It is with sadness that we learned today about the passing of Nelson Mandela. The relationship that the MDE community developed in recent years with Unisa has connected us to the vision of Nelson Mandela one step further.
"Unisa is currently the largest university in Africa and an iconic, quintessentially South African institution of international repute and stature. The university fundamentally lives the ideals of Nelson Mandela – we share his vision of empowering individuals with education, through our own vision to be the African university in the service of humanity." (http://www.unisa.ac.za/default.asp?Cmd=ViewContent&ContentID=27225)It has been our pleasure to have our colleagues from Unisa become a part of the MDE community. In the same spirit, we send out to all of them our sympathy for the loss of Mandela, while celebrating his memory and promising to live up to his values.
Nelson Mandela, former president of the Republic of South Africa, received a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) in 1988 from Unisa.
During the 25th ICDE World Conference in Tianjin, China, the winners of the biennial Prize of Excellence awards were announced. The winners were selected by an independent international jury appointed by the ICDE Executive Committee.
It is with pleasure that I wanted to share that for the category of individual prize, the winner was the MDE faculty member - Dr. Don Olcott.
This prize is awarded for:
A: Very significant contributions to the field over the past five years. The prize will focus on rewarding innovation and progress in the field, as well as very significant contributions to the international community of open and distance education during the past five years.
B: The Individual Prize of Excellence may also be awarded to individuals who have shown great leadership and excellence in the work of an educational association of open and distance education at national, regional or global level over the past 5-10 years, and moved the international agenda of ODL cooperation forward in a decisive manner.
Dr. Don Olcott, Jr., Professor of Educational Leadership and
Open and Distance Learning University of Maryland University College, USA
Read more here: ICDE » ICDE Prize of Excellence 2013 awards