NMI Nigeria activity update report

Welcome to the Nelson Mandela Institution
For Knowledge Building and the Advancement of Science and Technology in Sub-Saharan Africa

Statement by the NMI CEO

It is my honor to present this report on the activities of the Nelson Mandela Institution for knowledge Building and the Achievements of science and technology (NMI) as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the organization.

NMI was established to help narrow the gap between Sub Saharan African (SSA) countries and the rest of the world in science and technology. Using seed money from the World Bank and a strong endorsement by the African Heads of States, NMI proceeded to set up centers of excellence in Science and Technology (S&T) in SSA.

A key sponsor and supporter from the very beginning has been the Federal Government of Nigeria, which through its departments and agencies have provided invaluable assets to NMI for its program. Other partners and sponsors that have played important roles include the World Bank, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Capacity Building Foundation, private sector partners and some Nigerian state governments.

The Abuja-based AUST is the first wholly-owned NMI Centre of Excellence institution. It is currently a graduate only Pan-African institution of higher learning in Science and Technology which offers Master’s and Doctorate degree programs in five scientific disciplines: Computer Science and Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Theoretical and Applied Physics, Material Science, and Pure and Applied Mathematics. Post-graduate certificate programs are also under consideration.

Since it opened doors for business in 2008, AUST has enrolled 428 Master’s Degree students, 72 of whom were females while 281 of those admitted have graduated. For the Ph.D. program, a total of 80 students have been admitted and 10 have already graduated with most of the others slated to graduate in the next few months. Many of the Ph.D. students also transferred to well-known universities in Europe and the US to finish their programs based on their outstanding performances. Reflecting AUST’s truly Pan-African nature, the students have come from 17 African countries including Nigeria.

AUST’s graduates have found success in academia, government and industry. In most cases, they find jobs within six months, working in industry, academia or government in Nigeria and elsewhere. Similarly, several African Universities have also hired AUST graduates to start new departments in Materials Science and Engineering as well as Petroleum Engineering. Other universities have also hired AUST’s graduates to strengthen their emerging departments of Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science.

Furthermore, recognizing the quality of AUST’s work, many Africa universities are sending their Ph.D. students and young Ph.D. graduates to get further training at AUST, making it one of the institutions that train the trainers. In addition, the Governments of Mali and Zimbabwe have asked NMI to help set up centers of excellence modeled after AUST in their countries, a process which is underway.

NMI would once again like to express its sincere gratitude to the Federal Government of Nigeria for its contribution to the success of the Nelson Mandela Institution.
Bonaventure Mbida-Essama
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