BUK Set to Host PASET-RSIF PhD, Research Programs  Receives On-Site Evaluation Team April 12 &13

Bayero University, Kano is set to become one of the universities to host the PASET Pan African Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF) PhD programmes and in research and innovation in the applied sciences, engineering and technology (ASET).

The Partnership for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET) is an initiative by African governments to address fundamental gaps in skills and knowledge necessary for long term, sustained economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). PASET established Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF) to contribute towards the training of a critical mass of PhD and post-doctoral candidates and support research and innovation in some priority thematic areas: ICTs, including big data and artificial intelligence; food security and agribusiness; minerals, mining and materials engineering and energy, including renewable and climate change.

RSIF Host universities are universities or research institutes/centres based in Sub-Saharan Africa that offer a PhD in any of the priority PASET thematic areas. They host the PhD scholars and also receive research grants and grants for innovation projects in the selected thematic area.

The objective of RSIF is to train high quality PhD and post-doctoral fellows to address the human resource gap of highly qualified specialists in the fields of applied sciences, engineering and technology and contribute to improving research and innovation capacities in those fields.

Bayero University’s proposal has been selected for further evaluation through onsite visits to validate the findings of the first stage of the review process through discussions with the university leadership, faculty, students and partners.

In a letter addressed to the Vice Chancellor, Professor Muhammad Yahuza Bello, by the Manager, RSIF Regional Coordination Unit, Dr. Moses Osiru, said out of the 144 applications from the universities across sub-Saharan Africa received by the Regional Coordination (RCU) of the RSIF, 80 were found eligible for the competition to be African Host Universities (AHU).

The 80 applications were taken through a rigorous technical evaluation process involving reviews by three independent technical reviewers each and selection meetings to identify the most competitive proposals in each of the five PASET priority thematic areas.

Centre for Dryland Agriculture’s supported PhD programmes in Natural Resource Management and Climate Change will be visited by a team of RSIF. The team will also interact with key academic staff, finance and administration and assess procurement and documentation methods.


 The team, scheduled to visit Bayero University’s CDA from 12th to 13th April, 2019 will also interact with partners, postgraduate students and tour existing education and research facilities.