GEDC Member Promotes Engineering Education in Africa

Samuel Mukasa, Yacob Astatke and Funso Falade attend a capacity building workshop at the Saint  Jerome Catholic University Institute in Douala, Cameroon.


Funso Falade, Dean at the University of Lagos, traveled to China and throughout Africa in promotion of engineering education:


Tsinghua University (Beijing, China) hosted the Senior Seminar on Engineering Education and Management for Developing Countries from March 10th through the 19th. Wu Qidi, Vice-President of Tsinghua University, chaired the seminar organized by the Tsinghua University Centre for Engineering Education. The seminar provided a perspective on China’s development roadmap that could be used as a template by other developing countries. China’s pillars of success in economic growth and development were highlighted during the seminar.


AEEA, in collaboration with the University of Lagos and Saint Jerome Catholic University Institute, organized a three-day workshop on Capacity Building for Engineering and Technology Educators in Central Africa. The workshop was held from April 27th through 29th at Saint Jerome Catholic University Institute in Douala, Cameroon. GEDC Member Samuel Mukasa and 2016 GEDC Airbus Diversity Award recipient, Yacob Astatke, were also at this event.


Falade was invited by the African Union Commission (AUC) and the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) to the Stakeholders’ Engagement Meeting in Addis Ababa. The meeting deliberated on capacities for implementing the Africa Agenda 2063. The meeting recognized the need for engagement of the African Diaspora in engineering disciplines. AEEA and IFEES plan to collaborate in enlisting engineering educators and experts of engineering infrastructure to support this initiative.

Tanzania & Ghana

Falade is also a member of an international team working on sourcing alternate materials for cement in construction projects. This program is funded by the German government.