NMI’s Response

The Nelson Mandela Institution (NMI)’s response is:



  • to establish centers of excellence in S&T in SSA called African Institutes of Science and Technology (AIST). One wholly-owned such institute (the African University of Science and Technology) and two affiliated ones already established (2iE and NM-AIST) in Abuja, Ouagadougou and Arusha;
  • use of a merit-based admission to recruit the best students, regardless of their capacity to pay;
  • engagement of leading international faculty from the US, Europe, Africa and African diaspora to teach;
  • adoption of transparent approach to government and fundraising;
  • establishment of partnerships, networks/linkages with other universities in and out of Africa and industry to diffuse knowledge