This Annual Report, 2012-2013 is a summary of activities undertaken during the financial years July 2011 to June 2012, and July 2012 to June 2013. These activities were guided by the AVU Business Plan, 2009-2014 which has two groups of services offering which include the development services and the educational and support services and the Development Services.
As part of development services, the AVU received USD 15.6 million from the African Development Bank (AfDB) to implement the second phase of the AVU Multinational Support Project. The objective of the project is to strengthen the AVU and its network of institutions to deliver and manage quality ICT integrated education and training opportunities.
As part of the activities of the project, the AVU in July 2012 convened the Policy Harmonization and Curriculum Conceptualization Workshop. During the workshop Vice Chancellors of 26 African Universities developed an implementation framework for the Multinational Project II and agreed to work with the AVU to collaboratively implement the project. Subsequently the project was launched in 12 African countries between November 2012 and June 2013.
In May 2013, the AVU held the first meeting of the Advisory Committee for Teacher Education and Computer Science programs Advisory Committee and the Teacher Education and Computer Science Curriculum Design Workshop. The Committee advises on and the implementation of the AVU continent-wide Mathematics and Science Teacher Education and Applied Computer Science. The Teacher Education and Computer Science Curriculum Design workshop brought together about 150 participants from 26 African countries to review the curriculum for the Bachelor of Teacher Education in Mathematics and Sciences, and to develop curriculum for the Bachelor of Applied Computer Science.
In January, 2012, the AVU received USD 95,588 from the Nigerian Technical Cooperation Fund (NTCF). The grant is managed by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and its purpose was to enhance the human resources capacity of the AVU to further its work in Mathematics and Sciences Teacher Education.
As part of educational and support services, the AVU Academic Unit administered Certificates in ICT Basic Skills and in Integration of ICTs in Mathematics and Sciences programs offered in both Francophone and Anglophone Africa. The courses are intended to upgrade the ICT Skills of preservice and in-service teachers.
In 2012, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) contracted the AVU to do a feasibility study for establishing a Virtual University for Cancer Control (VUCCnet). In this assignment, the AVU conducted in-country consultative meetings, prepared a draft Policy Framework, and held a policy harmonization workshop. The final report of the assignment and the final framework were subsequently submitted to the IAEA.