The Addis Project – A 21st Century African University

The Addis Project – A 21st Century African University

What is Addis?

The strategic goal of the Addis, named after the headquarters of the African Union and capital of Ethiopia, is to concentrate African intellectual capital in order to stimulate the development of break-through ideas and technologies. This is anchored around a new non-profit university in Nigeria that has a Technology Park. In the course of implementation of the project, students and non-students companies that are engaged in innovative developments are discovered. After a selection process, some of these become project participants in the park. They are provided with all university assistance necessary for development and execution. Addis is structured around a University that houses this technopark and in turn expected to support five clusters.


The vision of this university is “to discover and make scholars, noble, bright and useful” – by providing a quality university education in Africa. The motivation is driven by the desire to train intellectually capable minds that will play leading roles in today’s global economy, and help position the region competitively through entrepreneurial innovation, technical excellence, and world-class management capabilities. As the knowledge economy reshapes the 21st century, the university will help anchor a sustainable knowledge base that will benefit not just the continent but MNCs that invest therein. We understand that no region can develop faster than its educational system and economic prosperity will always correlate with quality of education. Our goal is to assemble Africa’s brightest kids, educate them, and then empower them to invent the next future.


The university will have its physical campus in Abia State, Nigeria with two tele-classrooms in Silicon Valley and Boston. The goal is to tap into leading professors and entrepreneurs in U.S through this network. The university is a full conventional school with colleges in many fields.


The educational programme will develop leading-edge knowledge in the priority research and development areas of Addis (energy, health, agriculture, ICT and minerals), academic and innovative competencies (foresight, forecasting, thinking, projecting), entrepreneur competence, experience in team work on projecting and solving inter-disciplinary problems.


The main task of Technopark which is located in one section of the university is to provide assistance to innovative companies that are project participants arising from university reasearch or otherwise. This is the tool which – with the help of resources of the university, scientific and educational institutions, as well as international innovation centres – can be used by companies. This park is planned to accommodate design centers for MNCs as they locate to tap into opportunities made available by well-trained students. The long term vision of this Park is to develop five technology clusters within it in the region.


Within the Addis project, five clusters will be created, each one developing innovative projects. These are the ICT, energy, health, minerals and agriculture clusters.

  1. ICT Cluster develops strategic directions of information technologies – from search systems to cloud calculations.
  2. Health supports and develops innovations in the field of biomedical technologies and medicine along with best practices in public health
  3. Energy supports innovations and advanced technologies, aimed at the reduction of energy consumption by industrial and residential objects, as well as lower energy consumption by communal services and municipal infrastructure facilities. This will explore new energy technologies.
  4. Agriculture supports new agricultural technologies, animal and crop technologies along with best practices in food preservation and transportations
  5. Minerals cluster will look at better ways in harnessing and processing minerals from crude oil to precious metals



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2 thoughts on “The Addis Project – A 21st Century African University

  1. This article seems to lack information about benefactors. Who are they? The Nigerian government, individual wealthy benefactors, NGOs? This article should not have been published without this information. Who will one look at – myself for one – when, and if, this doesn’t materialize?

    I just got off of in the United States and saw probably a hundred Vice Presidents of Indian descent across a wealth of multinational companys and most of them had come from IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) which my research tells me was begun over 50 years ago (1956) with far less technological pronouncements.

    This Institute of Africa needs to open its doors yesterday and institutions and individuals with means need to underwrite it the day before yesterday.


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