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Association of African Private Universities (AAPU)

The Association of African Private Universities (AAPU) is a robust forum of private higher education institutions across Africa. Our mission is to promote collaboration and partnership among our members to foster academic advancement, research innovation, staff and student exchange, and to tackle common challenges hindering the growth of private institutions in Africa.

Founded on November 15, 2018, with its headquarters in Kano, Nigeria, AAPU now invites African private institutions to join our growing community.

Membership Tiers

Join a Pan-African Community of Higher Education Excellence

Institutional Member

For established private universities and higher education institutions in Africa.

  • Full voting rights.
  • Priority access to all AAPU resources, research, and publications.
  • Exclusive invitations to premier events and conferences.
  • Collaborative opportunities with member institutions.


Affiliate Member

Perfect for research institutions, think tanks, and aligned educational entities.

  • Access to select AAPU resources.
  • Invitations to AAPU events.
  • Collaborative opportunities.
  • No voting rights.


Associate Member

For newly established private institutions aspiring to meet AAPU’s criteria.

  • Capacity-building support and mentorship.
  • Networking opportunities with established institutions.
  • Limited or no voting rights.
  • Limited access to AAPU resources.


Corporate Partner

For businesses eager to support and collaborate with AAPU.

  • Brand visibility and promotion at AAPU events.
  • Opportunities to collaborate on initiatives.
  • Access to AAPU research and publications.
  • Exclusive offers for member institutions.
  • No voting rights.


Individual Member

For academics, researchers, and students passionate about AAPU’s mission.

  • Access to AAPU publications and select research resources.
  • Discounts for AAPU events and conferences.
  • Networking opportunities.
  • No voting rights.


How to Apply

To become a member of the AAPU, the institution must:

  1. Align with the objectives of the AAPU.
  2. Meet the requirements outlined in the AAPU Constitution.
  3. Submit an online application for membership to the Secretary-General’s office.

Each application will undergo a rigorous process of accreditation, authentication, and verification.


  • Institutions applying for AAPU membership must be fully accredited by a recognized accrediting body in their home country.
  • The accreditation ensures that the institution meets the standards of quality and integrity set by the AAPU.


  • Authentication involves the validation of the institution’s details, such as the legitimacy of its operations and the authenticity of its academic programs.


  • The verification stage includes a comprehensive review of the institution's track record in delivering quality education and its commitment to enhancing the standard of private education in Africa.

Benefits of Membership

As a member of the AAPU, your institution will have access to:

  • A network of distinguished private institutions across Africa.
  • Opportunities for academic collaboration and research initiatives.
  • Platforms for staff and student exchanges.
  • Advocacy and support in dealing with challenges unique to private higher education institutions in Africa.
  • Participation in conferences, seminars, and workshops aimed at enhancing the quality of private education in Africa.
  • Access to resources and services designed to strengthen institutional capacity.

If you are ready to join us in our mission to elevate the standard of private education in Africa, we invite you to begin the application process today.

Do you have questions? Call or visit us.

+234 901 100 0734
+234 906 606 1996

Engr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, Ph.D House,
No 7,  Adamu Abubakar Gwarzo Road,
Opposite Maryam Abacha American University Of Nigeria
P.M.B. 3008 Kano,
Federal Republic of Nigeria


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