Deputy Director General of UNESCO Visits IUGB
During his official visit in Cote d’Ivoire, Mr. Getachew Engida, Deputy Director General of UNESCO, visited the International University of Grand-Bassam (IUGB) on Wednesday, February 17, 2016. He was accompanied by Mrs. Denise Houphouet Boigny, Ambassador of Côte d’Ivoire to UNESCO, and Mr. Ido Yao, UNESCO Representative in Côte d’Ivoire. The high ranking officials of the city and the region of Grand Bassam were present during the visit.
Professor Saliou Touré, IUGB President, gave an overview presentation of the University from its humble beginnings with 8 students in 2005 to now 550 students in 2016. He also shared the vision of IUGB and its mission to train successful leaders for the African continent.
Mr. Getachew Engida gave a brief presentation in front of the IUGB community and the guests. He then entertained the numerous questions with valuable information about UNESCO, its mission and its activities. He finished his statement by advising students to give the best of themselves because they are the future of Africa.
Mr. Engida, who was also given a campus tour, was very pleased with his visit and congratulated the University for the remarkable progress it has achieved thus far. He made the following declaration to the national television (RTI) and the journalists: “IUGB is not only doing great job but it is also established in a city that houses a UNESCO-registered World Heritage Site. Therefore, I was doubly interested to come see the student enthusiasm in their learning as well as their commitment and seriousness in their work for a good future. That is the message I retain from this visit”.