The International Polytechnic University of Benin awarded President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea with the academic title Honoris Causa in Economic and Social Development Sciences.
The International Polytechnic University of Benin awarded President Obiang for his efforts to solve the problems of Africa during his time as Chairman of the African Union and for his Pan-Africanist spirit, the construction of the African Union city of Sipopo, as well as the continuous development of Equatorial Guinea. He also recalled to the credit of the President: the UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea award, the contribution of $30 million to the FAO, United Nations, the contribution for aid to Somalia and other countries that have suffered natural disasters and the great organization of major events that have taken place recently in Equatorial Guinea, such as the African Union Summit and the men's and women's African Cup.
During the ceremony, President Obiang announced the construction of two university campuses in Malabo and Bata and the creation of an African American University in Equatorial Guinea.
Following this event, there was a graduation ceremony for the 267 university graduates of the National University of Equatorial Guinea (UNGE). UNGE’s student enrollment has reached 8,000 students.
President Obiang has received academic honorary degrees by the universities of Yacambú (Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela), Costa Rica, St. Petersburg (Russia) and National University of Equatorial Guinea, and the Study Center for Popular Democracy (CEDEPU) in Chile.