CERSA’s Masters Program to recieve International Accreditation


The High Council for the Evaluation of Research and Higher Education (HCERES) based in France has confirmed the accreditation of the Regional Centre of Excellence in Avian Science (CERSA), Masters Programme  “without reservation, for five years.”

The accreditation was approved based on self-assessment according to the standards of HCERES and an evaluation mission embarked by the Council from September 11-13, 2017. Following the Evaluation, HCERES commended CERSA on its efforts towards the development of the poultry industry saying, “The Masters in Avian Sciences proposed in this framework responds to a strong need of the Togolese society and more broadly of the countries of West and Central Africa. The positioning of this training is relevant in the agricultural context of the region and the training objectives are consistent with the immediate and future needs of the poultry sectors.”

CERSA is the first in the University of Lomé to have its Masters program accredited by HCRES. The accredited Programmes include; Process of Transformation and Safety of Poultry products, Bio-safety and Bio-security of Poultry, Poultry Production Techniques,Poultry Biotechnology and Genetics, Socio-economy and marketing of the Poultry industry

The Commission recommended that, the Centre consolidates the training in Avian Sciences with emphasis on economic objectives and food security. Also, the university was advised to continue its quality assurance policy.


2iE to host 9th ACE Workshop

The Ninth African Higher Education Centres of Excellence (ACE) Project Workshop will take place at 2iE (Institut International d’Ingénierie de l’Eau et de l’Environment) Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. This two-day event is slated for May 8-9, 2018.

2ie is the first ACE institution to host an ACE workshop since the inception of the project.  Participants at the ninth ACE workshop will include representatives of the Centres, subject matter experts in the thematic areas of Agriculture, Health and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) as well as representatives of the World Bank and the Association of African Universities (AAU).

The workshop will feature novel activities such as the Africa Higher Education Fair slated for Monday May 7, 2018. The fair will create an avenue for the Centres to showcase their products and activities. ACEs are further encouraged to ensure the participation of students from their centers in the fair to share information, learn from others and network among themselves.

Prior to the workshop, the 12th ACE Project Steering Committee Meeting will take place on Monday May 7, 2018

Since its inception in 2014, the African Centres of Excellence has organized 7 workshops for the 22 Centres in ACE I and one joint workshop for ACE I and II.

OAU- ICT Driven Knowledge Park calls for University- Industry linkage in ICT


The Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) – ICT Driven Knowledge Park has called on the private sector to partner with the University and benefit from its knowledge and skills in technology and innovations. OAU in collaboration with the Nigeria Computer Society organized a one- day university-industry linkage forum themed ‘Rethinking Academia-Industry Engagement’ at the Sheraton Hotel Lagos.

OAU is one of the Africa Higher Education Centres of Excellence funded by the World Bank to strengthen the capacities of Universities to deliver high quality training to meet the demand for skills required for Africa’s development.

Speaking at the forum, Dr. Yemi Ogunbiyi, the Pro- Chancellor and Chairman of the University Council, called on industry stakeholders to partner with the institution and benefit from its ICT potentials. He stated, “We need to build a stronger interface between academia and the industry. Industry participation and synergy on this project will be of immense benefit to the student community, the academia and the industry.”

He also noted that OAU was ready to create the platform for the University and industry to jointly identify challenges facing the country and design the needed solutions, and also provide jobs and wealth creation in the process.  Dr. Ogunbiyi also stated that the park is being positioned as a recognized model ICT Park and hub in the sub- region which links academia and industry to proffer solutions to local problems.

He added, “The intent here is that such solutions will be innovative and commercialized. It is our desire therefore that companies can take up structures or spaces in the park, creating proximity to the university’s intellectual infrastructure of our faculty and the reservoir of knowledge resident within our active student population.”

The co-leader of the Centre who also doubles as the President of the Nigeria Computer Society, Professor G.A Aderoumu speaking at the event stated that, the World Bank earmarked eight million USD for the setting up of the park, which is near completion and would be fully commissioned in May.

Also present at this event was the OAU Vice Chancellor. Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, who added that, the university is ready to work with all stakeholders in bridging the gap between academia and industry and to also sustain its relevance as a leading university in research and innovation.



Ninth ACE Project Workshop Registration

Ninth ACE Project Workshop|| 9ème Atelier du Projet CEA/

Date: May 7-9, 2018|| Du 7 au 9 mai 2018

Venue/ lieu: 2iE- (Institut International d’Ingénierie de l’Eau et de
l’Environnement) Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Register here/ Veuillez bien vous inscrire ici

Download general information with regard to visa, accommodation, transport,etc.

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Call to Participate – from IADE

Call to Participate – AAU Member Universities and other African Tertiary Institutions

Dear Vice Chancellors, Rectors, Presidents, Deans, Head of Departments and Senior Leaders

The Institute for the Advancement of Developing Economies (IADE) is calling for your participation in its proprietary Higher Education Capacity Building (HECB) Program. The IADE HECB is an innovative capacity building program that functions through a number of customizable program areas, designed to strategically advance the quality, competitiveness, and visibility of higher education institutions in Africa. The program tackles key issues limiting the advancement of higher education institutions in Africa. A HECB program area typically consists of several deliverables that will be administered to the participating institutions over a period of 12 months. IADE HECB program areas, approach, and deliverables are proprietary and designed to get the desired results for the participating institutions. IADE is also working on engaging with ministries/departments of education in various African countries.

The IADE HECB program areas include:

  1. HECB Program Area 1: Positioning Institutions for International Funding Opportunities
  2. HECB Program Area 2: Enhancing Institutions’ Scientific Research Publication Output and Visibility
  3. HECB Program Area 3: Launching High-Impact Academic, Professional, and Certificate Programs
  4. HECB Program Area 4: Applying and Preparing for International Accreditation

IADE also publishes the Journal for the Advancement of Developing Economies (JADE) and submission and publication is 100% FREE for all AAU-member institutions.

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OAK-Park Partners with Fisher College of Science and Mathematics


The Obafemi Awolowo University in ICT- Driven Knowledge Park (OAK-Park) has partnered with Jeff & Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics, Towson University. The partnership is to promote academic exchanges with regard to research publications, education and faculty training. This agreement falls in line with the African Higher Education Centres of Excellence (ACE) Project’s objectives to promote collaborations between the Centres and other Institutions. Read more


Call for Applications

The Africa Center of Excellence in Internet of Things (ACEIoT) at the University of Rwanda, College of Science and Technology, invites qualified applicants to the following programs:

  1. PhD in IoT with Specialisation in Wireless Intelligent Sensor Networking
  2. PhD in IoT with Specialisation in Embedded Computing Systems

There are full and partial scholarship opportunities. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. The deadline is March 16, 2018.

For more info visit < Applications now open for PhD Studies- Deadline extended up to March 16, 2018>

Website <www.aceiot.ur.ac.rw 

Fifth ACE Supervision Missions ready to be launched


In line with the ACE project’s monitoring and evaluation strategy, Supervision Teams consisting of experts in the thematic disciplines of Agriculture, Health and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) will be embarking on the 5th supervision missions to 11 ACEs in West and Central Africa between 12th March and 17th April 2018. The Centres to be visited are The Centre for Food Technology and Research (CEFTER); Centre for Dryland Agriculture (CDA); Pan African Materials Institute (PAMI); Regional Water and Environmental Sanitation Centre Kumasi (RWESCK); Centre for Excellence in Reproductive Health and Innovation (CERHI); Ecole Nationale Superieure de Statistique et d’economie Appliquee (ENSEA);  Centre d’Excellence Africain Mines et Environnement Minier (CEA-MEM); ACE in Mathematics, Informatics, and ICT (CEA-MITIC);  ACE in Poultry Sciences (CERSA);  ACE for Phytomedicine Research and Development (ACEPRD); and ACE in Maternal and Child Health (CEA-SAMEF).

Representatives from the Association of African Universities (AAU) and the World Bank will also be part of the supervision mission.


The purpose of the mission is to assess the extent to which implementation is consistent with the agreed timelines and outcomes set out in the Project Appraisal Document (PAD). It is also to track progress, achievements and impacts made by each ACE.  The mission further presents the opportunity for experts to provide technical advice on addressing challenges facing the Centres in project execution.


The Africa Higher Education Centres of Excellence (ACE) Project emphasizes results-oriented management and supervision based on tracking results and how these feed into achievement of the Project’s goals. In line with this, frequent monitoring and evaluation is required to ensure the Centres implement activities according to their approved Implementation Plans and Annual Work Plans. Since its inception in 2014, four supervision missions have been undertaken by teams of experts and representatives of World Bank and AAU to various ACEs to monitor progress and make recommendations towards attainment of the Project’s goals. Logistical arrangements for the Fifth Supervision Mission are at an advanced stage. Click here to see timetable.

CERSA to collaborate with animal genetics company to conduct experiments


The African Center of Excellence on Avian Sciences (CERSA) has signed a partnership agreement with Hendrix Genetics to conduct experiments on genetic strains of poultry (layers). Hendrix Genetics is a multi-national company that specializes in multi species animal breeding, genetics and technology. It is based in the Netherlands.

The agreement is part of the cooperative partnership between the University of Lomé through CERSA and Hendrix Genetics. The agreement states that “the results of the experiments will become property of CERSA, which will give Hendrix Genetics the right to use the results for a mutually agreed period of time”. For the start of these experiments, Hendrix Genetics will make available to CERSA a total of 3600 day-old chicks.

This initiative falls in line with the Project’s objective to promote partnerships between the African Higher Education Centers of Excellence (ACE) institutions and industries.

The African Center of Excellence on Avian Sciences (CERSA) hosted by the University of Lomé, Togo is one of six African Centers of Excellence in the thematic discipline of Agriculture. The Center trains students of different nationalities for the development and promotion of poultry production in Africa.

ACE for Development Impact – Stakeholders meet to discuss strengthening and scaling up the Project

Stakeholders of the Africa Higher Education Centers of Excellence (ACE) Project in West and Central Africa, including Ministers of various countries in the region, have met to deliberate on ways to strengthen the development impact of the ACE project.  Discussions on scaling up the activities of high performing centers and increasing the number of participating countries were also key on the agenda.

Held in Dakar, Senegal on January 16-17, 2018, the meeting was attended   by sector ministers or their representatives, experts, and other stakeholders from Burkina Faso, Guinea, Republic of Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Benin Republic, Ghana, Djibouti, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Gabon, Mauritius, Gambia, Senegal, Togo, China, Kenya, USA and Spain. Representatives from the World Bank, ECOWAS and the Association of African Universities (AAU), were also in attendance.

Presentations made at the meeting outlined the performances and challenges of the initial phase of the Africa Higher Education Centers of Excellence Project (ACE I), as well as lessons learnt in project implementation, which should feed into the ACE for Development Impact (ACE III) Project. It was indicated that ACE I had proven productive with regard to enrollment, partnerships, graduate Internships, National and International Accreditations, and external funding. Over 12, 000 students have for instance, been enrolled in post graduate programmes while 11 programmes have attained international accreditation with several others gaining national accreditation, since the inception of the ACE 1 project.   Some Centers have also generated considerable external funding.  One such example is the West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP, Ghana),  which has been able to generate US$ 10 million from external sources.

Participants of the Dakar meeting were also briefed on the selection process, sector prioritization and status of the ACE for Impact Development (ACE III) Project.

As the Regional Facilitating Unit for the ACE III Project, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) represented by Professor Hamidou Boly, Commissioner for Education, Science and Culture, explained the role of the Commission in promoting Higher Education policies within the region. The Commissioner noted that, ACE III Project activities would be implemented through one of the Commission’s Higher Education specialized agencies.

The Association of African Universities (AAU) assured the meeting of its constant support to the project as well as its willingness to work with ECOWAS through the  provision of regional technical services such as Monitoring and Evaluation, Verification, Organization of Workshops and related Logistics.

The Africa Higher Education Centers of Excellence (ACE) was launched in April, 2014 and was introduced by the World Bank in collaboration with the governments of selected countries in Africa. It is aimed at enhancing specialization in addressing common regional development challenges through high quality training and applied research. ACE I has 22 centers in 8 countries (from West and Central Africa), while ACE II has 24 centers in 8 Countries (from East and Southern Africa).

AAU is the Regional Facilitation Unit (RFU) for ACE I while the Inter University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) manages ACE II.

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