The 9th ACE1 Project Steering Committee Meeting (PSC) and 6th ACE1 Project Workshop were held in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, from 14 – 17 November, 2016. The meetings were hosted by the Radisson Blu Hotel. The 6th ACE1 Workshop itself took place from 15th to 17th November, 2016. The Meeting of the Project Steering Committee (PSC), happened on Monday, 14th November, 2016.
Over 230 participants were gathered in Abidjan and these included teams from the 22 Africa Centers of Excellence from Western and Central Africa. Teams include Centre Leaders, Deputy Centre Leaders, Procurement Specialists, M&E Specialists, Financial Management Specialists and representatives from the collaborating partners.
The Africa Centers of Excellence 1 (ACE1) Project aims to:
- Promote regional specialization among participating universities in areas that address specific common regional development challenges
- Strengthen the capacities of these universities to deliver high quality training and applied research
- Meet the demand for skills required for Africa’s development such as the extractive industries
The Association of African Universities Secretariat is the appointed Regional Facilitating Unit for the ACE 1 Project.