UNESCO Chair on Open Distance Learning (ODL)

Vision and Mission


To galvanise Unisa’s research capacity development in ODL through:

  • Researcher development
  • ODL research and publications, and
  • Broader ODL advocacy


  • To build capacity geared at improving the quality and coverage of higher education through the ODL mode.
  • To galvanise the production of ODL research that is responsive to the Unisa vision of “the African University shaping futures in the service of humanity”.
  • To position the UNESCO Chair as the Southern African regional hub for an integrated system of research training, information sharing and documentation in ODL.
  • To align the UNESCO Chair with international ODL role players in order to facilitate exchange and collaboration in the delivery of quality distance education and service to humanity.

Last modified: 2023/08/07