Will a Pan African University of science, technology and innovation be Successful?

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.

A call for students and teachers application has been recently issued, and the first class are expected  to open in September 2012.

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?


About Mawuna KOUTONIN

Mawuna Koutonin is a world peace activist who relentlessly works to empower people to express their full potential and pursue their dreams, regardless of their background. He is the Editior of SiliconAfrica.com, Founder of Goodbuzz.net, and Social activist for Africa Renaissance. Koutonin’s ultimate dream is to open a world-class human potential development school in Africa in 2017. If you are interested in learning more about this venture or Koutonin’s other projects, you can reach him directly by emailing at mk@linkcrafter.com.

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