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Just like Prof. Gabriel Magoma at PAUSTI, Prof. Abdellatif ZERGA has been reconducted as PAUWES Director.

Thus, the Pan African University Institute for Water and Energy Sciences including Climate Change has developed a series of innovating activities in 2020.

Just like the other PAU institutes which faced the global coronavirus pandemic,

PAUWES developed a series of online activities including remote training of staff, virtual

courses on MS Teams, e-assessments and virtual defences, remote work of staff with

limited physical meetings.

The Institute has also in the process of recruiting new academic staff with

students conducting several research projects sponsored by partners and donor institutions.

In terms of innovation, PAUWES has developed several innovating projects this year. They include a Tracer study on entrepreneurship and employability for their students. This survey revealed that 41% of PAUWES students are employed or interns, 29% are not working, 20.6% are enrolled in PhD programmes or post graduate studies and 8.8% are self-employed.


The Institute also launched the first edition of the Innovation Challenge involving all

PAU Institutes which will compete on various innovative projects that will be pitched

during a final pitch event in 2021.

In the same vein, the Institute organized worskshop series to build the leadership

and entrepreneurship skills of its students. In this light, the Institute organized a workshop on leadership, designing your career, introduction to entrepreneurial mindset, design print, advanced entrepreneurship, just to name a few.

In order to celebrate the African Youth Day, PAUWES initiated a series of webinars

in collaboration with eminent professors and professionals.

This year would have been a very intense and productive one at PAUWES.


Chancelle Bilampassi Moutsatsi

PAU Communication Officer