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As part of the activities to implement the AVU Multinational Project II, the AVU, between 17th and 18th May, 2013, held the Advisory Committee meeting for Teacher Education and Computer Science programs in Nairobi Kenya. The Committee advises on the implementation of the AVU continent-wide programs in Mathematics and Science Teacher Education, and Applied Computer Science.
The Advisory committee meeting was followed by the Computer Science and Teacher Education Curriculum Design Workshop which was held between 20th and 25th May, 2013. The workshop was the first step towards reviewing the AVU continent-wide math and science teacher education program, and the development of the new applied computer science program.
The AVU continued with its activities to launch the AVU Multinational Project II among participating countries. Part of the objectives of the launches is to raise awareness of the partner institution on the project’s expected outcomes as well as enhancing the use of AVU’s Open Education Resources. The project was launched in Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, DRC, Guinea Bissau, Cape Verde, Mozambique, and the Gambia. During the AVU visits, the Republic of The Gambia and the Republic of Guinea Bissau signed the AVU Charter to become the 16th and 17th Member States respectively.
It was yet another milestone for the AVU, after the institution won another Award from the OpenCourseWare Consortium (OCWC), a global grass root open education movement. The AVU was announced the winner of the Outstanding Course/Text and Illustrations Award for one of its modules – Atomic Physics at the OCWC Annual Conference in Bali, Indonesia. The AVU Rector Dr. Bakary Diallo received the Award on behalf of AVU. This is the third time the AVU Open Education Resources have won global recognition. In September 2012, the portal was voted the “Most Progressive” resource in the Education-Portal.com People’s Choice Awards. In 2011, the US-based Education-Portal.com recognized the portal as the ”Best Emerging OCW Initiative”.
In line with one of the AVUs strategic objectives to build and sustain partnerships with institutions that can support the AVU Mission, the AVU signed memoranda of understanding with International Council for Distance Education, the African Council for Distance Education, and Michigan State University. The MOUs outline various areas of cooperation aimed at promoting integration of ICT in education to increase enrollment in higher institutions of learning.