Wednesday, January 15, 2014

National University of Equatorial Guinea Rector discusses collaboration with other universities to improve education in the country

In a recent interview, Carlos Nze Nsuga, rector of the National University of Equatorial Guinea (UNGE), discussed UNGE’s collaboration with other universities to improve the quality of education for Equatoguinean students. 

UNGE is fairly new university but it has many influential partners around the world that are helping shape higher education in Equatorial Guinea. “We are currently collaborating with Drexel University. We have been working with them for over 10 years. We also collaborate with the University of South Carolina on the training of oil and mining engineers. There are possibilities to collaborate with other American universities but outside of them we also have extensive collaborations with universities in different countries,” said Nze Nsuga.

Universities around the world are reaching out to UNGE to work together in different educational and training programs, which is allowing Equatoguinean to reach a higher level of education. Rector Nze Nsuga talks about some of UNGE’s collaborations, “For example, in Spain we have relationships with over 10 universities. In France, we work with three universities. I have an invitation to sign agreements with the University of Montpellier in France. In Portugal we have signed an agreement and we have another pending. Recently, we signed an agreement with the University of Perugia in Italy. In Africa, we collaborate with many universities, with almost all the universities in Central Africa. Today I signed an agreement with a university in Cameroon. We have also signed agreements with China, Latin America, Caribbean, etc. With each country, we have specific projects.”

Rector Nze Nsuga talks about the benefits UNGE has received from partnering with other universities. “The main beneficiary of these agreements is the UNGE. The UNGE is a newly established university in our country. It is the only university that exists in the country. Having relationships with universities that have been educating for more than 800 years is beneficial for UNGE--to get that experience and knowledge transfer. They are very experienced universities. Ours is new. And we will receive from them what we are missing.”

During the interview, Nze Nsuga also talked about the teaching workforce and how they have established programs to collaborate with teachers from other universities. “In our university there are foreign teachers. For example, we have agreements with [the Spanish Agency for Cooperation in International Development], whose teachers always come to our university.”

UNGE has programs for foreign students and teachers as well as foreigners living in Equatorial Guinea and they’re working to educate and integrate them into the country’s culture and language. “They [foreigners] come and organize postgraduate training. Annually we have a training program called ALCALINGUA, which is carried out by Guinean and Spanish teachers, which is teacher training on Spanish language and culture and Guinean culture. Such training is usually given in the months of June and August to foreigners living in Guinea and other foreign students.”

When talking about American students, Rector Nze Nsuga said, “American students also come to our university, especially those interested in biodiversity. They are studying the biodiversity of the island and also intend to study the biodiversity of the continental region in the near future.”

Recyor Nze Nsuga talked about Equatoguinean teacher training and how their training is contributing to the country’s development. “We also carry out a training program of our own teachers, they receive this training abroad. When they come back to the country the quality of education at our university improves. Currently, we have more than 5 teachers who are studying English in South Carolina. They receive training in English. They are already at the end of their training. We are doing this because we are in the process of creating a school of English at the university. We are training teachers. They always bring something positive to the development of our university and thus to the development of our country.”