President's Welcome Message
Dear Prospective Students and Friends of AUST,
Welcome to the African University of Science and Technology (AUST)! If you are a prospective student, the fact that you have come this far and are now reading this message is an indication that you are one of those people looking for serious, life-changing, career development opportunities, the type of person AUST was established to serve. Founded in 2007 as one of the Nelson Mandela Institutes (NMI-Abuja), it was created with the idea of developing African centres of excellence in Science and Technology and to foster innovation in those fields in sub-Saharan Africa. In our case, the mandate included a special focus on Energy. If you are a prospective funder or a friend of AUST, we are pleased that you are exploring with us ways in which we can give life to the dream that Nelson Mandela created for us, to enhance Africa’s capacity in Science and Technology and to develop the human capital needed to achieve that dream!
Since admitting its first cohort in 2008, AUST-Abuja has been offering programs leading to M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science, Material Science, Petroleum Engineering, Pure and Applied Mathematics, and Theoretical and Applied Physics. While the focus is on research, with a specific requirement for all students, especially doctoral candidates, to produce work of a quality that generally gets published in major journals even before they complete their studies, we believe strongly in also providing our students with a very strong foundation in the theoretical basis of their disciplines and their cognates.
Therefore, beyond these core subjects, our students also have the opportunity to participate in interdisciplinary studies that enable them to link their knowledge in Science and Engineering to Business and Innovation. This hybrid education prepares our students well for careers in science, engineering, business, application of science to policy development and/or to make cutting-edge contributions to science, including technology innovations that have real-life applications.
Our mission to build a centre of excellence in Science and Technology for the direct benefit of Africa is already slowly becoming a reality. Every single one of our graduates, so far, has found meaningful employment in his/her field of training and every single one of our doctoral students has published at least 2 papers in “A”-rated journals before graduating. Research by AUST scientists and engineers has already produced solutions and products that address African needs in energy, water, infrastructure, health, and telecommunications. These include new organic solar cells and light emitting devices, water filters, sustainable building materials and nanoparticles/BioMEMS for detection and treatment of cancer. Our research groups are also exploring the frontiers of pure and applied mathematics, as well as theoretical and applied physics, fields in which they are among the leading minds in Africa.
We are also proud of the fact that, in an effort to increase the participation of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), we have secured support to fully fund Master’s and doctoral studies/research for all young women who meet our admission requirements.
So we look forward to seeing you on our campus soon, either as a student, researcher, or as a guest at events that periodically bring together the friends and partners of AUST.
Professor Kingston Nyamapfene