African Virtual University

The Case of Kenyatta University, Kenya

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The virtual university takes the existing models of an Open University and extension learning one stage further by providing links that enable learners to take courses from overseas institutions as well as from the local university. This case study relates to the pilot phase of the African Virtual University at Kenyatta University in Kenya. It provides one of the few available insights into the reality of how the AVU has progressed in terms of concept, strategy and practice. It describes and analyses key issues regarding courses offered, operational economics, practical difficulties and the growing institutionalisation of the AVU as an integral part of higher education in Kenya.

The Commonwealth’s educational work promotes the exchange of experiences and good practice in the field of education. Commonwealth Case Studies in Education is a series of key papers focusing on innovations and challenges in education. Each case study presents a concise analysis of a topical and pertinent educational issue. The series marks an important contribution to educational advancement of benefit to countries, agencies and organisations, within the Commonwealth and beyond.




African higher education has witnessed unprecedented expansion in the past few decades. Many African countries which had a single university at independence now (1998) have several universities and colleges. With the achievement of independence in the 1960s by most African countries, the rate of expansion has averaged 11 per cent per year for the past 30 years, with enrolment increasing from around 21,000 in 1960 to around 500,000 by the mid 1980s.


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