Supporting the Pan African University and establishing the Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (including Climate Change) (PAUWES)

Project description

Title: Supporting the Pan African University and establishing the Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (including Climate Change) (PAUWES)
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Africa (supraregional), Algeria
Lead executing agency: Department of Human Resources, Science and Technology (HRST); African Union Commission (AUC), PAU Rectorate
Overall term: 2011 to 2018

Algeria. Students of the University of Tlemcen (Photo: Mohammed El Amine Hefhaf) © GIZ

Context

Universities are essential partners in tackling global challenges, for example securing a sustainable water and energy supply in Africa or adaptation to climate change. They educate technical experts and managers, produce and expand essential knowledge, and connect with international knowledge networks. Up to now there has been a lack of higher education that offers high-quality graduate and doctoral programmes that are recognised in accordance with international standards and carries out applied research on energy, water and climate change. This means that employees are often not sufficiently qualified, African scientists cannot comprehensively research complex issues regarding the future, and knowledge transfer occurs only to a limited extent.

In 2008, the African Union Commission decided to establish a Pan African University (PAU). The aim is to close the gaps in the African higher education landscape with an exemplary dedication to excellence. There are five thematic institutes that belong to PAU in locations in northern, southern, eastern, western and central Africa. A Pan African Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (including Climate Change) (PAUWES) was set up in Tlemcen, Algeria, which is to commence classes in October 2014.

Objective

As a part of PAU, PAUWES in Algeria contributes to Africa’s sustainable development.

Approach

The programme will address the gaps in the African higher education landscape. In setting up PAUWES – as part of PAU – it is helping to expand higher education, science and technology, thus contributing to Africa’s sustainable development.

GIZ is coordinating cooperation from Addis Ababa; the programme locations are in Ethiopia and Algeria. KfW Development Bank is financing scholarships for students as well as equipment and infrastructure. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is helping recruit and select instructors as well as network with German and international universities.

Activities include:

  • strengthening the resources and performance of the African Union Commission and the PAU Rectorate for planning and setting up the PAU;
  • supporting the partners in setting up PAUWES;
  • developing international Master and doctorate programmes and structures for applied research at PAUWES;
  • promoting scientific cooperation;
  • cooperating with the public and private sector;
  • developing the quality management process and a safeguard strategy for the financial sustainability of PAUWES;
  • promoting gender equality at PAUWES.
Algeria. Students of the University of Tlemcen (Photo: Mohammed El Amine Hefhaf) © GIZ