𝐔𝐒𝐓𝐌 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐆𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐌𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐇𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐄𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐜𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐒𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐄𝐱𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐡
Dr Patrick Mouguiama Daouda, Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research, Gabon, the Gabonese Minister of Higher Education, along with Ms Josephine Patricia NTYAM-EHYA, First Counsellor, Embassy of Gabon in India, and other delegates from the country visited USTM on 17th June 2023 and addressed an interactive session with students and faculty members of the University. A beautiful cultural showcasing of the eight northeastern states was also presented by USTM students before the international guests on the occasion. Addressing a large gathering of students and faculty members, the Gabonese Minister of Higher Education Dr Patrick Mouguiama-Daouda expressed his desire to work on inter-university projects and highlighted the importance of the mobility of teacher-researchers and students for higher education. “The pact would be a tool to forge a partnership, especially between USTM and other universities in Gabon. Our students can study digital courses for the first three years and travel to India to pursue further studies. In the same way, Indian students can travel to Gabon for further studies. I assure you that Gabon is very capable to take charge of the students who come to our country for higher studies. Because Gabon has a policy of social assistance for the students and it is a very strong policy”. He said that the Gabon government also takes care of the meal and accommodation of the students. The Indian students who come to study in Gabon can also avail the same benefits, he added. Appreciating the green campus of USTM, the Gabonese Higher Education Minister thanked everyone present for their participation. Addressing the gathering, Mahbubul Hoque, Chancellor USTM said, “We are collaborating with other countries for student, faculty, and staff exchange and collaborative research. We are working honestly with dedication and I believe that by 2030 we can make USTM globally known. Our University is heading towards becoming a teaching-learning destination for global students. Earlier, presenting the welcome address, Prof GD Sharma, VC USTM said, “Now we are in a position to become a place of attraction for international students. We got ‘A’ Grade by NAAC and we have NIRF Ranking among the top 200 universities in India. Accordingly, USTM is developing the necessary facilities and infrastructure suitable for international students.