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Maldives is a small island nation with a population of just over 500,000 (World Bank, 2022).

COL’s work in the Maldives is primarily in the areas of higher education through the Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC) network, technology-enabled learning, and benefits from programmes under the aegis of the Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA). Learners from the Maldives are also benefitting from COL’s free, open online courses and other available resources.


  • The Honourable Dr Aishath Ali, Minister of Education and the Honourable Ahmed Mujahid, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Education, were both active participants at PCF10.
  • TEL policy implemented at the Islamic University of Maldives.
  • Online course on deploying COL’s AptusPi, a micro-server of OER for less-connected contexts, was delivered to 67 teachers in 74 schools.


Partnerships are fundamental to COL’s work. Strategic partnerships allow COL to broaden its reach and engage at global, regional and national levels, while implementation partners support COL’s work in communities and institutions across Commonwealth Member States. Partners include multilateral organisations, regional bodies, national governments, government agencies, foundations, civil society organisations, public and private (not-for-profit) institutions and the private sector. COL partnerships assist in improving and extending teaching and learning services to people in the developing Commonwealth.

COL’s partners in Maldives include:

  • Ministry of Education
  • Islamic University of Maldives (IUM)
  • National Institute of Education
  • Villa College

Key Contacts

Focal Point

Mr. Ahmed Mausoom
Education Development Professional
Foreign Relations Section
Ministry of Education

Notable Mention

The Honourable Ms. Zahiya Zareer, former member of COL Board of Governors

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