In the Ivory Coast the new academic year of the University of abidjan began on Monday (199 October) after the four-month summer recess.
In the Ivory Coast the new academic year of the University of abidjan began on Monday (199 October) after the four-month summer recess. Indications are that the number of students this year will be more than three thousands, a dramatic increase on the one hundred and sixty who enrolled seven years ago when the University became independent. It had previously been known as Abidjan's centre of higher learning under the auspices of the Rectorate of Dakar, Senegal.
As in recent years, the number of Ivorians attending is about balanced by the number of students from other West African countries. there are also students from France and some from the United States, who are in the Ivory Coast on a special cultural exchange programme.
The ultra-modern campus covers more than six hundred acres (250 hectares) and includes five huge lecture halls, five science faculty buildings, a building each for the faculties of law and letters, a faculty of medicine complex and a well stocked library block.
Modelled on the French system, the university's degrees and diplomas and recognised throughout the world as on a par with that country.
The University is still growing, and building work continues. Provision is being made for an expected entry of 8,300 students in 19975. as one of the most advanced centres of higher learning in West Africa, places at the University are eagerly sought after.