Key milestones…

November 2003: The NMI initiative is presented to the NEPAD (New Partnerships for Africa’s Development) Meeting on Science and Technology in Johannesburg, South Africa.
July 2004: The Institution with the support from the African Academy of Sciences, the Institute for Advanced Study, the Third World Academy of Sciences, the World Bank Institute, and other institutions, established the AIST Independent Scientific Advisory Board. This board was made up of nine scientists selected from around the world; the Advisory Board provides quality assurance and brings to bear the North and Latin American, European and Asian experience in sciences and engineering. The Independent Scientific Advisory Board held its first meeting in July, 2004.
July 2004: The Institution’s initiative is presented to the African Union Leadership during the AU Meeting held in Addis Ababa.
September 2004: Official launch of the institution at the Heads of States level takes place during the African Union Extraordinary Summit on Poverty and Employment in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, under the leadership of President Olusegun Obasanjo (Also President of the AU at the time).
September 2004: With support from the African Academy of Sciences, the institution establishes a multidisciplinary African Scientific Committee made up of eminent African scientists, drawn from African-based institutions and from the Diaspora, especially from leading institutions in the US and Europe.
January 2005: An Abuja-wide fundraising event to trigger implementation and infrastructure development is hosted in the capital city. The Government of the region committed contributions to include up to 200 hectares of land for the AIST Campus in the West African Region.
June 22 2005: The Nelson Mandela Institution for Knowledge Building and the Advancement of Science and Technology in Sub-Saharan Africa is incorporated (Delaware, USA).
2005: The Nelson Mandela Institute for Science & Technology is established in Arusha, Tanzania.
2005: NMI fosters a long-term partnership with the International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering (2iE)-Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (2iE). The Institute would serve as a regional AIST.
2007: The Abuja campus is established as African University of Science and Technology (AUST)
2010: NMI in partnership with the 2iE launched its first inter-campus networking between the AUST and 2iE marking the first successful landmark for NMI inter-school networking.
2010 – Present: The Gulf of Guinea Institute is established as a centre for excellence for Oil & Gas studies. The institute is currently under construction within the AUST Campus in Abuja-Nigeria.
2012: The NMI Country Office (AUST Gallery) is established.