The Pan African University is based on the following guiding principles:

  • Excellence and international partnerships in academic and research activities;
  • Academic freedom, autonomy, quality assurance and accountability;
  • Strengthening capacity of existing African institutions;
  • Encouraging intra-African mobility of students, academic and research staff;
  • Offering the African Diaspora an innovative continental framework to contribute towards the development of higher education and research in Africa;
  • Promoting inter-disciplinary and multidisciplinary research programmes integrated into development policy at continental and national levels;
  • Enhancing and optimizing use of Information and Communication Technologies for pedagogy, research and management;
  • Promoting innovation through technology incubation and patenting to ensure value addition.