AU-AUST Collaborative Program

Auburn University collaborating with African University of Science and Technology

The Auburn University (AU) - African University of Science and Technology (AUST) partnership was initiated in Fall 2008. AUST is a private, pan-African, coeducational, research university located in Abuja, Nigeria. A memorandum of understanding signed by the two institutions allows them to partner in educational and research activities such as faculty and student exchange, joint research programs, special short-term academic programs, and organization of international conferences and workshops. The committee that developed the partnership and collaborative mathematics and statistics program consisted of Drs. Ash Abebe, Geraldo De Souza, Overtoun Jenda and Michel Smith of AU Department of Mathematics & Statistics and Dr. Charles Chidume of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, Italy, and now the acting provost at AUST.

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Partnership Synopsis

AUST students are on a five-year PhD program. AUST students participating in the AU-AUST collaborative program visit AU twice during their PhD period. After completing year I at AUST, students spend years II and IV of their studies at AU taking advanced courses and discussing dissertation topics with supervisors. Joint supervision of AUST Ph.D. students is provided by AU and AUST faculty.

To qualify for participation in the AU-AUST collaborative program, AUST students must satisfy the requirements for admission to the Department of Mathematics and Statistics graduate program at AU and have a plan of study that includes courses leading to Ph.D. qualifying exams. Mathematics and statistics faculty at AU have the opportunity to visit AUST to teach a 3-week course in Fall and Spring semesters.

2009-10 AUST Students at AU

Seth Kwame Kermausuor (Ghana)
Eze Raymond Nwaeze (Nigeria)
Dawit Gazahegn Tadesse (Ethiopia)

Participating AU Faculty 

Ash Abebe
Nedret Billor
Geraldo De Souza
Narendra Govil
Overtoun Jenda
Amnon J. Meir
Chris Rodger
Paul Schmidt
Michel Smith
T.Y. Tam
Richard Zalik

For more information, please contact Dr. T.-Y. Tam (, Chair,
Dr. Ash Abebe (, or Dr. Overtoun Jenda ( 
of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

Last updated: 09/26/2012