NMI’s Key Milestones

The NMI Country Office (AUST
Gallery) is established.
2010 - 2012
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.
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.
The Abuja campus is established as African University of
Science and Technology (AUST).
The Nelson Mandela Institute for Science & Technology is established in Arusha,

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

June 2005
On June 22nd, 2005, the Nelson Mandela Institution for Knowledge Building and the
Advancement of Science and Technology in Sub-Saharan Africa is incorporated (Delaware, USA).
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.
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
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).
July 2004
The Institution’s
initiative is presented to the African Union Leadership during the AU Meeting held in Addis Ababa.
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.
November 2003
The NMI initiative is presented to the NEPAD (New
Partnerships for Africa’s Development) Meeting on Science and Technology in Johannesburg, South

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