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High technology, higher learning for developing small island nations


It always begins with an idea: equal access leads to equal opportunity, and increased development capacity is the bottom line. Sparked at the Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (CCEM) in 2000 and conceptually approved by Ministers at their next Conference in 2003, the Virtual University for the Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC) became operational in 2005 with this idea in mind.

The VUSSC provides some of the world’s smallest countries with stronger economic opportunities through skilled human resources and improved access to quality education.

Through the VUSSC, professional educators from island nations in the Caribbean, Pacific, Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean, as well as small states in Africa, gain skills in the creation of learning materials and online collaboration using internet communication technologies (ICTs).

Five workshops have been hosted to train professionals in an immersion environment on the practical use of online technologies to share expertise, collaboratively developed learning materials and to use computer programmes, some of which are free to download from the Internet. Course materials that have been produced are available free of charge on COL’s website. [link to:]

By expanding access to learning, the VUSSC enables small states to become active contributors to global development and leaders in educational reform through the innovative use of information and communications technologies (ICTs).



The Virtual University of Small States of the Commonwealth actively seeks partner development agencies in support of course content creation.

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Start-up and core operational funding for the VUSSC has been provided by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), the Government of Singapore, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Co-operation (CFTC). We are most grateful to our past supporters.

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