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Greetings from the Executive Director

Copy of Int1 114Cherished friends of IUGB and the IUGB Foundation:

We proudly dedicate this issue of Inside IUGB to the Class of 2015—the first students to complete their entire course of study towards a Bachelor’s Degree at the International University of Grand Bassam!

Four students were awarded their degrees at IUGB’s first graduation ceremony held on July 27, 2015 at the auditorium of the N’Sa Hotel in Abidjan.  Côte d’Ivoire’s Prime Minister and former Chairman of the Board of IUGB, his Excellency Daniel Kablan Duncan, delivered the commencement address. Please visit the Foundation’s website at www.iugbfoundation.org for more details including stories and photos of this historic event.

This graduation holds both historic and symbolic significance for the University and the IUGB Foundation. It sets a historic milestone with respect to IUGB’s success and progress towards its vision of institutional excellence, its high quality academic programs, and its ability to train workforce ready, ethical leaders for Côte d’Ivoire, Africa and the global community.  This validates important founding assumptions of IUGB, namely: high labor demand for English language education and bi-lingual capability at the bachelor degree level; strong demand for academic preparation in business and the fields of science and technology; and willingness of parents to pay for their child’s education if it is of high quality and would help them gain employment.

This historic first graduation is further complemented by an historic first for the IUGB Foundation—the awarding of its first five scholarships to IUGB students beginning their studies in the Fall of 2015. This is made possible in large part through your support of the Foundation’s Inaugural Celebration in Atlanta last October.

IUGB’s first graduation also is symbolic of what can be accomplished in higher education in Côte and Africa-wide through strong public/private partnership support for higher education institutions. For IUGB, this is still very much a work in progress.  However, the collaborative efforts and contributions from the private and non-governmental sectors, government and parents/guardians have helped IUGB build a unique institution that benefits all members of this partnership, while providing the students with a first class university education.

Finally, these graduates join the ranks of more than 100 former IUGB students who have graduated from partner institutions in the U.S. These students, many of whom have returned home to Côte d’Ivoire or are employed elsewhere, represent the key to Africa’s advancement and are contributing to solving the global challenges of world peace and security and poverty alleviation.

The IUGB Foundation’s challenge and commitment is to help vastly expand African human talent. We ask for your continued generous contributions to help us achieve this goal.

With thanks,

John F. Hicks

Executive Director

IUGB Foundation