Founded in 2017 by Prof. Sidy Ndao, the Dakar American University of Science and Technology (DAUST) is a five-year engineering degree university in the heart of the natural resort of Somone in the Thies region, Senegal. The university focuses on providing its engineering students with a rigorous academic environment with state-of-the-art laboratories that follow the American-style education model which puts an emphasis on research and innovations while encouraging critical thinking and excitement for discoveries.
DAUST at Glance
Meet The President
Dr. Sidy Ndao is the serving President and Founder of the Dakar American University of Science of Technology. Prior to taking over the Presidency at DAUST, Dr. Ndao was an Associate Professor in the department of mechanical and materials engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). Dr. Ndao earned his Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and completed his Postdoctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
“DAUST strives to provide a high-quality education that prepares its students for successful careers in their respective fields and to contribute to the development of their communities and the African continent.”Dr. Sidy NdaoFounder of DAUST
Resources are important for the growth of any nation. Out of all resources that exist, the human resource is undoubtedly the most important one. The best way to exploit human resources is through education, with Science and Engineering higher education being at the forefront in importance. According to UNESCO statistics, the current tertiary enrolment rate across Africa stands at just over 12% (2019). And among them, less than 25% are in STEM fields. Added to all of these, most Engineering learning in African Universities is theoretical due to the often high cost of laboratory equipment.
At this junction, DAUST comes in to provide an alternative and a solution with a goal to educate Africa's future world-class Engineers, Scientists and Innovators. While doing so, DAUST aims to also have a positive impact in its immediate environment and the African community at large though applied research and extension programs.