The Pan African University Institute of Water and Energy Science (PAUWES) was created in 2014 by the African Union Commission, in the framework of the Pan African University (PAU). Since its establishment, over 200 students from 31 countries across Africa have enrolled, and 73 students have been successfully graduated from its programs. The Institute is hosted by the Abou Bakr Belkaïd University of Tlemcen. 
The institute is seeking a new generation of highly educated, well-trained students who are committed to working as changemakers in the field of sustainable water and energy. Africa’s top graduates are invited to participate in this highly innovative, collaborative, Master’s programme, grounded in the latest theoretical and practical learning. We train top students to become engineers and policy analysts, able to address Africa’s most pressing development challenges. 

Training Engineers and Policy Experts 

PAUWES offers four world-class graduate programmes, a Master of Science (MSc) in Water and a MSc of Science in Energy, with tracks available in both engineering and policy. 

Host University

Located in the most north-westerly region of Algeria, the Abou Bakr Belkaïd University of Tlemcen is a coeducational public university that received university status in 1989. It had been founded as the Centre Universitaire de Tlemcen in 1974.

Most of the university's campuses are based in the vibrant city of Tlemcen, the capital of the province of the same name, 50km from the Mediterranean sea, which is renowned for its Moorish architecture. A historic trade city built on the site of the old roman town of Pomaria, Tlemcen is vibrant, welcoming, home to good food, noteworthy caves, temples and mosques, and blessed with spectacular views of the Tlemcen Mountains. The university also has a campus in the smaller town of Maghnia, 30km to the west.

A modern university with up-to-date facilities, a sizeable library and several quality labs and computer centres, the University of Tlemcen has featured among the top 75 universities in the Arab world.

Tlemcen has its own international airport but is also easily accessible from Algiers, which has a wider range of transport links, including ferries. It is 65km from Morocco, but the Algerian-Moroccan border has remained closed since 1994.

It has generally had a large student body. The vast majority of its international students tend to be undergraduates.