Senegal - Senegal Virtual University Support Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 18 Dec 2013
Signature Date 27 Mar 2014
Planned Completion Date 30 Jun 2020
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Social
DAC Sector Code 11420
Commitment U.A 3,380,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Senegal Virtual University Support Project (UVS) aims to promote the equitable access of young GCE ‘A’ Level holders of both sexes to higher education in Senegal and foster their professional integration. The UVS technology-based approach rests on the intensive use of ICTs. The five (5) Open Digital Spaces (ENO) planned in this phase will make it possible to reach youth in the Dakar suburbs, Saint Louis, Thiès, Kaolack and Ziguinchor. Scheduled to span three years, this project will help to establish a technological platform (UVS head office and five ENOs), continue the design of training modules and train trainers. Its total cost is UA 4.48 million. Project support measures will enable 5,000 students to have laptop computers through the “one student, one PC” programme. Student’s access to the Internet will be facilitated by conventions with private telecommunication service providers and the State’s Computer Technology Agency (ADIE).

Project Objectives

The overall objective of the project is to contribute to human capital development through efficient training that leads to qualification, to foster better integration of young graduates. Specifically, the project aims to establish the UVS, its physical terminals and the ENOs so as to increase access to higher education and strengthen the professionalization of teaching and training.


A total of 6,000 students can be admitted yearly as soon as the infrastructure is in place. While targeting young GCE “A” Level holders essentially, the project offers the opportunity of higher education access to several socio-economic categories. The other beneficiary socio-economic categories are: (i) educated women who see in UVS a model that can receive and maintain them in higher education; (ii) GCE A Level holders (admission in L1) and “A” Level+2 certificate holders wishing to further their studies (admission in L3); (iii) professionals in active service, either on a private basis or as part of training contracts ; (iv) special categories of persons with difficulties in being physically present in school: people with disabilities (mobility impairment, etc.), people far from large urban centres; people who are subject to high geographic mobility; and (v) the international public, as part of training or capacity-building programmes.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Government Of Senegal


IATI identifier 46002-P-SN-IAD-001
Last Update 13 Jul 2020


Contact Details

Name TRAORE Rokhaya

Geographic Location

Country Senegal
Coordinates Location Name
12.75 -16.3333 Ziguinchor
14.8728 -16.852 Région de Thiès
16.3333 -15 Saint-Louis
13.9224 -15.9798 Kaolack
14.75 -17.3333 Dakar
14.7205 -17.1816 Diamniadio