1991 The GSU Office of African American Student Services and

Dr. Derby, right center (blue dress) with Project Link group in Abidjan.

Programs, under the leadership of Dr. Doris Derby, director, and Sam Koffi, president of the Ivorian Student Association, host a reception for the Minister of Health of Cote d’Ivoire. They begin exploratory discussions about a GSU-Ivorian educational exchange relationship.

1994 A GSU delegation, led by Cleon Arrington, Acting Provost, which included Deans, Associate Deans, the director of African American Student Services and Program, and two student representatives travelled to Côte d’Ivoire to establish  “Project Link.” A formal agreement was signed between the Ministry of Higher Education of Cote d’Ivoire and GSU. Project Link was an initiative to provide educational exchange and cultural awareness and designed to “provide GSU students, faculty, and staff with real world experiences” on an international level. A Cote d’Ivoire Coordinating Committee is formed at GSU, under the leadership of Steve Langston, Vice President for Public Service.
1995 GSU provides ten out-of-state tuition waivers for “Project Link Scholars,” Ivorian students who participate in exchange study at GSU through Project Link.
The GSU College of Education receives a grant from the United States Information Agency (USIA) to create a partnership with Cote d’Ivoire’s l’Ecole Normale Superieure (ENS) for higher education policy reform, resulting in a visiting scholar program and visitation at GSU by over 30 Ivorian doctoral students. A second USIA grant supports collaboration between the GSU Department of Human Resources and the Ivorian National Polytechnic Institute to conduct a needs assessment for training and organizational reform.
Through Project Link, Gary Martin, Ph.D. student at the GSU College of Education received a year-long teaching assistantship to collect his dissertation data in statistics research and measurement in Yamoussoukro, Cote d’Ivoire.
1997 GSU President Carl Patton visits Cote d’Ivoire to renew the Project Link agreement and expand the program.
GSU creates the Office of West African Programs, under the leadership of Steve Langston, who assigns the Assistant Director of the Office, Samuel Koffi, to work full-time in Abidjan with Ivorian colleagues on the establishment of an international university.
1998 GSU receives a third USIA grant to support a partnership between the GSU J. Mack Robinson College of Business and the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and the University of Cocody in Cote d’Ivoire to develop an American-style MBA program, conduct a series of management development programs for the Ivoirian private sector and establish a faculty exchange and GSU Ph. D. student scholar-in-residence program in business education.
GSU and the Government of Cote d’Ivoire sign a Memorandum of Understanding to work together to establish an International University modeled on the American style of higher education.
1999 The GSU Office of African American Student Services and Programs, Division of Student Affairs, under the leadership of Dr. Doris Derby, organizes the first Study Abroad program from GSU to the College of Business at the University of Cocody. The program, Volunteers in Service and Cross-cultural Dialogue (VISACUD), was designed to provide students opportunities for international experiences, including Ivorian homestays, English language assistance for Ivorian students, and cultural awareness activities.
GSU contracts with a consultant to develop a planning grant for an “International University for Development in West Africa. .
2000 A new non-governmental entity, the Agency for Education and Development (AED) is created to guide the establishment of the new University and receive government funds for its development.GSU continues its collaboration with Cote d’Ivoire through contact with AED, during the Ivorian Coup d’Etat.
2002  AED commissions GSU’s Center for Business and Industrial Marketing (CBIM) to conduct a marketing feasibility study, led by Dr. Wesley Johnston, Professor of Marking and Director of CBIM.
2005 AED appoints Dr. Paula Dressel, former GSU Associate

IUGB’s first Provost Dr. Paula Dressel congratulates President Toure on the Occasion of his inauguration.

Provost and Professor, as the first Provost of the International University of Grand-Bassam (IUGB).AED, with administrative support from GSU, establishes a pre-University program and two-year core curriculum and admits the first thirteen students to attend the International University of Grand-Bassam (IUGB) in January 2005.

2006 IUGB enrollment reaches 76 at the beginning of academic year 2006/7.
The Office of West African Programs closes, and the Project Link Scholars program is administered by the director of the Office of African American Student Services and Programs.
2007 The GSU Office of International Affairs, under the leadership of Associate Provost, Ambassador John F. Hicks, assumes management and coordination responsibilities for GSU’s relationship with IUGB.
A Presidential Decree officially establishes IUGB on May

President Toure delivering Inauguration speech before a gathering of 10,000 people at Hotel Ivoire’s Palais du Congre

16th, 2007, and Former Cote d’Ivoire Minister of Higher Education, Professor Saliou Toure, is installed as IUGB’s first President. GSU renews its formal relationship with IUGB with a Memorandum of Cooperation, signed by GSU Provost Ron Henry and President Toure July 26, 2007.

2008 IUGB enrollment reaches 125 students at the beginning of academic year 2008/9. First two cohorts of IUGB transfer students arrive at GSU, after completing their first two years at IUGB. Two GSU teams of experts on curriculum development, academic development, and financial management travel to IUGB in January and October, 2008, to work with Ivorian counterparts to plan Years 3 and 4 of the IUGB curriculum and develop a 5-year IUGB Business Plan.
2009 New Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Sally Wallace detailed from GSU and Vice President for Finance and Administration Mr. Bradley Moore arrive in July 2009 to assume their positions at IUGB.
2010 First IUGB Five-year Strategic Business Plan completed in January.  Political instability increases after disputed presidential election.  IUGB remains open throughout crisis with slight decline in enrollment.



With resolution of the conflict, democratically elected President Alasane Ouattara inaugurated in May.  Seventeen new transfer students entered GSU bringing total number to 39.  As of the end of December, total IUGB enrollment stood at 250 students. 

Total students enrolled reaches 271, (49 of which are transfer students at GSU).

Dr Kingston Nyamapfene assumes his duties as Vice President for Academic Affairs in early July.



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