African Virtual University expands its network

In a move designed to provide African students with greater access to higher-education opportunities, the African Virtual University (AVU) is launching Open Distance and eLearning Centres  in ten African countries over the next five months. They will be co-located in the following universities: Jimma University in Ethiopia, University of Nairobi in Kenya, Université d‘Antananarivo in […]

Eritrea developing education MIS

The Eritrean Ministry of Education is currently tendering, locally, for the development of an Education Management Information System. They are looking to hire an international expert for 9 days to check their processes. Not a bad way for African countries to wean themselves off externally dominated contracts… via

Makerere to decentralise using video conferencing

Makerere University has embarked on a programme to decongest the university by opening regional centres across Uganda. Students from rural areas will be able to access lectures via a video conference system at five regional centres. The programme, which kicks off next month, follows an agreement signed on Monday between the university and  Uganda Telecom […]

Conference calls for AU database of educational institutions

The fourth meeting of the Conference of African Ministers of Education (COMEDAF) held in Mombasa last week has called on the African Union Commission to compile a database of all agencies and institutions working on education in Africa to speed up operationalisation of an African Cluster on Education Development.

Blocked funds stall Nigerian e-Library project

An E-library project linking all the tertiary and educational institutions in the country to facilitate knowledge sharing and research activities for enhanced quality of education in Nigeria has failed to get off the ground. The project had been developed by the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council on the promise of N40m ($260,000)  in the […]

Free internet for Nigerian universities

The Nigerian Federal Government has said it will establish free universal internet service and viewing centres across tertiary institutions in the country. This is aimed at tackling the problem of low access to cutting-edge ICT  resources among Nigerian students. Minister of State for Information and Communications, Ikra Bilbis, announced this at the weekend while commissioning […]

Centralised admission system for Tanzanian universities

Early this year University Computing Center Ltd (a company fully owned by the University of Dar es Salaam) was awarded a contract to develop a Centralized Admission System to be used by The Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU). All admission applications to Tanzanian high learning institutions will be done centrally through this system. Currently, all […]

Database aims to put African research on the map

An attempt to make African science more visible by tracking the scientific publications of the continent’s scientists is underway. Africa Science Trackers (AST), based in Stellenbosch, South Africa, aims to record every peer-reviewed paper by African scientists published in both national and international journals as well as information available through non-conventional channels — so-called “grey […]