The Pan African University Institute for Basic Sciences, technology and Innovation (PAUSTI) prides itself as a postgraduate hub of research and innovation featuring a highly diverse faculty, and students drawn from whole of Africa.

PAUSTI which is hosted at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Nairobi, Kenya, opened its doors to the pioneer students in November 2012. The inaugural cohort graduated in record time in November 2014.

The Institute is mandated to produce leaders and innovators in the fields of Mathematics, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology; Civil Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Mechatronic Engineering and Electrical Engineering.

PAUSTI continues to attract highly talented and motivated students from across Africa. It encourages the students to leverage local wisdom, knowledge and resources; and generate cutting edge knowledge that could be harnessed to provide innovative and sustainable solutions to Africa’s socio-economic challenges.


The strategic vision of the Pan African University is to develop institutions of excellence in science, technology, innovation, social sciences and governance, which would constitute the bedrock for an African pool of higher education and research. This would usher in a new generation of leaders properly trained to take the best advantage of African human and material resources, imbued with a common vision of a peaceful, prosperous and integrated Africa.


“Nurturing Quality, Exemplifying Excellence”


PAUSTI currently offers the following programmes:

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in:

  • Civil Engineering (Structural, ASAL, Transportation options)

  • Electrical Engineering (Power, Telecommunications options)

  • Mathematics (Financial, Statistics, Computational options)

  • Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (Industrial, Plant, Animal options)


Master of Science (MSc) in:

  • Civil Engineering (Structural, ASAL, Transportation, Construction Engineering & Management options)
  • Electrical Engineering (Power, Telecommunications, Computer Engineering options)
  • Mathematics (Financial, Statistics, Computational, Data Science options)
  • Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (Industrial, Plant, Animal options)
  • Mechatronic Engineering.
  • Mechanical Engineering.