A.D.U. was founded by a team from the Harvard Kennedy School, led by Kader Kaneye and Meredith Segal, and is supported by the ILIMI Foundation in the United States.
A.D.U. is the first not-for-profit university in Niamey, Niger and is the first university to offer a world-class education for students from the Sahel region.
A.D.U. opened its doors to prepare the most exceptional, hard-working, committed young people to lead the development of their nations, regardless of their financial means.