The African Virtual University (AVU) has helped reduce the digital divide in Africa and proven that modern communications technology can succeed in Africa. It has raised the profile of the continent positively and helped establish Africa as a business address. Today, a number of Internet and satellite companies are eager to set up businesses in Africa. Regions such as the Middle East and Central Asia have also begun to think along the lines of the AVU. AVU training courses are helping shape tomorrow's business managers, women entrepreneurs, scientists and other professionals who will make effective use of the knowledge economy, to stimulate growth and development in Africa.