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Our Story

Since its establishment in 2012, Unicaf has grown to become the leading online higher education company in Africa.

As Unicaf, we strive to positively impact the quality and availability of higher education and the economic development of all the communities we serve.

Dr Nicos Nicolaou


Unicaf Timeline


Unicaf is established

  • 10 employees
  • 20 students
  • 1 programme

Unicaf starts to expand

  • 547 students
  • First UK partner university
  • 50 employees
  • 6 programmes

Unicaf continues to expand rapidly

  • 3,000 students
  • 6 programmes

Unicaf University is established

  • Unicaf University is established
  • First Unicaf University campus in Africa
  • New UK university partners added

Leading online platform in Africa

  • By 2020, Unicaf becomes the leading online higher education platform in Africa
  • 100+ undergraduate and postgraduate programmes
  • Multiple Unicaf University campuses in Africa
  • Multiple UK university partners
  • 30,000+ students from 156 countries

2021 Milestones

  • Unicaf University opens its campus in Uganda
  • Unicaf University receives final accreditation by the British Accreditation Council for Independent Further and Higher Education as an Independent Higher Education institution
  • Unicaf and Unicaf University become Institutional Members of Advance HE
  • Unicaf University Nomination for Sustainability Institution of the Year 2021

2022 Best Online Education Service Provider in Zambia Award

  • Dubai Conference celebrating 10 years as an Organization. Successful event attended by Unicaf students, Vice-Chancellors and UK partner universities representatives.
  • Best Online Education Award at the: 2022 Zambia E-Commerce Expo and Awards

First Unicaf Doctoral Graduates: Malawi (August 2023) and Zambia (November 2023)

  • First Unicaf Doctoral Graduate of Unicaf University in Malawi, Graduation August 2023.
  • First three Unicaf Doctoral Graduates of Unicaf University in Zambia, Graduation November 2023.
  • First Global International Award of Unicaf and our UK partner, the University of East London: 2023 PIEoneer Awards, on “Championing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award”.
  • First Unicaf publication of the Unicaf University student papers showcased at the Unicaf University Graduate Conference (UGraC) in October 2023.
  • First Unicaf University Masters Conference: Unicaf’s largest conference to date with duration of 5 days, with total of 1360 delegates, and 1298 attendees from 105 countries.
  • Unicaf online Journal – October 2023

Opening of Unicaf’s state-of-the-art campus in Lusaka, Zambia

  • Opening of our Unicaf’s state-of-the-art university campus in Lusaka, Zambia.
  • First graduation ceremony for all Unicaf scholars who have studied online with Liverpool John Moore’s University since the partnership Unicaf began in 2020.
  • Annual Unicaf University Graduate Conference continues to grow with success for fourth consecutive years. An award winning Advance HE Global Impact Grant-Student Success.
  • The conference in 2024 attracted 5020 attendees and 91 panellists from 137 countries across the five days of the conference, making this the biggest academic conference organised by Unicaf.