The African Virtual University (AVU) is an pan-African effort to create an open and affordable distance learning institution to serve the African continent. The AVU began in 1997 as a project of the World Bank and later developed into an autonomous institution after it was handed over to African governments in 2003.

Fifteen African Governments have signed a Charter establishing the AVU as an intergovernmental organization. These include Ghana, Mozambique, Kenya, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Benin, Tanzania, Republic Of Guinea, Sudan, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, and Mauritania. The AVU has its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya and a regional office in Dakar, Senegal.

Programs Offering

1.DEGREE PROGRAMS

  • Bachelor of Education in Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Education in Physics
  • Bachelor of Education in Chemistry
  • Bachelor of Education in Biology
  • Applied Computer Science Program

2.DIPLOMA PROGRAMS

  • Renewable Energy – Option Electricity Production
  • Renewable Energy – Option Heat Production
  • ICT Basic Skills for eLearning
  • ICT Integration in Education – Option Mathematics
  • ICT Integration in Education – Option Physics
  • ICT Integration in Education – Option Chemistry
  • ICT Integration in Education – Option Biology
  • Distance and eLearning Professional Development
  • An Overview of Peace Management and Conflict Resolution
  • Using ICT’s to enrich teaching and learning

3.JOINT PROGRAMS

These are programs offered jointly with Partner Institutions. On completion of the program, a certificate is awarded by the AVU and the Partner institution.
1. Renewable Energy (Option: Electricity Production | Heat Production)

Partner

  • Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Senegal

2. ICTs Basic Skills for eLearning


Partners

  • Open University of Tanzania
  • University of Nairobi, Kenya
  • Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Senegal

3. ICT integration in Education (Option: Mathematics | Physics | Chemistry |Biology)

Partners

  • Open University of Tanzania
  • University of Nairobi, Kenya
  • Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Senegal

4.WORKSHOPS

  • High Level Training for Leaders and Administrators: Introduction to Distance and eLearning
  • Planning, Implementing and Managing an eLearning Centre

The AVU workshops target mainly the following:

  • High level decision makers
  • Education institution administrators
  • Faculty members
  • Information Technology  personnel
  • Governments, International Organizations and Private Sector

The topics of workshops include

  • Introduction to eLearning
  • Distance and eLearning: Need assessment, Policy formulation, Planning, Resources (financial, human, infrastructure), Implementation, Quality Assurance, management and monitoring.
  • Delivery of online programs and courses
  • Planning, Implementing and Managing an eLearning Centre
  • Computer Software Training
  • Computer Hardware Training
  • Audiovisual equipment training
  • Wireless networking
  • VSAT Training

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