eLA: What is the African Virtual University and why was it established?
Bakary Diallo: The African Virtual University (AVU) is a pan-African intergovernmental organisation whose vision is to become the leading pan-African open distance and eLearning network. The AVU was created in 1997 by the World Bank. It was later transferred to the continent and its headquarters were established here in Nairobi in 2002. The AVU regional office is located in Dakar, Senegal, in West Africa and was opened in 2005. Our mission is to facilitate the use of effective Open Distance and eLearning (ODeL) methodologies in African tertiary