The Diplomatic Society

 
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Pan African University Institute for Space Sciences

THE HRST COMMISSIONER’S MISSION TO DISCUSS THE HOSTING OF THE PAN AFRICAN UNIVERSITY INSTITUTE FOR SPACE SCIENCES IN SOUTH AFRICA


The HRST Commissioner, H.E. Dr. Martial De-Paul Ikounga had a working mission to the Republic of South Africa on 2nd and 3rd March 2015, to discuss the hosting of the Pan African University Institute for Space Sciences. This follows the decision for South Africa to host the Institute on behalf of the Southern Africa Region, thus completing the hosting of the first five PAU Institutes. Commissioner was accompanied by the Head of Education Division; Acting Vice Rector PAU; Senior Legal Officer, PAU and the Commissioner’s Special Assistant.

The Commissioner met with senior officials from the Ministries responsible for Higher Education and Training; Science and Technology and International Relations and Cooperation. Presentations were made explaining the concept and governance of the PAU; as well as expectations of the South African government and institutions as the host of the PAU Space Institute, ensuring a common understanding on these issues. A tentative roadmap towards the operationalization of the Institute was discussed and agreed, and it will be finalized by the South African team.

In the cordial discussions, it was agreed that there is need to have a robust communication campaign to bring all key African stakeholders up to date with the understanding of the immense value and breadth of applications for space sciences and related technologies. This includes issues of early warning for natural and human made disasters, weather and environmental surveillance and management among others. To this end, the Commission is collaborating with South Africa to produce a publicity video and flyer to be shared at the AU Summit in June 2015.

RELATED: Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa

The Commissioner also informed the South African team that the USA and EU had expressed interest in being thematic partners for this programme, and that there would be a meeting soon to agree on a way forward.

It is hoped that some of the operational agreements will be signed soon, and the process of curriculum development will begin, in order to expedite admission of the first students in January 2016.

African Union Commission

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
_________________________________________________

April 2017 Edition

_________________________________________________

Translater


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Science, Technology and Environment Cooperation between South Africa and Argentina 6 April 2017 The Scientific and Technological Cooperation between South Africa and Argentina was further enhanced... <|> High Court on Dagga 6 April 2017 The Hemp, Dagga, Weed, Herb, Marijuana and a plant by any other name, Industrialisation report back presentation was full of positive excitement. Medicines,... <|> Transforming ballet in South Africa 10 April 2017 Transformation in ballet has a long way to go. In order to make the most of talent that is available in South Africa, talented dancers from all... <|> Easing travel regulations between South Africa and Kenya 3 May 2016 South Africa and Kenya have announced measures that will make travelling between the two countries easier. South African Home... <|> Commemorating 20 years of Signing the Red Fort Declaration and bidding farewell 10 April 2017 20 Years ago late President Nelson Mandela of South Africa and Mr HD Deve Gowda, former Prime Minister... <|> Transnet launches first ever train 4 April 2017 Transnet has officially launched it’s the first ever train which it designed, engineered and manufactured. The locomotive, which will serve the... <|> Deputy Minister Landers concludes successful working visit to Central America 7 April 2017 International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers has concluded his Working Visit... <|> Sri Lanka and South Africa pursue enhanced cooperation 18 April 2017 The Sixth Session of the Senior Officials’ Meeting of the Partnership Forum between Sri Lanka and South Africa was held in... <|> UN Designates Malala Yousafzai as Messenger of Peace 11 April 2017 United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres designated Malala Yousafzai, global advocate for girls’ education and the... <|> South Africa and Qatar explore investment opportunities 12 April 2017 Pretoria - The President of the Black Business Council, Dr Danisa Baloyi, says South Africa should take advantage of the... <|>
© copyright 2011-2017| The Diplomatic Society| All Rights Reserved.