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Who is ANSTI -  African Network of Scientific and Technological Institutions

Who is ANSTI - African Network of Scientific and Technological Institutions






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  • ANSTI , The African Network of Scientific and Technological Institutions,formally came into existence on 6 January 1980 which is the day the first Coordinator assumed office. The Network’s Secretariat ishoused in the UNESCO Nairobi office.It was conceived in response to the resolutions from the Conference of African Ministers of Science and Technology (CASTAFRICA) which was held in Dakar, Senegal, in January 1974.At that meeting,UNESCO was urged to help African Universities and Research organizations engaged in training and research in science and technology to establish linkages amongst themselves to enable them pool their human and material resources to contribute more effectively to the application of science and technology to development in Africa. The Network has its own constitution and operates as a regional NGO with a Pan-African Governing Council. UNESCO continues to provide financial and technical assistance to ANSTI. In accordance with this arrangement, UNESCO in 1993 agreed to assign its Programme Specialist responsible for Science and Engineeringin Africa, the additional responsibility of serving as theCoordinator of ANSTI.
  • The Network aims to develop active collaboration among its member institutions in order to promote research and development in science and technology.To date it has successfully brought together 199 institutions in 37 countries of the region.
  • The mission of ANSTI is to facilitate the active collaboration among African Scientific Institutions for the purpose of training and research in science, engineering and technology
  • ANSTI emphasizes the pooling of resources available in the region so as toprovide quality training and research in various scientific disciplines. In orderto achieve thisobjective, ANSTI is engaged in numerous activities which canbe grouped into four programme areas: Training & Capacity Building; Seminars & Workshops; Publications; and Promotion ofResearch.
  • The ultimate development objective of ANSTI is to strengthen the region’scapacity for training and research and for establishing services for intensive and purposeful utilization of science, engineering,technology and innovation for development. The specific objective is to support the process of human resourcecapacity building in relevant areas of science, engineering and technology.
  • ANSTI has the following international flagship programsUNESCO/L’Oreal Fellowships for women in science in Sub Saharan Africa.ANSTI German Academic Exchange Services - DAAD postgraduate fellowship programConference GrantsStaff Exchange ProgramThe regional African Bi-annual Conference of Vice-Chancellors and Deans of Science, Engineering and Technology (COVIDSET )
  • ANSTI enjoys cordial relationship with many donors and other agencies. TheNetwork has continued to enjoy growing visibility and received a major boostfrom theconvening of the first African Regional Conference of Vice-Chancellors, Deans of Science, Engineering and Technology -(COVIDSET), 2005 in Ghana. Ever since COVIDSET has been held bi-annually in Uganda 2007, South Africa 2009 and 2011.This year, the aim of COVIDSET 2013 in Botswana is to provide a forum for university leaders, policy makers, academics, development partners, international scientific and engineering networks and private sector to deliberate on why, what and how to forge ahead in providing solutions to incipient challenges and opportunities the new wave of economic resurgence of Africa presents under the theme: Enhancing capacity in science, technology and engineering in response to emerging industrial and socio-economic needs of Africa.
  • The COVIDSET 2013 conference(s) offers all agencies a unique opportunity to advertise their programmes to policy makers and university leaders responsible for science and technology and Higher education in AfricaThe sub-themes are: Making education, science, technology and engineering training work for Africa’s sustainable development: the role of universities;Innovative use of science and engineering in: enhanced research infrastructure, climate change mitigation and adaptation; sustainable environmental and ocean management; access to water, efficient energy, food security and healthcare delivery;  Creating an effective synergy between science, engineering and innovation, youth employment, entrepreneurship development and inclusive growthScience technology and innovation policies for sustainable development of Africa.
  • Visiting (Staff Exchange) Fellowships:The objective of the fellowship is to mutually strengthen the human resources of the members of ANSTI by pooling together their staff for training and research purposesANSTI Conference grants:Senior Academic staff of ANSTI member institutions benefit from conference grants to attend international conferencesANSTI Diaspora Grants : ANSTI introduced the Diaspora Grant to tap into the talent of African Scientists working outside the continent.
  • UNESCO :United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural OrganizationDAAD : The German Academic Exchange ServiceL’Oreal Corporate foundationAfrica Development Bank : The African Development BankAU – African Union5. Dutch Government6. UNECA – United Nations Economic Commission for Africa7. ANSTI Member Institutions

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