Since 2012, public universities are getting closer to the people. The establishment of new university centers has made it possible to abolish the restrictions of the first universities while improving the quality of the offer of higher education with specializations that take into account the capabilities of different regions.
98,464 candidates were accepted into the 2022 baccalaureate cycle. New baccalaureate holders will be directed to institutions of higher education (public universities, private universities and major schools). The country’s public universities will host 19,770 of them. These recent graduates have a choice between eight public universities already operating. The university decentralization policy has improved access to higher education and scientific research over the years.
From 2012 the offer of higher education was expanded. Indeed, after the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Universities in Cocody, Nangui Abrogoua of Abobo-Adjamé, and Alassane Ouattara of Bouaké, the Universities of Daloa, Korhogo, Man and San Pedro have opened their doors to promote the development of human capital and the national economy.
In 2012, the former Regional Higher Education Units (URES) in Korhogo and Daloa, after expansion works respectively, became Biliforo John Coulibaly University in Korhogo and Jean Le Rognon Gede University in Daloa. For the next academic year, 2,450 new students will be directed to Korhogo and 700 to Daloa.
The Human University, which was established by Decree 2015-776 of December 9, 2015, received its first students in February 2016. It offers courses in mathematics, information technology, physics, chemistry, biological and geological sciences, and mining. It has Preparatory Classes for Greater Schools (CPGE). This university, which through its performance aims to become one of the leaders in public higher education in Côte d’Ivoire, will receive 420 new graduates this year.
The University of San Pedro opened its doors in October 2021. It is a specialized university center with innovative training provided by four Training and Research Units (UFR). UFR Agriculture, Health Resources and Agro-industry, UFR Marine Science, UFR Logistics, Tourism, Hospitality Restaurants and UFR Health Sciences. It will eventually accommodate more than 20,000 students.
Besides traditional universities, the first distance learning university in Côte d’Ivoire was established in 2015 (Decree No. 775 2015 of December 09, 2015). The Virtual University of Côte d’Ivoire (UVCI) is one of the government’s solutions to deal with the problems of over-staffing in university institutions. Develops distance education, via digital. UVCI will welcome 4,500 new students for the upcoming academic year. It specializes in computer science and digital sciences, and offers training in six areas: networking and computer security, databases, application development and electronic services, multimedia and digital arts, digital communications, e-commerce, and digital marketing.
Bondoku University, whose first stone was laid in December 2019, will soon open its doors. Spread over an area of 305 hectares, it will train high-level executives in the fields of architecture, town planning and other sectors.
The construction of a university in Udine, in the region of Cappadogo (Northwest) has become more visible. On Wednesday, August 3, 2022, the government announced the adoption by the Council of Ministers of a decree ratifying a framework agreement between Côte d’Ivoire and the Islamic Development Bank. This university, with a cost of more than 75 billion CFA francs, will be specialized in the fields of veterinary sciences, trade and management technologies.
Other public universities are also planned in Abengoro, Adiak, Dabo, Daukro, etc.
Therefore, the program to rebalance the geographical distribution of knowledge centers is in full swing. It will make it possible to respond effectively to the growing needs of the university population and diversify the courses by taking into account the professions of the future. This is in accordance with the vision of President Alassane Ouattara to provide each region with a state university.