The University of South Africa (UNISA) is South Africa's largest university and one of the eleven mega-distance teaching universities globally. Under The University of South Africa, several colleges became autonomous (residential) universities in the South African higher (or tertiary) education system.
The University of South Africa pioneered tertiary distance education, which heralded the university's beginning as it is known today. Distance education provides a unique opportunity for all who wish to further their studies and not attend residential institutions because of personal circumstances or occupational obligations. Given the political history of South Africa and the legacy of the apartheid years, The University of South Africa has played a vital role in giving access to high-quality tertiary education to previously disadvantaged groups. The University Of South Africa offers a Master's Degree in Business Leadership (MBL), which has a huge success in the country.