Highlights of the ACE Impact Regional Workshop held in The Gambia

Transforming Africa’s Higher Education through the ACE Project

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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

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Supporting cutting edge health research on the continent

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Promoting environmental research and climate change awareness across Africa

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Aiding Research in Applied Social Science and Education across Africa

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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.

ACEs in West Africa

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Female Students enrolled so far at different levels.


Total number of Regional Students Enrolled


Total Research articles published in internationally recognized journals.


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

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.

11 Participating Countries

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

 Samuel Phelp, Program Alumna, Tanzania

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