École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

10 May

An initiative for Africa 

MOOCs for Africa was launched by EPFL in summer 2013, with the backing of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, The EPFL+ Foundation and The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations.  

Leveraging the existing Network of Excellence in Engineering Sciences of the French-speaking Community (RESCIF) network, the program focused on capacity building of higher education which revolves around two main areas:

  1. Support African academics partners to the digital transition and 
  2. Develop an offer of continuing education adapted to the African needs.

A sustainable program

The program is widely acclaimed as it helped putting digital education in the institutional and political agendas. Today, EPFL is acknowledged across Africa and in all Francophone countries, as a leader in online STEM education.

Output indicators

  • universities in sub-Saharan Africa are formally associated to the program,
  • of 65 instructors and technicians trained at EPFL to create, produce and use MOOCs
  • MOOCs Factories created and next to be implemented in Yamoussoukro, Yaoundé and Dakar
  • 110’000 African residents accessed EPFL MOOCs by end 2016
  • 9 African universities have been actively engaged in the production of a total of 14 collaborative MOOCs



Picture Credit to EPFL May 2017 "Techniciens de l’UVS et l’UVCI en formation à l’EPFL ©EPFL MOOCs Afrique"

Note: 'MOOC' stands for 'Massive Open Online Course'

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