GOAL AND VISION
The LAFMAAL FOUNDATION is committed to creating equal opportunities in higher education across the continent. Having started our work in West Africa we have been supporting young STEM female scientists in African universities and colleges since 2018. The scientists are part of the LAFMAAL programme up to the point of obtaining a doctorate. As the beneficiaries of the programme, the foundation offers the young scientists networking opportunities with international universities and companies across Africa and with Germany. Additionally, the foundation promotes social commitment of the young scientists. Over the next few years, we will continue to use our strategy and growing network to ensure that young women can make meaningful contributions to research, science, business and society through their outstanding research results and thereby positively influencing the development of the entire African continent.
“To refine a rough diamond into an excellent diamond”
Dr.-Ing. Michel A. Aliman
The LAFMAAL FOUNDATION cooperates with African and, currently, with German universities. The first agreement of a joint partnership was signed between:
- the polytechnic doctoral college of the INP-HB (Institut National Polytechnique Félix Houphouët-Boigny) in Côte d’Ivoire, and
- the Bergische University of Wuppertal (BUW) in Germany
The INP-HB Center of Excellence, recognized by the World Bank and the West African Union, is a strategic partner university of our foundation in Africa. At this center, as well as in colleges or universities in other African countries, female doctoral students are selected by a respective selection committee. A characteristic feature of INP-HB is that it has a doctoral school, where doctoral students from more than 15 nations complete their doctorates. Scientific seminars and workshops take place regularly in cooperation with our foundation.
In 2018, the Bergische Universität Wuppertal was the first German university to sign a cooperation agreement with INP-HB.
Network initiator Dr.-Ing. Michel A. Aliman is a former dean and university lecturer at INP-HB, as well as a former visiting professor at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal. Currently he is Principal Scientist at ZEISS.
“My commitment to the advancement of women dates to the year 2000, when I was hired as a young university lecturer and researcher in an engineering training institution in the Côte d’Ivoire. I was struck by the de facto absence of women among the teaching staff. Since then, I have humbly decided to help correct this situation. Without hesitation, I joined the LAFMAAL Foundation, whose main objective is to promote the excellence of young women in science and technology, both morally and spiritually, in order to facilitate their integration into the industrial, economic and social fabric of society. As Secretary General of the LAFMAAL Foundation, I am committed to working tirelessly to achieve this goal and I call on all willing people to support each of our initiatives.”