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For UNU, Capacity Development  means strengthening of competences of individuals, organizations and societies. Through training measures in the field of e-learning , people acquire skills and competences to use resources effectively, efficiently and in a sustainable manner – for example in higher education. The establishment of an e-learning centre at the University Yaoundé I in Cameroon as well as the creation of learning materials for the Master Programme “Integrated Watershed Management” in East Africa are good illustrations of the potential of e-learning to improve access to knowledge and education. All these pilot projects are based on a participatory, collaborative and regional-oriented approach from which not only individuals, but also higher education institutions benefit. The Vice Rectorate helps partner institutions to identify the potential of innovative learning technology and to become more effective organizations.

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Prof. Rhyner, UNU Vice Rector in Europe, and Prof. Bouba, Rector, University of Yaoundé I.

UNU and University of Yaoundé I sign Memorandum of Understanding

Published 2012-01-16 | Updated 2012-01-24

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. |Read more

Creating a vision for e-learning in Cameroon

Published 2011-07-08 | Updated 2011-08-04

Steadily growing student populations, scarce resources for learning material and overcrowded campuses present huge challenges for Higher Education in Cameroon today. Supported by UNU-ViE and an international consortium of university partners, the University of Yaoundé I embraces ICT as a tool for educational reform. In this context, the first out of four e-learning workshops took place in Yaoundé from 23 until 30 June 2011. |Read more

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UNU-ViE at eLearning Africa Conference 2011

Published 2011-05-19 | Updated 2011-05-26

From 25 to 27 May 2011, the 6th International Conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training (eLearning Africa) will take place in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. UNU-ViE will be present at this annual conference on ICT-enhanced learning by hosting a workshop and taking part in two sessions. eLearning Africa is the largest gathering of e-learning and ICT supported education and training professionals in Africa with more than 1700 participants in the 2010 conference.  |Read more

Sticky Concepts on E-Learning

UNU-ViE Launches First "Sticky Concepts" Video on E-Learning

Published 2010-08-27 | Updated 2011-05-26

Is e-learning only a buzz word? What actually classifies as e-learning? And what does the United Nations University Vice Rectorate in Europe (UNU-ViE) have to do with e-learning?

With the production of this video UNU-ViE launches an explanatory series for complex ideas and concepts using graphic facilitation.

Enjoy the video! | Read more

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Lines of action

  • Networking and connecting to main partners involved to integrate capacity development into national policy agendas

  • Supporting capacity development on the strategic level (internationally as well as regionally)

  • Monitoring of current trends and dissemination of information (recommendations for research and policy)

  • Development and support of the implementation of innovative pilot projects in the field of capacity development

  • Documentation of innovative capacity development processes, experiences and results

  • Formulating recommendations and developing toolkits