A.D.U. is an innovative new not-for-profit university serving the Sahel region and located in the country of Niger. The mission of A.D.U. is to educate the most promising young people in the region to become ethical leaders with the knowledge, skills, and commitment to create the future of of their nations. A.D.U. is most closely modeled after Harvard University, Ashesi University, and the African Leadership University. A.D.U. started classes in October 2017 and currently offers undergraduate programs, specialized masters degrees,

an MBA program, professional English courses, and executive programs. A.D.U. has received enthusiastic support from the President of Niger, the US Ambassador, the French Embassy, the Minister of Higher Education, the Minister of Entrepreneurship, the Director of the Chamber of Commerce, and the CEOs of the country’s major corporations. A.D.U. is now forging partnerships with international universities with the help of an extrordinary Academic Advisory Board.

As a result of the profound need in the country and the early success, A.D.U. has embarked upon an ambitious growth plan. There is absolutely no doubt surrounding the demand and ability to fill all available seats with highly qualified applicants.

Meet our Academic Advisory Board

A message from the Kader Kaneye and Meredith Segal, co-Founders of A.D.U.:

“Why in the world would you choose Niger as a place to found a university? Wait, where is Niger again?” Conversations often start like this.

We met at MPA classmates at the Harvard Kennedy School as member of the Class of 2017. At Peet’s Coffee, Kad first told the story of Niger. Its challenges as the second poorest country in the world. Its beautiful people. All the work to be done in terms of economics, politics, youth, women. Its potential. It became clear that the lack of human capital, a result of the lack of quality education opportunities, is the common root of all these problems.

Through a stroke of serendipity, we both enrolled in the Design Thinking course at the Harvard Innovation Lab taught by the lab’s Faculty Chair, Professor Srikant Datar…

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The people behind A.D.U.

A.D.U. is only possible because of the generosity of people from around the globe giving their time and talents.


of students placed in internships or launching their own companies


of undergraduate students receive financial aid



$10 million

needed to educate 1,000 leaders over 10 years

Are you ready to change the conversation about the Sahel?

Be part of the solution

A.D.U. is reshaping the future for the region by educating its most exceptional young women and men. We need your help.