The ground breaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction of the ADB (African Development Bank) hall was held at AUST on the 27th of March 2012,. The ADB hall is one of the components of the “Support to a network of African Institutions of Science and Technology” (SNAIST). ADB will consist of science and engineering laboratories, a library and an auditorium. The core objectives of this project is to increase the number and the quality of qualified science and engineering graduates in the ECOWAS sub-region. This is being done in order to provide a regional consolidated response to the needs for highly qualified personnel in science and engineering in the ECOWAS region.
The ground breaking ceremony was witnessed by representatives from the ADB, National Universities (NUC), the Directorate for Technical Cooperation in Africa (DTCA) as well as AUST faculty and staff. In his opening remarks, the President and Provost of AUST, Professor Wole Soboyejo expressed excitement about the project and he noted that the ADB laboratory will not only strike the much desired balance between teaching and research, but will also engender hands-on demonstration which will help AUST to train future scientists that are trained practically in diverse fields of science and engineering. The symbolic foundation laying act was performed by the President and Provost of AUST with supports from key AUST faculty/Staff, representatives for collaborating agencies and other stakeholders.