A Benchmarking Study of Selected ASET Oriented Universities in Africa and China


University of Abomey-Calavi

Introduction

The University of Abomey-Calavi is created in 1970 as University of Dahomey and later on National University of Benin. It is a public, scientific, technical and cultural institution with administrative and financial autonomy. As such the University of Abomey-Calavi is in charge of training students, carries out scientific research and contributes to social, economic and cultural development in Benin. It is placed under the Ministry in charge of High Education and scientific Research.

The University of Abomey-Calavi is operating on many campussuch as Abomey-Calavi, Cotonou, Dangbo, Porto-Novo, Adjarra, Ouidah, Lokossa, Bohicon, Savalou, Dassa-Zoumé and Aplahoué. It is composed of faculties, high schools, institutes, research centers, laboratories and libraries.

Since 2011, the UAC is engaged in new reforms based on a dynamic leadership providing satisfaction to the various needs of the university community, i.e. the vision of building a third millenary university that is fully opened to the world characterized by (i) a democratic academic governance, (ii) innovative training curricula based on sound technologies (iii) an academic and administrative personnel better backstopped, (iv) a better management of the students flux, (v) a better position of the university in the regional and internal cooperation (vi) a scientific research that is fully integrated in students training and better articulated with the various laboratories in the university as well as with the various research institutions in Benin.

These new orientations have already yielded some distinctions: the World Quality Commitment (WQC) Awards (New York 2012) in Gold category; the World Quality Commitment (WQC) Awards (Paris 2013) in Platinum category; the best regional university (Oxford, UK 2013), the Ranking as 84th African Best Top 100 Universities (out of the 974 African universities ranked) in 2013 and the World Confederation of Businesses – US Awards (Venise, 2014) in recognition of UAC’s innovation and creativity efforts. UAC has been selected in 2014 by the World Bank as the African Center for Excellence in Applied Mathematics.

More information can be seen on the website of the University of Abomey-Calavi.