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February 15, 2002

CSUS to collaborate with Cote d'Ivoire

California State University, Sacramento will enter into a formal partnership agreement with Cote d'Ivoire, Africa to begin a series of activities to strengthen relations and exchanges in the realm of higher education. The agreement will be formalized at a ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Sierra Room of Sacramento Hall.

A Memorandum of Understanding will be signed by Donald R. Gerth, president of CSUS, and Sery Bailly, minister of higher education and scientific research for Cote d'Ivoire, on behalf of six institutions of higher education in his country. Bailly also serves as a member of the national cabinet and has been a top university administrator and faculty member at the University of Cocody in Abidjan.

Bailly will be accompanied by Koffi Dadier, director of international cooperation, who will serve as co-principal investigator. Don Taylor, a CSUS communications professor, will serve as project director.

The agreement recognizes the common academic and social interests of developing closer ties and establishing a program of exchange and collaboration in higher education. A U.S. State Department grant will support the project.

The program, with Bernice Bass de Martinez serving as team leader, will foster learning and collaborative visits between faculty and administration of the participating institutions, which include a national polytechnic college, a teacher training college, and a college of education and statistics. Part of the project will establish e-mail and other methods for electronic networking between the countries. Work will include exchanges of personnel and information in the areas of curriculum, strategic planning, enrollment and admissions management, shared governance and educational accountability.


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