The Pan African University Institute for Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation (PAUSTI) has admitted the seventh cohort of 115 students, drawn from 35 African countries. Out of the 115, those enrolled to pursue PhD programmes are 38.
The students will pursue masters and doctorate programmes in mathematics, molecular biology and biotechnology, civil engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering.
Mr. James Kiburi, from the Ministry of Education, State Department of Higher Education, while addressing the students after a week-long orientation, urged them to take advantage of the resources at their disposal and engage in cutting edge research for social economic development of the continent.
“Africa has invested heavily in you with a vision that you will be agents of change for transforming Africa into the global powerhouse as envisioned in Agenda 2063,” said, Mr. Kiburi, in his address to the students , Friday, February 7, 2020.
Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi assured the students of quality training and implored them to emulate their predecessors in flying the PAUSTI flag high.
“Since its inception, PAUSTI has steadily emerged as a leading Institute of the Pan African University. Your admission therefore comes with a certain measure of privilege and responsibility as we induct you to become members of the PAU community,” said Prof. Ngumi.
While encouraging the students to leverage on their energy, synergy and creativity as young people, the Vice Chancellor told them to be cognizant of the fact that they are expected to “play a leading role towards building a new Africa; Africa that is united, peaceful, prosperous and a force to reckon with on the global stage of world affairs.”
PAUSTI Director, Prof. Gabriel Magoma advised the students to carry themselves with dignity and decorum and uphold the laws of the land. Showing off his mastery of the French language, Prof. Magoma said, besides the core units in their areas of specialization, the students would also be exposed to common courses such as languages, history of Africa, gender and human rights and entrepreneurship.
Wathuto Ogopotse from Botswana, pursuing MSc. Molecular Biology and Biotechnology said, she will use the knowledge gained to push for Pan-Africanism to enhance efforts to curb myriads of socio-economic challenges facing Africa especially in her field of study.
On the other hand, Adam Braima from Sudan who is physically challenged, said he would like to undertake research that is beneficial to his country and continent at large while at the same time advocating for the rights of the physical challenged in the society. Adam, pursuing PhD in Mathematics (Statistics option), said the scholarship gave him an opportunity to network and build lasting relationships with students from other countries.
The Pan African University (PAU) is a flagship project of the African Union that aims to harness higher education, scientific and technological research to drive the continent’s economic development, social integration and global competitiveness. PAU is operationalised through a network of institutes hosted by excellent universities in the five regions of the continent.
PAUSTI which is hosted at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Kenya, opened its doors to 55 pioneer students in November, 2012.
The institute has so far graduated over 550 students and was the first Institute of PAU to graduate masters students in November, 2014, a feat it repeated in 2017, with the graduation of the first batch of doctorate students.
The orientation meeting was also addressed by acting Deputy Vice Chancellor(Finance), Prof. Jackson Kwanza, Prof. Hiroshi Koaze, who spoke to the students on behalf of JICA and Registrar PAUSTI, Dr. Jane Ng’ethe.