Multinational - Pan African University Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 24 Jul 2013
Signature Date 20 Aug 2013
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2019
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2019
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Social
DAC Sector Code 11420
Commitment U.A 30,000,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

By supporting the Pan African University (PAU), the project will advance Africa’s goal of enhancing its competitiveness and growth through the creation of high quality higher education and research capabilities. The PAU is a regional university offering only postgraduate (Master and doctoral) programmes. The total cost of the 5- year PAU support project is estimated at UA 102.83 million of which the ADF will contribute UA 30.00 million as a grant. The balance of UA 72.83 million will be mobilized by the African Union Commission (AUC), the countries hosting the PAU institutes and the Lead Thematic Partners (LTPs).

Project Objectives

The PAU aims at establishing an academic network of already existing post-graduate and research institutions. It will serve the entire continent in five development areas identified by the Heads of States and the Conference of African Ministers of Education (COMEDAF).


The PAU is intended to serve all African countries, a population of 1.1 billion. All African graduate students may benefit from PAU. This project aims at fostering the mobility of African researchers. All higher education teachers and researchers may also benefit from PAU through the exchange programmes, interactions with academic and scientists from institutions in Africa and abroad. A scholarship program will be established to provide financial support to all students admitted to the PAU during the first five years. Through sensitization and communication on the PAU, the AUC and the Rectorate will endeavor to attract female student candidates, the objective being to reach at least 40% participation after 5 years of operation. The research grants provided through the projects will offer African researchers resources to improve their research productivity and publications. Projections of enrollment and graduation indicate that during the first five years, the PAU will admit in the 3 institutes 1064 students in Masters programmes and 486 in PhD programmes and award, considering a wastage of 10%, 794 Master degrees, (with one cohort in second year Master programmes) and 231 PhD degrees (with two cohorts in second and third years of doctoral programmes), including 40% females.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund


IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-IAD-010
Last Update 31 Oct 2019


Contact Details

Name EDOSIO Uyoyo

Geographic Location

Country Multinational
Coordinates Location Name
-1.18333 37.1167 Juja
3.86667 11.5167 Yaoundé
7.38778 3.89639 Ibadan