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UNU and University of Yaoundé I sign Memorandum of Understanding

Bonn. On 12 January 2012, Prof. Dr. Jakob Rhyner, UNU Vice Rector in Europe, and Prof. Oumarou Bouba, Rector of the University of Yaoundé I, Cameroon, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance the institutional collaboration between the two universities. The signing parties herewith formally agreed on the already established cooperation with regard to information exchange, research activities and publication initiatives, especially in the field of e-learning.

In the framework of the signing ceremony, different presentations were given by Prof. Foupouagnigni (University of Yaoundé I), Dr. Thomas Scheidtweiler (Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation), Michael Hörig (German Academic Exchange Service, DAAD) and Prof. Rhyner, who spoke on the UNU Priority Africa Initiative.

E-learning collaboration

Cooperation between Yaoundé I and UNU-ViE in the field of e-learning already dates back to 2008, when UNU-ViE was invited to the "Humboldt Colloquium on E-Learning" to explain the potential of e-learning for the University of Yaoundé I.

Further information about the cooperation and highlighted activities:

University in Cameroon plans new e-learning laboratory to challenge the digital divide

Fact finding mission to the University of Yaoundé I, Cameroon

Creating a vision for e-learning in Cameroon