BY AMIN NIANG
Saint-Louis’s Gaston Berger University (UGB) is launching the Open e-Learning Training (OELT). The announcement was made by the head of the institution, Professor Lamine GUEYE during the launch of the multinational African Virtual University’s (AVU) second phase (2012-2016).
The project, created in 1997, allowed the training of 43,000 students in Africa and to set up a network of institutions that offer open e-learning training that extends in several countries of Sub-Saharan Africa.
UGB, who is part of the project, hopes to recruit 5,000 students in its OELT programs by the 2015-2016 school year. According to the head of the institution, e-learning is the solution to the lack of orientation of recent high-school graduates.
“This is important because there is currently a constant growth in the number of high-school graduates in Senegal. This year, we have had 40,000 high-school graduates as opposed to 33,000 for the year 2012-2013,” he declared while reminding that the universities do not have the capacity to take them all in, hence the need for these institutions to take a closer look into e-learning. He also solicited AVU‘s support in order to meet that objective.