First Phd and 3r Masters batches of the Pan African University for Life and Earth Sciences Institutes graduate

The Pan African University for Life and Earth Sciences Institute (PAULESI), held the official graduation ceremony of its astute students. Commissioner of the African Union in charge of Human Resources, Science and Technology (HRST), H.E. Professor Sarah Anyang Agbor, and other dignitaries, joined in congratulating the elated students, parents and university staff during this prestigious ceremony.

Two students, Mr. Molla Mikias Biazen and Mr.Amare Zerihum, were the university’s first students to be awarded with PhD degrees. The two Ethiopians were lauded as the best students to defend their doctoral theses within the required three-year period at PAU.


An impressive 50 Masters Degrees (33 Men and 17 Women) in Life and Earth Sciences were awarded to the graduates who completed their training in the following specialties:

Plant breeding produced 13 graduates, 07 men and 06 women;

Environmental management had 10 graduates, 07 men and 03 women;

Oil Geosciences presented 08 graduates –  06 Men and 2 Women;

Mining Exploration produced 06 graduates –  05 Men and 01 Woman;

Reproductive and health sciences had 13 graduates, 08 men and 05 women


Recognition for the best 3 Masters research works went to Mr. Zate Zewdneh Zana, a Plant Breeding Specialist from Ethiopia, Ms. Anene Ogochukwu Nancy, a geo-petroleum sciences specialist and Ms Abisola Olatubosun Yetunde, whose speciality is in Environmental Management – both ladies are from Nigeria.


Addressing the students on behalf of AUC Chairperson – His Excellency Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat – Prof. Anyang Agbor thanked the Government of Nigeria, the University of Ibadan and the thematic partners for the considerable support they provide to secure young Africans training through PAU.

She expressed her joy at being in Ibadan – the city where she graduated with a Ph.D – and informed the graduates that graduation is but the beginning of a new chapter in life and their success depends on their choices and resolve to thrive on their skills to be able to transform Africa.

Prof. Anyang Agbor also stressed that their graduation should mark a new chapter in their relationship with PAU, as there are other opportunities the AU Commission has created for the young generation of Africans to tap into, including the African Union Youth Volunteers program.

Finally, the Commissioner congratulated the academic and administrative staff of PAULESI for this achievement, which is in line with the African Union Agenda 2063, which aims at Africa’s objectives for inclusive and sustainable development for unity, self-determination, freedom, progress and collective prosperity pursued under Pan-Africanism and Africa Renaissance.