The University of South Africa (Unisa) has partnered with MTN and will contribute R59,7 million over a period of two months to provide students with data.
As part of the deal, all registered Unisa students will receive 30GB of data per month (10GB anytime and 20GB night time) for a period of 2 months from mid-May to mid-July 2020.
The data will enable students to take part in the Unisa May/June 2020 examinations.
Students may use the data and connectivity during this period to conduct other academic activities such as the submission of assignments online, online contact with the university as well as preparations for the online examinations.
Unisa Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mandla Makhanya, pointed out that the COVID-19 pandemic necessitated the rapid introduction of online modes of doing business across many spheres of society, including in the higher education sector.
He further stressed that even though Unisa has always been an Open Distance and e-Learning (ODeL) university, the COVID-19 has compelled the university to reconsider some of its academic activities that still required physical application, such as venue-based examinations and the submission of hard copy assignments, and confine these strictly to the online application.
For MTN, the partnership with Unisa is an opportune platform for them to leverage their strength and expertise in telecommunications to enable facilitation of learning in a new digital era.
“We are proud to partner with UNISA on this important initiative. At MTN we believe in delivering the benefits of a modern connected life to all South Africans and this partnership allowed us to collaborate in the interest of enabling continuous learning for the benefit of their students at this difficult time.” says Wanda Matandela, Chief Enterprise Officer at MTN Business.