Ethiopia launched its four Africa Centers of Excellence on January 16, 2017 at a ceremony held at Elilly International Hotel, Addis Ababa. The Centers include: African Center of Excellence for Climate Smart Agriculture and Biodiversity Conservation (Climate SABC) at Haramaya University, and Center for Innovative Drug Development & Therapeutic Trials for Africa (CDT-Africa), African Center for Water Management and African Railway Education & Research Institute (ARERI) at Addis Ababa University. Each of the four centers will receive $6 million to implement their proposal over five years.

Prof. Afework Kassu, Ethiopia’s State Minister for Science and Technology, pledged the government’s support to the Centers and government commitment to realise technological transformation.

Andrew Goodland, who represented the Country Director, Carolyn Turk, emphasized the need to deliver on results, adding that if the centers deliver on their commitments, there would be potential for similar funding.

Present at the launch was the President of Addis Ababa University, Prof. Admasu Tsegaye, Vice President of Haramaya University, government dignitaries, partners from other national universities and the World Bank staff.

The four center leaders, Dr. Birhanu Beshah, Dr. Feleke Zewge, Prof. Nigusse Dechassa and Dr. Abebaw Fekadu, presented overviews of their respective projects. Subsequent discussion focused on the potential of the centers not only for Ethiopia but also for the region and the importance of engaging key stakeholders such as the African Union. 

 The five-year project will work to build collaborative research capacity in five regional priority areas: industry (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), agriculture, health, education and applied statistics. The $140 million project is financed by the World Bank in form of credit to eight participating countries. These include Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. IUCEA, an East African Community institution responsible for coordinating the development of higher education will facilitate and coordinate the project.

The Centers will all offer competitive scholarships to award top talents and encourage regional student mobility. You can view ACE scholarships offered in Ethiopia here.

Announcements

Call for applications for PhD by Research Program in Mathematics and Science Education

24 May 2017

The African Center of Excellence for Innovative Teaching and Learning Mathematics and Science (ACEITLMS) based at the University of Rwanda-College of Education (UR-CE) is pleased to invite applications from interested and qualified candidates for admission in the PhD (by Research) program in Mathematics and Science Education. ACEITLMS will offer financial assistance to selected Rwandan and African citizens. The last date of application is July 10, 2017. Read More

Internet of things’ centre to boost innovation capacity

22 May 2017

The Africa Centre of Excellence in the Internet of Things is out to attract PhD candidates in what is a new concept in the field of computing which has the potential to boost Africa’s development through innovation. Full Story

African Center of Excellence in Internet of Things holds its curriculum development workshop

19 May 2017

The African Center of Excellence in Internet of Things (ACE IoT) based at the University of Rwanda recently concluded a one-week workshop that finalised the curriculum that will be used to deliver academic programs at the newly established Center. ACEIoT aims to educate and train African researchers in the field of IoT who will develop and deploy innovative IoT-enabled services. Read More

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