ACE Impact Achievements as of April 2021

Status of Students, Research Publication and Internships

Students enrolled in centers


13,616 Total Students enrolled so far in STEM, Health, Agriculture and other fields. 46% of total student target reached


2,014 PhD Students enrolled. 71% of total target reached


6,352 MSc Students enrolled. 63% of the target reached

5,250 Prof. Short Course Students enrolled. 28% of total target reached

  • 46% of total student target46%
  • 71% to target71%
  • 63% to target63%
  • 28% to target28%


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.

Digital Reporting systems for ACE Impact

1. Stakeholder consultation to match the systems functions and user needs

2. Demonstration of the system completed in February 2020, in attendance WB, AAU, & Verification Agency

3. Additional consultation meetings planned with Experts and centers

Communication support

1. Significantly supported the verification, quality checking and reviewing of ACE Centers Websites
2. Help desk for centers who needed capacity building on website designs
3. Developed 10 newsletter articles on the Project
4. Nurturing of 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.