Pay TV operator StarTimes and the Association of African Universities (AAU) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to increase access to higher-education content in Africa.
Under the terms of the partnership, AAU will make educational videos available for free via StarTimes mobile app StarTimes ON, enabling subscribers their knowledge and skills.
AAU secretary general Professor Etienne Ehouan Ehile said: “This partnership with StarTimes comes at a time when access to educational content is in high demand, especially as most educational activities have moved online as a result of Covid-19 and its unprecedented outcomes.
“Through the AAU TV, the AAU, in its capacity as the continental apex higher-education agency, will promote the quality and relevance of higher education, as well as showcase and strengthen the contributions of higher education to the development of the continent. AAU is open to partnering with institutions whose core mandates align with our aspirations.”
StarTimes VP Luis Lu added: “We are honoured to launch this partnership with the AAU. Education is crucial for individuals and communities. Through our TV and OTT platform, StarTimes has a unique way of reaching millions of people in Africa. We are leveraging this platform to expand access to knowledge via AAU partnership.
“Our motive is to air high-quality content made by the best African experts. This is a milestone for StarTimes and a step forward toward ensuring equal access to all levels of education.”