The Africa Centre of Excellence on Technology Enhanced Learning (ACETEL) is a World Bank, Association of African Universities, and Nigeria’s National Universities Commission supported regional centre of excellence focusing on development of human capacity and research in digital solutions that will lead to the utilisation of technology for education. The Centre aims to bridge the technology knowledge gap and achieve high levels of digital development for the African continent. The Centre will assist countries in the West African sub region build capacity in ICTs and cyber security as well as mainstream digital policies and the affordances of digital technologies in education and all sectors of the economy.
ACETEL is domiciled at the headquarters of the National Open University of Nigeria, Jabi, Abuja. The Centre team comprise of scholars drawn from relevant fields of science as well as public and private sector stakeholders. Working in partnership with these stakeholders, the Centre, aims to develop courses and provide trainings in the development of ICT tools and solutions for deployment in the education space.
To be recognised for excellence in research and development of ICT digital solutions and their secure deployment for learning with application to all sectors
Development of digital expertise to drive economic growth and transformation in the West African sub- region and beyond
There are two categories of Award: The Centre awards Scholarships to Postgraduate candidates to enable them undertake higher degree studies in ACETEL at Masters and Doctorate levels and for short professional training in ICT.
ACETEL awards scholarships on the affordances of technology to ensure digital literacy and enhance the quality of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education, and also provides access to postgraduate education, training and professional development opportunities for suitably qualified Africans. ACETEL scholarship alumni are expected to contribute actively to development in their Countries.
Being an open and distance learning institution, provisions will be made for laptops, data and access to virtual laboratories and libraries. Research and learning visits will be facilitated where necessary. Studies will be flexible to suit the need of learners particularly females. Provision for examination on demand will be available and examinations can be conducted at the comfort of student’s homes.
Africa Centre of Excellence on Technology Enhanced Learning (ACETEL), National Open University of Nigeria.
Doctorate, Masters Degrees and Short Courses
To be considered for a postgraduate scholarship or short course award, applicants must meet the following requirements:
The scholarships will be openly advertised on the Centre’s, University’s, National Universities Commission (NUC) and Association of African Universities (AAU) websites as well as on relevant Organization/Associations/Intuitions platforms. Other social media platforms of the Centre (twitter, facebook, linkedin and whatsapp ) will also be utilized. Interested candidates will apply online on the ACETEL website: acetel.nou.edu.ng. Application forms and other relevant documents will be completed and submitted online only.
The application window will be thirty days (one month). Applications will be acknowledged once submitted. Responses to applications will be sent to candidates via email within one month of the closing date of the advertisement.
ACETELscholarships are highly competitive and only applicants who are outstanding across board are selected.
A selection committee will be constituted to assess applications using the following criteria;
Possession of five (5) O/level credits or its equivalent, including English or French Language.
Applicants are advised to scan copies of all relevant academic documents and attach to their online application form.
Ten (10) for Masters students, Five (5) for Doctorate Degree students and Forty (40) for Short courses annually
The scholarship budget is valued at $3000 for Masters students, $4000 for Doctorate Degree students and $100 for Short Courses
For Masters programmes the scholarship will be for three (3) semesters while scholarship for Doctorate programme will be for six (6) semesters. Scholarship for short courses will vary with the duration of the course. No scholarship would be allowed beyond the duration of the course and all scholarships will be provided annually.
Student on scholarship must maintain a CGPA of 4.5 and above. Funds available under the scholarship must be utilized strictly for the purpose indicated (Registration, examination, research, publication, data, laptop etc). Candidates on scholarship must conclude their studies within the minimum period allocated to the programme