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Graduate Josiane Aboniyo from Rwanda celebrates her graduation with her fellow classmates

The Pan African University Institute for Water and Energy Sciences including Climate Change (PAUWES) celebrated the second graduating class of its both tracks of its two Master programmes earlier today.

About 47 students from across the African continent have received their diplomas during a ceremony at the University of Tlemcen.

The graduating students and their guests were welcomed and addressed by official representatives of the Algerian government and dignitaries from across Africa and Europe, including Her Excellency Professor Sarah Anyang Agbor, the new African Union Commissioner for Human Resources , Science and Technology, Benyaiche Ali, the Governor of the Tlemcen Wilaya, and His Excellency Michael Zenner, the German Ambassador to Algeria.

This year’s graduating students will join the next generation of African engineers and policymakers committed to addressing the issues critical to Africa’s sustainable development.

They have not only successfully completed their coursework requirements, but have conducted practice-oriented research for their master theses based on a multitude of case studies that address the water, energy, and climate-related challenges Africa faces.

In order to gain a transcontinental perspective of those same challenges, our students have also completed international internships in the private and public sectors at renowned research institutions cross Africa and beyond.

Besides focusing on their studies, the students of the Class of 2017—with the support of PAUWES—launched the first student-lead clubs, the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Club and the Community of Practice (CoP), which have contributed to the overall sense of community and leadership that our institute strives to promote.

What is more, this cohort of graduating students represents and fulfills one of the key objectives of the Pan African University (PAU) and PAUWES—which is to foster an African learning environment of the most qualified and motivated scholars while revitalizing and nurturing the quality of African higher education. Not only are an array African Union member states and eleven female students represented in the Class of 2017, but this diverse cohort of students have had the opportunity to study alongside an international faculty of over 100 professors and researchers from across Africa and the world.

Supported by PAUWES, the University of Tlemcen and our key thematic partner—Germany, we are confident that students of the Class of 2017 are well positioned to become leaders in public administration, policy-making, research, technology, private enterprise, and civil society. The PAUWES 2017 Class Booklet ( showcases this year’s graduates and we are very pleased to invite future employers to meet them.

We will proudly welcome our most diverse cohort ever this coming fall as 70 students from 31 African countries will join the PAUWES family as the incoming Class of 2019.

Top Graduates List

Yunus ALOKORE Uganda
Samuel Olatunde BABALOLA Nigeria
Gemma ITUZE Rwanda
Irene NANTONGO Uganda
Gnamien Constant KOUAKOU Cote d’Ivoire
Mahmoud Sayed HEFNEY DIAB Egypt
Rolex MUCEKA Uganda
Mohamed Lamine BACHIR Mali
Erasmus MUH Cameroon
Solomon Gebremariam Fissaha Ethiopia
Colette ABIMANA Rwanda
Hillary KIPRONO Kenya
Tonny KUKEERA Uganda
Wilson Ofori SARKODIE Ghana
Ogechi Vivian NWADIARU Nigeria
Salif SOW Senegal
Amal Nasser Fahiem ABD ELAZIZ Egypt
Amon Kevin Kirathe GACHURI Kenya
Andrew MUGUMYA Uganda
Jean d’Amour MWONGEREZA Rwanda
Cleus BAMUTURA Uganda
Michel RWEMA Rwanda
Eric Otieno AKUMU Kenya
Rehema Maria KHIMULU Kenya
Martin LYAMBAI Zambia
Brian Omondi ODUOR Kenya
Anthere BIZIMANA Rwanda
Endalkachew Yeshewas Muche Ethiopia
George KIMBOWA Uganda
Johnstone Isiah MAINYA Kenya
Gninwokan Eden Josias KONE Côte d’Ivoire
Jean Marie Pascal KWISANGA Rwanda
Mthokozisi MOYO Zimbabwe
John Ng’ang’a GATHAGU Kenya
Naima HAMDAOUI Algeria
Ousmanou NJOYA Cameroon
Mulugeta Ferede MELESE Ethiopia
Workinesh Takele TESSEMA Ethiopia
Josiane ABONIYO Rwanda
Kouadio Pierre Stephane BOFFOUE Côte d’Ivoire
Cuthbert TAGUTA Zimbabwe
Diana UMULISA Rwanda
Eva Muthoni Kimonye Kenya
Herman KWOBA Kenya
Mukaya MUHAMMUDU Uganda
Yassien Kassie Mohammed Ethiopia


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