African Cities Lab

The African Cities Lab Project aims at creating a digital education platform on urban development in Africa.

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The overall objective of the project is to contribute to sustainable urban development in Africa for the benefit of residents of African cities by creating an African digital education platform on urban development targeting professionals. Indeed, digitalisation has triggered and accelerated profound changes in societies and economies, and is a powerful tool to improve access to education. 

A platform and MOOCs

The platform will offer quality MOOCs and online, continuing education training for professionals with the aim to improve their skills. It will also act as a forum for the exchange of digital educational resources and the management and governance of African cities to foster sustainable urban development.

5 universities

Anchored on African soil, initially coordinated by EPFL, the platform will gather leading universities in the Anglophone and Francophone regions in order to create a network of institutions in digital education and have impact on the entire continent. The platform will be hosted by the existing infrastructure of the Sèmè City Development Agency in Benin, at the heart of Africa’s most populous region. In addition, five African partner universities will be part of the project: 

1. the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University in Morocco, 

2. the University of Cape Town in South Africa, 

3. the University of Carthage in Tunisia, 

4. the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana, and 

5. the University of Rwanda


This project is financed by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs.


For more information about the project, please contact :

[email protected] – +41 21 693 01 04