The 2016-2020 Strategic Plan – President’s Message

Dear Friends,

It is my pleasure to present to you the 2016-2020 Strategic Plan for the International University of Grand-Bassam (IUGB).

A decade ago, IUGB embarked upon the ambitious mission of becoming a unique, English-language, American-style university in francophone Africa. IUGB opened its doors to eight students in 2005 and operated under a “two plus two” model with Georgia State University (GSU). Students completed their freshman and sophomore years at IUGB and then transferred to GSU to complete their bachelor’s degrees. Today, IUGB has partnership agreements with several other US universities, enrolls 648 students from 24 different countries, and awards its own bachelor’s degrees.

This 2016-2020 Strategic Plan comes at a defining period in the life of our University. It sets forth the next chapter in its continued growth and development. It is designed to build upon past achievements and take IUGB to an even higher level of excellence. A particularly important feature of this strategic plan is the way it sets the strategic direction for the development of IUGB’s long-term Master Plan.

I wish to thank all who helped turn the vision of IUGB into a reality, particularly His Excellency Daniel Kablan Duncan and Ambassador Andrew Young for their vision, leadership and unwavering commitment. Our accomplishments thus far would not have been possible without the confidence of our students and parents, the engagement of the local community, the financial support from the Government of Côte d’Ivoire and private sector partners, the individuals and organizations who have supported us through the IUGB Foundation, and the numerous universities with whom we have partnered. A special note of appreciation is extended to the Strategic Plan Taskforce who, with external consultants, worked tirelessly to prepare this document. 

We look forward to earning your continued support as we implement this new Strategic Plan and strive to build IUGB into a world-class higher education institution of distinction.



Prof. Saliou Touré, President

International University of Grand-Bassam


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