1.0 About ALDN Virtual College
Africa Learning and Development Network (ALDN) Virtual College is a registered Trust. Its business philosophy is to bridge the gap existing between convectional education system and industry expectations. ALDN Trust was established in March 2010 to offer world class learning philosophy. In 2011, ALDN Trust then registered with the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education as ALDN Virtual College.
The major strength of ALDN is its core network facilitators with minimum academic qualifications of Masters in various fields and disciplines.
In response to globalization and its challenges, ALDN engages its stakeholders to be proactive in leadership, development, policy formulations and implementation. Major challenges for Africa are embedded in three areas of development: (i) its technological backwardness; (ii) exporter of primary products and services with low technological content and (iii) the urban population explosion. These three areas have induced a system failure in Africa leading to insecurity of fundamental pillars of sustainable livelihoods (food, energy, infrastructure, water and sanitation) and environmental pollution/climate change. Creating a bigger vulnerable community in Africa desperately need immediate attention and assistance.
The philosophy of ALDN is based on the three pillar model in programming: the industrial (employment) value; the lifelong learning value and the family (community) value. In this respect, ALDN came up with flexible block-release programs meant to be compatible with these three pillars of development. ALDN’s approach in training is based on enhancing relevant knowledge, skills and attitude in student specific areas of studies. The competence levels of our students are then measured based on these three attributes.
2.0 ALDN Programs, and Design (Programming)
The unique design of ALDN programmes is informed by the initial training needs assessment carried out in 2009 with a team of experts, which established the structural dysfunctional that existed between the tertiary convectional education and the industry demands that are in line with the global economy and market. The absence of a framework to encourage flexible lifelong learning culture and more pragmatic learning programmes to spur right spirit among adult Zimbabweans to be continuously engaged in relevant learning skills prompted establishment of a programming philosophy for ALDN which is responsive to global economy and promoting productive investment for the government and its stakeholders. In its philosophy, ALDN design demand driven diploma courses, short courses and workshops specific to client’s requirements and needs. Programming is done by a team of professional qualified academics with relevant experiences of development work and through also the critical inputting from partners from relevant industry/sector.
3.0 ALDN Partnerships Experiences History
ALDN partnered with Bindura University of Science Education (BUSE) in February 2010; with University of Zimbabwe Department of Geography and Environmental Science (UZ-DGES) in October 2010 and in November 2011, with Gwebi College of Agriculture.
4.0 Attracting Unique Professionals across Africa
Since its establishment, ALDN Virtual College has enrolled over 2000 students across Africa (Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa) with a rich diversity. Our programmes attract leaders from leading industries and organizations. Most of these leaders are already established in their profession and acknowledge our innovation in nurturing professionals. A professional qualification from ALDN Virtual College will not only enhance the graduate within his/her industry, but also differentiate them from their peers.The learning network developed during the student’s experience at the College will remain with him forever and give the graduate an edge in today’s global knowledge economy and market.
5.0 What is Unique about ALDN’S Professional Programmes?
· Relevant and industry focused – designed and developed in consultation with industrial experts
· A curriculum that integrates continuous work-based projects/assignments to bridge the gap between knowledge acquisition and application
· A teaching and learning methodology that promotes participation and experiential learning
· Programmes that are delivered and assessed by a core group of qualified and experienced “Network Facilitators”
· Annual and periodic review of curriculum focused to match the pace of global trend in development. ALDN Curriculum is organic and alive that interacts with current affairs and events as opposed to curriculum of traditional tertiary Institutions which are static.
· ALDN offers learning engineering that makes graduates to be innovative in solving local challenges through turning them into opportunities for development and transformation
6.0 How the Programmes are being delivered
Our programmes are offered flexibly through supported open and distance learning model. This model continues to attract learners seeking learning opportunities that acknowledge and take into consideration their professional responsibilities, family commitments and lifestyles. Learners’ access programmes through workshops/block-release events organised by our programmes coordination office, internet and even WhatsApp.
7.0 Bridges the Gap – Work – Based Learning
One differentiating factor about our programmes is that they are designed to promote work-based learning. Each module/subject has a component of continuous work-based learning assignments. Through this approach, learners are able to acquire subject specific knowledge through workshops, block-release learning events, distance learning, lectures, virtual learning system, coaching and mentoring, and online library among others. Once the knowledge is acquired, learners are required to demonstrate the application and appreciation of the knowledge acquired by carrying out continuous work-based assignments and projects that are designed to offer solutions to real time challenges in the business, industries, communities and economy.
The other drive for ALDN programmes is that of ushering learning process that provide confidence to our stakeholders to be champion and leaders of economic development. We offer and advocates for education engineering as opposed to training technicians and supervisors who have literacy education ( able to read, write, do mathematics and take up instructions graduates). .
8.0 Programmes offered by ALDN Virtual College:
We offer Professional Diploma Programmes that are demand driven under new thinking and education engineering philosophy that induce critical innovation in our students as they perform their economic activities. Our learning philosophy is designed to address the 21st Century global economy and knowledge management.
We also offer customized short courses and in-house trainings. Our course programming starts from the client’s desires and expectations. This makes our course to be relevant and effective.
9.1 Diploma Programmes
· Applied GIS and Remote Sensing
· Production and Operations Management
· Logistics, Procurement and Fleet Management
· Disaster Risk Reduction
· Project Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation
· Development studies and International Relations
· Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development
· Financial Management and Auditing
· Biblical Studies, Leadership and Community Development
· Adult education and Vocational Training
· Research Methods, Research Software, Statistics and Consultancy.
· Industrial Relations
· Food Security, Livelihoods and climate change
· Conflict Management