New President of the Pan-African University Council
Prof. Tolly Mbwete, Vice Chancellor of ICDE member The Open University of Tanzania, has been elected as President of the Pan-African University Council.
The Pan-African University Council was established following a decision made by the African Union Heads of State and Government Summit for the purpose of revitalising higher education and research in the continent.
It is composed of a network that focuses primarily on science and technology, innovation, governance, humanities and social sciences as its thematic areas, categorised in five regions of the African continent: Eastern Africa, Western Africa, Central Africa, Northern Africa and Southern Africa.
The appointment of Prof. Mbwete went through a competitive process with one nominee presented from each of Africa's five regions by the Conference of African Ministers of Higher Education (COMEDAF VI).
The Assembly Heads of State and Government have also elected Prof. Paulo de Sequira e Carvalho of Angola as the Vice President of the Pan-African University Council, as well as Cameroon to be the host country for the Pan-African University Rectorate.