I am humbled by the trust bestowed upon me to be the new Chair of the AVU Board of Directors. I would like to thank the outgoing Board for their outstanding achievements, especially for guiding the AVU management to put back the organization on track.
I am the Rector of Universidade Pedagogica in Mozambique, a Higher Education Institution dedicated to training teachers and one of the AVU Partner Institutions. The involvement of Universidade Pedagogica, a Portuguese speaking university, in the AVU activities and network has added value to our institution in many ways. Universidade Pedagogica benefited from the regional network working across Africa beyond technological, cultural and language barriers. Its membership with AVU has strengthened its capacity to develop and deliver programs through distance and eLearning, and it has enabled the university to collaboratively develop programs with institutions across Africa.
I joined the Board at a moment when the AVU has been implementing important changes in order to put a strong emphasis on impact and organizational sustainability. The mission, vision and strategic objectives have been adjusted to reflect the new direction. A new charter was adopted on February 4th 2010 while a five year Business Plan and Marketing Plan were developed in 2009. AVU has, for the first time, introduced its own programs with some 300 courses available online.
I believe that, like Universidade Pedagogica, many African Universities and students can largely benefit from the AVU.
I shall endeavour to work closely with the Member States, the Partner Institutions, the Donors and other Strategic Partners so we can together assist the AVU to strengthen its gains and be more successful.