The African Virtual University, or AVU, has launched an open and distance e-learning centre at the University of Douala in Cameroon, the latest in a series of nearly 30 centres being established in 21 countries to provide students across Africa with greater access to quality higher education.
A delegation led by Dr Bakary Diallo, rector of the AVU, took part in the inauguration of the Douala centre, which is fully equipped with technology, computers, video-conference facilities and qualified staff to develop and deliver programmes and courses, reported Camer.be of Brussels.
The project is a partnership between the AVU and the African Development Bank, and the first centre was launched in Sudan in August 2014.
Nine of the other countries taking part are francophone – Benin, Burkinia Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal; three are Portuguese-speaking – Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau and Mozambique; and the rest English-speaking – Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Sudan and Tanzania.
Diallo said the initiative to set up 29 centres was motivated by the university’s wish to prepare African students and professionals to contribute to the socio-economic development of the continent, as the role of the AVU was to ensure they had access to 21st century skills both for their own progress and to advance the continent, reported Camer.be.
François-Xavier Etoa, rector of Douala University, said the centre would be a major benefit for Cameroon’s higher education. The pioneering technology would considerably reduce the pressure of numbers on students and teachers.
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African Virtual University to launch 29 e-learning centres
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