The Pan African University Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (including Climate Change) (PAUWES) is one of the five hubs of the Pan African University (PAU) hosted at the University of Tlemcen in Algeria. The Pan African University (PAU) was initiated by the African Union Commission (AUC) in 2008 with the objective to promote higher education, science and technology on the African continent at a high academic level. The focus is on the development of post-graduates, PhD-candidates and applied research. The PAU is guided by the vision of an Africa managed by its own citizens and acting as a dynamic force in the international arena.
In partnership with the German government, the PAUWES institute offers graduate students access to leading academic research and the latest theoretical and hands-on training in areas vital to the future of African development – water, energy and the challenge of climate change. Supported by cooperation with other institutions of higher education and research on the continent and beyond, the institute also benefits from a professional network of public, private and civil society actors. PAUWES is part of a broad, integrated system of higher education institutions across the African continent which include the PAU institute on the topic of “Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation” institute in Kenya, the PAU institute on the topic of: “Life and Earth Sciences, including Health and Agriculture” in Nigeria , the PAU institute on the topic of “Governance, Humanities and Social Sciences” in Cameroon and the PAU institute on the topic of “Space Sciences” in South Africa.
The project – “Higher Education Cooperation with PAUWES ” funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through the German Exchange Academic Service (DAAD) aims to support the development of PAUWES by enhancing its teaching and research activities in water and energy sciences. The United Nations University – Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), the Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics (ITT) at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences (CUAS) and Center for Development Research (ZEF) at the University of Bonn (UB) are partners in a consortium for the implementation of the project.
Within the consortium, UNU-EHS is leading activities related to the development of ICT based solutions to support teaching, research, social and professional networking. Additionally, UNU-EHS is also leading activities related entrepreneurship and technology transfer, and institutional capacity building with regard to the educational programs.