Programs & Design

The unique design of ALDN programs is informed by the initial training needs assessment carried out in 2009 in SADC Nations with a team of experts, which established the structural dysfunction that existed between the traditional tertiary education and the industry demands that are in line with the global economy and market. The absence of a framework to encourage flexible lifelong learning culture in Africa prompted establishment of a programming philosophy that is responsive to sustainable development for Africa.

Student’s Learning Package

After each lecture-the student will receive the learning
Package in soft copy from the admin through emails. The
learning package is comprising of the following:

  1. Power point Presentation for the Module taught
  2. At least one work related assignment for the Module taught and to be submitted as a soft copy within 30days
  3. At least one pdf for the Module taught

Assessments & gradding system

  •  Individual Assignment (10-15 pages; Font size 11, Calibri; Spacing 1.5)-20%
  • Group Assignment (10-15 pages ; Font size 11, Calibri; Spacing 1.5 ) -30%
  • Final Exam: -40%
  • In-Class Participation-10%

ALDN Referencing System-Harvard Referencing

Final Diploma grading & weighting

  • Course Work (Assignments & In-Class Participation):-20%
  • Dissertation :-40%
  • Average Examination Mark;-40% –


Programs Delivery

Our programs are offered flexibly through a supported open and distance learning model. This model continues to attract learners seeking learning opportunities that acknowledge and take into consideration their professional responsibilities, family commitments and lifestyles. Learners access programs through workshops/block-release events that are organized by our programs coordination office, internet and even WhatsApp.

Work Based Learning

One differentiating factor about our programs is that they are designed to promote work-based learning. Each module/subject has a component of continuous work-based learning assignments. Through this approach, learners are able to acquire subject specific knowledge through workshops, block-release learning events, distance learning, lectures, virtual learning system, coaching and mentoring, and online library among others. Once the knowledge is acquired, learners are required to demonstrate the application and appreciation of the knowledge acquired by carrying out continuous work-based assignments and projects that are designed to offer solutions to real time challenges in the business, industries, communities and economy. The other drive for ALDN programs is that of ushering a learning process that provides confidence to our stakeholders to be champions and leaders of economic development. We offer and advocate for education engineering as opposed to training technicians and supervisors who have literacy education (able to read, write, do mathematics and take up instructions graduates).

Attracting unique professionals across Africa

Since its establishment, ALDN Virtual College has enrolled over 2000 students across Africa with a rich diversity. Our programs attract leaders from prominent industries and organizations. Most of these leaders are already established in their professions and acknowledge our innovation in nurturing professionals. A professional qualification from ALDN Virtual College will not only enhance the graduate within his/her industry, but also differentiate them from their peers. The learning network developed during the student’s experience at the College will remain with him forever and give the graduate an edge in today’s global knowledge economy and market.


  • Relevant and industry focused – designed and developed in consultation with industrial experts
  • A curriculum that integrates continuous work-based projects/assignments to bridge the gap between knowledge acquisition and application
  • A teaching and learning methodology that promotes participation and experiential learning
  • Programmes that are delivered and assessed by a core group of qualified and experienced “Network Facilitators”
  • Annual and periodic review of curriculum focused to match the pace of global trend in development.
  • ALDN Curriculum is organic and alive that interacts with current affairs and events as opposed to curriculum of traditional tertiary institutions which are static.
  • ALDN offers learning engineering that makes graduates to be innovative in solving local challenges through turning them into opportunities for development and transformation
  • ALDN has the capacity and Skill to design any training program demanded by the client within a short space of time.

At ALDN our motto; “The Ultimate Solutions”, confirms our commitment to service, as well as our partnership with our client creates synergies that have lasting solution in learning and development


ALDN has uniquely designed 12 months demand driven block release diploma programs that are run concurrently with industrial attachment or on job training. The target groups are professionals and experienced people from the industry and minimum qualifications required is 5-Olevels or equivalent. Experienced people from relevant industry/sectors could also qualify through maturity entry. To date, the diploma programs have attracted students from Mozambique, Malawi, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and South Sudan. The College to date has enrolled more than 80 per cent of the students being holders of first degrees from other tertiary institutions including University of Zimbabwe graduates. More than 90 per cent of our students are employed or have been employed before. Our students have drawn from government departments/ministries, private sectors, mining sector, and NGOs. The demand for our diploma programs are now being sought out across Africa and systems and logistics are being put in place to establish regional desks from these countries that shall be combined by launching a full throttle virtual platform to make learning closer to students’ door steps.

The following are some of diploma programs are being offered:

  • Project Management
  • Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Drone Photogrammetry
  • Logistics, Procurement and Transport Management
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL)
  • Advanced Agribusiness Management
  • Ecotourism, Culture and Community Development
  • Social Studies and Counselling
  • Health, Safety and Environmental Management
  • Community Development and Leadership
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Urban Horticulture and Landscaping Business
  • Development Studies and International Relations
  • Business Administration
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Development Program
  • Production & Operations Management
  • Financial Management and Auditing
  • ICT Management
  • Corporate Governance and Business Ethics
  • Environmental Management Systems
  • Community Health and Development
  • Agribusiness and Market Led Development

In response to the demand of stakeholders who demanded short courses to boost their skills and knowledge in specific sectors, ALDN designed a framework for customized tailor-made short courses to address client’s specific needs. It takes ALDN programming team a week’s time to design a short course specified by the client and to find specific ALDN Accredited facilitators from its network data system. To date the following short courses have been offered:

  • Basic Applied GIS and Remote Sensing (Level 1)
  • Advanced GIS and Remote Sensing (Level 2)
  • Financial Management & Business Development
  • ICT Management
  • Health Safety Security Environment
  • Data Analysis using SPSS
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Development Program
  • Urban Agriculture & Food Security
  • Environmental Management System (ISO 14001)
  • Project Planning Monitoring & Evaluation
  • HIV/AIDS Counseling


ALDN has the capabilities to design and run client specific workshops. It also has well qualified experienced workshop facilitators within its networks drawn from various industries/economic sectors. To date, ALDN successfully conducted workshops on Strategic Planning Session for Preachers Welfare Program of Church of Christ Zimbabwe held at SOS Waterfalls Staff Training in February 2015 (as an External Consultant); Asset Based Development Training Workshop for Manicaland Church of Christ Youths at Chiundu Secondary School in Rusape (May 2015); Strategic Planning and Visioning Development Process for both Igava Secondary and Primary Schools at Nhowe Mission in January 2014; Income Generating Activities (Church of Christ Congregation in Ruwangwe, Nyanga in September 2013); Financial and Emotional Literacy (Women Savings Group in Chisipite, Harare in August 2013); Financial and Emotional Intelligence training workshop for Manicaland Church of Christ Men at Sakubva Congregation, Mutare (May 2013); Visioning Process and Projects training workshop (Jubilee Congregation in Mutare in March, 2013); Peanut Butter Processing (Epilepsy Support Foundation Zimbabwe, February, 2013), Project Planning Monitoring & Evaluation (SOS Villages, Zimbabwe in June 2012), Hosted PhD Residential Workshop that attracted 25 students at SAPES Trust in July 2012

Through the partnership with Bindura University of Science Education, ALDN was able to offer postgraduate diploma programmes in the following areas.

  • Sustainable Community Development
  • Development Studies
  • NGO Management and Administration
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development
  • HIV/AIDS Programming

This partnership arrangement attracted 450 students from different industries including the government who went through the training.

Through the partnership with UZ-Department of Geography and Environmental Science, ALDN was able to offer six months certificate programs in the following areas:

  • Sustainable Community Development
  • Vulnerability and adaptation to climate change
  • Biodiversity and Wildlife Management
  • Project Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Disaster and Livelihoods Management
  • GIS and Remote Sensing
  • Environmental Management System (ISO 14001)
  • Environment Impact Assessment

    This partnership arrangement attracted 325 students from different industries including the government who went through the training.

Through the partnership with Gwebi College of Agriculture, ALDN was able to offer 3month short courses in the following areas:

  • Poultry Production and Management
  • Tobacco Production and Management
  • Whole Farm Planner
  • Agriculture Financing and Management
  • Small livestock Production

    This partnership arrangement attracted 147 students mainly from farming background.

In our endeavor to improve the quality and recognition of all our programmes, we recently entered into partnership arrangement with Reformed Church University (RCU) that will see all our programmes have a university seal. This also means all our students both former and current will be able to pursue degree levels up to PhD level with RCU.

Driven by a global vision and a regional mission, ALDN has spread its wings across Zimbabwe and has begun its regional penetration into Africa through strategic partnership initiatives. The organization’s market share is quite diverse, as it incorporates both the small players and the big players, driven by its ability to customize its service offerings to a particular customer needs. Both the High Living Standard Measure (LSM) and the low LSM corporate and individual customers from the Organization’s market share, driven by ALDN’s ultimate training solutions capacity, as well as its customized offerings capacity.