal student attention at all times. Many of our lecturers in addition to their academic roles are also actively engaged in creative practice as designers, artists, illustrators and photographers. This investment in highly qualified and industry relevant staff serves to direct our students in contemporary work-integrated learning projects. This approach has been proven a success by our high graduate student employment track record.
Durbanville College (Pty) Ltd. is a registered Private Higher Education Institution that has offered vocational education on a tertiary level since 1992. Besides its own vocational- directed programmes, Durbanville College has a working agreement with the University of South Africa (UNISA) whereby UNISA degrees are presented on a full-time basis. The first intake of UNISA students have already graduated.
The success of Durbanville College may be attributed to a few factors. The College prefers to remain relatively small, and as a result, tuition is offered in small groups. Our lecturers, whose appointments and qualifications have to be approved by UNISA, have practical experience in their fields of expertise, thus ensuring that all course information is relevant to studies. Students enjoy personal attention and as a result, a unique learning culture has established itself. This learning culture, combined with social activities, under the guidance of the student council, forms part of this unique Durbanville College atmosphere. As our students come from all over the country, accommodation is available within walking distance of the college and other amenities. We strive to promote Christian norms and standards at Durbanville College.
The SAIM was conceived primarily as an Examining Body responsible for defining the format, content and standards of SAIM manager-development programmes—the conduct of National Examinations—the award of Certificates and Diplomas to students who have successfully passed the SAIM examinations.
Tuition was to be delivered through approved educational providers in both the public and private sector. It was strongly felt by Mr. Morcombe that students should be able to prepare for the SAIM examinations in accordance with their preferred mode of learning and circumstances, i.e. self study, correspondence or face-to-face tuition. Furthermore, Mr. Morcombe whose great role model was the great ‘self-taught’ US business steel magnate and philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie, started work at 16. He acquired all his business management knowledge through part-time night school study and life-long ‘practical’ work experience. He was adamant that no student who desired to better him or herself should be prevented from enrolling on SAIM programmes solely through lack of formal educational qualifications.
In the 1980’s the SAIM formed Membership Services that represented a broad diversity of business managers providing opportunity for networking and business development in all spheres of business. Members are encouraged to meet, listen and discuss matters of topical interest and spend time with their fellow members to share ideas, experiences, problems and insights.
This, inevitably led to the formation of the Foundation in 1987 as the outreach foundation to uplift governance of rural schools. It expanded in 1993 to also include projects of life-skills and business skills in support of Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET). In 2002 projects to address the needs of the unemployed and HIV/AIDS awareness were conceived.
Established in 1999 by Belgian entrepreneurs Jan Rombouts and Enrico Jacobs, Belgium Campus is dedicated to alleviating the educational and unemployment challenges that exist in South Africa.
Belgium Campus grew from the observation that South Africa experiences very high unemployment rates, yet companies find it difficult to source skilled individuals who are equipped to fill the positions they require. One sector which is struggling under these conditions is the ICT sector which does not have enough qualified candidates to fill industry demands. Understanding this dilemma, and realising that traditional institutions of higher learning often produce graduates who are not employable; Belgium Campus devised and implemented pioneering methods to address these issues.
The programmes and curricula at Belgium Campus are constantly evolving, based on the needs of industry, a direct result of our Participative Model of Education and its holistic approach to education in a professional context. This innovative approach focuses on equipping students with the right type of education, fit for the industry. The development of both academic and personal skills guarantees immediate employability for our students in the dynamic world of ICT. Belgium Campus boasts a 100% graduate employment rate. Furthermore, the South African ICT-industry has awarded Belgium Campus R12 million towards bursaries and scholarships in 2013, a testimony to the trust we have earned from the industry.
It is thanks to the quality of our education and progressive views on the industry and society, which has allowed Belgium Campus’s student body to grow steadily from 7 to over 500 since our inception. As part of our commitment to growth, we have exciting plans to develop our facilities to cater for more students, and by 2017 we will boast a student body in excess of 800. The success of our education model has also attracted faculty and staff of the highest calibre and to date, permanently employs more than 80 people.
It’s through our dedication that Belgium Campus has developed into the number 1 institution in South Africa for diplomas and degrees in ICT. We are the only institution that concentrates exclusively on the ICT sector and produces up to 10% of its graduates in South Africa every year. Our qualifications are locally and internationally accredited to the highest academic standards available in South Africa, obtaining the recognition of our international partners, including the Association of the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium).
Our academic programmes equip our students with the desired theoretical and practical knowledge, the soft skills required to interact professionally in the business world, a world class qualification, and the assurance of success when entering the workplace. We mainly accommodate full-time students, but can facilitate programmes for employees, with minimum disruption to work commitments.
As part of our broader views on society and creating positive impact, Belgium Campus has adopted a Christian vision on humanity and society. This ensures an institution with an open climate and the promotion of cooperation between different cultures, races and religions. We place special emphasis on the importance of human dignity and the protection of those who are vulnerable, resulting in an intellectual atmosphere conducive to spiritual development.
The Academy of Sound Engineering has rapidly become South Africa's premier sound engineering school, since its establishment in 1997. Catering exclusively to the dedicated student who wishes to become an industry professional, the Academy accepts only limited numbers of candidates on each course.
Housed at the SABC, South Africa's broadcast hub, and the centre of Africa's technical audio industry, ASE is ideally located to train the true potential audio professional. ASE students are directly exposed to the entertainment industry from their first day on campus. Daily interaction with industry professionals is almost unavoidable, and students are immediately absorbed, by their very presence, into this exciting world