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The research methodology involves qualitative and quantitative collection of, for example, demographic and socio-economic data, reasons for study, labour market intentions, migration plans, and educational experience of student cohorts in the three countries (Namibia, Nigeria and Zimbabwe). Students’ academic and social adjustment will be assessed.

The data collected will be compared with South African students and with that of students studying face-to-face where such data exists. The project will also build on the UK’s Open University's (OU's) Learning Design Initiative (OULDI) – an innovative programme that will be useful in the analyses and explanation of existing student performance.