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    UNISA is Africa’s leading distance learning institution nurturing inspiring leaders of tomorrow. We are a reputable, comprehensive, flexible and accessible Open Distance Learning institution that is...
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    UNISA is Africa’s leading distance learning institution nurturing inspiring leaders of tomorrow. We are a reputable, comprehensive, flexible and accessible Open Distance Learning institution that is motivating a future generation. We offer internationally accredited qualifications and have world-class resources that inspire learners to create meaningful futures on their own terms.
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    3.6
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    The campus in Florida is efficient and staff were readily available to assist with registration.Course material was delivered timeously last year.
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    Krishnee Reviewed by Krishnee February 18, 2014
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    The campus in Florida is efficient and staff were readily available to assist with registration.Course material was delivered timeously last year.

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    New registration process is awesome!!! quick and easy....
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    4.5
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    Neil Lutchman Reviewed by Neil Lutchman February 18, 2014
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    Online registration

    New registration process is awesome!!! quick and easy....

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    Easy to register for a new semester once you're already registered. Course material delivered in a reasonable amount of weeks. Some of the course material for certain subjects are detailed and proved a substantial amount of information, where as other subjects are extremely limited and 90% of the time refers one to a text book chapter. Many of the staff are unhelpful. When making telephonic inquiries the staff are clueless and end up transferring your call to different branches throughout South Africa and eventually back to the branch which you started at.
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    2.5
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    Alawi Reviewed by Alawi January 20, 2014
    Last updated: January 20, 2014
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    Decent for part-time academic advancement.

    Easy to register for a new semester once you're already registered. Course material delivered in a reasonable amount of weeks. Some of the course material for certain subjects are detailed and proved a substantial amount of information, where as other subjects are extremely limited and 90% of the time refers one to a text book chapter. Many of the staff are unhelpful. When making telephonic inquiries the staff are clueless and end up transferring your call to different branches throughout South Africa and eventually back to the branch which you started at.

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    Easy to register online and at school once you've applied. Many divisions available to attend to your needs. "Ask Me" personnel are always there to assist. Don't attend this school if you're not self-driven! There's no lecturers to hold your hand.
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    4.3
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    Tshepiso Modisane Reviewed by Tshepiso Modisane June 18, 2013
    Last updated: June 29, 2013
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    School of independence

    Easy to register online and at school once you've applied. Many divisions available to attend to your needs. "Ask Me" personnel are always there to assist. Don't attend this school if you're not self-driven! There's no lecturers to hold your hand.

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    I have been a student at UNISA for a number of years, their facilities & academic performance speak an abundance for what they do for students, although I must say the staff at the campus' are seriously lacking in the service department.
    I have had no problem with dealing with staff through a telephonic matter though.
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    Lacking in service skills

    I have been a student at UNISA for a number of years, their facilities & academic performance speak an abundance for what they do for students, although I must say the staff at the campus' are seriously lacking in the service department.
    I have had no problem with dealing with staff through a telephonic matter though.

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    Being a new student at UNISA, I have bitter-sweet feelings toward their services. The fact that UNISA allows students who may not usually have an oppotunity to study, a chance at a bright future, leaves me nothing short of appreciative and impressed. However, the staff at the UNISA campus are extremely unhelpful and incompetent, to say the least. When approached for assistance, I found the man whose job it would be to assist me, playing with a pen in a bored fashion. He barely listened to my question and said that I should come back the next day, after I had queued outside for 5 hours in the sun.
    UNISA also randomly changed my venue of examination..and cannot be contacted telephonically. Mixed feelings toward them indeed!
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    2.3
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    ayesha Reviewed by ayesha April 17, 2013
    Last updated: April 17, 2013
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    Being a new student at UNISA, I have bitter-sweet feelings toward their services. The fact that UNISA allows students who may not usually have an oppotunity to study, a chance at a bright future, leaves me nothing short of appreciative and impressed. However, the staff at the UNISA campus are extremely unhelpful and incompetent, to say the least. When approached for assistance, I found the man whose job it would be to assist me, playing with a pen in a bored fashion. He barely listened to my question and said that I should come back the next day, after I had queued outside for 5 hours in the sun.
    UNISA also randomly changed my venue of examination..and cannot be contacted telephonically. Mixed feelings toward them indeed!

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    I went to UNISA this morning. I am an external UNISA library user - A must for writing up a masters dissertation! I am super impressed with their resources, the library is such quality it puts the other academic libraries in the area to shame. In fact, although I am technically an external library user at 2 other universities in the area, I only go to UNISA - well impressed :) One thing which got my feathers ruffles today was more on their organisation on a whole, off I went with my card in tact on an "academic" geeky mission :) and I couldn't get into the library cos my card wasn't activated (after going to admin purely for activation), so I went to information to request activation and had to go to the other side of the campus (about 1km) just for a 1 minute process. Previously, they could do this right next to the library, it was immensely frustrating. So although their new buildings are pretty, really UNISA some practicality also needs to be brought into this - I'll call it logical reasoning!! If they sort this part out, I'll be well impressed with the place overall...
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    Sian Reviewed by Sian February 25, 2013
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    Quality resources, odd organisation with their new development

    I went to UNISA this morning. I am an external UNISA library user - A must for writing up a masters dissertation! I am super impressed with their resources, the library is such quality it puts the other academic libraries in the area to shame. In fact, although I am technically an external library user at 2 other universities in the area, I only go to UNISA - well impressed :) One thing which got my feathers ruffles today was more on their organisation on a whole, off I went with my card in tact on an "academic" geeky mission :) and I couldn't get into the library cos my card wasn't activated (after going to admin purely for activation), so I went to information to request activation and had to go to the other side of the campus (about 1km) just for a 1 minute process. Previously, they could do this right next to the library, it was immensely frustrating. So although their new buildings are pretty, really UNISA some practicality also needs to be brought into this - I'll call it logical reasoning!! If they sort this part out, I'll be well impressed with the place overall...

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    I completed my Honours Degree through Unisa; since it is an Open Distance Learning institution it is convenient especially to those who want to study and work at the same time. I am unhappy with the fact that in order to do your Masters Degree in Psychology you have to go to Pretoria because they don't have the necessary facilities in Durban even though the demand for this Degree is substantially high in Durban. It is also difficult to contact lecturers and use them as referees because many of them don't remember students because they only have a couple of classes where they come to meet students.
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    Ruweida Reviewed by Ruweida January 07, 2013
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    I have mixed feelings about UNISA

    I completed my Honours Degree through Unisa; since it is an Open Distance Learning institution it is convenient especially to those who want to study and work at the same time. I am unhappy with the fact that in order to do your Masters Degree in Psychology you have to go to Pretoria because they don't have the necessary facilities in Durban even though the demand for this Degree is substantially high in Durban. It is also difficult to contact lecturers and use them as referees because many of them don't remember students because they only have a couple of classes where they come to meet students.

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    Instead of moving forward, UNISA has decided to go a step back in my opinion, by no longer offering telephonic support. The sms system which they implemented instead, does not work.

    IF there is a response, it's usually after you don't need it anymore. UNISA is a money making scheme - it's a business...not an Educational Institute.

    It's a sad representation of South Africa and those qualifications to me are not legitimate.
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    Nicola Reviewed by Nicola July 21, 2012
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    Leading? Leading in amount of disappointed Learners!

    Instead of moving forward, UNISA has decided to go a step back in my opinion, by no longer offering telephonic support. The sms system which they implemented instead, does not work.

    IF there is a response, it's usually after you don't need it anymore. UNISA is a money making scheme - it's a business...not an Educational Institute.

    It's a sad representation of South Africa and those qualifications to me are not legitimate.

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    I am currently completing my 2nd degree via UNISA and have basically flown solo from the start.If I had any queries, i would rather ask my friends, cause the turn around time for query responses is terrible. Their online service has improved a lot, but when you need to speak to a student advisor or query your account, you struggle to get assistance. I was lucky that I have friends that are studying the same degree :-)
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    Annaliza Maharaj Reviewed by Annaliza Maharaj July 11, 2012
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    Flying solo

    I am currently completing my 2nd degree via UNISA and have basically flown solo from the start.If I had any queries, i would rather ask my friends, cause the turn around time for query responses is terrible. Their online service has improved a lot, but when you need to speak to a student advisor or query your account, you struggle to get assistance. I was lucky that I have friends that are studying the same degree :-)

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