The 2016-2020 Strategic Plan – Background

The International University of Grand-Bassam (IUGB) emerged from an educational partnership (Project Link) between the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire and Georgia State University (GSU). Today, IUGB has fruitful partnerships with the following US universities:  the University of Houston, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the University of Minnesota at Mankato and the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.  We are looking forward to implementing more partnerships with other universities in the U.S., as well as in Africa and the rest of the world.

IUGB opened in January 2005 and was formally established as an accredited university in Côte d’Ivoire by Presidential Decree 2007-477 dated May 16, 2007. Article 3 of the decree charges IUGB with: (1) Capacity building and the promotion of excellence throughout the region; (2) Offering degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate levels; (3) Following the American model with English as the main teaching language; (4) Opening the West African region to the world’s most well-trained experts; (5) Integrating and opening Côte d’Ivoire to the rest of the world; and (6) Diversification of the Ivorian culture. The University is an independently governed higher education institution organized under the laws of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire as a not-for-profit international organization.

IUGB’s academic programs are delivered through two schools. The School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) offers degrees in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Mechanical Engineering Technology. The School is also preparing to offer specializations in Biotechnology, Geology and Geophysics as well as Environmental Science.  The School of Business and Social Sciences (BSS) offers degrees in Business Administration, Computer Information Systems and Political Science.

In addition to these two schools, the University offers English-language courses and study skills through its University Preparatory Program (UPP).  The Center for Continuing Education (CCE) provides professional development instruction and English-language courses for professionals as well as for students.

The IUGB Foundation, a US based non-profit, tax exempt organization based in Atlanta, Georgia was formally launched in on October 8, 2014. Since then, the foundation has raised nearly $200,000 for scholarships for students to attend IUGB.

Currently, IUGB enrollment stands at 664 students from 18 countries. By the end of 2015, more than 1,300 students had attended IUGB, many of whom transferred to US and other institutions and completed Bachelor’s and/or Master’s Degrees.  In July 2015, IUGB held its first commencement ceremony, awarding Bachelor’s degrees to four students who completed their academic programs at IUGB.  In 2016, six more students graduated with bachelor’s degrees from IUGB.

IUGB’s Graduating Class of 2016: (L-R): Freddy Marc Dizaud NADJE, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science major in database administration; Haoule Cedrik Johnson GNEPA, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, concentration in Database and Big Data; Prof. Saliou Touré, President of International University of Grand-Bassam, Prof. William E. Fitzgibbon, III, Chair and Professor of Mathematics, Dept. of Mathematics, University of Houston, Zie Dieudonne SORO, Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Economics and a minor in Computer Information System; Guest Speaker Mr. Jean Kacou Diagou, President of the General Confederation of Enterprises of Côte d’Ivoire (GCECI), Corinne Estelle NONDE, Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing; Jean Jules KOUASSI, Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Chiadon Jeanne Anne OHOUO, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

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