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The 7th ordinary session of the Pan African University Council took place on Friday 29 July 2022, at the African Union Commission Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Chaired by the PAU Council President, Prof. Kenneth Matengu, the Session brought together in a hybrid format – through a physical and virtual attendance – the almost 30 members of the Council, viz. Prof. Amany El-Sharif, Vice-President of the PAU Council;  H.E. Mohammed Belhocine, Commissioner for Education, Science, Technology and Innovation; H.E. Dr. Monica Masanza Musenero, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation of the Republic of Uganda and Chairperson of the Specialized Technical Committee in Charge of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation; high-level officials of Regional Economic Communities; UNESCO; development partners; Directors of PAU Institutes; Rectors of host universities; representatives of PAU staff and students and academia. Staging too was H.E. Dr. Monique Nsanzabaganwa, Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission. Staff of the Department for Education, Science, Technology and Innovation and the PAU Rectorate equally took part in the Session, as they provided a sound assistance in its organization.

H.E. Dr. Monique Nsanzabaganwa, Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission, officially opened the Session. She made a strong statement on the importance of the flagship programme of the African Union, and reaffirmed the Commission’s commitment to ensure its sustainability.  She underscored “the need to make PAU an international reference and accredited university to the benefit of the African youth”.

H.E. Mohammed Belhocine, AU Commissioner for Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, acknowledged the great strides made by the University in the last decade following its operationalization. He saluted PAU officials and students for striving to contribute, through their research works, to designing ground-breaking solutions in key development areas, to the benefit of the continent.

Giving an overview of the Pan African University, the President of the PAU Council recalled that the Pan African University’s mandate is double: producing world class human resources through high-quality postgraduate education and instituting research as a pivotal force to drive Africa’s growth. Between 2012 and 2021, the University reached out to almost the entire continent, through the award of more than 2,500 scholarships, and tailored its teaching and research portfolio to key issues contained in African Union's Agenda 2063.