December 2018
The University of Grand-Bassam (IUGB) Signs with IBM to Implement the Skills Academy Program at IUGB
Negotiated and facilitated by the IUGB Foundation, IBM representative Babacar Kane and Professor Saliou Toure, President of the International University of Grand-Bassam (IUGB)  signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on November 21, 2018 to implement IBM's skills academy program for IUGB faculty and students. IBM's Skills Academy is a training and certification program designed to bridge the skills gap between the University and the market industry.  The Skills Academy program is a free program (US-based universities pay a fee to acquire it) for African universities designed to support students and faculty for certification in key technology modules. These modules prepare students for roles such as big data engineer, artificial intelligence analyst and mobile application administrator. There are 11 possible certifications for both students and faculty. For the students, this training is an amazing resume builder. Additionally, IUGB Faculty now have an important set of academic tools that they did not have before.

The IBM Skills Academy provides students with an educational background for a career in the IT industry, builds local capability according to international standards in new areas and provides an environment for continuous technical updates.  IBM's Faculty training and the subsequent Faculty training of students will be done while maintaining an academic teaching approach. Also, IUGB students will have 24/7 free access to an on-campus "Educational Private Cloud Environment", provided by IBM for relevant training materials for the latest technologies on each certification track. Students will also utilize IBM's "Educational Portal" containing course content, assessment quizzes and certification tests.

We are very excited to acknowledge this groundbreaking technological precedent for IUGB, as IBM's Skills Academy will benefit IUGB students while acting as a catalyst for entrepreneurship and a new economy.  Please join us in welcoming our new academic partner, IBM!
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The Foundation’s top priority is to provide scholarships for qualified students who require financial assistance to attend IUGB.  It is important that African students have access to a superior education regardless of their gender, ethnicity, religion or economic status. This idea is the core of IUGB's vision to establish a regional center of excellence for higher education.
Most IUGB students need some form of financial aid and our goal is to help as many of these students as possible.

$100  - covers technology fee per semester per student

$200  - covers one credit hour per semester per student

$500  -covers library, lab, health and security fees per semester per student

$1,000  - covers five credit hours per semester per student

$3,900  - covers half of the yearly academic fees (excluding room and board) for one college student

$7,800  - covers all costs for the academic year (excluding room and board) for one college student
Vanessa Niamke Malan Mangnin DANHI
I started my academic year as a freshman in January 2014 at IUGB, pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. During my academic years at IUGB, I got involved in different activities and studies that helped me establish self-confidence and an open mind. I feel grateful that I have received such a great education at IUGB, which has prepared me to be a strong woman and to take steps for the future.
O. Landry Fabrice TCHIMOU
I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology with a concentration in Petroleum Technology from the International University of Grand-Bassam (IUGB) in July 2018. While studying at IUGB, I learnt the importance of structural mechanics and gained a firm understanding of engineering principles. I developed effective communication, teamwork, leadership, public-speaking creativity, and problem-solving skills which I think will be useful and valuable assets to any company in the field of engineering/technology.

All this wouldn't have been possible if it wasn't for IUGB for which I express all my gratitude specifically to the factory and staff of the School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) for their invaluable assistance, especially Dr. Seydou SINDE for pushing me beyond my limits.
First Annual Convergence Cocktail Reception  
You're invited to our  First Annual Convergence Cocktail Reception  on December 18th at 50 Hurt Plaza, S.E. Atlanta Georgia from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., hosted by  digitalundivided  and the  IUGB Foundation .

digitalundivided  is a social enterprise that develops programs to increase the active participation of female entrepreneurs in tech.  The International University of Grand-Bassam (IUGB) Foundation, Inc.  shares this interest by supporting female entrepreneurs. The Foundation also empowers all students by developing the necessary resources to make IUGB, located in Côte d’Ivoire, a center of excellence for higher education in West Africa. 

Please  RSVP HERE   no later than December 14.

Any questions or comments, contact Denise Berry at 404 480 4511 or

Paid parking available in the adjacent Hurt Plaza Garage.

We're looking forward to seeing you there!
IUGB Foundation Scholarship Recipients on how the scholarship has affected them...
"I can concentrate on my studies without thinking each time about how my parents will find money to pay for my studies."

"I have become a hard-working student because I want to keep my scholarship."
Opportunities and Events

As a co-op/intern within our Information Technology Department, you will have the opportunity to be involved with the development of a variety of enterprise web applications and with existing systems enhancements to help facilitate train operations. You will also be working on enhancing unique and exciting systems that support business operations including train management and control systems, geographic information systems and maps, complex event management, customer support systems and may include support, trouble-shooting and problem resolution skills.