The African Engineering Education Association (AEEA), under the leadership of the Dean, Faculty of Engineering, University of Lagos, Professor Funso Falade, as the President, has a long standing relationship with the Tsinghua University Centre for Engineering Education (now International Centre for Engineering Education, UNESCO Category II Centre).
The focus of the relationship is majorly in the area of contribution to the promotion of quality engineering education in Africa via capacity building approach.
In 2016, Prof. Falade was invited to Tsinghua University as the representative from Africa along with others from other developing countries around the world. One of the places visited was the Tsinghua University Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) centre.
The Professor requested the Authorities of Tsinghua University to locate the beaming centres of their MOOC facilities in Africa as a way of further promoting education in Africa. The request was approved.
The proposed implementation strategy suggested the location of the first phase of the project in the West Africa Sub-region, with the pilot project at the University of Lagos. The proposal was accepted and the Authorities of Tsinghua University working with the Chinese Academy of Engineering obtained permission from the Chinese Government for the project.
The platform,http://unilag.xuetangx.com, has been developed.
It was announced on Sunday, May 21, 2017 and launched on Monday, May 22, 2017 at the Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.
Members of the University community are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.