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ACE Thematic Areas

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Supporting Agricultural initiatives across Africa

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Promoting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics across Africa


Supporting cutting edge health research on the continent


Promoting environmental research and climate change awareness across Africa


Aiding Research in Applied Social Science and Education across Africa

Our Overall Impact

The ACE project has successfully supported institutions and students across Africa through improved teaching and research conditions and scholarships and graduate internships.

Transforming Africa’s Higher Education through the ACE Project

ACEs Impact Participating Countries

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Female Students enrolled so far at different levels.

Project End Target Achieved 89%


Total number of Regional Students Enrolled

Project End Target Achieved 95%


Total Research articles published in internationally recognized journals.

Project End Target Achieved 71%


Total Students enrolled so far in STEM, Health, Agriculture and other fields.

Project End Target Achieved 83%

The ACE Impact Project​

The Africa Higher Education Centers of Excellence (ACE) Project is a World Bank initiative in collaboration with governments of participating countries to support Higher Education institutions in specializing in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Environment, Agriculture, applied Social Science / Education and Health. It is the first World Bank project aimed at the capacity building of higher education institutions in Africa.

The ACE Impact Project Development Objective is to improve the quality, quantity and development impact of postgraduate education in selected universities through regional specialization and collaboration. In this respect, the Project will support the 11 Recipient Countries to promote regional specialization among participating universities in thematic areas that address regional challenges and strengthen the capacities of these universities to deliver quality training and applied research.

“The ACE Project has given me the opportunity to achieve my goals and improve my life.”

 Samuel Phelp, Program Alumnus, Tanzania

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