This will be awarded to an institution that demonstrated exceptional performance during the 2018-19 academic year. It is open to all higher education institutions in the east African region. Applicants must exhibit the following requirements as part of the application.

Although research, teaching, access and business performance will be taken into account, the main criterion will be evidence of particular bold, imaginative and innovative initiatives that have advanced the institution’s reputation during the 2018-19 academic year.
Judges may request further information, including a visit to each shortlisted institution.