Unit for Distance Education
The University of Pretoria is a comprehensive contact tuition institution and one of the premier research universities in South Africa. In 2002, the University decided to launch a distance education initiative in its Faculty of Education. The purpose of this initiative is to play a constructive role in addressing the dire need among practising teachers, especially in rural areas, to improve their qualifications.
The Unit for Distance Education is specifically responsible for this initiative. The Unit acts as a focal point from where all related activities and business processes are coordinated. The Unit itself consists of a manager, two administrative staff members, an accountant and a researcher.