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The Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) in Arusha is one in a network of Pan-African Institutes of Science and Technology located across the continent. These institutes, which are the proud brainchild of Nelson Mandela, envision to train and develop the next generation of African scientists and engineers with a view to impacting profoundly on the continent’s development through the application of science, engineering and technology (SET). NM-AIST is being developed to become a world-class research intensive training institution mainly for postgraduates and post-docs in science, engineering and technology (SET) related fields. Initially the fields of study covered by NM-AIST, taking advantage of the immense bio-diversity in countries forming its catchment area, will be life sciences and bio-engineering; mathematics, computational and communication science and engineering; water resources and environmental science and engineering; materials science and engineering and; sustainable energy science and engineering.

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 The Vision of NM-AIST is to become a world-class institution of higher learning dedicated to the pursuit and promotion of excellence in science and engineering, and their applications for economic growth and sustainable development in Africa.

The Mission of NM-AIST is to deliver and promote high quality and internationally competitive teaching and learning, research and innovation, and public service in science, engineering and technology for enhanced value addition to people and natural resources, emphasizing entrepreneurship with a view to stimulating, catalyzing and promoting economic growth and sustainable development in Africa.

Degrees offered:
Master?s and PhD in Life Sciences and Bioengineering (LSBE)
Master?s and PhD in Mathematics and Computational Science and Engineering (MCSE)
Master?s and PhD in Information and Communication Science and Engineering (ICSE)


Admission Criteria
NM-AIST admits qualified students primarily from Eastern Africa and SSA generally. The minimum qualifications for one to be eligible for admission to Master’s and PhD degree programs are as follows:

  1. Master’s Degree programs:
    Candidates must be holders of relevant and good bachelor’s degree with GPA of at least 3.5/5.0 or the equivalent, from recognized institutions.
  2. PhD Degree Programs:
    Candidates must meet the minimum qualifications required for a Master’s Applicant((1) above) plus must possessing relevant and good Master’s degree awards of at least the equivalent of B+ from recognized Institutions.

Candidates for whom English was not their study language at undergraduate level will be required to prove their English proficiency using internationally accepted criteria, e.g., TOEFL.

Application Forms

Application forms can be accessed via the links below.

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