The African Center of Excellence in Energy for Sustainable Development (ACEESD) is an approved ACE II project center of excellence envisioned to address key economic challenges resulting from low rural energy access, poor adoption of energy technologies in rural areas, and poor inter-state energy trading in the Eastern and Southern Africa region.

The ACE II project is a partnership between the World Bank and the Rwandan Government to strengthen selected institutions of higher education in the country to deliver quality post-graduate education and build collaborative research capacity in the Eastern and Southern Africa sub-region, and Africa as a whole.

The Centre therefore invites interested and highly motivated research-oriented students to submit applications for PhD positions in the field of renewable energy. Click here to read more


As part of its efforts to strengthen regional collaboration and integration among universities in Africa, the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) facilitated three staff exchanges from Eastern, Western and Central Africa to Makerere University in Uganda. RUFORUM, a consortium of 66 universities operating in 26 African countries sees staff exchanges as an opportunity for its members to share human and infrastructural capacity in order to build strong faculty to support teaching and collaborative research in African universities.

Most Universities in Sub Saharan Africa are characterised by limited regional and international collaborative activities required to boost and conduct cutting edge research, quality teaching, and resource mobilization in support of post graduate programs. The 2017 IFPRI ASTI Synthesis report confirms that university research and teaching collaboration within the region have remained extremely low in the recent past. Additionally, there is limited staff capacity to handle heavy workload from the ever increasing student numbers coupled with limited expertise in many fields. The situation is further aggravated by lack of funding to support staff exchanges yet recent studies show that regional and international collaboration play a significant role in the ranking of universities and improving the quality of their programmes.

To this end, RUFORUM is promoting staff exchanges to build highly competitive faculty that is critical for ensuring quality academic programmes and research outputs. During the second quarter of the year, with support from the Carnegie Cooperation of New York, three staff from different universities namely; University of Abomey-Calavi (Benin – West Africa), University of Gezira (Sudan- Eastern Africa), University of Buea (Cameroon – Central Africa) visited Makerere University in Uganda to explore areas of collaboration, write joint proposals responding to the European Union Intra-African Academic Mobility and also deliver seminars in their areas of specialisation to the university staff and students.

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