About UNISA College of Economic & Management Sciences

By | May 1, 2018

About UNISA College of Economic & Management Sciences

Leader and growing

As the largest provider of business education in Africa and one of the largest in the world, Unisa’s College of Economic and Management Sciences makes a considerable contribution to the provision of high-level staff to the private and public sector.

One out of every four BCom degrees awarded by South African universities go to students from CEMS and on a postgraduate level almost half of the honours degrees and 30% of the master’s and doctoral degrees were awarded to this College’s students over the past five years. At present approximately 145 000 are enrolled for various short learning programmes, national certificates, national diplomas, degrees and postgraduate studies up to doctoral level. About 300 teaching and research staff are currently employed by the College.

Geared for solutions

The major assets of the College are highly-skilled staff, sophisticated products and technology and an innovative approach to distance teaching. Above all, there is a total commitment to meeting the needs of the marketplace.


Intensive research

The College constantly conducts intensive research in the private and public sectors to establish the relevance and usefulness of its degrees and courses.  All offerings in the College is currently being reviewed to ensure lifelong learning opportunities to all students through articulation from certificates up to advanced postgraduate studies and even to doctoral level.

Customer service

The objective of the College of Economic and Management Sciences is to provide relevant and functional qualifications of a high standard, quality tuition and a professional caring and valued customer service to all its stakeholders.
Teaching and research is offered through nine departments in three schools. In terms of the its academic offerings, the Graduate School of Business Leadership also forms part of the College.

The well-known Bureau for Market Research also fall within the college’s umbrella. Short learning programmes are offered through centres such as the Centre for Business Management, the Centre for Corporate Citizenship, the Centre for Industrial and Organisational Psychology and the Centre for Public Administration and Management as well as some of the academic departments.


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