The Federal Government of Nigeria in collaboration with the World Bank established the Global Distance Learning Centre (GDLI) in Abuja as a window for building access to globally relevant resources for both the public and private sectors of the Nigerian economy. This is one of seven such centers funded by the World Bank in seven African countries, with the foundation stone of the Nigeria GDLI laid in June 2005. The Global Distance Learning Institute Abuja is an Affiliate of the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN). The GDLN Affiliates are designed to collaborate in holding events that connect people across countries and regions for learning and dialogue on development issues, along with collaboration with best-in-class institutions around the world to offer various training and skills development courses. Offering a combination of distant learning tools such as interactive video conferencing, the Internet, and expert facilitation and learning techniques, the GDLN Affiliates enable individuals, teams and organizations around the world to communicate, share knowledge and learn from each others’ experience in a timely and cost-effective manner. In December 2010, the Federal government directed that the GDLI Abuja be concessioned to a qualified Management Partner for the purpose of putting the facility into productive operational mode geared towards meeting the goals and objectives of the global network. After a rigorous application and selection process spanning over 12 months, AfriHUB Nigeria Ltd was selected to manage and operate the GDLI Abuja in partnership with the Federal Government of Nigeria. The institution is aimed at providing online and on campus training, capacity building and technology services in support of the Nigerian quest to leap frog into the apex of the digital age. Programs at the institute include graduate, undergraduate and diploma courses, some of which are run in partnership with Nigerian and foreign universities. Area of focus includes:
To Provide the critical combination of infrastructure, services,training and management required for effective human capacity development and economic empowerment of the Nigerian youths.
The GDLI strives to be recognised as the best in Distance Education services delivery based on the global best practices.
Prof. Manny C Aniebonam is a seasoned ICT Professional, Educator and Digital Entrepreneur, with over 25 years progressive leadership experience in the Information Technology industry. A Doctoral graduate of The George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Prof. Aniebonam has for many years been associated with several Research-1 Universities in the United States including the Computer Information Systems Programs at The George Washington University and Howard University, both in Washington DC, USA. As the President/CEO of AfriHUB Nigeria Ltd and The Global Distance Learning Institute, Prof Aniebonam oversees the operation of The AfriHUB Group in Nigeria with centers located at twenty cities and university campus, supported by over 400 staff force, and making great contributions in the areas of digital access, capacity building, infrastructure deployment and local content development. Past organizational affiliations include the World Bank, Mobil Oil Corporation, and the U.S Armed Forces (Department of Defense) DNA Identification Laboratory.
Bruce Kraselsky, a lawyer and entrepreneur, has more than 25 years of experience in establishing, managing and growing technology-related companies in the US and other countries throughout the world. Currently, he serves as Managing Director of Space Partnership International, an international management consulting firm specializing in space, telecommunications and earth observation technologies and applications.
Mr. Blaustein has over 20 years of experience designing and building international VSAT & IT related networks, as well as instructor-led technical training companies. He has played key roles in designing, implementing and operating more than 50 satellite and wireless projects in Africa. Mr. Blaustein has held senior management positions at a number of companies, including: Prosage, Learning Tree International, MCA/Universal Studios and Republic Pictures.
Vice Chancellor Federal University Otuke
More than 30 years in Engineering, Education and IT applications in Nigeria and the US; Vice-President, Nigerian IT Professionals in the Americas (NITPA); Professor & Past Chair of Department of Chemical Engineering at Howard University in Washington, DC.
Mr. Vitalis Ndu is responsible for AfriHUB’s Nigeria-based operations. Mr. Ndu has over 20 years of operations management experience in guidance and counseling, organizational operations, and Customer service and Support. He has significant experience in these areas throughout Nigeria, especially in the South East region and was responsible for reorganizing the staff to fit the vision of AfriHUB as a capacity building company of choice in Nigeria.
Daisy Aniebonam serves as the Director of Program Management focusing on creating, implementing and maintaining our process and quality policies and procedures. She has over 15 years of IT operational and project management experience supporting government agencies and the employees that deliver services and supports. Daisy posses a Masters Degree in Biological Sciences, and several IT professional certifications including HDM, ITIL, PMP. She manages our Project Management Office (PMO) and the corporate resources that support company operations. Prior to her time at ACE AND Associates she spent over five years with SAIC INC, managing Desktop/Service Desk staff tasked with the role of operations and support of NIH mission critical IT infrastructures for global customers.
At GDLI we provide the critical combination of infrastructure, Services and training required unleashing the human potentials. We pride ourselves on our delivery of quality programmes of study and development in a vibrant, professional learning environment. We are also proud to support the business community by offering bespoke services and project provision. Our Pre-University and Transition Centre strengthens our delivery by providing support for our international student body, as well as giving progression routes for those without standard entry qualifications. It is our pleasure to offer you the opportunity to be part our Institution and to develop success for business and ICT in today's Knowledge Economy.
Infrastructure is basic physical and organizational structures needed for the operation of a society or enterprise, or the services and facilities necessary for an economy to function. As a result we have the most conducive auditorium/lecture halls which are fully Air conditioned lecture hall with complete audiovisual and digital multimedia equipment. Students have wireless network and access to the internet an almost every spot on the campus
Our e library (also known as M.I.T library) provides an outstanding academic resource that supports the teaching, learning and research needs of your program. We have over 3.5 million e Books, application software, video conferencing, video lectures, multimedia and 1.583 Course wares from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (thus the name M.I.T). Large scale digitization projects are underway at GDLI with all our course wares been updated every three months. One factor that gives us an advantage is the fact that our e library can accessed from anywhere for all our subscribers with a search interface which allows resources to be found. These resources are typically deep web (or invisible web) resources since they frequently cannot be located by search engine crawlers.
GDLI Abuja is a member of the global distance learning network, others include: