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The Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and
Technology, Professor Jean-Pierre Ezin. on 13 October 2012, inaugurated the Pan
African University Steering Committee. The Steering Committee is a precursor of
the PAU Council and consists of representatives from key stakeholders including
PAU hst governments, host universities, Regional Economic Communities, Youth
and Women’s organisations, the 
Association of African Universities, Private
Sector and Civil Society. The Steering Committee is to oversee the process
towards opening the first three PAU Thematic Institutes in November 2012. These
are the PAU Institute for Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation in Kenya;
PAU Institute for Life and Earth Sciences in Nigeria and the PAU Institute for
Governance, Humanities and Social Sciences in Cameroon.

In his inaugural speech, Professor Ezin recalled to the
members of the steering committee that the Assembly of the AU at its Eighteenth
Ordinary Session held from 29 – 30 January 2012 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
requested the African Union Commission to operationalize the Pan African
University in collaboration with Member States, Regional Economic Communities
and relevant partners, launch calls for Member States to host PAU Centres, the
establishment of the PAU Rectorate; the appointment of the PAU Council and
Senate, as well as recruitment of staff and registration of students in
accordance with the PAU Statutes, to ensure that the first PAU students are
admitted by October 2012.
“You represent the stakeholders of PAU and are expected to
set the stage and processes for ensuring that all concerned African
stakeholders and sectors of society sectors are involved in the implementation
of PAU”, he underlined.
The Commissioner explained that the creation of the Pan
African University (PAU) was proposed by the African Union Commission (AUC) in
2008 with the prospect of revitalizing higher education and research in Africa,
through collective efforts by member states. The PAU thus provides opportunity
for all member states to mobilise resources for the support of a number of high
quality institutions that will serve the whole continent in areas of study that
are essential to Africa’s social, economic and human development.

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