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AfDB PRESIDENT KABERUKA’S VISIT TO IUGB ENHANCES RELATIONSHIP; AUDITORIUM NAMED IN HIS HONOR

6African Development Bank President, Mr. Donald Kaberuka, accompanied by senior AfDB officials, received a warm welcome from IUGB officials, students, faculty and staff members and prominent leaders of the city of Grand-Bassam during his courtesy visit to the University on June 18, 2015. Mr. Kaberuka’s visit came on the heels of IUGB President Saliou Touré’s recent visit of May 22, 2015, to the AfDB.

1During his visit, Mr. Kaberuka and his delegation gained deeper insight into IUGB through interaction with administrators, faculty, staff and students. He and his delegation also had the opportunity to discuss the vision and mission of IUGB, its accomplishments and challenges, as well as several high potential areas of collaboration such as physical infrastructure, English language learning capacity, and student financial support. The highlight of the visit was the official announcement by IUGB President Touré of the naming of the recently constructed auditorium in honor of President Kaberuka. The “Donald Kaberuka Auditorium” is a two-story, soundproofed and air-conditioned space with seating capacity for approximately 200 persons. “This building was named after President Kaberuka in recognition of AfDB’s contribution, under his leadership, to higher education in Côte d’Ivoire, and in particular its role in facilitating girls’ access to scientific education,” continued President Touré.

2After an inspiring address, President Kaberuka was asked by an IUGB Alumnae Miss Doriane Djoké, what was “his definition of a great leader?” President Kaberuka responded by saying that “a great leader must have abilities, values, and courage.” Etienne Porgo, Lead Education Officer, noted that President Kaberuka had made the higher education sector one of his top priorities—noting, “The AfDB feels honored and proud to be associated with this prestigious university through the auditorium that bears the name of its President.”

3In December 2013, the AfDB approved a $30 million budget support operation to finance the country’s Youth Employability and Insertion Support Program (PAAEIJ). The goals of the program are to improve the employability of graduates through medium term policy reforms, and the creation of 2000 jobs, 40% of which will be targeted to women.