To be an international centre of excellence in distance education access, delivery, practice, research and lifelong learning.
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.
IDE, is refocusing and restrategising its operations to ensure implementation of high quality distance education courses that are in line with DE key principles of accessibility, openness, self-directed learning, e-learning, relevance and responsiveness. Thus placing IDE at a competitive advantage in customer satisfaction and realisation of the goal of being an ODeL institute of choice in Eswatini and beyond the borders.
Welcome to the Institute of Distance Education (IDE) at the University of Eswatini (UNESWA).
Our mandate at IDE is to take university education to the people. We are the largest Institute at the University of Eswatini, in terms of student enrolment. We have about two thousand students registered for the various academic and professional programmes through the Open and Distance e-Learning (ODeL) mode. We offer high-quality academic and professional programmes through the ODeL delivery mode. The Institute prides itself in offering flexible, convenient and cost-effective ways of studying for a University qualification. IDE offers programmes in the broad fields of Education, Humanities, Commerce, Law, Modern Languages, Nursing Science, Information Technology, Computer Science Education and Psychosocial Support. We have a diverse staff and student population. IDE works closely with collaborating departments within the UNESWA Faculties, in line with the dual-mode system that the university follows. Most of our programmes are housed in the full-time conventional departments. Academic staff members in the collaborating departments are responsible for designing the programmes, developing course materials and teaching the programmes offered through IDE. They are involved in quality assurance of the programmes in line with the University’s set standards and procedures. IDE also offers programmes through stakeholders that are external to the University.
We are located at the Kwaluseni main campus and our current mode of delivery makes use of the print or electronic modules, a limited number of face-to-face contact sessions and online teaching/learning through the Moodle Learning Management System (LMS). In line with the UNESWA Blended Learning Policy, we combine face-to-face teaching approaches with the computerised electronic learning ones. To this end, huge components of all the courses should be offered electronically through the Moodle LMS by utilising synchronous and asynchronous means of communication and teaching. The Institute has established four digital learning centres so that our students are able to utilise computer and internet facilities closer to their homes. The centres are Ngwane Teacher Training College in Nhlangano, Mhlatane High School in Pigg’s Peak, Southern African Nazarene University (SANU) in Siteki and William Pitcher College in Manzini. The University and IDE are also engaged with service providers for the increase of internet bandwidth in the University and provision of reduced data costs for students.
We hope that when you access our website you will find useful information about IDE, the programmes on offer, delivery modes, among numerous other issues. You will also be able to connect with key role-players in ODeL in our Institute.
Thank you for your interest in the Institute of Distance Education.
PROF C. MAPHOSA
PROFESSOR AND DIRECTOR – IDE
These are programmes which get the most applications or have the most students compared to the other programmes offered in the Institute of Distance Education.
178 students graduated with this programme in 2017/18 academic year. Preference will be given to applicants who are working with children and youth and have a letter of recommendation from an employer or designated/ recognized authority.
This programme if for graduates who are interested in teaching at secondary school level. We also assist student teachers understand and respect the teaching profession in Eswatini’s educational context as they acquire a broad range of pedagogical and other relevant skills to be effective educators
The Bachelor of Commerce Degree has three subject options (majors), namely: Accounting, Management and Marketing. Our programme provides students with a strong foundation in general business knowledge and skills; and active learning and interaction with the business community through internship.
The programme makes an interesting choice because of its focus on aspects related to culture and life. As such, the main areas of study are English Language and Literature in English; African Languages and Literature; Modern Languages and Literature (French); History, and Theology and Religious Studies.
It is not too early to prepare for 2020 admissions. Look into out 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.