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Distance learning to increase university enrollment
As part of the activities to implement the AVU Multinational Project II, the African Virtual has begun the procurement process to supply equipment for Open Distance and eLearning Centers. Successful bidders will supply, deliver, install, commission, and train staff of beneficiary institutions on use and maintenance of the equipment. Some of the equipment include servers, desktop computers and their accessories, furniture, generators & air conditioners, VSAT and Internet Connectivity.
On 31st, January, 2013, the AVU Board of Directors held a meeting at AVU Head Offices in Nairobi, Kenya. The AVU board meetings are held twice a year.
In line with one of the AVU’s strategic objectives to build and sustain partnerships with institutions that can support its mission, the AVU received a number of delegations including from the African Development Institute, the Seoul National University, Enablis East Africa and the African Network for Internationalization of Education.
The AVU Rector, Dr. Bakary Diallo attended the Global Education Technology & Health (GETHealth) Summit at the United Nations in New York. Dr. Diallo was a discussant at one of the plenary sessions on Distance Learning Platforms which focused on what is required to optimize distance-learning platforms to support health worker education in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
The AVU has hired new staff as part of the strategy to strengthen its capacity to deliver programs in over 30 African countries. The new staff include: Dr. Griff Richards, Manager Educational Technology and Learning Resources and Dr. Atieno Adala, Manager Academic Program Development and Delivery. The AVU is still in the process of hiring additional staff including a Senior Research Officer, a Consultant on ICT in Education Policies, and Instructional Designers.
We also have stories on ICT in Education collected from different industry sources. In this issue we have stories on the impact of eLearning on medical education in developing countries. Also, the American Council on Education (ACE) recently announced that it will accredit five undergraduate courses offered by Coursera, as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).
In this section you will read about the $150 million equity investment by the International Finance Cooperation (IFC) has made in Laureate Education, Inc., to expand access to career-oriented higher education in emerging markets including Africa.