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2nd PASET Regional Benchmarking Capacity Building Workshop

Partnership for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET), the World Bank, and the African Virtual University (AVU), along with the University of Rwanda as a co-host, are facilitating the organization of the 2nd PASET Regional Benchmarking Capacity Building Workshop scheduled to take place at the University of Rwanda in Kigali, Rwanda, from the…

Transforming lifelong learning via virtual universities

The concept of the virtual university is rooted in providing innovative and adapted solutions through the use of information and communication technologies. Virtual universities such as the African Virtual University and the Virtual University of Pakistan have demonstrated that it is indeed possible to train quality graduates in the Global South and to address issues such as massification and…

A Turning Point for Scholarly Publishing

Debate over the future of scholarly publishing felt remote to Kathryn M. Jones, an associate professor of biology at Florida State University — that is, until she attended a Faculty Senate meeting last year. There she learned that the library might renegotiate its $2-million subscription with the publishing behemoth Elsevier, which would limit her and…

1 st International Conference on Climate Change: Resilience, Solutions, and Perspectives

Call for papers The ICCC-BF’19 – 1st International Conference on Climate Change: Resilience, Solutions, and Perspectives aims on bringing together researchers from various disciplines in order to share experiences and discuss about how to cope climate change in Africa, considering particularly the following main topics: Perception, signals and indicators at local, regional and global levels,…

Educational Technology and Education Conferences

Educational Technology and Education Conferences for December 2018 to June 2019, Edition #40 Prepared by Clayton R. Wright, crwr77 at gmail.com, November 10, 2018 The 40th edition of the conference list covers selected professional development opportunities that primarily focus on the use of technology in educational settings and on teaching, learning, and educational administration. Only…

AVU selected to host the Regional Higher Education Data Hub for the PASET Benchmarking Initiative

To continue improving the quality and relevance of learning, research and technology transfer in institutions offering applied sciences, engineering and technology (ASET) programs in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), the World Bank, under the Partnership for skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET) initiative, launched the Regional Benchmarking of African universities Initiative in November 2015. The…

AVU Releases Hundreds of New Open Educational Resources

Nairobi 20th July 2018. The African Virtual University (AVU) has released 1,335 Open Educational Resources (OERs) under the Creative Commons license CC BY 2.5. The new materials include 234 open textbooks or modules, 83 videos and 945 learning objects extracted from the modules. All resources are freely available online at OER@AVU http://oer.avu.org , an initiative…

Is the future of education learning by doing?

The university experience has changed. It used to be enough for students to spend four years working hard on assignments, labs and exams to earn a useful undergraduate degree that signalled competence and was redeemable for a good job. Employers would spend weeks or months training their newly hired graduates, sometimes in cohorts, shaping their broad knowledge…

Why Africa is turning the heads of investors

Since 2000, at least half of the world’s fastest-growing economies have been in Africa. And by 2030, Africa will be home to 1.7 billion people, whose combined consumer and business spending will total $6.7 trillion. Seven years ago, the Harvard Business Review pointed out that Africa is also home to many of the world’s biggest opportunities. And…