The 2016-2020 Strategic Plan – Executive Summary

This strategic plan (SP 2016-2020) for the International University of Grand-Bassam (IUGB) is the result of our second exercise in strategic planning. It builds on the previous one (SP 2011-2015) and sets the path to reach new heights of excellence, as we strive to deliver high-quality American-style education, producing well-rounded graduates open to the world and competently trained to contribute to the development of Côte d’Ivoire and the West Africa region.

The strategic plan was prepared in a participatory manner and benefitted from the contributions of University stakeholders (board members, management, professors and staff, students and employers). The process started with a critical analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of IUGB, as well as the opportunities and threats that helped refine the University’s vision, mission, core values, and guiding principles.

The strategic plan is built on six overarching goals: (1) Student Enrollment; (2) Infrastructure Development; (3) Financial Stability and Diversification of Funding Sources; (4) Internationalization of IUGB; (5) Institutional US Accreditation; and (6) Community Engagement.  These goals will be served by thirteen strategic objectives and the plan expects thirty-six specific results. Fifty-five key performance indicators (KPIs) will track the University’s progress in implementing the plan.

In addition, during the planning period we will undertake three important initiatives that hold high promise for reaching our overarching goals. These are: (1) Developing the first long-term Master Plan for IUGB. This plan will provide a framework for the comprehensive development of the University and guide the design of its infrastructure and facilities planning so as to accommodate our envisioned steady-state student population of 10,000; (2) Developing a long-term financing framework for the University, including a strategy to seek and sustain financial stability; (3) Mobilizing resources for building and equipping our new campus; and (4) Pursuing international recognition of IUGB by taking resolute steps towards US accreditation.

To guarantee proper implementation of the strategic plan, roles and responsibilities have been clearly defined, along with a formal process for monitoring and evaluation as well as for reporting and accountability. The implementation of SP 2016-2020 will be the responsibility of all, but especially those management units closely involved in preparation of the plan. Most importantly, knowledgeable and enlightened senior university leadership and an engaged Board of Directors are essential to the success of this Strategic Plan.


Director General, Kesnad Oil and Energy and IUGB Board Chair Kouassi Kouame, President of the International University of Grand-Bassam Saliou Touré and other IUGB Community members greet Ambassador Andrew J. Young, President of the Andrew J. Young Foundation and his delegation on his visit to the IUGB campus Monday, March 6, 2017.

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