Our strategy

At Unisa, our vision, mission and values unite our diverse culture while guiding us in our decision making and strategic planning.


“Towards the African university shaping futures in the service of humanity”

Our vision defines everything that we do. It describes our wish to serve every country on the African continent while transcending language and cultural barriers. We are 100% committed to the communities and individuals we serve.


Unisa is a comprehensive, open distance learning institution that produces excellent scholarship and research, provides quality tuition and fosters active community engagement. We are guided by the principles of lifelong learning, student centredness, innovation and creativity. Our efforts contribute to the knowledge and information society, advance development, nurture a critical citizenry and ensure global sustainability.


Ethical and collective responsibility: Ethics reflects the intrinsic and extrinsic values, principles, norms and standards to which Unisa is committed and is undergirded by respect, integrity, accountability and excellence. Our ethics guide all institutional conduct, actions, decisions and stakeholder relations, supporting equity and fairness. Against this backdrop, our decision-making will be participatory in the interests of the effective and efficient functioning of the university - all employees are equally responsible for decisions taken and implementation is underpinned by commitment and loyalty to and solidarity with Unisa.

Integrity: Integrity refers to conduct guided by honesty, equity, respect, transparency, responsibility and accountability in all that we do. Integrity must be evident at an individual level, and it should be infused in the character of the institution through the behaviours of the individuals who constitute and engage with the university. It applies to all our stakeholders and reflects how we relate to them and how we expect them to engage with the university.

Innovation and excellence: At Unisa innovation and excellence characterise the actions, attitudes and culture required to create new ideas, processes, systems, structures, or artefacts which when implemented, lead to a sustainable and high performing institution. They are the underlying principles that we as change agents use to make a difference in the way we work with available resources to achieve our specific goals despite contextual and policy constraints. Innovation requires everyone to adopt a problem-solving approach that fosters intellectual ingenuity and novel solutions rather than simply problem identification.

Responsive student-centredness: Responsive student-centredness reflects our commitment to recognising, cultivating and promoting the interests and views students especially their lived experiences and prior learning in order to achieve academic access and success in an Open Distance e-Learning context.

Dignity in diversity: At Unisa we will strive to promote humanness, anti-racism and self-worth in the context of cultural and intellectual differences for the attainment of equality, and non-discrimination on the grounds including race, gender, sex, pregnancy, marital status, ethnic or social origin, colour, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, language, and birth. These values speak to Unisa’s soul and identity in all of its endeavours including but not limited to its scholarship and practices, its service to students and other stakeholders, its operations, sustainability imperatives and ambition to be a leader in good governance practices.

Last modified: 2020/04/20