The African Union has quite an ambitious agenda to create in a near future a Pan African University of science, technology and innovation with the purpose to address the complete failure of most of the higher education institutions in sub-Saharan Africa.
Here is a description of the project, you can download here: PAU_PROJECT_DOCUMENT
I really don’t know how serious is this project, and what success to expect from it. It lacks measurable goals, and the project document is written poorly with more verbose than anything else.
The newly opened website of the university could be accessed Here. It has lot of bugs and most links are not functional. For an University of science and technology, they could do better to show off their basic skills.
God bless the sponsors. It’s quite an ambitious project, with a good focus on key areas of science and technology, in total 5 main areas: (1) Space sciences; (2) Water and Energy Sciences (including climate change); (3) Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation; (4) Life and Earth Sciences (including health and agriculture); (5) Governance, Humanities and Social Sciences.
Overall, the project in its current status looks more like a “grant” and “scholarship” program for involved universities and selected students.
I’m not sure how this experience will be different from past failed Pan African universities, schools or specialized institutions. Will this new project be a success? Have lessons been really learned from past failure? What are these lessons?