African Union Centres of Excellences in Disciplines related to Fisheries and Aquaculture

Closing date

Third Call
Expression Of Interest


The African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) is a specialized technical office of the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture (DREA) of the African Union Commission (AUC). AU-IBAR’s mandate is to support and coordinate the sustainable development and utilization of animal resources (including livestock, fisheries, aquaculture and wildlife) to enhance nutrition and food security and contribute to the wellbeing and prosperity of the people in the member states of the African Union.

The continent is endowed with productive aquatic ecosystems (marine and freshwater) with significant fishing and aquaculture activities. The fisheries and aquaculture sector in Africa currently provides benefits in terms of economic growth, livelihoods and food security. However, the sector still has enormous potential to significantly increase its contribution to GDP, food security and poverty alleviation in the five regions of the continent.


The fisheries and aquaculture potential has not been fully realized due to, among others, a paucity of dedicated institutions for advanced, intermediate and skilled manpower development in various relevant disciplines. Management decisions and policies in the fisheries and aquaculture sector in the five regions of the continent needs to be supported by scientific evidence. This evidence should be generated by dedicated research institutes or universities and interpreted by competent fisheries and aquaculture managers. A more tangible solution to the problems of capacity is the establishment of African Union Centres of Excellence. This should be done by the identification of appropriate institutions and strengthening their capacities in the required disciplines.

The Joint Conference of African Ministers for agriculture, rural development, fisheries and aquaculture in May 2014, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), recognized the need for capacity development in the fisheries and aquaculture sector and therefore requested the "The AU Commission, AUDA-NEPAD and RECs to establish African Centres of Excellence for aquaculture, capture fisheries, biodiversity studies and oceanography to enhance capacity for fisheries and aquaculture research". The Policy Framework and Reform Strategy for fisheries and aquaculture in Africa underscores enhancing human capacity development as a key strategic pillar for creating an enabling environment to increase the sustainable contribution of the sector to food security, livelihoods and wealth creation.

In response to the 2014 Ministerial recommendations, the African Union InterAfrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) launched two calls for Expression of Interests in 2017 and 2018 for selection of Institutions as African Union Centres of Excellence in identified disciplines in fisheries and aquaculture.

After rigorous assessment procedures, various institutions on the continent were identified and selected as African Union Centres in the following disciplines:

  • Marine capture fisheries
  • Coastal Zone Management, related policy and governance issues
  • Biodiversity, oceanographic and ecosystems studies
  • Inland capture fisheries and climate change
  • Aquaculture, including studies in fish genetics, breeding; aquatic animal seeds; feeding and nutrition;
  • Marine engineering, seafaring and safety, navigation, fishing gear technology

The centres were endorsed by the 2019 ministerial Meeting of the Specialized Technical Committee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment (STC-ARDWE) and subsequently by the Thirty-Sixth Ordinary Session Executive Council (Decision EX.CL/Dec. 1074(XXXVI) endorsed eight African institutions as Centres of Excellence on fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa. However, the Ministers again "REQUESTED the African Union Commission to further identify related disciplines for which institutions will be selected as African Union Centres of Excellence". Consequently, additional fisheries and aquaculture related disciplines that were not covered (or not covered in sufficient details) have been identified in the section below for which this Third Call for Expression of Interest is launched.

Additional Disciplines

Objective of the Third Call for Expression of Interest

The objective of this third announcement is to call for proposals from qualified universities, research & training and vocational institutions to apply for consideration as African Union Centres of Excellence in the following fisheries and aquaculture disciplines:

Academic training in the following:

  1. Fisheries Socio-economics
  2. Ocean Affairs (governance and economy)
  3. Fisheries Laws and Regulations
  4. Fish Trade and Marketing
  5. Aquaculture Business Planning
  6. Aquatic Animal Health

Vocational training in the following:

  1. Food Science and Post-harvest technology
  2. Boat Building and Maintenance
  3. Aquaculture Extension Services

Institutional Framework and Sustainability

Once established the Centres should meet the following institutional framework and sustainability criteria. The Centre should be aligned with and serve as a platform for the Africa Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy Research network and the Africa Fisheries Reform Mechanism

  1. The Centre should be either within or affiliated with a university/research institution(s) and should operate under the coordination of the AU (AU-IBAR)
  2. The Centres of excellence will build on existing relevant accredited public institutions
  3. Evidence of sustainable self-financing mechanism
  4. Proven networking and collaborative/cooperation arrangements with international, regional and national existing institutions in order to share lessons and best practices.

Criteria for Eligibility

Applicants that responded to the first announcement should not apply again.

The institutions to be selected as Centres for Excellence should meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. The Centres should be located on the Africa continent
  2. For a particular discipline, the institutions for consideration should foremost have evidence of the required modules, staff and competence in the discipline
  3. The institution should have at least 10 years of established history of education, research and training
  4. The institution should have a track record of attracting students/trainees of diverse background and nationalities in the chosen discipline
  5. The institution should preferably be of regional relevance
  6. Adequate infrastructure and amenities
  7. Evidence of Official Recognition by the National Government

How to apply

How to Apply and the Procedures to Follow

The proposal should include the following information:

  1. Background and introduction to the institution
  2. Vision and mission
  3. Statement of accreditation by national authority and/or regional body
  4. Curriculum for undergraduate, graduate and vocational training programmes
  5. Historical records/information of students graduated from the institutions
  6. Research outputs
  7. Staffing situation and their qualifications (abbreviated resume)
  8. Present financing arrangements of the institution and financial control systems
  9. Any other relevant information

Submission Deadline

Applications must be submitted by email to:
With in subject: “Third Call for Proposals: SELECTION OF INSTITUTIONS AS AFRICAN UNION CENTRES OF EXCELLENCE IN FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE”. The submission deadline is 06 Feb 2021.

Kindly also send the screen shot of the email you sent.

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The original hard copies of the applications should be sent to the following address:
The Director,
The African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources;
Kenindia Business Park, Museum Hill, Westlands Road,
P.O. Box 30786 00100, Nairobi, Kenya;
Tel: +254 (20) 3674 000, Fax: +254 (20) 3674 341 / 2.