African and Avicenna Virtual Campus
African Virtual Campus
By working closely with existing educational institutions, UNESCO works to enhance training capacities in Africa. Launched by UNESCO in 2008 based on the model of the Avicenna Virtual Campus, the African Virtual Campus is a network of fully operational e-learning national centres across Africa.
By providing online courses, training and tutoring for teachers of science, engineering and technology the African Virtual Campus provides training to teachers through e-learning and module sharing, and creates online course material through a collective virtual library.
The African Virtual Campus works with existing educational institutions, notably the Avicenna Virtual Campus; a first network founded by UNESCO and the European Commission (EUMEDIS Programme) in 2002 established in the Mediterranean Basin with European.
Avicenna Virtual Campus
The Avicenna Virtual Campus for Science and Technology is an e-learning knowledge network in the Mediterranean which has become a model for quality online teacher training and education for students. Named after 10th-century Persian scientist and philosopher Ibn Sina, the Avicenna Virtual Campus uses information and communication technologies to help educate students and share skills, resources and research results among universities.
Avicenna was launched by UNESCO in November 2002 with funding from the European Commission through its Euro-Mediterranean Information Society (EUMEDIS) programme.
The programme involves partner universities in Algeria, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Italy, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, Spain, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
Participating universities may share, adapt and translate teaching modules via the open virtual library. Although it is a ‘campus’, Avicenna does not actually award degrees itself. That remains the prerogative of the universities concerned. In addition to producing courses, Avicenna has helped to establish local infrastructure and to transfer best practices and professional know-how within the participating universities.