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Improving Educational Infrastructure through Emerging Technologies - Pan-African University will boost continent's growth

 

The African Union is launching a continent-wide university aimed at overcoming the gap in the knowledge and innovation that is holding back the region’s economic development.

Jean-Pierre Ezin, Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology at the African Union Commission, will outline plans for the Pan-African University and call for international support and cooperation at this week’s 2010 Global Economic Symposium.

The Pan-African University will act as a network of specialist faculties to be set up in universities in each of the five geographic regions of the continent:

  • Water and Energy Sciences (including climate change research) in Northern  Africa
  • Governance, Humanities and Social Sciences in Central Africa
  • Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation in Eastern Africa
  • Life and Earth Sciences in Western Africa
  • Space Sciences in Southern Africa.

Each regional centre will be required to act as hub for up to ten other research centres as well as for doctoral students from across the continent. The Pan-African University, together with the African Union Commission, will also be appealing to the international community, including Africans who have migrated, to offer to partner with the Pan-African University.

Jean-Pierre Ezin will argue that Africa’s severe lack of human resources is holding back the continent’s development:

‘How can you address the economic growth if you have no researchers to create knowledge, no engineers to innovate, no qualified teachers in universities and schools to disseminate knowledge and no scholars to reflect peace, security and policy?’

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