The University of South Africa is a comprehensive, open learning and distance education institution, which, in response to the diverse needs of society:
Position Unisa as a leading provider of quality distance education programmes through an academic product range that expands on its comprehensive character.
Promote research, increased capacity and productivity aligned with national priorities for knowledge development
Utilize the resources and capacities of the University in community development initiatives, and collaborative partnerships.
Establish service-orientated, technology-enhanced learner support to increase retention and throughput.
Create a nurturing environment to promote student well-being, to foster a sense of belonging to Unisa, and to mobilize alumni in the service of the University.
Establish quality governance, planning, administrative and management systems led by best practices.
Manage financial, human and infrastructural resources rationally to monitor expenditure, optimize value, manage risks and ensure financial sustainability.
Foster a healthy, secure and stimulating environment for staff, students and visitors, and protect the assets of the university.
Establish a performance-orientated approach to management, promote quality assurance, and assess outcomes and reward productivity and excellence.
Open and distance learning with an extensive geographical reach, with activity in 37 countries, and student numbers in excess of 280 000.