develop continent-wide and world-class graduate study programmes in science, technology, innovation, humanities, social sciences and governance;
stimulate collaborative, internationally competitive, cutting-edge fundamental and applied research, in areas having a direct bearing on the scientific, technological, economic and social development of Africa;
enhance the mobility of students and academic staff among African universities to improve on training, research and innovation;
contribute to the capacity building needs of present and future stakeholders of the African Union;
improve on the attractiveness of African higher education and research institutions to attract and retain talented young professionals on the African continent;
initiate and invigorate mutually beneficial partnerships with public and private sectors within Africa and the Diaspora as well as internationally; and
facilitate the emergence and strengthening of an African higher education and research platform.