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The African Virtual University (AVU) continues to receive support from African governments as a testimony of the confidence they have in the AVU to deliver tertiary education on the continent through Information and Communication Technologies. In August, 2013, the Federal Republic of Nigeria signed the AVU Charter to become the 18th Member State.
The number of AVU Member States has increased from 5 in 2010 to 18 in 2013. Other countries that have signed the AVU Charter include: Kenya, Senegal, Mauritania, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Tanzania, Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Benin, Ghana, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Niger, South Sudan, Sudan, Guinea Bissau, The Gambia, and Nigeria. Countries become Member States of the AVU upon signing the Charter.
The AVU continued with its activities to launch the AVU Multinational Project II. The project was launched in Senegal, Burundi, and Cameroon. Part of the objectives of the launches was to raise awareness of the partner institution on the project’s expected outcomes and enhance the use of AVU’s Open Education Resources.
In line with one of the AVUs strategic objectives to build and sustain partnerships with institutions that can support the AVU Mission, the AVU Rector Dr. Bakary Diallo paid a courtesy call on the Director General of the Directorate of Technical Co-operation in Africa (DTCA), Mr. Shuaibu Suleiman, in Abuja, Nigeria. Dr. Diallo also paid a courtesy call on the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria University Commission (NUC).
The AVU signed an MOU with UbuntuNet Alliance. The MOUs outline various areas of cooperation aimed at promoting integration of ICT in education to increase enrollment in higher institutions of learning.
The African Virtual University (AVU) will hold the 1st International Conference from 20th to 22nd November, 2013 at Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. The theme is: “Integrating eLearning and Open Education to Increase Access to Quality Education and Training in Africa”. The conference is expected to bring together over 100 participants from across Africa and beyond to discuss opportunities and challenges of integration of eLearning and Open Education to increase access to quality education and training.
The African Virtual University held the 5th AVU eLearning Day on 23rd, September, 2013 as part of the activities to mark the AVU 15th Anniversary. The AVU eLearning Day is an annual event whose objective is to support and reinforce the growing pan-African e-Learning community by providing an opportunity for African professionals and stakeholders to benchmark, learn, share and network, thus strengthening the continent’s many and varied educational technology initiatives and projects.
The curriculum for the Bachelor of Applied Computer Science program is being developed collaboratively by leading academics from 18 African Universities during a four-day workshop Computer Science and Teacher Education Curriculum Design Workshop held between 20th and 25th May, 2013 in Nairobi Kenya.
The workshop was convened as a result of the Policy Harmonization and Curriculum Conceptualization workshop which was held in Nairobi in July 2012. During that workshop, Vice Chancellors from 26 African Universities advised the AVU to create an Applied Computer Science Program for Open Distance and eLearning.
As part of its engagement with the Nigerian National Universities Commission (NUC), the AVU participated in a Stakeholders Workshop on e-Learning and Open Educational Resources (OER) organized by the NUC.
The theme for the 3-days stakeholder’s workshop was “The Development of Guidelines for the Deployment of e-Learning Tools and Formulation of an Open Educational Resources (OER) Policy in the Nigerian University System”. This workshop was attended by various e-learning stakeholders from universities all over Nigeria.
The African Virtual University (AVU) was represented by Dr. Griff Richards, Manager Technology, who made a presentation on the AVU OER Strategy followed by a hands-on demonstration of how to access materials on AVU’s OER Portal.