Inadequate manpower to service African manufacturing industries as exemplified by one engineer per 10,000 inhabitants contributes to her infrastructural challenge. Manufacturing solutions to Africa’s infrastructural challenges do not emanate from the local manufacturing industries due to shortage of qualified teaching/research faculty who are supposed to train the undergraduates joining the industry work force. Hence, many manufacturing engineering graduates are ill-equipped to develop viable low cost and environmentally sustainable manufacturing solutions to African infrastructural challenges due to lack of modern equipment for training. Education for laser-based manufacturing (ELbM) initiative addresses these challenges by combining industrial and academic resources; from four African higher educational institutions (HEIs), laser enabled manufacturing research group from the Council for Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR/NLC/LEM) group, African laser centre (ALC), Retecon (Trumpf), South Africa (associated partners) with technical support from University of Bologna, Italy; to train labour market-relevant post-graduates (33 Masters + 10 PhDs) and deliver research supervision in laser-based manufacturing (LbM) processes. During this mobility period, ELbM with active support from Retecon (Trumpf), South Africa by offering of educational discount and training materials would mobilise BIUST, JKUAT and FUPRE to commit resources into setting up LM facilities with a view to engaging ELbM graduates for innovations and hands-on research so as to reduce brain drain. It is also anticipated that a higher education/industry ELbM network linking the African Universities, Italian technical partner and the African associated partners will be formed while ELbM becomes a model for sustainable regional higher education co-operation in LM research and developments.