The African Virtual University (AVU) to launch a Distance Learning Facility at the University of Port Harcourt in Nigeria
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Written by Caroline Caroline   
Monday, September 14, 2015 12:00 AM

The African Virtual University (AVU) to launch a Distance Learning Facility at the University of Port Harcourt in Nigeria

In a move designed to provide African learners with greater access to higher and continuing education opportunities, the African Virtual University (AVU) in partnership with the African Development Bank (AfDB) is launching 27 Open Distance and eLearning Centers (ODeL) in 21 African countries over the next months.

Three centres have been launched in Sudan, Cape Verde and Ghana. Subsequent launches will take place in 18 countries.

The 21 beneficiary countries are: nine Francophone African Countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal; three Lusophone African Countries: Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau and Mozambique; and eight Anglophone African Countries: Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Sudan and Tanzania. The centres will strengthen AVU’s network.

They will be co-located in 27 institutions across the countries. The centres are set up within the framework of the AVU Multinational Project II funded by the AfDB. The AVU had successfully inaugurated 10 centres in 10 countries during a first phase in 2009/2010.

The expansion will strengthen the capacity of more universities to mainstream open, distance and eLearning into their existing curricula, create a community of peers that will generate original research on eLearning methodologies and will also help universities generate a long-term and sustainable revenue base.

 

For more information visit: www.avu.org