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Pan African University (PAU)

The Pan African University (PAU)

The Pan African University (PAU) was initiated by the African Union Commission in 2008 with the objective to promote higher education, science and technology on the African continent at a high academic level. The focus is on the development of post-graduates, PhD-candidates and applied research. The PAU-institutes are being integrated into existing universities throughout Africa. The locations are arranged by discipline.

International donors support as Key Thematic Partners (KTP) the establishment of each institute:

  • PAUWES"Water and Energy Sciences (incl. Climate Change)" (North Africa/ Algeria, Abou Bakr Belkaïd University of Tlemcen); KTP: Germany
  • PAUISTI"Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation" (East Africa/ Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology); KTP: Japan
  • PAULESI"Life and Earth Sciences, including Health and Agriculture" (West Africa/ Nigeria, University of Ibadan); KTP: India
  • PAU-GHSS"Governance, Humanities and Social Sciences" (Central Africa, Cameroon, University of Yaoundé II)
  • South Africa: "Space Sciences" (KTP is to be announced)

Goals of the PAU

Each thematic key subject of the five PAU-institutes will be linked with up to ten scientific centers. In doing so, the entire African continent can be covered and will be able to foster cooperation in a qualitative and professional fashion at centers with international, academic, and scientific networks.

PAU as an academic network university enables an intensive cooperation for scientists and enhances the mobility of students and academic staff among African universities to improve on teaching and collaborative research. PAU provides a continental framework for higher education and scientific cooperation. It also promotes the sustainable development of research emerging from Africa.


Boosting Mediterranean cooperation, fostering investment in North Africa

Federal Minister Gerd Müller concluded his four-day visit to Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia by focusing in his talks on a new trading partnership with Northern Africa.

Following his meeting with Tunisia's Prime Minister Habib Essid, Minister Müller said: "We are working on a new Mediterranean trade and business partnership. We should not regard the Mediterranean Sea as a barrier separating us from North Africa; rather, it is a shared resource and a bridge that will bring us together in a successful partnership. 250 German companies are already doing business in Tunisia. We want to encourage more companies to do the same, and to spur further investments and economic development. Such an economic partnership with countries on this side of the Mediterranean will create jobs and prospects, in particular for the young people living in Northern Africa."

During his four-day visit to Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, Minister Müller held talks with numerous business leaders; promised education and training as well as business partnerships; and undertook to step up German support in innovative areas such as renewable energies, in academic education and in measures to help migrants from sub-Saharan Africa integrate in these North African countries.

During his visit to Tunisia, Minister Müller discussed ways and means of reviving the country's tourism industry, which had experienced a severe downturn in bookings following the terrorist attacks. He also discussed plans for greater cooperation between Germany and Tunisia in the digital sector.

Excerpt from BMZ press release, 29.02.2016

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