Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Equatorial Guinea Moves Forward with American University of Central Africa

The Minister for Education and Science of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Jesús Engonga Ndong, recently signed a contract to open the American University of Central Africa in the city of Oyala, Equatorial Guinea.

The Minister highlighted that the construction portion of the project is now complete and it is set to begin operations.

The President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, HE Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, initiated the construction of the University, located in Djibloho, in 2006.

The Minister also stressed that there are a few details to examine, including the injection of capital for the University, the publication of vacancy for the position of rector, and the outline of statutes.

The post of rector requires possession of an international recognized doctorate and at least five years’ experience in the management of large educational centers.

Minister of Education and Science, has been working with Stonehill Education, Unicon and the Boston University School of Education to lay the foundations for the American University of Central Africa. The Director of Academic Affairs, Katherine Bernest, and StoneHill Education Guinea, the management company, also attended the meeting.

The government of Equatorial Guinea has heavily invested its oil revenues in the country by focusing on improving education, developing human capital and diversifying its economy. Education has been a top priority for the government in Equatorial Guinea. The country has an adult literacy rate of nearly 100%--the highest in Africa. Since 1979, citizens of Equatorial Guinea have received more than 500,000 scholarships to study in universities and professional and technical-training programs outside the country. This figure includes multiple scholarship recipients and people who have remained outside the country.