We recently featured a call for students from the Pan African University (PAU). The call was one of our most visited posts since our establishment. Clearly, Africa has great interest in "access and provision" of quality and relevant education and we think PAU can go a long way to feed this interest.
Launched late 2011, the PAU is founded on one key parameter - one that we think will mean its success or failure and that is "diversity". The University will have a number of institutions that will be based in different corners of the continent. The first four have already been allocated a host University, selected after a bidding process and these are;
- Western Africa PAU Institute of Life and Earth Sciences at University of Ibadan, Nigeria
- Eastern Africa PAU Institute of Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation at the Jomo Kenyyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya
- Central Africa – PAU Institute of Governance, Humanities and Social Sciences at University of Yaounde, Cameroon
- Northern Africa - PAU Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (including Climate Change)
The diversity foundation that was hinted above can be clearly seen on the location of these institutions. From an organizational standpoint, this would suggest a more 'open' approach for PAU in delivering on its results, which means they will be defined more by the outcomes of the environment or context these institutions are operating in, rather than a 'rational' approach.
We expect, however, that both system approaches will be seen at play. Taking into consideration the preparation that went into place before the operationalization of PAU, it would be lacking not to appreciate that 'systems considerations' were amply examined. As the first batch of students prepare to join this massive African Union Commission project, we hope to offer our analysis on organizational operations of the PAU towards delivering a learned human resource capital for the African continent.
We commend the PAU and the organization behind it for their efforts and congratulate the first set of students selected to join different programs across the spectrum.