> ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) - Plagued by slim budgets, broken down
> equipment and out-of-date and looted libraries, African universities
> may soon receive a lifeline from cyberspace.
is that easy?
> Under a pilot project to be launched in April by the World Bank,
> 10 universities in six nations will be connected through the African
> Virtual University - a computer link via satellite to universities
> in Europe and the United States.
I attended the meeting demo there was no
link to computers. Where did you find
> Making use of computer networks linking Africa to the West,
> participating universities in the United States and Ireland will
> provide packaged academic programs, particularly in science,
> engineering and business.
Where did you get that from? Is AVU using high speed computer networks or just a
receive only satellite and video with email backup at the moment?
> During the pilot phase, a limited number of first-year
> undergraduate courses - calculus, differential equations, physics,
> electronic circuits, statistics, introduction to the Internet and
> introduction to computer sciences - will be offered via video
> transmissions, Internet links and other means such as e-mail.
> Etienne Baranshamaje, the World Bank's project manager, said the
> African Virtual University will be a network of Internet facilities
> and its own Web site.
> More and more African countries are setting up Internet services.
> Ethiopia will go online soon through the government
> telecommunications office, while private concerns provide Internet
> links in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
I thought Ethiopia was online since November!