The African Network of Scientific and Technological Institutions (ANSTI)


The UNESCO Office in Nairobi hosts the African Network of Scientific and Technological Institutions (ANSTI). The Network is an organ of cooperation that embraces African institutions engaged in University level training, research and innovation in the fields of science, engineering and technology.

The Network has been in existence since January, 1980 with the aim to develop active collaboration among these institutions so as to promote research and development in Basic and Engineering Sciences. To-date it has 192 member institutions in thirty-seven (37) countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Networks five strategic objectives are to:

i.    Facilitate and enhance interactions among member institutions.
ii.    Facilitate training and research in science, engineering and technology.
iii.    Promote the use of ICT in teaching and research in science, engineering and technology.
iv.    Promote gender equity in access to science, engineering and technology training.
v.    Develop and disseminate scientific and technical information

The Network has three international flagship programmes: Flagship Programmes:

  • The biannual conference of Vice Chancellors and Deans of Science, Engineering and technology (COVIDST) On-going since 2005 (www.conference.org)
  •  UNESCO/L’Oreal Fellowship for Women in Science in Sub-Saharan Africa administered by ANSTI; on-going since 2010 (info@ansti.org).
  • Award of post graduate scholarships in partnership with the German Academic Exchange Programme (DAAD) on-going since 1980 (www.ansti.org)
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