Africa is considered a major element in the strategic plan of AASTMT since its establishment in 1972.In specific, AASTMT targets to excel the education, research and capacity building in the African continent. The African and Asian Affairs Sector was established as an executive sector targeting the vision of having outstanding educational and research in Africa. AAFS also plans and develops strategies that fulfills the needs of African countries and ensures that Africans are educated with the enough knowledge and skills to participate in the building of their countries.The African and Asian Affairs sector then extended its activities to include research planning and graduate programs development in engineering, business management, logistics, quality assurance and maritime and provides consultancy and expertise to all African nations. In 2011, African Affairs added Asia to its plan and changed its name to be African & Asian Affairs Sector.