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the Pan African university

The Pan African University ( PAU)  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 different institutes of the PAU will be hosted in the five geographic regions of Africa (North, West, Central, South and East Africa). Currently, the four existing institutes of the Pan African University are hosted and supported as follows:

Northern Africa

PAU Institute for Water and Energy Sciences (including Climate Change) (PAUWES) at the Abou Bekr Belkaid University of Tlemcen, Algeria.


Western Africa

PAU Institute for Life and Earth Sciences (including Health and Agriculture) (PAULESI) at theUniversity of Ibadan, Nigeria.


Central Africa

PAU Institute for Governance, Humanities and Social Sciences (PAUGHSS) at the University of Yaoundé, Cameroon.


Eastern Africa

PAU Institute for Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation (PAUSTI) at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Nairobi, Kenya.

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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 strategic vision

The strategic vision of the Pan African University is to develop institutions of excellence in science, technology, innovation, social sciences and governance, which would constitute the bedrock for an African pool of higher education and research. This would usher in a new generation of leaders properly trained to take the best advantage of African human and material resources, imbued with a common vision of a peaceful, prosperous and integrated Africa.


The PAU shall undertake training, research and innovation focused on priority issues in order to attain the following objectives

PAU at African Union commission

African Union Headquarters
P.O. Box 3243 | Roosvelt Street (Old Airport Area) | W21K19 | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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