Donate now to help science and technology students in Sub-Saharan African countries achieve their Master’s and Ph.D degrees

Miss Onyeche Ugwoke who completed her M.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering in 2016 was selected for the “Debut in Research: Young Talents from Africa Prize” and received the Eni Award for Excellence. She is now a Ph.D. Student, Energy Department-Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Dr. Chioh Anye completed his Ph.D in 2015 and was employed as Head of Department in the Department of Electrical/Electronics Engineering before resigning to join AUST’s Materials Science and Engineering Department as a resident faculty on August 1st, 2019.

Dorcas Karikar received an MSc in petroleum engineering from AUST in 2010. She is now employed as a Reservoir Engineer by Schlumberger SEACO Inc. based in Accra-Ghana as a Reservoir Engineer.

Your generous donation will:

Provide financial assistance to students in need

    • Total cost for an 18 month Master’s program is $30k/year
    • Most students who qualify for admission come from poor families and therefore need a full scholarship to be able to enroll

Cover capital expenditures for the university

    • Laboratory and computer equipment
    • Faculty salaries
    • Operating costs

The Nelson Mandela Institution (NMI) was established in 2004 to help narrow the gap between Sub Saharan African (SSA) countries and the rest of the world in science and technology. It represents a new way of doing things in higher education in Africa and is based on a number of core principles, including a focus on academic excellence, independence from government, strong corporate governance structures, and a focus in educating women, and men as well, with a passion to become entrepreneurs and transform their communities and Africa. It is also designed to draw on distinguished academics worldwide, including the African diaspora in academics.

The Institution was incorporated in the state of Delaware in the US and is named after President Mandela for his visionary leadership and commitment to excellence and education of the African youth and the development of Africa


The institution promotes excellence in science and engineering and their applications to foster Sub-Saharan Africa’s development and narrow the growing scientific and technological gaps between Sub-Saharan Africa and the rest of the world.


Knowledge Building and the Advancement of Science and Technology in Sub-Saharan Africa, through the two pillars of the institution:

  • The Establishment of African Institutes of Science and Technology (AISTs) in four regions West, East, South and Central Africa.
  • The Promotion of a Sub-Saharan African Learning Network to enhance broad-based knowledge creation, dissemination and flows across Sub-Saharan African countries.

Our institution was founded by leveraging seed money from the World Bank and subsequent funding from the African Development Bank, the African Capacity Building Foundation and support in kind and direct funding from the government of Nigeria for its flagship university in Abuja, Nigeria: the African University of Science and Technology (AUST)