Wednesday, April 6, 2011

President Obiang Cites Higher Education As One Of His Government’s Achievements

Chief of State Presides Over Graduation of 230 Students in Bata

President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea called the establishment of the national university one the achievements of his government in ceremonies at Bata on March 29.

Presiding over the graduation ceremony for 230 students in the public administration and private enterprise fields at the Equatorial Guinea National University (UNGE), the president recalled the dire lack of trained professionals in the country when he became president and the need to establish a national university.

“UNGE is one of the achievements that the Government has harvested, keeping in mind that the greatness of a nation depends on the complete and moral education of its citizens and that that level is reached in the classrooms of the university,” President Obiang said.

The president encouraged the new graduates to participate in and contribute to the country’s development, saying, “Any trained person is useful in all areas; whether in public administration or in private enterprise.”

Education is one of the priorities outlined in Equatorial Guinea’s Horizon 2020 development plan, which was set in motion by President Obiang to move the country toward a sustainable and emergent economy. The plan includes the development of new schools and teacher training.

UNGE was established in 1995. Last year, the university had 4,352 students, of which 2,633 were men and 1,719 were women. The enrollment includes students from Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, Gabon and the United States, among other nationalities. The university has graduated 1,308 students. Equatorial Guinea has an estimated population of some 670,000.

The presidents of the universities of Central Africa and the Republic of Gabon also attended the ceremony.

Earlier, in his role as Chairman of the African Union, President Obiang presided over the inauguration of eight laboratories in Bata’s School of Medicine.