The University of South Africa, also known as UNISA, is South Africa's most productive university, issuing over 12 percent of all degrees among the country's 23 public universities. It is also Africa's largest university and top open distance-learning institution. The university offers internationally accredited courses to over 400,000 students worldwide.
First established in 1873 as the University of the Cape of Good Hope, the university incorporated in 1918 as UNISA. As of 2015, the university emphasizes three main areas of business: teaching, research and community engagement. In addition, UNISA press is the largest university press in South Africa and has the longest list of publications.