The Pan African University (PAU) is a Continental initiative of the African Union Commission (AUC), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It is the culmination of the decision of the Assembly of Heads of State and Governments of the African Union to create the Pan African University (EX.CL/579 (XVII) in 2009. The University has five Institutes located in the five sub regions of Africa. Nigeria won on competitive bidding to host the Institute of Life and Earth Sciences for West Africa at the University of Ibadan, Ibadan. The PAU is inspired and driven by major policy frameworks of AUC, including the vision of African Union, the second decade of education, and the consolidated plan of action for Science and Technology. Within the same policy frameworks, PAU is embedded as a major instrument for the second decade for Africa which will give way to the African Continental Education Strategy; as well as the African Common Position on post Sustainable Development Goals SDGs.

The aim of Pan African University is to develop institutions of excellence in science, technology, innovation, social sciences and governance, which would constitute the bedrock for an Africa pool of higher education and research.

Pan African University Life and Earth Sciences Institute (including Health and Agriculture) PAULESI offers seven programmes with options. These programmes are offered at the Masters and Ph.D. levels:

1. Reproductive Health Sciences (Reproductive Health Options)

2. Plant Breeding

3. Geosciences (Petroleum Geoscience and Mineral Exploration Geosciences)

4. Environmental Managements

5. Veterinary (Avian Medicine and Veterinary Vaccine Production and Quality Control)

6. Medicinal Plant Research and Drug Development

7. Sport Management and Policy Development

The student admission spans through all the African nations of the African Union. The Institute draws its strength from experts both within and outside Africa and Nigeria. The students are tutored with international standards and Africa stands to be highly proud of them.

The Master of Science extends over a minimum of eighteen (18) months (one and half year) and not more than twenty-four (24) months (two years). The Doctor of Philosophy takes a span of three (3) years for completion.

The Institute enjoys funding from the African Union, Host Country and the Host Institution.

The Pan African University Institute for Life and Earth Sciences (including Health and Agriculture)


PAULESI currently offers the following programmes:

Master of Science (MSc) in:

  • Environmental Management
  • Geosciences (Mineral Exploration option)
  • Geosciences (Petroleum Geosciences option)
  • Health Sciences (Reproductive Health option)
  • Plant Breeding
  • Medicinal Plant Research and Drug Development 
  • Sport Management and Policy Development 
  • Veterinary medicine, Avian medicine option 
  • Veterinary medicine, Vaccine production and Management 

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in:

  • Environmental Management
  • Geosciences (Mineral Exploration option)
  • Geosciences (Petroleum Geosciences option)
  • Health Sciences (Reproductive Biology option)
  • Plant Breeding