Inclusive digital growth through collaboration

  • 6 university members

    Afretec will soon grow to include 10 technology-focused universities from across the continent.

  • More than 220,000 students across 5 countries

    The pan-African network includes representation from Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, and South Africa and has a strong connection to the United States.

  • 100 languages/200 cultures

    A diverse partnership that will develop the next generation of skilled educators, researchers, engineers, and technologists 
  • Serving a population more than 200 million

    The network will provide a platform for its members to engage in deep collaboration that drives inclusive digital growth in Africa.

News mentions


Afretec awards almost $1.7 million

13 grants, collectively led by researchers from all members of Afretec, have been awarded to make a positive impact on health, environment and sustainability, and energy in Africa.

University of Lagos

UNILAG reseachers win Afretec seed grants

Researchers from the University of Lagos have won two Inclusive Digital Transformation Seed Grants from Afretec.

The American University in Cairo

Sustainable shopping app wins Afretec competition

Three students studying finance at the American University in Cairo won an Afretec-sponsored competition that challenged over 200 participants from 14 African countries to promote sustainability using technology tools. The team, composed of juniors Salma Afifi, Jumana Elhefnawy, and Maya Abu Shahba, created an app called ScanHa, which invites shoppers to learn how sustainable an item is by scanning its barcode and offering eco-friendly alternatives.

The New Times

Afretec commits to enhancing collaborations for research advancement

A recent workshop, hosted by the University of Rwanda, emphasized the importance of collaborating across disciplines and beyond regional borders. Speakers highlighted the need to involve policymakers in discussions on research and innovation, as well as the importance of addressing societal challenges through impactful actions.