Multinational - East Africa’s Centres of Excellence for Skills and Tertiary Education in Biomedical Sciences Project – Phase 1

Project Summary

Approval Date 03 Oct 2014
Signature Date 12 Dec 2014
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2023
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Social
DAC Sector Code 12110
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 6,250,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The present intervention concerns the first phase of the East Africa’s Centres of Excellence for Skills and Tertiary Education in Biomedical Sciences Project. It aims to contribute to development of relevant and highly skilled workforce in biomedical sciences to meet East African Community (EAC) immediate labour market needs and support implementation of EAC’s ‘free’ labour market protocols. The project Phase 1 will support creation of a network of Centers of Excellence (CoEs) in biomedical sciences and engineering - Nephrology and Urology in Kenya, Oncology in Uganda, Cardiovascular in Tanzania and Biomedical Engineering and eHealth in Rwanda. The project’s main deliverable is to enhance EAC’s competitiveness through a highly skilled workforce in biomedical sciences. The project will enable EAC increase its capacity and competitiveness through expanding higher education and specialised service delivery that are demanded by the rapid economic development in East Africa. The project has potential to create jobs for professionals and support services through medical tourism within the EAC as well as from other African regions. The main components of the project are: (i) Establish four Centres of Excellence in Biomedical Sciences; (ii) Support EAC Regional Integration agenda in Higher Education and Implementation of EAC Labour Mobility Protocols and (iii) Project Implementation.

Project Objectives

The development objective of the project is to contribute to development of a relevant and quality skilled workforce in biomedical sciences to meet EAC’s immediate labour market needs. The specific objective of the project is to provide high quality, competitive and skilled workforce in the EAC for social and economic development.


The project will directly benefit the estimated 150 million EAC citizens through affordable quality, and accredited biomedical skills and tertiary education institutions and services. The CoEs will create an opportunity for students from the EAC region, as well as Central Africa who are already training within the EAC, to access high quality postgraduate biomedical sciences education thus increasing their availability and employability in the regional labour market. The CoEs target students enrollment is 150 students on postgraduate programmes (140 masters, 10 PhD) in addition to 300 trainees for short courses in Phase 1.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund


IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-IB0-016
Last Update 31 Jan 2023


Contact Details

Name OLANG'O Susan Achieng
Email s.olang'

Geographic Location

Country Multinational
Coordinates Location Name
-1.94995 30.0589 Kigali
-6.82349 39.26951 Dar es Salaam