Member University in Focus: African Virtual University

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AVU LogoThe African Virtual University (AVU) is a Pan African Intergovernmental Organization established by a charter with the mandate of significantly increasing access to quality higher education and training through the innovative use of information communication technologies.  AVU is a member of the Association of African Universities.

Eighteen (18) African Governments – Kenya, Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Cote d’Ivoire, Tanzania, Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Benin, Ghana, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Niger, South Sudan, Sudan, The Gambia, Guinea Bissau, and Nigeria have signed the Charter establishing AVU as an Intergovernmental Organization.

The AVU has its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya and a Regional office in Dakar Senegal.  It has host Country Agreements with the governments of Kenya and Senegal and a diplomatic status in these countries.

Initially launched in Washington in 1997 as a World Bank project, AVU was later transferred to Kenya in 2002 and became an Intergovernmental organization in 2003.

AVU has an online platform, the AVU Virtual Class, where each student has her or his individual webpage called MyAVU Virtual Classroom. Once you register for a course or a program, you are given a Login and Password to enter the MyAVU Virtual Classroom.

  1. AVU will be hosting its 3rd international conference from 6th to 8th July 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya. The theme of the conference is “Integrating Mobile Learning to Open up Access to Quality Education and Training Opportunities in Africa”. Find the call for papers on this link: http://conference.avu.org/index.php/avuconference2016/3rdconference2016
  2. AVU Programmes include – Webinars (Online Seminars); Self Learning Programs; Workshops; Certificate/Diploma Programmes; Degree Programs; Consortium Programs; Joint Programs; Hosted Programs
  3. Services offered by AVU include: workshops, content development, consulting services on e-learning, establishment of e-learning centers, hosting of programs and courses, e-conferences, webinars and hosted communities
  4. The AVU Open Educational Resources Repository can be accessed from here: http://oer.avu.org/community-list
  5.  Dr. Bakary Diallo is the Rector of AVU whilst Prof. Rogerio Uthui is the Chairperson of it’s Board

How to contact AVU
The African Virtual University
Cape Office Park (Opposite Yaya Center)
Ring Road, Kilimani, PO Box 25405 – 00603, Nairobi, Kenya
Tel : +254 20 2528333; +254 20 3861458 / +254 20 3861459; +254 722 205883
Fax: +254 20 3861460
Email: contact@avu.org
URL: http://www.avu.org

One thought on “Member University in Focus: African Virtual University

    Tate said:
    October 29, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Wow! What a great opportunity to decrease the digital divide that plagues third-world countries!

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