Pan African University, Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (incl. Climate Change)

Mohammed El Amine Hefhaf

The DAAD supports the development of the Pan African University Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (incl. Climate Change) (PAUWES) at the Abou Bekr Belkaïd University in Tlemcen, Algeria.


The importance of support for higher education and science on the African continent has steadily increased in international cooperation in recent years. Still there is often a lack of highly qualified scientists and young researchers as well as capacities for quality-oriented university management. Training at many African universities is often not sufficiently application-oriented and does not always comply with international standards.

In this context, the African Union Commission (AUC) launched the Pan African University (PAU) in 2008. The aim is to develop university education, science, and technology at a high level on the African continent. The focus is on applied research and the training of postgraduate and PhD students.

PAU Institutes are being established at existing universities throughout Africa. Each location focuses on a specific theme. The key PAUWES themes at Abou Bekr Belkaïd University in Tlemcen, Algeria, are as follows:

  • Water
  • Energy
  • Climate change

As Lead Thematic Partners (LTP), international sponsors support the development of the individual institutes of the Pan African University. The LTP for the PAUWES Institute in Algeria is Germany. The DAAD has been supporting PAUWES since 2013 in cooperation with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the KfW Development Bank. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

An overview of PAU Institutes and LTPs:

  • Algeria, PAUWES: Water and Energy Sciences (incl. Climate Change), Abou Bekr Belkaïd University of Tlemcen; LTP: Germany
  • Kenia, PAUISTI: Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology; LTP: Japan
  • Nigeria, PAULESI: Life and Earth Sciences, including Health and Agriculture, University of Ibadan; LTP: Indien
  • Cameroon, PAUGHSS: Governance, Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Yaoundé II; LTP: Schweden
  • South Africa, PAUSS: Space Sciences (location and LTP yet to be named)

Programme objectives

As a Pan African, internationally recognised network university, the PAU contributes to the development of higher education and applied research for sustainable development in Africa. Given the nature of a network university, closer collaboration between scientists, greater mobility of students, and the establishment of a continental platform for university education and academic cooperation should be facilitated, which will support the sustainable development of Africa.

At the PAUWES Institute in Tlemcen, highly qualified specialists who are trained in the thematic areas of water, energy, and climate change help to solve Africa's most urgent development problems. After completing their training, the high-profile graduates are expected to work in responsible positions, for example, as engineers or policy specialists.

Funded projects/measures and partners involved

From 2013 to 2016, the DAAD advised and supported PAUWES in developing a quality-controlled recruiting and selection procedure for teaching appointments.

Furthermore, from 2014 to 2016, the DAAD also supported university partnerships between German higher education institutions and the PAUWES Institute in Algeria. On the German side, the PAUWES university partnership was led by a university consortium, which comprised the following higher education institutions:

The higher education cooperation is continued in a second phase from beginning of 2017 until mid-2018.


In November 2014, PAUWES was launched with two master's degree courses in the fields of water and energy. Within these programmes, students were able to choose between specialising in a technical field or in policy. The international teaching staff were successfully recruited with the support of the DAAD. The two courses are now very well established: a total of 74 students from 17 African countries enrolled in the first two intakes, 31 per cent of the students are female.

Under the university cooperation supported by the DAAD, joint international specialist events have been held in the fields of water and energy, and a joint e-learning platform has been set up. Additionally, student exchange takes place in the form of summer schools.


German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Department P31 Institution Building in Higher Education

Lars Gerold
Head of Section
Tel.: +49 228 882-685

Further information

DAAD sponsorship database: Pan African University, Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (incl. Climate Change)

BMZ press release of 28/02/2016 on the visit by Federal Minister Dr. Gerd Müller to the PAUWES Institute

BMZ press release of 29/02/2016 on the North Africa trip of Federal Minister Dr. Gerd Müller

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