OSU Signs Memorandum of Understanding with the new University of Ségou in Mali, Africa

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

On October 15th, the School of International Studies with OSU’s Division of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources (DASNR) facilitated the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University of Ségou of the Republic of Mali, Africa. The MOU indicates an openness to explore future opportunities for academic collaboration. There were several OSU faculty members and staff who witnessed the emotional ceremony that started a new relationship between the two institutions. After the MOU signing, Minister Ginette Bellegarde Siby, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the Republic of Mali, stated, “The University of Ségou was officially born today.” Those historic words will be remembered by the guests as the birth of a new university in the Republic of Mali.

DASNR hosted the Malian delegation October 14 - 16. The delegation included Minister Siby; Pr. Amadou Diallo, Rector, University of Bamako; Pr. Abdoulaye Salim Cissé, Chairman of the Steering Committee, University of Ségou; and, Pr. Bakary Cissé, Head of the Research Division, University of Bamako. Dr. David Henneberry, DASNR’s Director of International Programs, was thoroughly pleased to host the delegation and start a new cooperation. “It is a new relationship that will continue for a long time and benefit both institutions,” said Henneberry.

The School of International Studies coordinates the signing of Memorandums of Understanding between OSU and institutions and governments across the US and the world. Currently, OSU has more than 180 active international agreements with over 150 entities encompassing almost 60 countries throughout the globe. OSU faculty and administrators are actively engaged in increasing and emphasizing these agreements and exchanges to advance OSU’s ambitious efforts to internationalize students’ educational experience and research endeavors.

Malian and OSU officials look on during the emotional & historic ceremony as Dr. David Henneberry (seated, left), OSU’s Division of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources’ Director of International Programs, and Minister Ginette Bellegarde Siby (seated, right), Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the Republic of Mali sign the MOU establishing a relationship between OSU and Mali’s University of Ségou.
Malian and OSU officials look on during the emotional & historic ceremony as Dr. David Henneberry (seated, left), OSU’s Division of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources’ Director of International Programs, and Minister Ginette Bellegarde Siby (seated, right), Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the Republic of Mali sign the MOU establishing a relationship between OSU and Mali’s University of Ségou.