As part of the collaborative relations between IUGB and the US Embassy in Abidjan, a delegation of five Fulbright English teaching assistants led by Mr. Dane Patterson, English Language Program Manager at the US Embassy, visited the University on Tuesday, September 6, 2022. The five teaching assistants were:
- Dominique Nelson
- Mallory Lewis
- Unglid Paul
- Olivia Risoleo
- Maryka Zee
The delegation met Prof. Ahmed Legrouri, Provost & VPAA, Dr. Koffi N’Da, Dean of the School of Business & Sciences, Dr. Marcel Silué, Dean of the School of STEM, Mrs. Julie Reimer, Director of the University Preparatory Program and Ms. Darlene Kilian, English Language Fellow at IUGB. After a brief presentation of IUGB by prof. Legrouri, the floor was opened for discussions which led to the identification of several areas of collaboration, including presentations by the teaching assistants at IUGB, activities with IUGB students, interaction with faculty members, research projects and use of the University Library.
It was agreed to organize other visits for the English Language Fellow, namely, the two Fulbright Researchers and the Fulbright Scholar, who were not able to join the delegation.
The Fulbright Program was founded by US Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946 as a cultural exchange program. It offers scholarships and grants to people from the US to study, conduct research, teach or perform abroad and citizens from other countries to do the same in the US. The main goal is to strengthen intercultural relations between the US and other countries through the exchange of competitively-selected students, scholars, teachers, professionals, scientists and artists.