VUSSC AND THE COMMONWEALTH OF LEARNING
The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) is co-ordinating the development of the Virtual University of Small States of the Commonwealth on behalf of Commonwealth Ministers of Education. The Commonwealth of Learning was charged with leading the initiative and seeking potential funding sources for activities.
COL is an intergovernmental organisation created by Commonwealth Heads of Government to encourage the development and sharing of open learning/distance education knowledge, resources and technologies. COL is helping developing nations improve access to quality education and training.
The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of more than 50 independent sovereign states, which provide support to each other, and work together toward international goals. The Commonwealth is described as a "family" of nations, originally linked together in the British Empire, and now building on their common heritage in language, culture and education, which enables them to work together in an atmosphere of greater trust and understanding than generally prevails among nations.
Bringing together some 1.7 billion people of many faiths, races, languages, traditions and levels of economic development, the Commonwealth represents almost one-third of the world's population.