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Data protection notice according to GDPR Art. 13

Responsible bodies is a collaboration between

Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ)


Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 36 + 40, 53113 Bonn

Dag-Hammarskjöld-Weg 1 – 5, 65760 Eschborn



Contact details of the data protection officer:


The Pan African University (PAU)


Rue 1777 Joseph MBALLA ELOUMDEN – Nlongkak – Bastos

BP: 5383 Yaoundé, Cameroun


Contact details of the data protection officer: 

GIZ and PAU are joint controllers within the meaning of Art. 26 GDPR.

Information on the processing of collected data


The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is a public-benefit federal enterprise for international cooperation. GIZ works as a federal enterprise under private law. GIZ’s aim is to achieve the development-policy objective of improving the living conditions of people worldwide and conserving the natural resources on which livelihoods depend.

The Pan African University (PAU) is a continental initiative of the African Union Commission to revitalize higher education and research in Africa. PAU is envisaged as an academic continental network of higher education institutes of excellence for postgraduate studies and advanced research in all five geographical regions of Africa. The African Virtual and e-University, which was early declared a flagship project of the Agenda 2063 is to be operationalized as the open, distance and e-learning arm of the PAU. PAU aims to close the gaps in the African higher education in accordance with international standards, and to train young Africans to become the continent’s future leaders in science, government, business and civil society.

Website Analytics

This site uses cookies to analyse user behaviour. Temporary session cookies are used each time you view an individual page, to make navigation easier. Cookies are small text files that are stored locally in your browser cache. Cookies collect information about user behaviour on the site, including the abbreviated IP address of the device being used, and send it to the server. The server anonymises the information and stores it for the purpose of analysing user behaviour. The state of current technology ensures that once information has been anonymised, it can no longer be traced back to the originating device or connection.

The following information is stored for each page you view and each file you download:

  • Technical details of the browser used
  • Anonymous IP address
  • Date and time
  • Page opened/name of the file downloaded
  • Quantity of data transferred
  • Notification of whether viewing or download was successful

Session cookies do not include any personal data and expire at the end of each session, or after the completion of a user survey, which is conducted as a rule every two years. We do not use methods such as Java applets or ActiveX controls that make it possible to track your browsing behaviour.

Information produced by cookies is shared only with the internally operated server. It is never shared with third parties. Data is processed on the basis of Article 6 (1 f) of the GDPR for the purpose of pursuing the controller’s legitimate interests, in this case to improve the website.

You have the right to object to the processing of your user data for the purpose of user behaviour analysis by clicking "decline" on the consent banner prompted in your browser when you visit the website. Note, however, that this may impact the functionality of some parts of the website.

Notes regarding objection

If you clicked on the "Decline" option on the banner, an opt-out cookie is stored on your device to prevent your user data from being collected when you visit this site. For the cookie to be effective, it must be stored on every device you use to visit the site. As the cookie is stored in the browser (the program used to access websites), it must be stored on each browser if you use more than one browser per device (e.g. Internet Explorer, Chrome, Mozilla Firefox). You should also note that if you delete all cookies, you will also delete the opt-out cookie and will have to reinstall it.


Any personal details collected as part of the press mailing list subscription will only be used for the purpose of processing the subscription.

Your details will not be passed onto third parties. No use will be made of your details for consulting purposes, for advertising or for market research. If you cancel your subscription, all your personal details will be deleted from our database. Once you have entered your address, you will receive an email containing a confirmation link. Clicking on this link confirms that your email address and subscription request are genuine. You can cancel your subscription at any time.

Contact and order forms

For contact and order forms, your title, first name, family name and email address are processed.

Under Article 6 (1 b) of the GDPR, this data is necessary for the performance of a contract to which the data subject is party or in order to take steps at the request of the data subject prior to entering into a contract, in this case for the purpose of receiving your enquiry entered in the contact form. Your data is never shared with third parties. Your data is transmitted to GIZ and PAU using SSL encryption, which makes it very difficult for unauthorised parties to access your data. As with enquiries sent to GIZ via email, enquiries sent via a contact form are deleted following a 12 months retention period.  

Other web-based services

When you use other web-based services that require the submission of more extensive personal data, such as event registrations and online applications, an additional data protection declaration adapted to those services will apply.

Links to other websites

When you click on the links to PAU's social media accounts, you will navigate to an external website and the privacy policy of that social media website applies.

For the Facebook social media accounts of PAU, the following privacy policy applies:

For the Twitter social media accounts of PAU, the following privacy policy applies:

For the Instagram social media accounts of PAU, the following privacy policy applies:

For the LinkedIn social media accounts of PAU, the following privacy policy applies:

For the Youtube social media account of PAU, the following privacy policy applies:

Duration of data retention

Personal data are regularly deleted when:

  • they are no longer needed for contractual purposes (e.g. for employment, top-ups, rental, sale or service contracts)
  • when the individuals concerned have not given any separate authorisation
  • when statutory data storage obligations and periods have expired.

Reference to user rights

If you have questions or complaints about this website, you can contact the above-mentioned email addresses of the GIZ data protection officer or the PAU data protection officer.

You are entitled to object to the processing of your data at any time. You also have the right to request information about the personal data collected about you through this website, to have your data corrected if necessary, or to demand the restriction of processing or the deletion of the data. Any data protection request must be addressed to one of the above-mentioned email addresses of GIZ or PAU data protection officers.  

You are also entitled to file a complaint with the relevant data protection supervisory authority. The responsible authority in the case of GIZ is the German Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (BfDI). The role of the responsible authority in the case of PAU is determined by the African Union Commission in accordance to the African Union Convention on Cyber Security and Personal Data Protection.