Commonwealth Association of Polytechnics in Africa (CAPA)


CAPA Secretariat
c/o Technical University of Kenya Haile Selassie Avenue
PO Box 52428-00200

Telephone: (254) 20 343 672



Year established: 1978

Number of members:

More than 170 institutions

Officers (2015):

CAPA Board: 25 members, elected from member institutions; an elected Chair and Vice Chairs for the different regions of Africa.


Dr Olubunmi Owoso

Aims and objectives:

CAPA was formed upon the recommendation of the Seventh Commonwealth Education Conference with a mandate to play a role similar to that of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), but with a focus on Africa. Its main objective is to promote technical and vocational education and training (TVET), technology transfer and skills development in Africa. It does this through policy advocacy and dialogue with governments, development partners and educational institutions, as well as networking and sharing information among member institutions.

The vision of CAPA is to be an influential voice in Africa for the promotion of skills development for wealth creation.

Main activities:

CAPA publishes regular newsletters and organises capacity-building workshops and seminars for
staff and institutional leaders of polytechnics and technical colleges in Africa. CAPA also organises collaborative activities with a number of international partners and agencies, including the Commonwealth Foundation and the Commonwealth of Learning. It is also a member of World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP) and the Commonwealth Consortium for Education.

Recent publications:

The CAPA Scientific Journal, published semi-annually.