Top 5 Distance Learning Institutions In South Africa

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We can all agree that The University of South Africa (Unisa) is the most widely recognized distance learning institution in South Africa and over the year more and more institutions have adapted to this form of learning due to the convenience and practicality of the programmes.

Now more than ever with the pandemic affecting every corner of the industry with learning institution hit the hardest and curriculums moved forward as institution try to adapt to the new way of delivering programmes with software’s like Microsoft Teams and Zoom, this forced more institution to introduce distance learning for some of their programmes.

Top 5 Distance Learning Institutions in South Africa


UNISA is the largest university system in South Africa by enrollment overall. It enrolls a third of all higher education students in South Africa, through their various colleges and affiliates nationwide, with over 400,000 students, including international students from 130 countries worldwide, making it one of the world’s mega universities and the only such university in Africa.

That’s way it number one on our list, they offer both vocational and academic programmes, of which many have received international accreditation, as well as an extensive geographical footprint, giving their students recognition and employability in many countries the world over.
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SU is a public research university situated in Stellenbosch, a town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. SU is the oldest university in South Africa and the oldest extant university in Sub-Saharan Africa together with the UCT which received full university status on the same day in 1918. SU designed and manufactured Africa’s first microsatellite, SUNSAT, launched in 1999. Visit their website to know more about their distance learning programmes.
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They are a private correspondence college in South Africa, owned by Educor (The Education Investment Corporation Limited group) who own over 40 campuses and have over 280 000 students nationwide. It was founded in 1955 by Johann Brumer, a teacher who started his career at Damelin and started developing long distance study materials. They offer diplomas and certificates under six schools namely: the Business School, Computer School, General School, Technical School and Vocational School.
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They are a distance education institution located in Durban, KwaZulu Natal. It is a private higher education institution, established in 1995, offering affordable and accessible management education primarily to persons previously denied access to postgraduate education. They offer programmes for business administration, commerce, functional management and leadership. They from offer certificates to master’s degrees. With over 10,000 students currently registered, it is one of the largest providers of management programmes through supported distance learning in South Africa.
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NWU is a public university located on three campuses in Potchefstroom, Mahikeng and Vanderbijlpark in South Africa. The head offices of the university are located on the Potchefstroom, with its merged status, the North-West University became one of the largest universities in South Africa with the second largest student population full-time and distance learning in the country.
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Other Institutions offering distance Learning in South Africa
Milpark Education , Damelin Mowbray , Lyceum College , University of Pretoria , False Bay TVET College , ETA Cape Town , Regent Business School , Westford Unversity College , South African Theological Seminary , Northlink College , Vega School Johannesburg , Auckland Park Theological Seminary , EU Business School ; etc

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