ACE Impact Achievements as of May 2023

Status of Students, Research Publication and Internships


3,357 PhD Students enrolled
119% of Project End Targets Achieved


9,631 MSc Students enrolled
95% of Project End Targets Achieved

Short Course

20,447 Prof. Short Course Students enrolled
109% of Project End Targets Achieved

Regional Sudents

10,489 Regional Students enrolled from the sub-region and beyond
110% of Project End Targets Achieved

Female students

11,357 Female Students enrolled so far at different levels
106% of Project End Targets Achieved


6,414 Practical sector-based internships undertaken so far
67% of Project End Targets Achieved


283 Total number of programmes with national accreditation
295% of Project End Targets Achieved


3,103 Total Research articles published in internationally recognized journals
155% of Project End Targets Achieved

Revenue generated

70,660,352 Revenue generated from external sources
141% of Project End Targets Achieved

Project implementation support

The Regional Facilitating Unit (RFU), which is the AAU, had made significant progress in the development of the Digital Reporting System for the ACE Impact Project. In addition, the RFU, supported the verification, quality checking and reviewing of the 53 ACE Centers’ websites. 

Help desk assistance was also provided for centers who needed capacity building on quality website designs. The RFU developed 10 newsletter articles about the project and nurtured the ACE Impact Online Community of Communication Officers by sharing information for wider dissemination.

Lessons learned so far

• Given the diversity and the complexity of stakeholders, timely planning for ACE supervision missions will remain critical for the project to be a success

• Continuous reference to and use of the ACE Impact Project Operations Manual by centers could enhance efficiency and timely delivery of outputs

• Some project disbursement linked results (DLRs) require more time to enhance their understanding because milestones associated with them are unique to each center/university. These DLRs include DLR 7 (institutional impact), DLR 5.3 (entrepreneurship), and DLR 4.3 (learning infrastructure).

• The ACE Impact project is dynamic, and the digital MEL system needs to be flexible and adaptable to the emerging needs but within the ACE impact project guidelines

• Consultations, Feedback and Learning on the implementation process will remain useful strategies for improvement.

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