April 23, 2014

World Bank to Finance 19 Centers of Excellence in Africa

Last week, the World Bank approved US$150 million to finance 19 university-based Centers of Excellence in seven countries in West and Central Africa. The centers will receive funding for advanced specialized studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-related disciplines, as well as in agriculture and health. The centers are:

  • Center for Agricultural Development and Sustainable Environment at Federal University of Agriculture, Nigeria;
  • Center for training Planet Breeders, Seed Scientists and Technologies at University of Ghana, Ghana;
  • Center for the Poultry Sciences at University of Lome, Togo;
  • Center for Dryland Agriculture at Bayero University, Nigeria;
  • Center for Genomics of Infectious Diseases at Redeemers University, Nigeria;
  • Center for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens at University of Ghana, Ghana;
  • Center for Neglected Tropical Diseases and Forensic Biotechnology at Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria;
  • Center for Phytomedicine Research and Development at University of Jos, Nigeria;
  • Center for Reproductive Health and Innovation at University of Benin, Nigeria;
  • Center for Maternal and Infant Health at University Cheikh Anita Diop, Senegal;
  • Center for Materials at African University of Science and Technology, Nigeria;
  • Center for Applied Mathematics at University d'Abomey, Benin;
  • Center for Information and Communication Technologies at University de Yaounde, Cameroon;
  • Center for Water, Energy, and Environment Science and Technologies at Institute International d'Ingenierie de l'Eau et de l'Environment;
  • Center for Oil Field Chemicals at University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria;
  • Center for Water and Environmental Sanitation at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana;
  • Center for Science, Technology, and Knowledge at Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria; and
  • Center for Mathematics, Informatics, and ICT at University of Gaston Berger, Senegal


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