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
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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