The organization ADPP Mozambique (Development Aid from People to People – Mozambique) has been working in Mozambique since 1982, directing a number of development projects focused on education, health, agriculture and more. In 1998, ADPP founded One World University (OWU), which started with a School of Pedagogy with the purpose of training teachers for the teacher training colleges around the country and the continent. In 2005, One World University was approved by the Minister of Education as a private institution for higher learning. OWU was accredited to provide academic courses from the bachelor’s to master’s level under the name in Portuguese, Instituto Superior de Educação e Tecnologia – One World University.
In 2008, OWU started a second School. This time offering a unique degree in “Community Development – Fighting Shoulder to Shoulder with the Poor.” OWU created this course inspired by Armando Emílio Guebuza, then President of Mozambique, who asked ADPP to create a course to support the fight to end poverty. The Community Development course provides the students with the necessary skills to work in holistic and inclusive community development.
In 2012, One World University was approved to offer its courses as a distance learning institution, opening its doors to many more people on the African continent and beyond. Today, One World University has more than 500 distance learning students from Africa, America and Europe. Altogether, 700 students have graduated from OWU. The Distance Learning Department currently has 475 students enrolled. Some of these students are from One World Center!