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Digitalisation of higher education is an increasingly important aspect for universities to engage with, if they are to adapt and thrive into the future. In the short term, the global pandemic has shone a light on the challenges faced by the university. But this is also a long-term process with a need for transformative change: advances in technology, globalisation bringing greater connectivity, partnership and collaboration proliferating through the academy and the need for greater sustainability and improved access for all, and the changing needs of the student. 

Higher education systems in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), just as many other systems around the world, have been addressing the challenges to shifting to digital delivery. 

The British Council has supported a number of projects that explore the diverse and interlinked aspects of digitalisation for the university in SSA, and seek a greater understanding of different options for future digitalisation. Our project objective is to work together towards embedding technological advancements in higher education in SSA to support the development of digital learning, strengthen virtual exchange and collaboration between our higher education communities, allow for better inclusiveness and access, and to assist students, staff and higher education institutions to address these challenges.

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Decision-making for education leaders at the conflux of pedagogy, technology, and student support: how academics navigate the move to digital delivery of programmes

Open University, working with partners:

  • Kenyatta University, Kenya
  • Lawah Open University College, Ghana
  • National Open University of Nigeria
  • University of South Africa  

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A review Quality Assurance Frameworks to support online and blended learning of Higher Education programmes in Kenya and Nigeria

Association of Commonwealth Universities, working with partners:

  • Maseno University, Kenya
  • The University of Ibadan, Nigeria

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A vision for the future for Digital Higher Education in Kenya

Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR) and University College London (UCL)

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Stories of innovation in content development

International Network for Advancing Science and Policy (INASP), working with partners:

  • University of Nairobi, Kenya
  • Federal University of Technology Akure, Nigeria
  • Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Ghana

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Applying the power of co-design to stimulate entrepreneurial thinking in scientists

University of Lancaster, working with partners:

  • University of Benin (UNIBEN), Nigeria
  • Igbinedion University (IUO), Nigeria
  • Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Ghana
  • Kenyatta University (KU), Kenya

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In silico laboratory training: teaching practical skills remotely

University of Johannesburg, South Africa

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Digital capabilities: learning and teaching reimagined

Jisc, working with partners:

  • Saide, South Africa
  • Eko-Konnect, Nigeria
  • SANReN (South African National Research Network), South Africa
  • WACREN (West and Central African Research and Education Network)
  • UbuntuNet Alliance, Southern Africa

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