In September 2002, the Federal Government of Nigeria lent her support to the commencement of the African Regional Conference on Engineering Education (ARCEE) which took place at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. In the desire to give the conference an identity, a Steering Committee was formed in 2004 at the end of the 2nd ARCEE at the University of Lagos, Nigeria.
Among other things, the Committee was to decide on an appropriate name under which the African stakeholders in engineering education would meet biennially.
At the end of the 3rd ARCEE, the delegates established African Engineering Education Association (AEEA) as an identity for the conference.
The 4th ARCEE was held in Dar es Salam, Tanzania, in April 2008 with 110 participants from 14 countries within and outside Africa. One of the outcomes of the conference was the launching of Emerald/ALCS African Engineering Research Fund Award.
The research fund is normally awarded to deserving researcher annually after proper appraisal of the research proposal submitted by the prospective awardees. It was further resolved that AEEA should develop a database for all engineering and training institutions in Africa; indicating available capacity and areas of strength with a view to identifying areas where capacity building is required.
Our Aims and Objectives
The main aims of the African Engineering Education Association (AEEA) are: to promote excellent quality education in various engineering disciplines in Africa and to bridge the North-South divide.
Providing a mutual support network of engineering educators, through the established African Regional Conference on Engineering Education (ARCEE).
Encouraging involvement of the Africans in diaspora to be involved in the development of engineering education in Africa, through exchange programmes.
Strengthening collaboration with other institutions with similar objectives, such as ANSTI, DCTA, the AU, NEPAD, UICEE, the WFEO CCB, and UNESCO.
Improving teaching and learning in educational institutions, through workshops for engineering educators.
Enhancing the development of the next generation of engineering educators, through the establishment of regional Postgraduate Training Centres.
Promotion of technological careers for women, so as to increase the proportion of women in the engineering workforce.
Collaborating with like minded international organizations
Sensitization programmes on the need for government support for engineering education, including the provision of adequate infrastructure and staffing.
Promoting exchange of students (both undergraduate and postgraduate) across the continent through removal of international fee barriers.
Sourcing and directing funds towards achieving excellence in engineering education in Africa.