Unisa’s 140th birthday celebrations have begun. You will have seen giant canvases and banners being installed, and the launch of a dedicated website. But this is just the beginning of all 140 celebratory activities.
“The anniversary celebration themes will portray Unisa’s journey to become a premier provider of distance learning at present while it pursues the dream of being contextually relevant and leading edge in a predominantly digital future. Unisa will also continue to embrace the idea of creating a truly distinctive community and family of stakeholders, students and friends, as well as the foundations of a trailblazing spirit and character,” says Corporate Communication and Marketing Executive Director, Dr Marié Ferreira.
The 140 anniversary programme will entail activities and events that will involve all stakeholders wherever the university has a presence. Taking place throughout the year, the activities will range from producing special publications and presenting key public lectures and events, to academic colloquia, honorary graduation ceremonies including the conferment of honorary degrees, special awards and fundraising/friend-raising drives.”
Unisa Branding Manager, Marius Bosch, and acting Director for Electronic and Web Communication, Paul Mohajane, explain that the 140 logo will be applied to all communication media that have a life-span of less than a year. These range from special printed publications to the giant canvases on the Muckleneuk Campus, fence wraps at the main hubs throughout the country, roadside panels, advertisements, social media platforms, electronic banners, screensavers, e-mail signatures, the birthday countdown clock, and a dedicated 140 website that features Unisa’s history, stories by alumni, infographics, highlights from the media, and Unisapedia. Students will also be encouraged to use the logo. “This logo will be the golden thread throughout what we do this year,” said Bosch.