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Projects and Initiatives

In order to better take stock of current work being done in the realm of doctoral education, ‘Projects and Initiatives’ presents information about projects being carried out by organizations related to postgraduate training and management. Projects listed here share a common focus, all or in part, on African higher education.

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In 1999, the OAU (Organization of African Unity) Heads of State and Government issued the Sirte Declaration calling for the establishment of a new African Union. The vision for the Union was to build on the OAU’s work by establishing a body that could accelerate the process of integration in Africa, support the empowerment of African states in the global economy and address the multifaceted social, economic and political problems facing the continent. 

The Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union launched the Second Decade of Education for Africa EX/CL/224 (VIII) Rev.2 which identified tertiary level education as one of the seven priorities to be focused on for the period 2006-2015. As a result the Pan African University (PAU) was founded. PAU aims to promote networks and develop programs and research centers within selected existing high quality universities in the five geographic sub-regions of Africa, namely Northern, Western, Eastern, Central and Southern Africa.


Tasks: Network, Information, Funding, South-South Relations, 

Target: PhD Students, Deans, Management, Academic Staff, 

Country: All African Countries


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Mwalimu Nyerere African Union Scholarship Scheme

The Mwalimu Nyerere African Union Scholarship Scheme was launched in 2007 with
the aim of contributing to the production and retention of high calibre African human
capital for sustainable development of the continent in critical development areas, while
promoting regional integration through intra-African mobility of students. The
Scholarship Scheme is intended to enable young Africans to study in leading African
Universities with a binding agreement that beneficiaries will work in an African country
for at least the same duration of scholarship period after graduation.

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Pan African University

The Pan African University is the culmination of continental initiatives of the Commission of the African Union to revitalize higher education and research in Africa. It is a project that will exemplify excellence, enhance the attractiveness and global competitiveness of African higher education and research and establish the African University at the core of Africa’s development. The Pan African University will greatly boost the population and retention of high level human resources and quality knowledge outputs and be able to attract the best intellectual capacity from all over the world.

The first four institutes of the Pan African University will be hosted as follows:

1. Western Africa PAU Institute of Life and Earth Sciences at University of Ibadan, Nigeria

2. Eastern Africa PAU Institute of Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology

3. Central Africa – PAU Institute of Governance, Humanities and Social Sciences at University of Yaounde

4. Northern Africa – PAU Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (including Climate Change) at the Université Abou Bekr Belkaid Tlemcen


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