Three of the five nodes, or branches, of the Pan-African University (PAU) ,a brainchild of the AU will admit their first 300 students in September. The students will follow postgraduate courses in selected thematic areas such as life and earth sciences, basic sciences, innovation and technology, humanities and social sciences. The PAU aims to make Africa's higher education and research institutions more effective in driving development, while attracting the best intellectual capital from across the globe, including Africans in the diaspora. The host institutes — each representing one of Africa's five geographical regions — have been allocated different themes. The University of Ibadan will be specialising in life and earth sciences. Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology will provide training in basic sciences, innovation and technology. The University of Yaoundé in Cameroon will teach humanities and social sciences. And the University of Tlemcen in Algeria, host of the North African institute, will offer training in water, energy and climate change sciences. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) will choose the host country and university for the fifth node, which will provide specialised training in space science.