The Nigeria campus of Pan African University will take off within the year, AU Education Commissioner Jean-Pierre Ezin has said.
The institution is one of the five specialised Pan African University campuses to be established by the African Union (AU).
A Vice Chancellor has been appointed for the Nigerian Campus of the University, whose council is headed by the Managing Director of the World Bank, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
Mr Ezin told reporters that a regional campus of the university would be located in each of the five regions of the continent, namely east, south, west, north and central Africa.
According to him, the first institution will focus on energy, climate change, science and technology programs.
He said the AU was planning a different university structure, totally different from the conventional university system both in practice and administration.
“The programs of focus are some of the important areas for Africa to concentrate in developing its resources to enable it to compete favourably with the rest of the world,” he added.
He pointed out that the AU secretariat had decided to divide the project implementation into three parts, with the first part of the cost to be borne by host countries.
The education commissioner said the AU has already prepared a scholarship scheme for 100 pioneer students of the university, adding that the scheme was the second part of the implementation process.
The AU commissioner pointed out that 44 out of the 100 students on the program were Ph.D students, while the remaining 64 were masters’ degree students drawn from various countries across the continent.[Read more here]