April 23, 2017

 officially launched

Adwa Tigraye, Ethiopia

Located in

 built on

100+ hectares

 victory at the Battle of Adwa

in 1996

Adwa Mean

In 1896, Ethiopia, an African country, decisively defeated Italy, a European country at the Battle of Adwa. The victory irreversibly sealed the beginning of the end of colonialism.  Further, it inspires anti-colonial and Pan-African movements. The peoples of Africa demanded and relentlessly struggled for their freedom and independence.  The Adwa African Victory became a symbol of freedom and independence as well as an inspiration for Pan-Africanism. With the due appreciation of this fact, the Ethiopian people and government have made a decision to establish the Adwa Pan African University (APAU).

There is a wider awareness of the drive to quickly launch a distinct academic, research and African people-centered institution. Given the fact that the Adwa Victory is one of the few fountains of bravery, closing of ranks and coming together to overcome a common adversary, it makes it a lot more relevant now and adds to the urgency of its realization.

The term Pan-Africanism came into formal and official acceptance since the first Pan-African Congress held in London in 1900 convened by prominent Diaspora Africans, such as Sylvester Williams, W.E.B. DuBois and others. Pan-Africanism recognizes all Africa peoples, both in the continent and in the Diaspora, as being one folk as a result of a shared cultural identity, common historical experience, and indivisible future destiny.

The University is a gift of the Ethiopian people to Africa and the African Diaspora.  The University welcomes graduate students and researchers from all African countries as well as the African Diaspora.  The University trains students to become future leaders, committed to the causes of Africa and interests of the Africans.  The University will be governed by academic and research excellence.

The University is based on the Africa Union (AU) Agenda 2063 and the UN General Assembly Resolution 68/237 of 23 December 2013 that declared the International Decade for People of African Descent from 2015 to 2024. Agenda 2063 is a vision of peace and development, whereas the UN Resolution has a theme of dignity, justice, and development.


The name of the university is Adwa Pan African University (APAU). It favors a multidisciplinary approach of studies that collects, documents, interprets, publishes and disseminates scholarly works on Pan-African issues.


APAU is permanently located in the City of Adwa. It is a land grant University, which will be built on 100 hectares of land donated by the City of Adwa.  More land will be available as the program and activities of APAU expand.

Academic freedom and autonomy

APAU respects academic freedom and the University maintains its autonomy within the framework of the Pan-African and Federal parliaments of AU and Ethiopia.


APAU regards the Unity of Africa as its ideal. To that end, it creates the platform for students and researchers to engage in advanced research and publications to bring unity, cooperation, and interactions among the people of Africa. APAU seeks the transformation of Africa into a peaceful and prosperous continent.


APAU draws the best minds from all corners of the African World to Adwa and facilitates the conduct of research and study that advance the interests of the people of Africa.

Core Value

Field of Studies

APAU will initially focus on three fields of studies: Humanities, Social Sciences and Informational Science and Technology


RESEARCH CENTERS Academic Programs and Faculty

APAU begins its academic programs with graduate, post-graduate and advanced research.  Undergraduate program will be added based on progress and development of the institution.

Faculty will be drawn globally and they will be recruited on the basis of academic records, experience and publications.


Students are admitted on the basis of their academic achievements, admission exam results and research proposals. Students who met the admission requirements of the University will be provided full scholarship.

University Administration and Staff

The highest authority of the University is the International Board of Directors.  The Board appoints the executive body, including the President.

The President nominates the Vice Presidents and the Registrar, who should be approved by the Board.

Faculty elects College Deans and Department Heads.


Initial endowment of APAU will be sought from the Federal Government of Ethiopia, other African Governments, and the United Nations, the African Union, developed countries, philanthropic organizations and individuals.

Museum, Archival and Documentation Center

Manuscripts, artifacts and other primary and secondary sources pertaining to Ancient Africa, Adwa and the struggles, resistances and freedom of the people of Africa and the rest of the world will be collected, categorized and become available to researchers. Primary sources and rare manuscripts on Pan-African issues and histories will be collected and become a permanent part of the center.

Cooperation with Other SIMILAR Academic Institutions

APAU seeks and establishes sisterly relations with similar institutions in Africa and the rest of the world.

Language Laboratories

APAU strives to identify and develop a few Pan-African lingua Franca based on the rich African languages.  It will also work to develop a Pan-African writing system, again based on the rich history and tradition of writing systems in Africa.

Relations with Governments

The Board of Directors of APAU has the authority to seek material and financial support for the University from Governments in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas.

Relations with International Organizations

The University’s President seeks and obtains Memorandum of Understanding with international organizations, such as the African Union, United Nations, UNESCO, and the European Union.


The articles of the Charter are subject to improvements and modifications.  New articles may be added with the approval of the Board of Directors thereby allowing the University to march with time.

Architecture, Landscape and Green Campus

APAU will be built on historic landscape in Adwa.  It will be built at a site proximate to the historic mountains of Adwa, battlefields of Adwa and on a hill that offers a spectacular view of the old and the new Adwa town.  APAU’s buildings will include modern and vernacular architectural designs encompassing Pan-African principles and the history of the Battle of Adwa.