The Pan African University Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (including Climate Change) (PAUWES), hosted at the University of Tlemcen in Algeria, is one of the four hubs of the Pan African University (PAU). Initiated by the African Union Commission (AUC) in 2008, PAU is mandated to promote higher education, science, and technology on the African continent at a high academic level (with a focus on postgraduates, PhD candidates, and applied research). PAU is further guided by the vision of an Africa managed by its own citizens, acting as a dynamic force in the international arena.
This project aims to support the development of PAUWES by supporting young scientists and enhancing research activities in water and energy sciences. It focuses on the development of innovative scientific research methods that can be adapted to local contexts and are applicable in the areas of water and energy security in Africa. This initiative is the first step towards the realisation of a research agenda at PAUWES, and offers graduates the opportunity to conduct PhD studies.
Led by UNU-EHS and funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), consortium partners include the Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT) at the TH Köln (University of Applied Sciences), the Center for Development Research (ZEF) at the University of Bonn (UB), the University of Tlemcen, and PAUWES.
Germany supports, as the “Key Thematic Partner” of PAUWES, the establishment of the PAU hub in Tlemcen. This support is based on a trilateral agreement between the AUC, the Algerian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MESRS), and the Federal Republic of Germany. BMBF is supporting PAUWES in founding the research dimension of the institute.