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The Institute of Distance Education provides educational and training opportunities for individuals who are unable to undertake conventional university programmes and courses. The Distance Education (DE) system involves teaching and learning at a distance with a package of multimedia instructional materials. It is learner-oriented and enables the learner to learn independently at a distance at his/her own pace and place.
The University of Eswatini (UNESWA), Institute of Distance Education (IDE) was founded as a response to overwhelming requests from working adults for programmes that would allow them to learn, gain new knowledge and acquire credible qualifications while simultaneously earning an income...
As part of the University Strategic Plan (2018-2022), the IDE has focused on implementing Blended Learning (BL), which combines online digital media with traditional classroom method through offering components of courses by an electronic learning platfom.
Study materials are made available through print and electronic media for access and use by distance education students, lecturers and tutors.
Learning centres have also been organised in Manzini, Nhlangano, Pigg's Peak and Siteki to improve easy access to study materials for our students. The Learning Centres will be officially launched soon.
The vision of the Institute of Distance Education is to be an international centre of excellence in distance education access, delivery, practice, research and life-long learning.
The mission of the Institute of Distance Education is to increase access to tertiary education by providing demand-driven educational and training opportunities to individuals (employed, self-employed, unemployed and school leavers) by offering them quality short and long term credit and non-credit courses using the distance education delivery mode.
The Distance Education (DE) system involves teaching and learning at a distance with a package of multi-media instructional materials. It is learner oriented and enables the learner to learn independently at a distance at his/her own pace and place.
IDE offers Undergraduate Higher Certificates, Undergraduate Diploma and Degree Certificates; as well as a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. This year we have new programmes to be offered in August 2019. We work tirelessly to bring you the programmes you need.
Students Enrolled in IDE
IDE Class of 2021 Graduation
Self-employed and also can not attend University on a full-time basis
Unemployed and need further education and training to get employment and/or to improve your life
In full-time employment and can not attend classes on a full-time basis
The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (B.Sc. IT) Degree in the Faculty of
Science and Engineering will now be offered in the Institute of Distance Education beginning Aug. 2019
IDE will, from August 2019, offer the Bachelor of Nursing Science in response to the need expressed by already employed nurses who want to further their studies but cannot do so on a full-time basis.
Ms. N. Vilakati
We, as IDE, plan to enhance the use of e-learning strategies to improve teaching and learning in ways that ensure that our students derive maximum benefits from flexible and cost-effective learning approaches…
Prof. c. esampally
The Academic and Professional Study Unit aims to provide maximum learning support to our students and offer an excellent, life- changing and unforgettable learning experience to learners who would otherwise have no access to university education.
ms. n. mabuza
One of our goals is to provide our students with a centralized location for the services they require most frequently. We work around the clock to ensure that the IDE students feel as attended to as would full time students by availing ourselves even on their weekend contact hours….
It is not too early to start preparing for your future. Look into our different programmes’ entry requirements and prepare yourself for the next application period.
The Institute of Distance Education provides educational and training opportunities for individuals who are unable to undertake conventional and professional university programmes and courses.