African Economic Research Consortium (AERC)

The African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) is working closely with NBA to launch an online version of their popular Collaborative Masters in Agriculture and Applied Economics (CMAAE). The AERC’s mandate is to increase the number of effective economists within Africa. The CMAAE’s enrolment had hit a ceiling partly as a result of the courses’ requirement for participants to attend a three month study period at their ‘shared facility’. The facility, however, can only accommodate 60 students. NBA has provided AERC with a number of different technology mediated solutions to the problem and is currently supporting lecturers at the shared facility develop online versions of their courses using a learning management system and develop multimedia content to support online engagement of their courses.